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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 »

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Credited cast:
... Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews)
... Eddie Horner
... Gidget (Frances Lawrence)
... Russ Lawrence
... Mitzi Stewart
... Monty Stewart
... Dorothy Lawrence
... Abby Stewart
... Judge Hamilton
... Larry Neal
Bart Patton ... Wally Hodges
Jan Conaway ... Barbara Jo Wells
Robin Lory ... Dee Dee Waters
... Clay Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Nuuhiwa ... Himself
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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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1.85 : 1
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Gidget's striped blouse at the breakfast table in California and Abby's striped dress at the Luau are the same fabric pattern. Abby wears that same striped dress when they go to see Eddie at the Moana, and then the next night at the Luau. See more »

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When Gidget and her parents check-in at their hotel, the sign behind the desk clerk says Sheraton Hotel. Later, when Mr. Lawrence receives a telegram reply from Jeff, it's addressed to "Russell Lawrence, Royal Hawaiin Hotel" See more »

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Follows Gidget (1959) See more »

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Gidget Goes Hawaiian
by Fred Karger and Stanley Styne
Performed by James Darren (uncredited)
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A classic! One of the best beach movies ever.
11 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Fun and involving beach comedy-melodrama. Walley and Darren try to get each other jealous before flinging up their arms to stay together. Walley is cute and conveys some subtlety in the "Girl Midget" role she inherited. One odd aspect of the film is its seemingly outdated jazz-style music. But maybe by the early 60s the rock thing really WAS out (I wasn't there, so I don't really know).

The production numbers are smart and fairly well-written, especially Gidget's dream of being a "fallen woman." You don't usually see things like this in a beach movie, and that's what makes this one of the better beach party movies. It's equally as good as AIP's beach movies (in which Walley appeared), though without quite as good a cast.

Walley was eventually married to and then divorced from actor/musician/filmmaker John Ashley. She more or less retired from acting in the 70s after making the original "Benji", and in the 80s and 90s she appeared at numerous conventions (where she was always a very friendly presence that I'm sure a lot of people appreciated as much as I did). She passed away a couple of years ago, and I guess this classic beach film is now a kind of monument to her. Because I think people will be watching and enjoying this movie many, many years into the future. I don't know if they will respect it, or like it, or hate it, but they will probably enjoy it


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