Gidget Overview:

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

BlogHub Articles:

Review: Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection (1972)

on Aug 27, 2021 From Comet Over Hollywood

One piece of the Gidget franchise has eluded me for a few years: the Hanna-Barbera produced cartoon ?Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection.? That?s right. Not only did the Gidget character find herself on the silver screen, TV shows and movies, and in books, Gidget was also featured in cartoon-form. Ai... Read full article


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


See all Gidget articles

Quotes from

No Quote for this film.

Facts about

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 title character was based on the author's daughter, Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, and her adventures growing up in the surf culture on the beach at Malibu in the 1950's. As of this note (July 2006), she is 62, petite, healthy and attractive and living in Pacific Palisades with her husband of 42 years. And yes, there was a "Moondoggie", who still lives in California and is an artist.
The producer wanted Elvis Presley to play the leading male role but the studio declined because Presley was at the time too expensive.
read more facts about Gidget...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
Also directed by Paul Wendkos




More about Paul Wendkos >>
Also produced by Lewis J. Rachmil




More about Lewis J. Rachmil >>
Related Lists
Create a list


See All Related Lists >>
Also released in 1959




See All 1959 films >>