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Gidget Grows Up (1969)

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Movie 30 December 1969
After spending the last two years in Europe as an exchange student, Gidget returns home to California only to discover that things have changed. The letters she had been writing to her ... See full summary »


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John McGreevey, Frederick Kohner (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Valentine ... Gidget Lawrence
Edward Mulhare ... Alex MacLaughlin
Paul Petersen ... Moondoggie Griffith
Warner Anderson ... Ambassador Post
Robert Cummings ... Russ Lawrence (as Bob Cummings)
Nina Foch ... Bibi Crosby
Paul Lynde ... Louis B. Latimer
Susan Batson ... Diana Otessa
Hal Frederick Hal Frederick ... Lee Basumba
Helen Funai Helen Funai ... Minnie Chan
Mario Aniov Mario Aniov ... Abdul Ahmed III
Gunilla Knudson Gunilla Knudson ... Katrina Lund (as Gunilla Knudsen)
Doreen Lang Doreen Lang ... Mrs. Willard
Michael Lembeck ... Arnold
Davis Roberts ... Bukumbu Representative


After spending the last two years in Europe as an exchange student, Gidget returns home to California only to discover that things have changed. The letters she had been writing to her beloved "moondoggie" to try to make him jealous have had the wrong effect. Disillusioned with love, and after hearing a speech on television, she decides to make a real difference in the world by going to New York to become a youth worker at the United Nations. While there she has a proposal of marriage from an extremely wealthy Arabian Sheik, but instead she falls for a handsome but older Australian diplomat. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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30 December 1969 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Louis B. Latimer rents out a two bedroom apartment in the East Village, Manhattan, to Gidget, Minnie and Diana, for $185 a month. In 2019, that is equivalent to $1278. The apartment was located at the corner of E 10th Street and Stuyvesant Street. In actuality, the cost of such an apartment in 2019 would be more than twice that. See more »


[first lines]
Gidget Lawrence: Well, there it is. The United Nations. One of humanities nobelist achievements. And here am I, Gidget Lawrence. Currently one of humanities most miserable misfits.
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Growing Up
Music by Shorty Rogers
Lyrics by Kelly Gordon
Sung by Jean King
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A Pretty Good Gidget Film
1 July 2008 | by thatcameraguySee all my reviews

Loosely adapted from Frederick Kohner's novel "Gidget Goes New York", This 1969 ABC MOW is remarkable principally for two standout performances: Karen Valentine is excellent as Gidget (of the seven women who have portrayed her in cinema and TV, I rank her second only to Sally Field), and Paul Lynde is hilarious as Louis B. Latimer, Gidget's eccentric and narcissistic landlord. Paul Peterson is alright as Jeff (though sometimes boring), and Robert Cummings is a bit flat as Russ Lawrence. Edward Mulhare seems to think he's in a 1960's soap opera. There are some truly beautiful performances in the smaller parts: Nina Fochs, for example, is magnificent as Mrs.Crosby, Gidget's job trainer (shades of Miss Jean Brodie), and the two girls who play Gidget's roommates are delightful and lovable. The plot is lame, and moves slowly, but Valentine and Lynde do a good job of buoying it.

No mention is made of Gidget's mother or sister, perhaps in an attempt to fudge continuity with both the Hollywood movies (no sister Anne) and the 60's sitcom (mother deceased).

Gidget fans will enjoy "Gidget Grows Up", but for anyone else it is a slightly above average MOW.

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