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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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DARREN SINGS! CALLAN DANCES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Throughout the film, several exterior doors (from the Lawrence home in California to the hotel rooms in Hawaii) open outward as opposed to inward as exterior doors typically will. See more »


Soundtracks

Gidget Goes Hawaiian
by Fred Karger and Stanley Styne
Performed by James Darren (uncredited)
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charming and funny-the best in the series
22 June 1999 | by luke-31See all my reviews

In my honest opinion,Deborah Walley was the definitive gidget.I also believe this was the best of the movies.

The supporting cast is really terrific,and although it may seem a little dated and corny,if you watch it with an open mind, it is definitely entertaining.

Peggy Cass gives the film's true standout performance as the mother of Gidget's nemesis.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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