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Gidget (10-Apr-1959)

Director: Paul Wendkos

Writer: Gabrielle Upton

From novel: Gidget: The Little Girl with Big Ideas by Frederick Kohner

Music Supervised and Conducted by: Morris Stoloff

Producer: Lewis J. Rachmil

Keywords: Comedy, Surfing

Gidget (girl+midget, modeled after Frederick Kohner's daughter), a 16-year-old, hangs out at the beach, surfs, and meets a college boy named Moondoggie. Later it turns out Moondoggie is who her father was trying to fix her up with. Good beach movie followed by four lesser sequels, none of which feature Sandra Dee.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Yvonne Craig
16-May-1937 17-Aug-2015 Batgirl on Batman
James Darren
8-Jun-1936   The Time Tunnel
Sandra Dee
23-Apr-1942 20-Feb-2005 Gidget
Tom Laughlin
10-Aug-1931 12-Dec-2013 Billy Jack
Doug McClure
11-May-1935 5-Feb-1995 Trampas in The Virginian
Arthur O'Connell
29-Mar-1908 18-May-1981 Anatomy of a Murder
Cliff Robertson
9-Sep-1923 10-Sep-2011 Uncle Ben in Spider-Man


Sandra Dee   ...   Gidget
James Darren   ...   Moondoggie
Cliff Robertson   ...   The Big Kahuna
Arthur O'Connell   ...   Russell Lawrence
The Four Preps   ...   Themselves
Mary LaRoche   ...   Dorothy Lawrence
Joby Baker   ...   Stinky
Tom Laughlin   ...   Lover Boy
Sue George   ...   B. L.
Robert Ellis   ...   Hot Shot
Jo Morrow   ...   Mary Lou
Yvonne Craig   ...   Nan
Patti Kane   ...   Patti
Doug McClure   ...   Waikiki
Burt Metcalfe   ...   Lord Byron


Review by Suzie (posted on 6-Apr-2008)

First of all James Darren played "Moondoggie" in all three movies. It was the female stars that changed. Gidget was Sandra Dee. Gidget goes Hawaiian was Deborah Wally. Gidget goes to Rome was Cindy Carol. Sandra Dee was married to Bobby Darrin. James Darren said; he had a little crush on Sandra Dee during the making of the film. Sandra Dee was only 17 during the making of the movie. And she had a very strict mother.

Review by San Jose Lance (posted on 1-Apr-2005)

Call me a fag, but I really like this movie. This film has actually been credited with starting the surfing craze that began in the early 1960's and continues to this day.

Sandra Dee plays an innocent high school aged teenager who experiences (for the first time) the heartache that accompanies adolescent love. She falls for "Moon Doggie" played by Bobby Darin. In real life these two were actually married (about a year after this movie's release).

Cliff Robertson (The Big Kahuna) plays the lead role as an ex military pilot who strains to readjust to civilian life and takes up with a younger crowd of men who live for surfing, partying and the beach life.

This one's got four stars in my book.

Lance Austin, San Jose California

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