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Release Date:
2 June 1961 (USA) See more »
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Get Happy! Get with it! Beach-Parties! Luau-Feasts! Surf-Boarding! Hula-Dancing! Have yourself a Hawaiian holiday when..."Gidget Goes Hawaiian" See more »
Plot:
Francine (Gidget) is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A classic! One of the best beach movies ever. See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

James Darren ... Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews)

Michael Callan ... Eddie Horner

Deborah Walley ... Gidget (Frances Lawrence)

Carl Reiner ... Russ Lawrence
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
Yankee Chang ... Mr. Matsu (uncredited)
Jerado Decordovier ... Waiter (uncredited)

Mimsy Farmer ... Blonde girl in lobby (uncredited)
Kam Fong ... Hotel Night Clerk (uncredited)
Johnny Gilbert ... Johnny Spring (uncredited)
Terry Huntingdon ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Guy Lee ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Ma Ma Loa ... Dancer (uncredited)
Vivian Marshall ... Lucy (uncredited)
Rudi Polt ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Wendkos 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ruth Brooks Flippen 
Frederick Kohner 

Produced by
Jerry Bresler .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Bronner 
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon 
 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup artist
 
Stunts
Linda Benson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Mickey Dora .... stunts (uncredited)
David Nuuhiwa .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emil Oster .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Roland Dupree .... choreographer
 

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101 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating)

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Trivia:
Gidget's striped blouse at the breakfast table in California and Abby's striped dress at the Luau are the same fabric pattern. Abby wears that same striped dress when they go to see Eddie at the Moana, and then the next night at the Luau.See more »
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Miscellaneous: Throughout the film, several exterior doors (from the Lawrence home in California to the hotel rooms in Hawaii) open outward as opposed to inward as exterior doors typically will.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A classic! One of the best beach movies ever., 11 October 2002
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

Fun and involving beach comedy-melodrama. Walley and Darren try to get each other jealous before flinging up their arms to stay together. Walley is cute and conveys some subtlety in the "Girl Midget" role she inherited. One odd aspect of the film is its seemingly outdated jazz-style music. But maybe by the early 60s the rock thing really WAS out (I wasn't there, so I don't really know).

The production numbers are smart and fairly well-written, especially Gidget's dream of being a "fallen woman." You don't usually see things like this in a beach movie, and that's what makes this one of the better beach party movies. It's equally as good as AIP's beach movies (in which Walley appeared), though without quite as good a cast.

Walley was eventually married to and then divorced from actor/musician/filmmaker John Ashley. She more or less retired from acting in the 70s after making the original "Benji", and in the 80s and 90s she appeared at numerous conventions (where she was always a very friendly presence that I'm sure a lot of people appreciated as much as I did). She passed away a couple of years ago, and I guess this classic beach film is now a kind of monument to her. Because I think people will be watching and enjoying this movie many, many years into the future. I don't know if they will respect it, or like it, or hate it, but they will probably enjoy it

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