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GIDGET (1959) co-starring Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, James Darren, Arthur O’Connell with Mary LaRoche, Jo Morrow and The Four Preps | The joyous movie based on that book! Advertisements

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sweetheart of the beach generation

Original Australian illustrated daybill for Gidget (1959) featuring poor likenesses of Cliff Robertson, James Darren and Sandra Dee – she looks more like Pam Colbert.

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Surf’s Up?

Cliff Robertson as Malibu Beach surf bum ‘Kahuna’ in Gidget (1959). Novelist Frederick Kohner based the character on surfer Terry ‘Tubesteak’ Tracy.

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Gidget’s boy friends

Hot Shot (Robert Ellis) and Moondoggie (James Darren) carry Gidget (Sandra Dee) down the beach while Lover Boy (Tom Laughlin, rear left), Lord Byron (Burt Metcalfe, rear center), Stinky (Joby Baker, rear right) and Waikiki (Doug McClure, foreground right) run … Continue reading

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Hot Shot, Waikiki, Lover Boy, Stinky, Moondoggie, Lord Byron, Kahuna

Left to right: Hot Shot (Robert Ellis), Waikiki (Doug McClure), Lover Boy (Tom Laughlin, behind Sandra Dee), Stinky (Joby Baker), Moondoggie (James Darren, with Shary Marshall), Lord Byron (Burt Metcalfe), Kahuna (Cliff Robertson) in Gidget (1959).

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Moondoggie

The love-interest of the original Gidget (Kathy Kohner) was a 20 year old Malibu surfer named Bill Jensen, but the nickname ‘Moondoggie’ belonged to artist-surfer Billy Al Bengston.

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Gidget’s boy Moondoggie

James Darren was 22 years old when filming Gidget in the summer of 1958. He returned for Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) and Gidget Goes To Rome (1963).

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Gidget’s rival Joanne

Shary Layne a.k.a. Shary Marshall was 23 years old when filming Gidget in the summer of 1958, appearing in one scene as Moondoggie’s girlfriend who doesn’t like the outdoors.

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Betty Louise’s boyish hairstyle

Sue George‘s short hair while for Gidget (1959) was useful for her role in Jefferson Drum — “The Outlaw” (TV 1958) as “a girl disguised as a boy” discovered on the open prairie by titular western hero Jefferson Drum.

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Gidget’s friend Betty Louise

Sue George was 25 years old when filming Gidget in the summer of 1958 and had been married for 2 years to insurance salesman James Thobe.

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Gidget’s friend Patti

Patti Kane was 25 years old when shooting Gidget in the summer of 1958. She had been married since 1954 to fellow Pasadena Playhouse alumnus Ken Becker. Gidget was her only film credit.

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Gidget’s friend Mary Lou

Jo Morrow was 18 years old when shooting Gidget in the summer of 1958. She appeared uncredited in Ten North Frederick (1958). She shot Juke Box Rhythm after Gidget, but it was released a week before the surf movie in … Continue reading

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Gidget’s friend Nan

Yvonne Craig was 21 years old when shooting Gidget in the summer of 1958. Her previous credits were Eighten and Anxious (1957), two episodes of Schlitz Playhouse (CBS TV 1958) directed by Don Weis and John Brahm; and a episode … Continue reading

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Nan, Mary Lou and Patti

Gidget (1959): Gidget (Sandra Dee, born 1942), Gidget’s friends: Nan (Yvonne Craig, born 1939), Mary Lou (Jo Morrow, born 1939), and Patti (Patti Kane, born 1932).

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Gidget in thumbnails

Gidget (released 10 April 1959) Columbia Pictures. Based on the novel by Frederick Kohner, directed by Paul Wendkos, starring Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, with Yvonne Craig, Joby Baker, Doug McClure.

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The Little Girl with Big Ideas

THE surf goddess was just 15 when she started hanging with the crew at Malibu and gave surfing to the world.

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Dick Clark Goes For “Gidget”

Modern Screen, May 1959.  

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Honeymooners at Idlewild Airport

The bride wore a purple cocktail dress, no shoes, and one of America’s favorite smiles; the groom, a jacket and one of America’s favorite snarls. The 10-minute ceremony at music publisher Don Kirshner’s Camden, N.J., home was preceded by a … Continue reading

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Sun and Surf and the Story of a Teen-Age Girl

“GIDGET” is enough to make anybody leave one of the neighborhood theatres, where it opened yesterday, and light out for Long Island Sound. Pictorially, this mild little Columbia frolic, about a teen-age girl with boy trouble, seems an ideal way … Continue reading

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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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The blond all-American girl next door

Sandra Dee

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Paul Wendkos 1925 – 2009

Paul Wendkos: born 10 September 1925, Philadelphia Pennsylvania; died 12 November 2009, Malibu California. Director in Hollywood 1957 – 1999, including “Gidget” 1959, “Gidget Goes Hawaiian” 1961, and “Gidget Goes To Rome” 1963. Full obituary below the photo.

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Look at her, she’s Sandra!

Sandra Dee: born Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck, 23 April 1942 or 1944, Bayonne, New Jersey. Married to Bobby Darin, 1 Dec 1960 – 7 Mar 1967. Son Dodd Mitchell Darin born 16 Dec 1961. Died 20 February 2005, Thousand Oaks, California. … Continue reading

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Gidget and surfer dog

Sandra Dee, 62; Actress Was a Teen Idol in 1960s as Star of ‘Gidget,’ ‘Tammy’ Films February 21, 2005|Myrna Oliver | Times Staff Writer. “Sandra Dee, the blond all-American girl next door whose star turns as “Gidget” and “Tammy” made … Continue reading

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Gidget and husband

Screen Star Sandra Dee Dies at 62 By Marla Lehner | 02/20/2005.  Sandra Dee, the blonde teen queen who starred in Gidget and was once married to singer Bobby Darin, died Sunday at age 62. She passed away at 5:57 … Continue reading

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Alexandra Zuck

Sandra Dee: born Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck, 23 April 1942 or 1944, Bayonne, New Jersey.

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Glamorous Gidget

Sandra Dee, 62; Actress Was a Teen Idol in 1960s as Star of ‘Gidget,’ ‘Tammy’ Films February 21, 2005|Myrna Oliver | Times Staff Writer. “Sandra Dee, the blond all-American girl next door whose star turns as “Gidget” and “Tammy” made … Continue reading

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Big Kahuna, Moondoggie and Gidget

Cliff Robertson and James Darren carrying Sandra Dee in a publcity phto for Gidget (1959)

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Dick Clark Goes For “Gidget!”

Columbia Pictures presents GiDGET co-starring Sandra Dee • Cliff Robertson • James Darren • Arthur O’Connell

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Picture Show and TV Mirror, October 10th, 1959

Cliff Robertson, Sandra Dee and James Darren in “Gidget”  

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Demure Yet Sensual Gidget

“The demure yet sensual Sandra Dee tugged America’s heartstrings as the girl plus midget — Gidget — in the seminal film of that name in 1959. Teens and their parents alike hoped that she would make the right coming-of-age decisions … Continue reading

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Girl + Midget = Gidget

“Sandra Dee is the ‘gidget’ of the title, being a young woman, so slight in stature she is tagged with a nickname which is a contraction of girl and midget. Dee is in that crucial period of growing up where … Continue reading

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Gidget #1

“Sandra Dee manages to be an appealing little hard-head, as she becomes smitten with James Darren and Cliff Robertson.” – Howard Thompson, NY Times April 23, 1959.

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Sandra Dee on a round bed in a white bikini

Sandra Dee (1942 – 2005)

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Gidget #1

Sandra Dee (1942 – 2005)

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Moondoggie and Gidget – original

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

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Sandra Dee and James Darren for ‘Gidget’

Sandra’s dreamboat is James Darren

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Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee: born Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck, 23 April 1942 or 1944, Bayonne, New Jersey. Married to Bobby Darin, 1 Dec 1960 – 7 Mar 1967. Son Dodd Mitchell Darin born 16 Dec 1961. Died 20 February 2005, Thousand Oaks, California. … Continue reading

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Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig: born Yvonne Joyce Craig, 16 May 1937, Taylorville Illinois; died 17 August 2015, Pacific Palisades California (cancer). First credit: Eighteen and Anxious (1957) Gloria Dorothy McCormick Selected credits: Gidget (1959) Nan It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) … 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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Deborah Walley

Deborah Walley (Aug 12, 1941, Bridgeport, Connecticut – May 10, 2001, Sedona, Arizona – esophageal cancer). Married to John Ashley 1962 – 66. Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) … Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Ski Party (1965) Sergeant Dead Head (1965) Dr. … Continue reading

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Linda Benson

Linda Benson (born Linda Rae Benson, 24 May 1944 Encinitas, California Gidget (1959) stunt double Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) stunt double Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) surfer girl Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) beach girl Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) pajama … Continue reading

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Gidget (1959)

Gidget (Columbia 10-Apr-1959) dir. Paul Wendkos Girls: Sandra Dee, Yvonne Craig Boys: James Darren Olds: Cliff Robertson Music: The Four Preps Check out my main site: Actresses of the 50s and 60s. It is also autopublished to Tumblr: 24 Femmes Per … Continue reading

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