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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 »

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Ruth Brooks Flippen, Frederick Kohner (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
James Darren ... Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews)
Michael Callan ... Eddie Horner
Deborah Walley ... Gidget (Frances Lawrence)
Carl Reiner ... Russ Lawrence
Peggy Cass ... Mitzi Stewart
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Monty Stewart
Jeff Donnell ... Dorothy Lawrence
Vicki Trickett ... Abby Stewart
Joby Baker ... Judge Hamilton
Don Edmonds ... Larry Neal
Bart Patton Bart Patton ... Wally Hodges
Jan Conaway Jan Conaway ... Barbara Jo Wells
Robin Lory Robin Lory ... Dee Dee Waters
Arnold Merritt ... Clay Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Nuuhiwa David Nuuhiwa ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

April entdeckt Hawaii See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 Hawaiian Hotel" See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Midget Goes Hawaiian (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild About the Girl
by Fred Karger and Stanley Styne
Performed by James Darren (uncredited) over the opening credits
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A movie for 60s' teenagers
10 March 1999 | by dana-27See all my reviews

This movie was not made, even in the mid-sixty's, to be taken seriously. It was made to provide, (as was Gidget), a starting point to consider how they would handle the (then) outrageous situations that Gidget got herself into.

Deborah was great in the part, not taking herself or the movie more seriously than just posing the plot as it was written.

This is not a movie a casual person would buy, but it is well worth watching on TV.

Also, one could have a pretty good time watching the Gidget character evolve as multiple actresses played the part.


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