|Directed by||Paul Wendkos|
|Produced by||Lewis J. Rachmil|
|Screenplay by||Gabrielle Upton|
Fred Karger (music)
Patti Washington (lyrics)
|Cinematography||Burnett Guffey, ASC|
|Editing by||William A. Lyon|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||April 10, 1959|
|Running time||95 minutes|
|Money made||$1.5 million (est. US /Canada rentals)|
The movie stars Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, and pop singer James Darren. The movie was based on a novel by Frederick Kohner titled Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas. The movie was directed by Paul Wendkos.
Legacy[change | change source]
Gidget is credited by numerous sources, including a documentary movie by Stacy Peralta, as being the single main influence to bring surfing and the surfing subculture into the American mainstream.
The movie received a 1960 Golden Laurel Award nomination for Top Female Comedy Performance for actress Sandra Dee.
References[change | change source]
- Tom Lisanti, Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959-1969, McFarland 2005 , 29
- "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
- "A Generation of Gidgets", by Jeff Spurrier, The Atlantic Monthly, April 2002 Retrieved 4 August 2009.
- "Surfer Girl, Forever" by Hugo Martin, The Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2009.