|Directed by||Paul Wendkos|
|Screenplay by||Gabrielle Upton|
|Based on||Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas|
by Frederick Kohner
|Produced by||Lewis J. Rachmil|
|Cinematography||Burnett Guffey, ASC|
|Edited by||William A. Lyon|
Fred Karger (music)
Patti Washington (lyrics)
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$1.5 million (est. US /Canada rentals)|
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.
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.
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- American romantic drama movies
- American teen drama movies
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- 1950s English-language movies
- Movies based on books
- Movies set in California
- Movies directed by Paul Wendkos