MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,626 this week

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)

 -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  2 June 1961 (USA)
5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 541 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 5 critic

Francis is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggy" is home from College. When he suggests ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5108 titles
created 19 Sep 2011
 
list image
a list of 718 titles
created 24 Jan 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 28 Jan 2012
 
a list of 79 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 01 Jan 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Gidget Goes Hawaiian.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Young female surfers have been nicknamed 'Gidget' for almost 50 years and yet the true story of Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, the real 'Gidget,' and how her account of surfing Malibu in the mid-... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gillogly
Stars: Layne Beachley, James Darren, Sally Field
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Tammy leaves the river in Mississippi to attend college, developing a relationship with Tom Freeman (John Gavin). Sandra Dee replaces Debbie Reynolds in this and the third Tammy movie. This... See full summary »

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Sandra Dee, John Gavin, Charles Drake
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Surfing college students hang out at a club watching comedian Uncle Woody and drinking Pepsis. Rich playboy "Ding" Pruitt falls for Sandy Palmer. His grandfather tries to have the club ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Stars: James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde
The Mothers-In-Law (1967–1969)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Roger and Kaye live next door to Eve and Herb. Eve and Herb's daughter Suzie marries Roger and Kaye's son Jerry. This forces the families to be a bit closer than they would prefer, ... See full summary »

Stars: Eve Arden, Kaye Ballard, Herbert Rudley
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Rich socialite Chantal marries Eugene, a photographer, and everything seems blissful until her envious friend attempts to break them up. In desperation, she turns to her mother, but the advice she receives may do more harm than good.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Micheline Presle
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A corpse has 24 hours to mastermind a good deed without leaving his crypt, to go "up there" and have his youth restored.

Director: Don Weis
Stars: Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Aron Kincaid
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a married woman and her lover murder her cruel husband, they find themselves targeted by someone who is aware of their crime.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart
Gidget's Summer Reunion (TV Movie 1985)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Former beach bunny/girl surfer Gidget is fully grown up and married to her long-term beau Moondoggie, and deals with a variety of marital spats, as well as running her own travel agency, ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Bilson
Stars: Caryn Richman, Dean Butler, Allison Barron
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In this sequel to "Knock On Any Door", the residents of a Chicago tenement building band together to insure that the son of Nick Romano does not follow in his father's footsteps...to the electric chair.

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Burl Ives, Shelley Winters, James Darren
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

New high school teacher tries to help troubled students and falls in love with the principal's secretary.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Dick Clark, Victoria Shaw, Michael Callan
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Casey Owens (James Darren), a young mechanic, has developed a design for a turbine car engine, paving the way for a jet-powered auto certain to set a new land speed record. Wealthy playboy ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Doug McClure
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Four sisters in New Zealand fall for four U.S. soldiers en route to the Pacific theater in WWII

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Jean Simmons, Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Eddie Horner
...
...
Peggy Cass ...
Mitzi Stewart
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Monty Stewart
Jeff Donnell ...
Dorothy Lawrence
Vicki Trickett ...
Abby Stewart
Joby Baker ...
Judge Hamilton
Don Edmonds ...
Larry Neal
Bart Patton ...
Wally Hodges
Jan Conaway ...
Barbara Jo Wells
Robin Lory ...
Dee Dee Waters
Arnold Merritt ...
Clay Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Nuuhiwa ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Francis is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggy" is home from College. When he suggests her to go for it, she's even more in panic - doesn't he care to be with her? So she sets out for Hawaii in the worst mood. On the plane she meets the sociable Abby, who gives her the advice to forget about Jeff - and regrets it shortly after, when Francis follows the advice and steals her boyfriend Eddie, a famous dancer. But then Jeff discovers he's missing Francis... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

DARREN SINGS! CALLAN DANCES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 June 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

April entdeckt Hawaii  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Gidget and her parents check-in at their hotel, the sign behind the desk clerk says Sheraton Hotel. Later, when Mr. Lawrence receives a telegram reply from Jeff, it's addressed to "Russell Lawrence, Royal Hawaiin Hotel" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Leave It to Beaver: Eddie's Sweater (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild About the Girl
Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Stanley Styne
Performed by James Darren over the opening credits
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Solid feminist values masquerading as fluff (see also Court Jester). Get addicted. 9.5/10.
13 August 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Well, I certainly imprinted on Gidget (Deborah Walley) Goes Hawaiian (1961). But that's because its overall girls-just-want-to-have-fun achievements strike so close to home for most women. True, it's a sequel to the Sandra Dee vehicle 2 yrs earlier, but it has a new feel due to a different female writer (Ruth Brooks Flippen) who wrote an original story based on the Gidget character. This second installment in the franchise is the best: its screenplay is the most agile and showcasing - they really had to cast a triple threat actress this time who could mambo (OK, badly), sing, as well as be an ingenue! The video slick contains an exhortation to "Collect all the Gidget movies". Well, don't bother.

Just buy this one.

Gidget (an instant classic spoonerism of 'girl midget') is the only child of a happy married couple, who are here played very satisfyingly by the younger and friskier Carl Reiner and Miss Jeff Donnell (strange name). In the first movie Gidge's father was played as a stodgy old man by Arthur O'Connell. Her mother here is also of a younger mindset, and she's supposed to be a college graduate herself. This is significant not only for Abby's foolish commiseration about that on the plane, but also because in the first movie we found out that Gidget is a straight-A student who plays the cello. Gidget and her parents are all supposed to be squares, but you wouldn't know it from 'Hawaiian. So the sequel is a very, very different script from the first one, thank goodness.

Remember Moondoggie? 'Hawaiian opens as Gidget's surfer boyfriend from the original movie, who's also a secret square (he's a law student back at an East Coast college), has just recently "pinned" her. So she is totally absorbed in him while he's still in California, but to her chagrin, her well-meaning father springs a family vacation to Hawaii on her. Since Moondoggie isn't too bummed out when Gidget has to leave him, the poor girl takes this as a sure sign that her boyfriend doesn't love her. She does a very impressive road runner act as soon as she's flung his pin back at him. Devastated, she agrees to go to Hawaii "to forget".

On the plane over, she meets a snooty raven-haired girl called Abby Stewart, who is also flying to Hawaii with her "weirdy" parents, an ex-showbiz couple. Both sets of parents are a hit, but I like Gidge's understanding 1960s dad best because that's the beloved Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks' straight man during 1961, who recorded the 2,000-Year-Old-Man comedy albums with Mel. Our easy confidence about this movie is due in large part to the ensemble of older generation actors, all of whom get some terrific lines. But really it's Abby's parents who walk away with this movie: Mitzi (stage comedienne Peggy Cass, d.1999), who "was next in line to be a Copa girl" and Monty (Eddie Foy Jr, d.1983), the ex-hoofer, are both hilarious with all their snide bickering.

Anyway, Gidget's "pretty torchy" (maudlin) on the plane over, and for some time afterwards, which sends her very sensitive and therefore guilty dad into a tailspin. His conscience gnaws at him so much that he telegrams(!) Moondoggie back home and begs(!) the young man to join them in Hawaii. But he should have remembered that timing is everything. By the time the suave bugger (Moondoggie) turns up in Hawaii, Gidget has dragged her bod out to the beach and is unknowingly setting dancer Eddie Horner's (Michael Callan) heart aflutter. So two wrong couples start to shape up the second Abby sets eyes on Moondoggie in Hawaii ...there are piranhas that are slower than her.

But Abby is out of her half-inch depth in Hawaii, where there is some real surf, and a surfer chick. Soon Gidget is the star attraction in their newly formed little group in which girls are in short supply. The boys start singing glee club odes to Gidget (now this is a bit much), and she mambos and surfs her way to amazing popularity. Of course she is still burning for Moondoggie, although now mostly in fury. So she pulls out her old schtick from the first movie, making the guy she loves jealous by flirting with others. Unfortunately she's prolific and not very subtle, so pretty soon people are willing to believe that where there is smoke, there is fire. The stage is set for a pyrrhic confrontation between the girls. For once the boys stay cool. Moondoggie even decides to leave. But when Abby tries to fix Gidget's wagon and start a rumour about Gidget having "an unfortunate experience", Gidget goes missing.

This is one of the best-developed segues into a subplot I've ever seen. Both sets of parents have a row over the rumour and break their routines, and everyone starts jumping to conclusions. We end up with a lot of 1990s issues: one of the girls proffers that if they find Gidget in time, they can always have her stomach pumped, since she knows from personal experience from having attempted suicide so often. While Gidget is daydreaming about her supposed pregnancy, she imagines her dad as being humorously forgiving and caring about her baby; but the thing that offends Gidge the most about her parents' inability to reject the rumours, is that they could think her so stupid. And finally, Mrs Stewart complains that mothers can't tell their children anything anymore because kids know everything already.

I love the family and gender politics in 'Hawaiian. The screenplay doesn't talk down to the audience, and the whole cast is just sensational. Very satisfying to watch both guys see through Abby when it counts, although that might not happen in reality.

Otherwise spot-on.

[Sigh] If only real life could be tied up as neatly. Or if I could just get

Carl Reiner for my dad.

Alright, it's a chick flick. But a GREAT chick flick.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
As good as the first? lil_sweetie007
DVD Collection released -- no widescreen! Citymars
Joby Baker is a comic genius! And Dreamy! delscheml
James Darren... lil_sweetie007
Peoples' thoughts about... shopper-mania
Carl Reiner + Jeff Donnell seas286
Discuss Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?