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Release Date:
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 » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Darren ... Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews)

Michael Callan ... Eddie Horner

Deborah Walley ... Gidget (Francine 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)

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Continuity: The Royal Hawaiian was purchased by the Sheraton Corporation in 1959.See more »
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The title says it all, 6 September 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Three movies with that beach loving California teen baptized Francine Lawrence, but known to one and all as Gidget were made in the Eisenhower/Kennedy years. And with three different Gidgets. Gidget Goes Hawaiian, a title which explains all, has Deborah Walley introduced as the surfing crazed teen dream.

In the first Gidget film Gidget learns to surf and gets involved with James Darren, AKA Moondoggie who was also in the crest of his teen idol years. Parents Carl Reiner and Jeff Donnell surprise Gidget with a family trip to Hawaii which should have been a dream come true for one into surfing. But she's less than enthusiastic because she'll have to leave her Moondoggie. Then they fight and Walley goes off with her parents.

Reiner and Donnell buddy it up with Eddie Foy, Jr., and Peggy Cass and their daughter Vicki Trickett who is a vixen with a jealous streak. She's a teen queen in her own right and doesn't like Walley moving in on all the available boys which includes Michael Callan. She spends the rest of the film scheming against Walley. Eventually Darren being the surfer dude he is goes to Hawaii and I think you know where this is all going.

Gidget Goes Hawaiian is all good clean teen fun circa 1961 with a couple of songs for Darren, a couple of dances for Callan and lots of curves and waves on the beach. You can't make a bad picture in a Hawaiian location I've always maintained, some are just better than others.

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