At the beach party scene, The Four Preps rendered "Cinderella", a number by two members of The Four Preps, Glen A. Larson and Bruce Belland. The story was based on Kohner's 1957 novel Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas. in a story about a teenager's initiation into the California surf culture and her romance with a young surfer. He praised performers Dee, Robertson, and La Roche. She's on the screen for most of the film's 95minutes, and she's an absolute joy to watch for the film's entire running. Soon she's accepted and given the nickname "Gidget".

Maybe I'm being slightly sentimental, but to me GIDGET is a beautiful coming-of-age story that can still teach the teenagers of today a valuable lesson about first love. / ... Soon she's accepted and given the nickname "Gidget". Dee was seventeen and at her liveliest when she made this film.

The film—directed by Paul Wendkos—was the first of many screen appearances by the character Gidget, created by Hollywood writer Frederick Kohner (based on his daughter Kathy).
Gidget is mortified and escapes out the back of the beach house as Moondoggie confronts Kahuna. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. When he... See full summary », Frances, now 17, is still in love with Moondoggy. [3][4] It stars Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell and The Four Preps. Looking for something to watch? The screenplay was written by Gillian Houghton, who was then head writer of the soap opera The Secret Storm, using the nom de plume Gabrielle Upton. Some people might dismiss GIDGET as standard studio corn, but I beg to differ! Written by

There's nothing wrong with that. However they have to take an... See full summary », Frances "Gidget" Lawrence lives with her widowed college professor father in Southern California. Kahuna cheerfully warns Moondoggie that Gidget is quite a woman. In desperation, she turns to her mother, but the advice she receives may do more harm than good. Great art it definitely isn't, but as frivolous, lighthearted entertainment, it more than fits the bill.

In 1969, a telemovie Gidget Grows Up starring Karen Valentine was aired. 32 of 33 people found this review helpful. A father's attempts to protect his college-age daughter from trouble backfire and he finds himself in the middle of scandal after scandal. An unsophisticated young woman from the Mississippi swamps falls in love with an unconventional southern gentleman. The popularity of the film led to a "Miss Gidget" contest which was won by Barbara Bouchet in 1959. View production, box office, & company info. Official Sites

[9] Rose Marie Reid designed all of the women's swimsuits in the film.[10]. Gidget In 1987, Gidget was spoofed in the off-Broadway play Psycho Beach Party. | Rich socialite Chantal marries Eugene, a photographer, and everything seems blissful until her envious friend attempts to break them up.

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Gidget finally gets married and rebels against the social caste system in her new husband's company. Fred Karger composed "Gidget" with lyrics by Patti Washington, and "The Next Best Thing to Love" with lyrics by Stanley Styne. / ... Francine Lawrence (Sandra Dee) is about to turn 17 and is on her summer break between her junior and senior years of high school. (uncredited), Classmate At home, Francie importunes her parents for $25 for a used surfboard. Gidget is a 1959 American CinemaScope comedy film.

Sandra Dee originally was going to film the sequel Gidget Goes Hawaiian but didn't. Kahuna is a Korean War Air Force veteran twice the age of Frances who is fed up with all the rules he had to live by when he flew combat missions, and dropped out of normal society.