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2 June 1961 (USA) See more »
Get Happy! Get with it! Beach-Parties! Luau-Feasts! Surf-Boarding! Hula-Dancing! Have yourself a Hawaiian holiday when..."Gidget Goes Hawaiian" See more »
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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  (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
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
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Midget Goes Hawaiian (1995) (V)See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
James Darren sings, Michael Callan dances, 6 June 2010
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

The first "Gidget" (1959) hit the sand running, with sweet 'n' sexy Sandra Dee in the title role and James Darren (as Jeff "Moondoggie" Matthews) making as many groins throb. In that outing, Ms. Dee seemed too Holly-worldly for the part, which results in the opposite sort of problem as "Gidget Goes Hawaiian". Herein, cute 'n' perky Deborah Walley (as Frances "Gidget" Lawrence) takes the lead, in a script that appears to have been written with Dee in mind - she would have been more likely than Ms. Walley in attracting every hunk on the beach. Also, Dee would have been more believable as a rival for beautiful dark-haired Vicki Trickett (as Abby Stewart), who should have attracted more attention. No wallflower, Ms. Trickett's legs go on forever...

Conversely, Walley would have done better with the original film's script. Yet, on balance, this picture is a little bit more fun, with its appealing young cast, and older veterans like Carl Reiner and Peggy Cass lending some shtick. The plot is that "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" and is mistaken for a tramp. The story suggests a young woman having sexual intercourse faces a battle more daunting than drug addiction. The main men vying for Walley's attention, Mr. Darren and Michael Callan (as Eddie Horner), handsomely hold the camera's spotlight, with dreamy singing and dancing numbers. Both men were named "Stars of Tomorrow" by Quigley Publications, in 1960 and 1962, due to "Gidget" films. And, Walley received a "Photoplay" newcomer of 1961 award.

***** Gidget Goes Hawaiian (6/2/61) Paul Wendkos ~ Deborah Walley, James Darren, Michael Callan, Carl Reiner

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