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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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Taglines:

She wanted to grow up in a hurry - and boy, did she! 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:

April entdeckt die Männer See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (ColumbiaColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cliff Robertson grew up in La Jolla, California, where he is well known for his surfing ability. Robertson can be clearly seen surfing in the movie. However, in a 1978 interview on 60 Minutes (1968), Tom Laughlin admitted he suffered tremendously during the surfing scenes. 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

Gidget: You better get out of the sun before you melt.
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Connections

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We girls all wanted Moondoggie for our own.
18 May 2002 | by camibear7See all my reviews

Gidget was a movie I saw when I was just going into high school. After I saw it I wanted to be Sandra Dee so badly. She was so perky and pretty, and just so naive. It was a great film set on the beach at Malibu. Young juniors in high school going to the beach to get the attention of the college men. Woo who! And all the antics that go with it. Including when Gidget meets James Darren and he is so very dreamy. He took my breath away. Wow that most handsomest man next to John Saxon. Yep I was taken with this young actor. Who was not only handsome, but he could sing too. That song Gidget I had on 45rpm as did all the girls after we all got a load of Sandra Dee and James Darren together. The story is not too complicated, girl likes boy, girl chases boy who is a surfer, girl learns to surf and tries to make boy jealous, boy pretends he is not interested, then comes unglued when she is with someone else. In the end the prettiest girl Gidget gets Moondoggie. This movie was legendary in 1959 and it made alot of girls want to be a surfer like Sandra Dee in the movie. She even shoots the curl with Moondoggie on his board with him. She tells him it is the ultimate! Cliff Robertson plays the Kahuna and the wisest of the group of surfers who sit on the beach all day sunning themselves and goofing off.

I liked this movie so much!


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