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Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 2 June 1961 (USA)
Francine (Gidget) is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggie" is home from College. When he... See full summary »

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Francine (Gidget) is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggie" is home from College. When he suggests she go for it, she's even more in panic - doesn't he care to be with her? So she sets out for Hawaii in the worst mood. On the plane she meets the sociable Abby, who gives her the advice to forget about Jeff - and regrets it shortly after, when Francine follows the advice and steals her boyfriend Eddie, a famous dancer. But then Jeff discovers he's missing Francine... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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DARREN SINGS! CALLAN DANCES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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2 June 1961 (USA)  »

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April entdeckt Hawaii  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Gidget's striped blouse at the breakfast table in California and Abby's striped dress at the Luau are the same fabric pattern. Abby wears that same striped dress when they go to see Eddie at the Moana, and then the next night at the Luau. See more »

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When Gidget and her parents check-in at their hotel, the sign behind the desk clerk says Sheraton Hotel. Later, when Mr. Lawrence receives a telegram reply from Jeff, it's addressed to "Russell Lawrence, Royal Hawaiin Hotel" See more »

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Followed by Gidget Gets Married (1972) See more »

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Wild About the Girl
by Fred Karger and Stanley Styne
Performed by James Darren (uncredited) over the opening credits
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The title says it all
6 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Three movies with that beach loving California teen baptized Francine Lawrence, but known to one and all as Gidget were made in the Eisenhower/Kennedy years. And with three different Gidgets. Gidget Goes Hawaiian, a title which explains all, has Deborah Walley introduced as the surfing crazed teen dream.

In the first Gidget film Gidget learns to surf and gets involved with James Darren, AKA Moondoggie who was also in the crest of his teen idol years. Parents Carl Reiner and Jeff Donnell surprise Gidget with a family trip to Hawaii which should have been a dream come true for one into surfing. But she's less than enthusiastic because she'll have to leave her Moondoggie. Then they fight and Walley goes off with her parents.

Reiner and Donnell buddy it up with Eddie Foy, Jr., and Peggy Cass and their daughter Vicki Trickett who is a vixen with a jealous streak. She's a teen queen in her own right and doesn't like Walley moving in on all the available boys which includes Michael Callan. She spends the rest of the film scheming against Walley. Eventually Darren being the surfer dude he is goes to Hawaii and I think you know where this is all going.

Gidget Goes Hawaiian is all good clean teen fun circa 1961 with a couple of songs for Darren, a couple of dances for Callan and lots of curves and waves on the beach. You can't make a bad picture in a Hawaiian location I've always maintained, some are just better than others.


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