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Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 2 June 1961 (USA)
Francine (Gidget) is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggie" is home from College. When he... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Ruth Brooks Flippen, Frederick Kohner (based on characters created by)
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Credited cast:
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 Bart Patton ... Wally Hodges
Jan Conaway Jan Conaway ... Barbara Jo Wells
Robin Lory Robin Lory ... Dee Dee Waters
Arnold Merritt ... Clay Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Nuuhiwa David Nuuhiwa ... Self
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Francine (Gidget) is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggie" is home from College. When he suggests she go for it, she's even more in panic - doesn't he care to be with her? So she sets out for Hawaii in the worst mood. On the plane she meets the sociable Abby, who gives her the advice to forget about Jeff - and regrets it shortly after, when Francine follows the advice and steals her boyfriend Eddie, a famous dancer. But then Jeff discovers he's missing Francine... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Get Happy! Get with it! Beach-Parties! Luau-Feasts! Surf-Boarding! Hula-Dancing! Have yourself a Hawaiian holiday when..."Gidget Goes Hawaiian" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The name of one of the Hawaiian dancers in the first floor show is Telu Mansfield and after marrying Joe Taylor became Telu Mansfield Taylor. She became a Hawaiian dance teacher. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, Jeff gives Gidget his fraternity pin. We know this is in "real time" because when her parents spring the Hawaiian trip on her Gidget complains she's only just been pinned. But Jeff pinned her at the end of Gidget (1959). Further confusing the matter, we soon see the whole getting pinned scene reprised shortly thereafter as one of the flashbacks Gidget confides to Abby on the airplane. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers: Gadget Goes Hawaiian (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Gidget Goes Hawaiian
by Fred Karger and Stanley Styne
Performed by James Darren (uncredited)
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A movie for 60s' teenagers
10 March 1999 | by dana-27See all my reviews

This movie was not made, even in the mid-sixty's, to be taken seriously. It was made to provide, (as was Gidget), a starting point to consider how they would handle the (then) outrageous situations that Gidget got herself into.

Deborah was great in the part, not taking herself or the movie more seriously than just posing the plot as it was written.

This is not a movie a casual person would buy, but it is well worth watching on TV.

Also, one could have a pretty good time watching the Gidget character evolve as multiple actresses played the part.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

April entdeckt Hawaii See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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