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Gidget (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 10 April 1959 (USA)
A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Gabrielle Upton (screenplay), Frederick Kohner (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 The Four Preps ... Band at Beach
Mary LaRoche ... Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence
Joby Baker ... Stinky
Tom Laughlin ... Lover Boy
Sue George Sue George ... Betty Louise aka B.L.
Robert Ellis ... Hot Shot
Jo Morrow ... Mary Lou
Yvonne Craig ... Nan
Patti Kane Patti Kane ... Patti
Doug McClure ... Waikiki
Burt Metcalfe Burt Metcalfe ... Lord Byron
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Storyline

Due to an accident while swimming in the sea, Francis meets the surfer Moondoggy. She's fascinated of his sport and starts to hang out with his clique. Although they make fun of her at first, they teach her to surf. Soon she's accepted and given the nickname "Gidget". But it's hard work to become more than a friend to Moondoggy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Watch out Brigitte...here comes Gidget! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gidget See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (ColumbiaColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Because of the widespread popularity of this movie and the book it was based on, the real-life Gidget, Kathy Kohner, was ranked number 7 in Surfer Magazine's 40th anniversary issue's list of the 25 Most Influential Surfers of All Time. See more »

Goofs

During the luau scene when Gidget and Moondoggie first arrive, Doug McClure's character is doing a solo dance with a watermelon slice on his head, near the bottom of the steps. Seconds later, when the couple come to the other side of Kahuna's hut, McClure is sitting behind the other guys there playing a conga. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Russell Lawrence: That's a man-hunter?
Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence: Who did you expect? Kim Novak?
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Written by Glen A. Larson (as Glen Larson) and Bruce Belland
Sung by The Four Preps
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User Reviews

a classic summer story
23 June 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

love, teenagers, beach, sun, ocean , surfing. and the love story. after the strange, vulgar, complicated films with/about teenagers from our time, Gidget represents a fresh air. because it propose a simple story. because all seems be result of a form of romanticism who defines , in same measure, existence of each teenager and his desires. and, sure, for Sandra Dee, who gives the expected image of next door girl neighbor. the need to be part of group. the emotion of first love. the choice. the charm of appearances. the fundamental lesson about life. the conflict, suspicion and disillusion. the acceptance of truth. all in the seductive, simple way. so, a nice experience.


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