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Director:
Writers:
Gabrielle Upton (screenplay)
Frederick Kohner (novel)
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Release Date:
10 April 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Watch out Brigitte...here comes Gidget!
Plot:
A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Sun, surf and Sandra Dee! See more (32 total) »

Cast

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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 Layne ... Joanne (uncredited)
Edward McNally ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Cheerio Meredith ... Nosy Woman (uncredited)
Richard Newton ... Cop (uncredited)
Ruthie Robinson ... Girl (uncredited)
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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
 
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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95 min
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Color (ColumbiaColor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title character was based on the author's daughter, Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, and her adventures growing up in the surf culture on the beach at Malibu in the 1950's. As of this note (July 2006), she is 62, petite, healthy and attractive and living in Pacific Palisades with her husband of 42 years. And yes, there was a "Moondoggie", who still lives in California and is an artist.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the girls try to get the boys' attention, Nan picks up the ball and when the shot changes, Gidget has the ball and is tossing it to Nan.See more »
Quotes:
Gidget:You better get out of the sun before you melt.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Next Best Thing to LoveSee more »

FAQ

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Sun, surf and Sandra Dee!, 18 July 1999
Author: ripper2 from Pennsylvania, USA

Sandra Dee is probably best remembered as the energetic heroine of this surf-and-sand romance, a cute little film which unfortunately set the precedent for the moronic "Beach Blanket Bingo" musicals of the early 60's, most of which featured Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

In contrast to the those lame exercises in film making, "Gidget" is a modestly scaled and rather sincere little movie about a teenage girl coming to grips with romance over the course of one summer at the beach. Kewpie doll Sandra Dee was often derided for her acting skills, but she is effective and appealing here, and it is easy to see how she became a popular star and a role model for a generation of teenage girls. Arthur O'Connell and Mary LaRoche are warm and convincing as her concerned parents, and James Darren, as surf bum "Moondoggie" makes a suitably clean-cut love interest for Dee.

Like many Hollywood films of the late 50's and early 60's, a certain tension underlies the goings-on here. The movie is essentially all about sex, yet no one actually has any sex. To latter day audiences, there are a few thought-provoking and amusing moments: Gidget's best friend, BL, appears to be a lesbian, and the muscle-bound surfers pay a great deal more attention to their surf boards - and, surprisingly, to each other - than they do to Gidget's curvaceous girlfriends.

Cliff Robertson has the meatiest role as a confirmed surf bum who, prodded by Gidget's sincerity, has a change of heart. The "Four Preps" turn up to do a musical number at the beach party, and Darren gets to croon a brief ballad to Dee.

Like most of Sandra Dee's vehicles, this film is smoothly produced in the somewhat over scrubbed, colorful but artificial style the Hollywood studios had affected by the late 50's. Nonetheless, it does an effective job of showcasing its star and making its story points (the NY Times described it as "mild but perceptive"), and it conveys a real enjoyment of the sun, surf, and sand. So popular was "Gidget" that it spawned several -mostly wretched - film sequels, and two television series, the more fondly remembered of which starred a young Sally Field.

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