Cliff Robertson 1923 – 2011

Cliff Roberston (born 9 September 1923; died 10 September 2011) as Burt Vail aka ‘The Big Kahuna’ in Gidget (1959). When the movie was shot in August 1958, Robertson was almost 45 years old, Sandra Dee was 16, and James Darren was 22.

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Picture Show and TV Mirror

Cliff Robertson, Sandra Dee and James Darren in “Gidget” (1959).

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Gidget in England

A wet Sandra Dee in Gidget (1959) the movie on the dustjacket of Gidget the novel by Frederick Kohner (British first hardback edition, 1958).

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a candid and refreshing novel

Frederick Kohner’s 1957 novel, Gidget, which sprang from his daughter’s adventures with a gang of Malibu surfers, sold nearly two million copies and spawned seven sequels, a hit single by James Darren, a 1959 movie starring Sandra Dee and a TV series with Sally Field. Before Hollywood let up, Gidget would Go Hawaiian, Go to Rome, Grow Up and Get Married.

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Gidget and Moondoggie

James Darren (Moondoggie) and Sandra Dee (Gidget) in a publicity photo for Gidget (1959).

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Gidget and Gidget

Kathy Kohner (born 19 January 1941) and Sandra Dee (born 23 April 1942). “Somebody actually did call me ‘Gidget’ at the beach,” recalls Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, 37. “I asked, ‘What does it mean?’ and he said, ‘Girl midget.’ That’s how it started. And then my dad wrote the book.” People.

 

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Spook

Harry Dean Stanton (1926 – 2017): ‘Spook’ in The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), with Patty McCormack, Barbro Hedström and Sandra Marshall.

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Dean Stanton 1926 – 2017

Harry Dean Stanton (born 14 July 1926, West Irvine Kentucky; died 15 September 2017, Los Angeles California. ‘Spook’ in The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), above, with Jeremy Slate and Sherry Jackson.

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Dick Miller

Dick Miller (born 25 December 1928, The Bronx New York). First credit: Apache Woman (1955). Select credits: The Girls on the Beach (1965) First Waiter; Beach Ball (1965) Cop #1; Wild Wild Winter (1966) Gangster; The Wild Angels (1966) Rigger; The Trip (1967) Cash; The Wild Racers (1968) Pit Crew Mechanic.

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Patty McCormack

Patty McCormack (born 21 August 1945, Brooklyn New York). First credit: Man Against Pain (1953); continuous credits until three year hiatus 1965 – 67, then Maryjane, The Mini-Skirt Mob, The Young Runaways, The Young Animals (1968). Still acting (2017).

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