Gidget Goes Hawaiian by Frederick Kohner | BUT — She had left her heart in California and nothing — well, almost nothing — could make her forget… See Deborah Walley, the new Gidget, in the sparkling motion picture GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN.
One day in 1961, when the surf was small, two older men walked down the beach fully clothed and covered with camera equipment. They even had shoes on! “Hi, my name is Allan Grant and we’re from Life Magazine. We’re doing an article on surfing, can you help us?”. Ed Vaughan.
Yvette Mimieux (born 1942). First three film credits: Platinum High School (1960) Lorinda Nibley; The Time Machine (1960) Weena; Where the Boys Are (1960) Melanie Tolman. Retired from acting at age 49, final screen credit: a supporting role in the Jackie Collins’ TV movie Lady Boss (1992).
Paula Prentiss (born 1938): discovered by a talent scout at Northwestern University (Illinois) for Where the Boys Are (1960). Later appeared in Follow the Boys (1963) with Connie Francis. Married to actor Richard Benjamin (born 1938) since 1961. Most recent credit: Hard Four (2007) with children Ross and Prentiss Benjamin.
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Dolores Hart (born 1938) 10 films in Hollywood, including the lead role of Merritt Andrews in Where the Boys Are (1960) and two movies with Elvis Presley, before retiring to join a convent.
Connie Francis for Follow The Boys (1963) with Paula Prentis and Russ Tamblyn (Peyton Place, West Side Story).
Frazzled Frolic: Follow the Boys Is a Familiar Story
By BOSLEY CROWTHER | The New York Times | February 28, 1963
Connie Francis, born Concetta Rosemarie Franconero, 12 December 1938, Newark, New Jersey. She acted in four movies: Where the Boys Are (1960) Angie; Follow the Boys (1963) Bonnie Pulaski; Looking for Love (1964) Libby Caruso; When the Boys Meet The Girls (1965) Ginger Gray.
Where The Boys Are (1960) — Here are all these youngsters jammed together, on the beach, in beer joints and motels—coeds from state universities, fellows from the Ivy League—with only one thing on their minds. That is xes spelled backwards. NY Times review.
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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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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Cliff Robertson, Sandra Dee and James Darren in “Gidget” (1959).
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A wet Sandra Dee in Gidget (1959) the movie on the dustjacket of Gidget the novel by Frederick Kohner (British first hardback edition, 1958).
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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James Darren (Moondoggie) and Sandra Dee (Gidget) in a publicity photo for Gidget (1959).
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.
Harry Dean Stanton (1926 – 2017): ‘Spook’ in The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), with Patty McCormack, Barbro Hedström and Sandra Marshall.
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.
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.
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).
Diane Varsi, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film, “Peyton Place,” died on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 54 years old and lived in Los Angeles. Miss Varsi played Allison MacKenzie in “Peyton Place,” the 1957 melodrama based on the novel by Grace Metalious. She walked out on a contract with 20th Century-Fox and moved to Bennington, Vt. She then made a series of mostly low-budget pictures, including “Wild in the Streets.” Her last film was “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” (1977). NY Times.
Diane Varsi (born 23 February 1938, San Mateo California; died 19 November 1992, Hollywood California). Movie debut: Peyton Place (1957) in the lead role of Allison MacKenzie; retired 1960 – 1965; 8 more credits 1966 – 1977, including Wild in the Streets (1968). Final credit: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977).
Wild In The Streets (1968). “A pop singer is elected President, the administration establishes a mandatory retirement age at 30. At 35, citizens are escorted — by black-shirted young goons in baseball caps—to “rehabilitation camps,” where, “in groovy surroundings,” they are given compulsory LSD from a row of green water coolers.” NY Times.
Wild in the Streets (29 May 1968) American International Pictures, starring Shelley Winters (1920 – 2006), Christopher Jones (1941 – 2014), Diane Varsi (1938 – 1992), Richard Pryor (1940 – 2005), Ed Begley (1901 – 1970).
Laurie Mock (born 11 September 1944, Orange County California). First credit: The Great Adventure (TV 1964); select credits: Riot on Sunset Strip, Hot Rods to Hell (1967); final appearance: Dirty Harry (1971).
Hot Rods to Hell (27 January 1967) Four Leaf Productions — MGM. Producer: Sam Katzman. “a harrowing account of the harassment of a nice, All-American family by some animalistic teen-agers, murderously careering around in flashy cars.” NY Times.
Donnie Brooks (6 February 1936 – 23 February 2007). Rockabilly singer in three 1960s teen movies: Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), A Swingin’ Summer (1965) and The Love-Ins (1967). Continue reading
Jackie DeShannon (born 21 August 1941, Hazel Kentucky): three movie credits: Surf Party (1964), Intimacy (1966) and C’mon, Let’s Live A Little (1967).
C’mon, Let’s Live A Little (1967): veteran Canadian character actor Russ Conway (1913 – 2009) with folk-rock singer Jackie deShannon (born 1941) and pop singer Bobby Vee (1943 – 2016).
Eddie Hodges: born 1947, on Broadway from aged 10, in movies from age 12, won a Grammy at age 14; career failing by age 20 – appearing as the “comic relief” in the low budget musical C’mon, Live A Little. By 22 he’d quit.
Hortense Petra (born Hortense Petrimoulx 9 December 1904, Mississippi; died 8 July 1982 Los Angeles California). First credit: Is Your Daughter Safe? (1927), appeared in movies produced by husband Sam Katzman (1901 – 1972) including: Kissin’ Cousins, Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), When The Boys Meet The Girls (1965), Hold On! (1966), Hot Rods to Hell, Riot on Sunset Strip, The Love-Ins (1967), For Singles Only, The Young Runaways (1968) and The Loners (1972). Photo: Hortense Petra and Dennis O’Keefe in Chicago Syndicate (1955).
Brenda Benet: born Brenda Ann Nelson, 14 August 1945, Hollywood California; died 7 April 1982 West Los Angeles California – suicide.
Track of Thunder (15 September 1967 – Ambassador Films/United Artists), starring Brenda Benet and Tommy Kirk.
The Trip (released 23 August 1967) American International Pictures; produced and directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson. Girls: Susan Strasberg, Salli Sachse, Luree Holmes; boys: Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper, Michael Nader, Michael Blodgett; olds: Dick Miller.
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The Love-Ins (released 26 July 1967) . “This lurid melodrama, which Sam Katzman has produced and Arthur Dreifuss directed, is a gaudy, gleeful glorification of the fun that hippies have at their jolly outdoor love-ins and on their phantasmagorical trips.” Bosley Crowther, NY Times.
C’mon, Let’s Live a Little (released 3 March 1967): Jackie DeShannon, Suzie Kaye, Kim Carnes (born 1945 – only movie credit); Bobby Vee, Eddie Hodges, Frank Alesia, Patsy Kelly, Russ Conway (The Lively Set).
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Mimsy Farmer (born 28 February 1945, Chicago Illinois). First screen appearance: Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) uncredited girl in hotel lobby. Selected Hollywood credits: Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965), Hot Rods to Hell (1967), Riot on Sunset Strip (1967), Devil’s Angels (1967), The Wild Racers (1968) and then European films until Safari (TV Movie 1991) directed by Roger Vadim.
Riot on Sunset Strip (released 2 March 1967). “This 1967 quickie – made to reference recent confrontations between Hollywood police and the local youth – is so earnestly trying its best to be fair that it sometimes doesn’t seem to recognize just how little its parts fit together.” Jay Seaver, efimcritic.com.
Attending a recent cocktail party in Hollywood are actress Brenda Benet, costarring in Elvis‘ new picture Harum Scarum, and Anthony Hayes (Ride the Wild Surf and Winter A-Go-Go).
Daniel (Fess Parker) and Mingo (Ed Ames) are entrusted with an Indian princess (Brenda Benet) and asked to escort her to her betrothed in order to unite the two tribes and avert war. The young princess does not want the arranged marriage and fights them every step of the way. Daniel Boone (TV 1966) – ‘The Matchmaker’ (S3E07).
Frank Alesia (4 Jan 1944 Park Ridge Illinois – 27 Feb 2011 Carlsbad California). Continue reading
Dick Gautier (1931 – 2017) with Barbara Stuart (1930 – 2011), married 1967 – 1979. Dick Gautier played ‘Mark Hillman’ in ‘Gidget Gadget,’ Gidget (TV 1965) episode five, and an uncredited prisoner in Maryjane (1968); famous for ‘Hymie the robot’ in six episodes of Get Smart (TV 1966 – 1968). Barbara Stuart played ‘Bunny Wilson’ in 21 episodes of Gomer Pyle (TV 1964 – 1969).
Martin Milner: born 28 December 1931, Detroit Michigan; died 6 September 2015, Carlsbad California. Select credits: Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), Gidget (TV 1965): S1E3 The Great Kahuna – ‘Kahuna’, Ski Fever (1966), Valley of the Dolls (1967), Adam 12 (TV 1968-75). Continue reading
Doug McClure (11 May 1935, Glendale Los Angeles – 5 February 1995, Sherman Oaks Los Angeles). First credit: South Pacific (1957) – pilot in hospital. Selected credits: Gidget (1959) – Waikiki; The Lively Set (1964) – Chuck Manning. Final credit: One West Waikiki (TV 1996) – died during filming from lung cancer. Continue reading
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Tab Hunter: born Arthur Andrew Kelm, 11 July 1931, New York City New York. Lt. Morgan Hayes in Operation Bikini (1963 with Frankie Avalon and Eva Six), and Steamer Lane in Ride the Wild Surf (1964).
A bikini-clad Yvonne Craig (1937 – 2015); does not appear in a bikini in Kissin’ Cousins (1964) or Ski Party (1965).
Donna Michelle: Playboy Playmate of the Year 1964 BIRTHPLACE: Los Angeles, California USA BUST: 38″ D WAIST: 22″ HIPS: 37″ HEIGHT: 5′ 4″ WEIGHT: 118 lbs AMBITIONS: To act in legitimate theater. TURN-ONS: Sports. HOBBIES: Music, playing concert piano, ballet, modern jazz dance, scuba diving. DID YOU KNOW? I studied Russian ballet for seven years and have worked as a dancer in the New York City Ballet. I also had some movie parts as a child. I KEEP BUSY WITH: Swimming, taking care of and riding my horse, and driving my sports car. WHAT I LIKE IN MEN: Honesty and sincerity. I DISLIKE MEN WHO: act like they’re God’s gift to women.
Marta Kristen: plays the mermaid ‘Lorelei’ in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).
For Those Who Think Young (1964): James Darren and Pamela Tiffin. “Miss Tiffin plays a stanchly virtuous student, briskly pursued over the campus and along the beach by Mr. Darren, a rich playboy. Add to all the splashy cavorting, the thumping tunes and limber twisting at the club, thronged by the clean-cut girls and boys, with a random, bearded beatnik or two…” The New York Times, published: July 9, 1964.
Glendon Swarthout, an associate professor of English at MSU, was teaching an honors class in 1958 when he overheard one of his students talking about spring break. When Swarthout asked his students for more specifics, he was invited to join them in Fort Lauderdale and see for himself. MSU. Continue reading
“This novel is meant to be a half-gay, half-sad, but always breezy account of that, by now, minor institution — the collegiate goings-on in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the spring semester vacation.” Kirkus Review.
Beverly Powers: born Beverly Jean Montgomery, 7 August 1939, Los Angeles California. First film credit: Nightclub Stripper in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) as Miss Beverly Hills. Other credits include American International Pictures The Comedy of Terrors (1963 – photo above), Kissin’ Cousins (1964), Viva Las Vegas (1964), I’ll Take Sweden (1965), and Speedway (1968). Final credit: Fantasy Island (TV 1979).
Gari Hardy: born Garyfalia Julia Hardy, 26 August 1948, Bakersfield California, USA. “Dumb Blonde” in Speedway (1968).
Karen Hamilton in the non-speaking and uncredited role of ‘Willa’ in Speedway (1968).
Nancy Sinatra: Elvis Presley’s blonde co-star in Speedway (released 12 June 1968). By then, Nancy was a popstar: These Boots are Made For Walking reached #1 on the Billboard Singles Chart in February 1966, How Does That Grab You Darlin’? #7 May 1966, Sugar Town, #5 December 1966. Something Stupid, #1 April 1967, You Only Live Twice, #44 July 1967 and Lightning’s Girl, #24 October 1967. Her final chart entry was Drummer Man, #98 in September 1969. Billboard.
Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank (1915 – 1998), James Darren, born James Ercolani, and Claudia Martin, daughter of Dino Crocetti (1917 – 1995) in a publicity photo for For Those Who Think Young (1964).
Nancy Sinatra: born 8 June 1940, Jersey City Jersey, first child of Frank Sinatra. All movie credits: For Those Who Think Young (1964), Get Yourself a College Girl (1965), Marriage on the Rocks (1965) The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966), The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966), The Wild Angels (1966), Speedway (1968).
Born Karen Sue Levitt in Queens, New York, November 14, 1945. Graduated from Bayside High School, New York, in January 1962.
Karen Sue Hamilton (1945 – 1969): part-time model and aspiring actress; never appeared in Playboy Magazine, never acted in a Beach Party movie. She committed suicide less than four months after her engagement announcement.
Sue Williams aka Hamilton: born Los Angeles 1940, Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965, five AIP beach movies and three episodes of Gidget between July 1965 and June 1966, final appearance as Sue Williams Playboy Playmate in September 1966; divorced in the late 1960s and remarried in the 1970s; was not Karen Sue Levitt/Hamilton; did not commit suicide in 1969.
Sue Hamilton and Frankie Avalon in Fireball 500 (1966). Born Los Angeles 1940, Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965 (as Sue Williams), five AIP beach movies and three episodes of Gidget between July 1965 and June 1966, final appearance as Sue Williams Playboy Playmate in September 1966; divorced in the late 1960s and remarried in the 1970s; was not Karen Sue Levitt/Hamilton; did not commit suicide in 1969.
Sue Hamilton promoting The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966). Born Los Angeles 1940, Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965 (as Sue Williams), five AIP beach movies and three episodes of Gidget between July 1965 and June 1966, final appearance as Sue Williams Playboy Playmate in September 1966; divorced in the late 1960s and remarried in the 1970s; was not Karen Sue Levitt/Hamilton; did not commit suicide in 1969.
The joy lies in watching Disney idol Annette and chipper pop favorite Frankie strut their stuff with any colorful personalities available for a day or two of work under the AIP banner. Thus the viewer is treated to an oddball assortment of characters including go-go dancer Candy Johnson, underrated vocalist Donna Loren, some pop groups including the Exciters and the Pyramids, future Filipino horror icon John Ashley, future head-trip case Timothy Carey, a typically manic Don Rickles as the teen’s sole “old generation” advocate, a rousing third-act appearance by “Little Stevie” Wonder, and even a cameo by Boris Karloff who would later have much more prominent roles in the series. TCM.
Also on the bill is ‘Bikini Beach,” a horrible juvenile comedy in which surfers fight cyclists and convert their elders to the pleasures of the bronzed physique. Eugene Archer, New York Times.
A neighbor and friend of Sue Williams/Hamilton provided information that enabled me to establish that the woman once known as ‘Sue Williams’ (Playboy) and ‘Sue Hamilton’ (Sergeant Dead Head) is indeed alive and living in the USA.
The story got confused because neither ‘Sue Williams’ nor ‘Sue Hamilton’ is her real name.
The woman at the center of the story was born in the early 1940s, married young, and had two children by the time of her modeling and acting career. She divorced her first husband in 1967 and married her second husband a few years later.
Some details in the Playboy profile are accurate (her first husband was a firefighter) and others are fantasy (she didn’t graduate from high school in June 1964).
The Playboy photos caused trouble with her familly and her first husband. After her divorce in 1967, she wanted nothing to do with acting or modeling and chose not to stay in contact with the film or modeling industries.
Put the blame on Evelyn Mack Truitt and the internet for confusing Karen Sue Hamilton (1945 – 1969) with Sue Williams/Hamilton.
The woman behind the myth has enjoyed 50 years of anonymity; let’s respect her privacy.
The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965) Director John Hall wisely hired “The Watusi Dancing Girls” from Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go club on Sunset Boulevard to get things off to a swinging start, and you may feel compelled to join in at home once you synch with the red hot vibes of Frank Sinatra Jnr’s “Dance, Baby Dance.” Or not. Worst Movies Ever Made.
THE GIRLS ON THE BEACH (1965) The Beatles are coming…to a southern California sorority party! At least the Alpha Beta sorority thinks so! Believing that The Beatles have agreed to fly from England to perform at their fundraiser, the girls arrange for a big musical show and begin a full-scale promotion. When the Fabs don’t show, the ingenious girls imitate the Beatles complete with “yeah, yeah, yeahs!” Then they bring down the house when they sing, “I Want To Marry a Beatle.”The Beach Boys,The Crickets and Lesley Gore. Songs include: “Leave Me Alone,” “It’s Gotta Be You,” “I Don’t Want to Be a Loser” (Lesley Gore). “La Bamba” (The Crickets). “Girls On the Beach,” “Lonely Sea” and “Little Honda.” (The Beach Boys). Lots and lots of scenes of cute girls in skimpy bikinis! Noreen Corcoran, Martin West, Aron Kincaid, Gail Gilmore, Peter Brooks, Bruno Ve Sota, Dick Miller, Lana Wood, Mary Mitchell, Anna Capri, Arnold Lessing, Steve Rogers. The Girls on the Beach! The Video Beat.
Lori Saunders (aka Linda Saunders): born Linda Marie Hines, 4 October 1941, Kansas City Missouri. First credit: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV 1960) – as Linda Hines … The Girls on the Beach (1965) Patricia Johnson (as Linda Saunders); Petticoat Junction (TV 1965 – 70) Bobbie Jo Bradley – 148 episodes … Final credit: Captive (1980).
“Tab Hunter typically played soldiers and surfers and other totems of wholesome American masculinity.” From The New Yorker Magazine review of the brilliant 2015 documentary “Tab Hunter Confidential.”
LOS ANGELES, April 8, 1982 — Brenda Benet, an actress who played on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” shot and killed herself, the police said. Continue reading
Walt Disney told Annette Funicello that he had been approached by American International Pictures about her making a beach movie. He said he thought it sounded like “good clean fun,” but asked her not to expose her navel. She readily agreed. She and Mr. Avalon ultimately starred in a series of beach movies together, beginning with “Beach Party” in 1963. On Jan. 9, 1965, Ms. Funicello married her agent, Jack Gilardi. She made a few films in the middle and late 1960s, including “Fireball 500” and “Thunder Alley,” but her attention was focused on her children, Gina, Jack Jr. and Jason Michael. NY Times.
Update here (August 2017).
Sue Hamilton aka Sue Williams, Playboy Playmate and beach party movie actress, WAS NOT Karen Sue (Levitt) Hamilton, who died by suicide in 1969. Who was the actress who played “Peanuts” in How To Stuff a Wild Bikini? And what happened to her after her final film appearance in Fireball 500 (1966)? Please comment below or send information to hillard_elkins@ yahoo.com. Discretion assured.
Yvonne Craig, actor and dancer, born 16 May 1937; died 17 August 2015. The dark-haired beauty, a native of Taylorville, Ill., began her theatrical career at age 17 as the youngest member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She traveled the U.S. and was with the troupe for three years when she was discovered by director John Ford’s agent son Patrick and cast for the lead in the movie The Young Land (1959). She then starred opposite Elvis Presley in the films It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) and Kissin’ Cousins (1964). Her film résumé also included 7 Women From Hell (1961) — with future Joker villain Cesar Romero — Ski Party (1965) and Mars Needs Women (1967). The Hollywood Reporter.
TWO reels of celluloid junk called “The Mini-Skirt Mob” and “Angels From Hell” unwound in succession yesterday on a circuit theater double bill. Both American International packages transparently pay awed tribute to a motorcycle gang, a repulsive roundup of young humanity. “The Mini-Skirt Mob” is simply a monotonous exercise in sadism, as a bunch of girl cyclists and their male partner torment a honeymooning couple. “Mini-Skirt” is sickening. “Angels” is merely dull. Howard Thompson, The New York Times.
Roddy McDowall: born 17 September 1928, London England; died 3 October 1998, Los Angeles USA. First credit: Murder in the Family (UK 1938), moved to the US the following year, on screen until 1998. Selected credits: Lord Love a Duck (1966), The Cool Ones (1967), Hello Down There (1969).
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 high-speed car chase to elude reporters, but when the smoke cleared on Dec. 1, 1960, Bobby Darin, 24, and 16-year-old Sandra Dee were man and wife. EW.
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 recall. BOSLEY CROWTHER September 12, 1963, New York Times review.
Not to be outdone by “Tammy” (and her faithful goat), “Gidget” is also back in a sequel — a broad but bouncy one — with some pretty Hawaiian scenery for armchair travelers. Replacing Sandra Dee, as the briskly virtuous teen-ager who magnetizes beach boys, is a newcomer named Deborah Walley. HOWARD THOMPSON August 10, 1961, The New York Times review.
Dodie Marshall: born Rhoda Bailey Wolf 1934; on screen 1964-67, including Spinout (1966) and Easy Come Easy Go (1967). In 1991 claimed to have achieved a perfect score of 200 on a self-administered IQ test (LA Times); from 1977 to 2004 lived in the Hotel Del Flores, 409 North Crescent Drive Beverly Hills LA; in 2008 received $750,000 in a mediated settlement with Los Angeles County for medical expenses and damages resulting from a 2005 fall on a bus after the driver slammed the brakes.
Troy Donahue (centre) and Valerie Allen (to the right of Troy) and others on set for the bikini spy caper Come Spy With Me (1967). Donahue and Allen married in Ireland after filming in October 1966, before the film was leased 18 January 1967 to virtually no interest. Allen last Donue, a drug addict and alcoholic, in April 1968 and divorced him in November of the same year.
Bit players in Come Spy With Me (1967): French actress Lucienne Bridou (born 1943, in Hollywood 1964-68), minor actor Dan Ferrone (1937-99, on screen 1962-85), and teenager Katie Saylor (née Aldrich, born 1951).
Chance Gentry and Katie Aldrich together in a publicity photo for their only film credits – bikini spy caper Come Spy With Me (1967), starring Troy Donahue. Like Donahue (born Merle Johnson), Chance was a creation of infamous Hollywood agent Henry Willson (Rock Hudson and others). Katie Aldrich (born 1951) was the daughter of New York fashion designer Larry Aldrich. She married Lawrence Saylor Jr. in 1967, and returned to Hollywood as Katie Saylor 1973-77.
Valerie Allen: formerly Paramount Pictures’ last contract player at twenty-three, eight years later in bikini spy caper Come Spy With Me (1967) where she met two-year husband Troy Donahue.
Valerie Allen: born 10 February 1936, New York NY; died 18 June 2013 Woodland Hills CA. Daughter of Ziegfield Follies showgirl Valerie Raemer and talent agent Edgar Allen, on screen from 1957, including I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958), an episode of 77 Sunset Strip (TV 1959) with Edd Byrnes, before appearing in the bikini spy caper Come Spy With Me (1967) where she met an already alcoholic Troy Donahue. They married in Ireland 21 October 1966, separated in April 1968 and divorced 16 November 1968. She retired from acting in 1967 to become a television executive (Valerie Allen named East Coast program coordinator for SelectaVision, RCA’s color TV playback system. She has been an executive director of Golden Jet Enterprises, associated with Charles K. Feldman Productions and is a former actress (Billboard July 18, 1970).
Lynette Winter: born Mary Lynette Winter 17 June 1946, Decatur Illinois. On screen 1958-70, married Charles Edward “Ted” Cessac (1945-2011) 18 June 1969 in Los Angeles, relocated to Abbeville Louisiana and co-founded the Abbey Players in 1976, co-founded the Bodwin Portable Theater Company in Cleveland with Carrie Bodenger (left by 1999), now living in Carmel Monterey, directing at the Carl Cherry Centre for the Arts and acting at the Pink Flamingo Theater.
Complete screen credits:
Highway Patrol (TV 1958)
The Real McCoys (TV 1960)
The Parent Trap (1961)
Gidget (TV 1965-66) 26 episodes
My Three Sons (TV 1967)
Family Affair (TV 1967)
Petticoat Junction (TV 1966-70) 7 episodes
Stephen Mines: born 3 February 1939, Muskegon Michigan. On screen 1961-71, including two episodes of Gidget (TV) as Jeff a.k.a. Moondoggie. He retired from acting to start a woodworking business in Los Angeles. In 2005 he relocated to his home town of Muskegon.
“Dear Diary – Et Al.” (Gidget episode 1, 15 Sep. 1965). Gidget’s private and personal feelings are revealed when her older sister “accidentally” comes across Gidget’s diary.
Girls: Sally Field (Gidget), Betty Conner (Anne Cooper), Lynette Winter (Larue), Pamela Colbert (Cornbread – credited at the end of the episode but scenes deleted. She can be seen in the unaired second version of the pilot on YouTube).
Boys: Stephen Mines (Jeff aka Moondoggie – in photo above), Peter E. Deuel (John Cooper), Mike Nader.
Olds: Don Porter (Professor Russell Lawrence)
Diane McBain (born 1940): from Surfside 6 (TV 1960-62) 44 episodes as Daphne Dutton, to I Sailed to Tahiti with an All Girl Crew (1968).
The Mini-Skirt Mob (released 3 May 1968 American International Pictures); director: Maury Dexter, writer: James Gordon White; girls: Diane McBain, Sherry Jackson, Patty McCormack, Barbro Hedström, Jackie Rohr; boys: Jeremy Slate, Ross Hagen, Harry Dean Stanton, Ronnie Rondell Jr.
Maryjane (released 13 March 1968 American International Pictures), director: Maury Dexter, writer: Maury Dexter (story), Dick Gautier, Peter Marshall; girls: Diane McBain, Patty McCormack, Linda Cooper, Teri Garr, Jo Ann Harris, Dodie Warren; boys: Fabian, Kevin Coughlin (1946-76), Gary Marshall, Frank Alesia, Ronnie Dayton
Maury Dexter: born 12 June 1928, Paris Arkansas USA. Directing credits include: Surf Party (1964), Wild On The Beach (1965), Maryjane (1968), The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), The Young Animals (1968), Hell’s Belles (1969).
Mary Ann Mobley, who stepped into the spotlight as the first Miss Mississippi to become Miss America and later hit the silver screen opposite Elvis Presley, has died. She was 77. LA Times Obituary, LA Times December 2014.
Martin Milner: born 28 December 1931, Detroit Michigan; died 6 September 2015, Carlsbad California. Select credits: Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), Gidget (TV 1965): S1E3 The Great Kahuna – ‘Kahuna’ Ski’, Ski Fever (1966), Valley of the Dolls (1967), Adam 12 (TV 1968-75).
Chris Noel and Jeremy Slate promoting The Lieutenant (TV 1963). Jeremy Slate born 17 February 1926 Atlantic City New Jersey; died 19 November 2006, Los Angeles California. Selected credits: G.I. Blues (1960), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), I’ll Take Sweden (1965), The Born Losers (1967), The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), Hell’s Belles (1969), Hell’s Angels ’69 (1969). Scandanavian looks: played ‘Gunnar Borgstrom’ in Bonanza (TV 1962 S3E29), ’Erik Carlson’ in I’ll Take Sweden (1965) and ‘Erik Larsen’ in Convoy (TV 1965 S1E12).