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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Francie Lawrence aka Gidget
... Jeffrey Matthews aka Moondoggie
... Burt Vail aka The Big Kahuna
... Russell Lawrence
The Four Preps ... Band at Beach
... Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence
... Stinky
... Lover Boy
Sue George ... Betty Louise aka B.L.
... Hot Shot
... Mary Lou
... Nan
Patti Kane ... Patti
... Waikiki
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 »

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Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 April 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

April entdeckt die Männer  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(ColumbiaColor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Tom Laughlin, and Doug McClure all appear bare-chested in this movie. In fact, Robertson's many shirtless scenes, showing him sun-bronzed and sweaty, easily constitute the best "beefcake" of his long movie career. Unfortunately, the normally very hairy chested James Darren was forced to submit himself to a complete body waxing which seems unnatural and out of keeping with his personality. See more »

Goofs

At @15min mark as Gidget and her dad are walking back from the stairs to the living room you see the shadow of a camera on her dads shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Gidget: Honest to goodness it's the absolute ultimate!
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Soundtracks

The Next Best Thing to Love
Lyrics by Stanley Styne
Music by Fred Karger
Performed by James Darren (uncredited)
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Gidget is about a fun loving girl who gets involved with a group of surfers and has the summer of her life!
2 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have loved this movie ever since the first time I saw it years ago when I was a preteen. Although it is an old movie, it is still quite enjoyable. It was made in 1959 so of course it lacks the newer features which todays movies emit. However, I think the simple, sweet story of first love is a nice escape from the harsh realities of todays world. I always choose movies that provide something I cannot find in real life. I prefer escaping the norm. If I want to see sex and violence all I have to do is watch the news.

Gidget takes us all back to a simpler time and place where we can relive the memories of our youth or imagine how it might have been. I not only own the video but I also watch it on television whenever it airs. Having just finished watching again, I have to say that the idea that BL was a lesbian never entered my mind. They speak about how she has it made cause she wears her boyfriends pin. I always took that to mean that she was involved in a relationship with a guy who just happened to be away at college or working a lot. Just cause someone has short hair doesn't make them a lesbian in my mind and I think the person who made that comment was way off base and didn't really follow the conversations of the movie closely.

I love all of the Gidget movies, however to me Sandra Dee will always be the ultimate Gidget and I am sad that we have lost her recently.


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