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Directed by Paul Wendkos
Produced by Lewis J. Rachmil
Screenplay by Gabrielle Upton
Starring Sandra Dee
James Darren
Cliff Robertson
Music by Theme:
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 (1959-04-10)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Money made $1.5 million (est. US /Canada rentals)[1][2]

Gidget is a 1959 American romantic comedy teen movie about living in California. It is about a teenage girl who goes surfing. She has a romance with a young surfer.

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 was the first beach party" movie. It was followed by two sequel movies, various television series, several made-for-TV movies, and the parody Psycho Beach Party.

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.[3][4]

The movie received a 1960 Golden Laurel Award nomination for Top Female Comedy Performance for actress Sandra Dee.

References[change | change source]

  1. Tom Lisanti, Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959-1969, McFarland 2005 , 29
  2. "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
  3. "A Generation of Gidgets", by Jeff Spurrier, The Atlantic Monthly, April 2002 Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  4. "Surfer Girl, Forever" by Hugo Martin, The Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2006. Retrieved 4 August 2009.

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