Category Archives: Gidget Goes to Rome

James, Danielle and Jessie

James Darren, Danielle de Metz, and Jessie Royce Landis (1896 – 1972) – “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 … Continue reading

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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.

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James Darren

James Darren: born James William Ercolani, 8 June 1936, Philadelphia USA. First credit Rumble on the Docks (1956) with Timothy Carey. Selected credits: Gidget (1959 – Moondoggie) with Sandra Dee Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961 – Moondoggie) with Deborah Walley Gidget … Continue reading

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Danielle de Metz

Danielle De Metz: born 27 July 1938, Paris France. Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) Daniela First screen credit: Return of the Fly (1959), followed by many guest roles on American TV, almost always as a European temptress, including The Many … Continue reading

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Don Porter (1912 – 1997)

Don Porter: born 24 September 1912, Oklahoma USA; died 11 February 1997, Beverly Hills California. First credit: Mystery of the White Room (1939); selected credits: Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) Russell Lawrence Gidget (TV 1965-66) Russell Lawrence Live a Little, … Continue reading

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Gidget #3

Cindy Carol star of Gidget Goes To Rome (1963)  “When Gidget, played with the proper pout and correct ingenuousness by Cindy Carol, arrives in Rome with her group of happy friends, she is bound to fall in love with a … Continue reading

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Young and Old in Rome

Gidget Goes To Rome (1963): Cindy Carol and Jessie Royce Landis (1896-1972). “When Gidget, played with the proper pout and correct ingenuousness by Cindy Carol, arrives in Rome with her group of happy friends, she is bound to fall in … Continue reading

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Roman holiday

Gidget Goes To Rome (1963): Cindy Carol, James Darren, Danielle De Metz. “When Gidget, played with the proper pout and correct ingenuousness by Cindy Carol, arrives in Rome with her group of happy friends, she is bound to fall in … Continue reading

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Joby Baker

Joby Baker: born Joseph N. Baker 26 March 1934, Montreal Canada. Along with James Darren, appeared in the first three Gidget movies.

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Roman Holiday

Gidget Goes To Rome (1963): Noreen Corcoran, Joby Baker, Cindy Carol, James Darren, Danielle De Metz, Peter Brooks, Trudi Ames. Save

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What, me w-w-worry?

Cindy Carol, Queen of Anti-Triskaidekaphobia | Today’s Friday the 13th and Cindy Carol, queen of anti-triskedecaphobia group, wears her best ‘What, me w-w-worry?’ look at 711 Fifth Ave. Triskedecaphobia means fear of 13. Friday September 13, 1963. The New York … Continue reading

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See in person!

Cindy Carol: star of Gidget Goes To Rome (1963). Born Carol Annette Sydes in 1941, she followed her sister Deborah and brother Anthony into television acting. She changed her name to Cindy Carol to play Gidget, and followed the movie … Continue reading

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The New Gidget

Cindy Carol: star of Gidget Goes To Rome (1963), supporting role in Dear Brigitte (1965) with Fabian, and a lead role in the first teen soap opera, Never Too Young (ABC 27 Sep 1965 – 24 Jun 1966), which followed … Continue reading

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Girl On The Go

Cindy Carol, star of Gidget Goes To Rome (1963). “When Gidget, played with the proper pout and correct ingenuousness by Cindy Carol, arrives in Rome with her group of happy friends, she is bound to fall in love with a … Continue reading

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Gidget’s career goes south

The Gidget Goes To Rome (1963) Hollywood career curse: Cindy Carol – born 1944, on TV from 1955, dropped out of sight after Never Too Young (TV 1966), rumoured to have retrained as a school teacher; Trudi Ames – born … Continue reading

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Hollywood drop-outs: Trudi, Cindy, and Noreen

Trudi Ames, Cindy Carol and Noreen Corcoran in Gidget Goes To Rome (1963). Whatever Happened to Trudi Ames? “Trudi Ames (born Trudy Ziskin) is a former actress most notable for her uncredited but memorable role in Bye Bye Birdie as … Continue reading

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Gidget’s parents, Don and Jeff

Cindy Carol as Gidget and Don Porter and Jeff Donnell as her parents in Gidget Goes To Rome (1963). Don Porter; Actor Played TV Bosses and Gidget’s Father. February 20, 1997|MYRNA OLIVER | LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF WRITER. Don Porter, … Continue reading

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Cindy and Annette Want The Same 2 Guys!

Stars of 1963 beach movies: Cindy Carol (Gidget Goes to Rome) versus Annette Funicello (Beach Party).

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Gidget’s leggy girlfriends

Trudi Ames in a bikini, Cindy Carol in a playsuit and Noreen Corcoran in a one-piece swimsuit in Gidget Goes To Rome (1963).

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Gidget’s first TV family

Before Cindy Carol was Gidget #3, she was Carol Sydes, playing ‘Binkie Massey’ in 26 episodes of The New Loretta Young Show (TV 1962 – 63) on CBS.

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Gidget’s girlfriends

Trudi Ames, Noreen Corcoran and Cindy Carol in Gidget Goes To Rome (1963). 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 … Continue reading

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Gidget Goes To Rome (1963) press book

Gidget Goes To Rome (1963)

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Gidget #3

Cindy Carol (born 1944) on screen 1955 – 1966.

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Moondoggie, Gidget and Daniela in Rome

Gidget Goes To Rome (1963): James Darren (Moondoggie), Cindy Carol (Gidget), Danielle de Metz (Daniela).

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Gidget and friends in Rome

Gidget Goes To Rome (1963): Danielle De Metz, Trudy Ames, James Darren, Noreen Corcoran, Cindy Carol.

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‘Gidget Goes To Rome’ (1963) colored lobby card

Cesare Danova (1926-92) with Cindy Carol (born 1944) as Gidget #3 in Gidget Goes To Rome (1963).

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Cindy Carol with an up-do

Cindy Carol, the third Gidget in Gidget Goes To Rome (1963).

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Cindy Carol – The New “Gidget”

Cindy Carol (Gidget) with James Darren (Moondoggie) on location in Italy for Gidget Goes to Rome (1963).

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Meet Cindy Carol: The New Gidget

NOT SO LONG AGO Columbia Pictures set out on a nation-wide search for a new Gidget. She had to be just the right combination of teenage talent and personality. The search ranged over 12,000 miles. But when Gidget was turned … Continue reading

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Hollywood’s Newest Teen-Age Star

Cindy Carol: star of Gidget Goes To Rome (1963), supporting role in Dear Brigitte (1965) and a lead role in the first teen soap opera, Never Too Young (ABC 27 Sep 1965 – 24 Jun 1966), which followed the lives … Continue reading

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Cindy Carol before ‘Gidget’

Cindy Carol, born Carol Sydes, was a child star, including a series regular role on The Loretta Young Show (TV 1963) before changing her name to be the third Gidget in Gidget Goes To Rome (1963).

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Gidget Goes To Rome (1963) tourists

The no-beach no-surfing Gidget movie: with Trudy Ames, Peter Brooks (The Girls On The Beach, Girl Happy), Cindy Carol, James Darren, Joby Baker (Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Girl Happy).

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Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) hotel lobby

Third Gidget movie: with Noreen Corcoran (The Girls on the Beach), Trudy Ames (Bye Bye Birdie) and James Darren (Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian).

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Gidget Goes To Rome (1963) lobby card

Third Gidget movie: starring James Darren (Moondoggie), and Cindy Carol (Gidget) with Danielle de Metz.

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Gidget Goes To Rome (1963) lobby cards

Gidget in Rome: Italian locations, an Italian co-star (36 year old Cesare Danova), a new Gidget (Cindy Carol) and the third straight appearance by James Darren (at age 26) as Moondoggie.

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Gidget Goes To Rome (1963) used photo

The third Gidget movie, shot on location in Rome, Italy, with not a beach in sight. Starred 18 year old Cindy Carol as Gidget.

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Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) photo

The third Gidget adventure, featuring the third Gidget, the newly renamed Cindy Carol, formerly Carol Sydes.

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Cindy Carol

Cindy Carol: born Carol Annette Sydes, 11 October 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA. On screen from age 11 as Carol Sydes, including a regular role in Leave It To Beaver (TV 1960), main role in the classic Cape Fear … Continue reading

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Peter Brooks

Peter Brooks: born Jan Zajaczowski First credit: Ichabod and Me (TV 1961) ’Teenage Journalist’ Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) Clay Anderson Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Brentwood Von Durgenfeld The Girls on the Beach (12-May-1965) Stu Rankin Gidget (TV 1965) ‘Too Many … Continue reading

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Noreen Corcoran

Noreen Corcoran: born 20 October 1943, Quincy Massachusetts. First screen credit: The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV 19-Jan-1952) ‘Curse of the Albas’ Bachelor Father (TV 1957-62) Kelly Gregg Gidget Goes to Rome (7-Aug-1963) Lucy McDougall The Girls on the Beach … Continue reading

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James Darren

James Darren (born James William Ercolani, 8 June 1936, Philadelphia Pennsylvania) First credit: Rumble on the Docks (1956) Jimmy Smigelski … Gidget (Columbia 10-Apr-1959) Moondoggie (Jeff Matthews) Gidget Goes Hawaiian (Columbia 2-Jun-1961) Moondoggie (Jeff Matthews) Gidget Goes to Rome (Columbia … Continue reading

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