Gidget

(1959)
Gidget

Starring Sandra Dee, James Darren. (U)

 

One of a slew of ‘squeaky clean’ teen movies from the fifties and sixties aimed at teenage girls (if your 21st-century teen doesn’t find this too dated, she may also like some of the beach-set movies like 1963’s Beach Party and 1965’s Beach Blanket Bingo, both with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello). Gidget (played by Sandra Dee, who was, of course, immortalised in a song in Grease) is a bouncy young blonde who discovers surfing and then love after she befriends cool Moondoggie (Darren) during the summer in this fun if forgettable feature.

Based on a book by Frederick Kohner, this was a phenomenal hit, not only launching many imitation beach movies, but also a Gidget phenomenon – two more movies followed (Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961), Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), neither of which starred Dee), plus a handful of made-for-TV films, and even a spin-off TV series, which launched the career of Sally Field, who took on the role of Gidget (the name Gidget, incidentally, is an abbreviation of ‘girl midget’). 

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