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Gidget -- Sandra Dee became a model for countless teenagers in the late 1950's when she played Gidget, a sad-faced youngster who doesn't quite measure up to the chesty, bikinied girls on the beach. Her mom's reassurances come true when two surfers start paying Gidget some attention.


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Gabrielle Upton (screenplay)
Frederick Kohner (novel)
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Release Date:
10 April 1959 (USA) See more »
Watch out comes Gidget!
A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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We girls all wanted Moondoggie for our own. See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Sandra Dee ... Francie Lawrence aka Gidget

James Darren ... Jeffrey Matthews aka Moondoggie

Cliff Robertson ... Burt Vail aka The Big Kahuna

Arthur O'Connell ... Russell Lawrence
The Four Preps ... Band at Beach
Mary LaRoche ... Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence
Joby Baker ... Stinky

Tom Laughlin ... Lover Boy
Sue George ... Betty Louise aka B.L.
Robert Ellis ... Hot Shot
Jo Morrow ... Mary Lou

Yvonne Craig ... Nan
Patti Kane ... Patti

Doug McClure ... Waikiki
Burt Metcalfe ... Lord Byron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Belland ... Lead Singer (uncredited)

Dick Clark ... Himself - Trailer Host (uncredited)
Don Clarke ... Group Member (uncredited)
Ed Cobb ... Group Member (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Cop (uncredited)

Glen A. Larson ... Group Member (uncredited)
Shary Marshall ... Joanne (uncredited)
Edward McNally ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Cheerio Meredith ... Nosy Woman (uncredited)
Richard Newton ... Cop (uncredited)
Ruthie Robinson ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Wendkos 
Writing credits
Gabrielle Upton (screenplay)

Frederick Kohner (novel)

Produced by
Lewis J. Rachmil .... producer
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon 
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup supervisor
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Ida McGaugh .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Feldman .... assistant director
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
Linda Benson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Mickey Dora .... stunt double (uncredited)
Johnny Fain .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Munoz .... stunt double (uncredited)
David Nuuhiwa .... surf stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Henri Jaffa .... color consultant
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Morris Stoloff .... music supervisor
John Williams .... orchestrator (as John Williams Jr.)
Other crew
Mickey Dora .... surfing double: James Darren (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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95 min
Color (ColumbiaColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Tom Laughlin, and Doug McClure all appear bare-chested in this movie. In fact, Robertson's many shirtless scenes, showing him sun-bronzed and sweaty, easily constitute the best "beefcake" of his long movie career.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Gidget has completed her first successful surf the gang carry a surf board back to the shack. An audio reel of various ad libs plays during this part. After the Gidget learns of the "orgy" the gang disbands and the very same audio reel of ad libs is heard though it has no relevance this time around.See more »
Mr. Russell Lawrence:That's a man-hunter?
Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence:Who did you expect? Kim Novak?
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
We girls all wanted Moondoggie for our own., 18 May 2002
Author: camibear7 from Dogpatch, USA

Gidget was a movie I saw when I was just going into high school. After I saw it I wanted to be Sandra Dee so badly. She was so perky and pretty, and just so naive. It was a great film set on the beach at Malibu. Young juniors in high school going to the beach to get the attention of the college men. Woo who! And all the antics that go with it. Including when Gidget meets James Darren and he is so very dreamy. He took my breath away. Wow that most handsomest man next to John Saxon. Yep I was taken with this young actor. Who was not only handsome, but he could sing too. That song Gidget I had on 45rpm as did all the girls after we all got a load of Sandra Dee and James Darren together. The story is not too complicated, girl likes boy, girl chases boy who is a surfer, girl learns to surf and tries to make boy jealous, boy pretends he is not interested, then comes unglued when she is with someone else. In the end the prettiest girl Gidget gets Moondoggie. This movie was legendary in 1959 and it made alot of girls want to be a surfer like Sandra Dee in the movie. She even shoots the curl with Moondoggie on his board with him. She tells him it is the ultimate! Cliff Robertson plays the Kahuna and the wisest of the group of surfers who sit on the beach all day sunning themselves and goofing off.

I liked this movie so much!

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