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Gidget (1959) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Paul Wendkos and produced by Lewis J. Rachmil.

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Gidget to Beach Parties: The second wave

on Jul 25, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 1963, the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA” peaked on the charts at No. 3, and “Beach Party” became American International Picture’s highest grossing film and created the “beach party” film genre. The 1960s is called “The Golden Age of Surfing&#... Read full article

30 years of Gidget

on Sep 7, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

As summer comes to a close, so does my ?Gidget? series. For three summers, I have spent a lot of time with Gidget, the surfing girl midget. Because of my love for the 1959 version and casually watching the films that followed, I decided to really delve into a film that was a catalyst for the beach f... Read full article

Review: The New Gidget TV series (1986-1988)

on Aug 10, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

The 1980s are remembered for big hair, leg warmers and neon colored clothing set to a soundtrack of David Bowie and Michael Jackson. But it was also filled with 1960s nostalgia and reboots. The Monkees were on a revival tour in 1986, Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man” sold Campbell’s ... Read full article

Review: Gidget TV series (1965-1966)

on Jul 7, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

Until a few weeks ago, I never had watched an episode of the TV version of ?Gidget? (1965-66) starring Sally Field. But as I kicked off my third summer of surfing through the ?Gidget? franchise, I bought the series and took the plunge?and then I binge watched all 32 episodes for two weeks until I fi... Read full article

Review: Gidget Gets Married (1972) TV movie

on Jul 22, 2016 From Comet Over Hollywood

Gidget and Moondoggie?s romance started onscreen in 1959 on the beaches of Malibu. Though the real Gidget didn?t marry ?Moondoggie,? the fictional one tied the knot in a 1972 TV movie, ?Gidget Gets Married.? At the end of the TV movie ?Gidget Grows Up? (1969), Gidget and Jeff get engaged. Two years ... Read full article

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James Darren was originally not selected to play Moondoggie because the role required two songs to sing and Darren was not well established as a singer. On his own, he cut a single with the studio's recording subsidiary Colpix Records which charted. Columbia changed their minds and gave him the role despite the fact that he couldn't surf and was a weak swimmer. He became a huge teen idol and subsequently repeated the Moondoggie role in Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) and Gidget Goes to Rome (1963)with two other Gidgets: Deborah Walley and Cindy Carol.
The producer wanted Elvis Presley to play the leading male role but the studio declined because Presley was at the time too expensive.
In one scene as Gidget's father and mother are waiting for her to return, her mother says to her dad "Who did you expect, Kim Novak?" Her dad had played 'Howard Bevins' in Picnic starring 'Kim Novak'.
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