wholesome American girl with the wide-eye appeal

Gidget,” that wholesome American girl with the wide-eye appeal and the Buster Brown hairdo, is now conquering Rome. Her past successes include Hawaii and California, fans will recall. BOSLEY CROWTHER September 12, 1963, New York Times review.

Columbia color releases, “Gidget Goes to Rome” and “13 Frightened Girls,” which opened yesterday on the Loew’s circuits, appear eminently suited as the components of a double bill. If the first proves too syrupy, the second offers a measure of relief with its excessive acridity.

“Gidget,” that wholesome American girl with the wide-eye appeal and the Buster Brown hairdo, is now conquering Rome. Her past successes include Hawaii and California, fans will recall.

When Gidget, played with the proper pout and correct ingenuousness by Cindy Caroll, arrives in Rome with her group of happy friends, she is bound to fall in love with a married and handsome Italian magazine writer, enjoy such exotic delicacies as fettucini and chicken cacciatore, and experience the thrill of attending a “Dolce Vita” cocktail party.

As one of Gidget’s friends explains, it’s part of her “growing up.” Gidget falls out of love in time, as does her friend Jeff, played by James Darren, and all ends happily.

Jeff sums up the entire ex-perience in two immortal sentences: “I guess everybody falls in love in Rome in the summer time. It’s that old devil Italian moon.”

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