Bergie, Carol and Donna

Lois Nettleton (1927 – 2008), Pamela Tiffin (born 1942) and Dolores Hart (born 1938) as flight attendents Hilda ‘Bergie’ Bergstron, Carol Brewster and Donna Stuart in Come Fly With Me (1963).

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Best always, B. A. Sassoon

Beverly Adams: married to celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon (1928 – 2012) from Feb 1967 to Jan 1981.

 

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Ashlyn Martin | Laura Lynn | Laura Lynn Hale

Laura Lynn: 20 Mar 1946 – 24 Oct 1991 (suicide) as Marcy in Blood Feast (1963).

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Sue Williams | Sue Hamilton

Sue Williams: Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965.

also known as

Sue Hamilton: actress for American International Pictures 1965 – 1966.

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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 in with surfboards. Who’s the woman in the black one-piece under the umbrella?

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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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Burt Metcalfe

Burt Metcalfe: born 19 March 1935, Saskatchewan Canada; on screen 1955 – 1965, including ‘Lord Byron’ in Gidget (1959) and Father of the Bride (TV 1961 – 1962) with Myrna Fahey, before producing the TV hit M*A*S*H (1972 – 1983).

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Robert Ellis 1933 – 1973

Robert Ellis: born 24 Aug 1933 Chicago; died 23 Nov 1973 Los Angeles (kidney failure); a child star of sorts on radio and TV from 1948; Pvt. Joe Rattigan in Space Master X-7 (1958) and ‘Hot Shot’ in Gidget (1959); final credit Tallahassee 7000 (TV 1961).

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Tom Laughlin 1931 – 2013

Tom Laughlin: born 10 Aug 1931, Milwaukee; died 12 Dec 2013, Thousand Oaks; on screen from 1955, including South Pacific (1957), Senior Prom (1958), and Gidget (1959) as Lover Boy; wrote, directed and starred The Young Sinner (1961) costarring Stefanie Powers.

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Waikiki and Little Joe

Doug McClure (1935 – 1996) – played ‘Waikiki’ in Gidget (1959) – and Michael Landon – played ‘Little Joe’ in Bonanza (TV 1959 – 1973).

 

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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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Shary Marshall 1935 – 2014

Shary Marshall: born Sharlayne Adell Williamson 29 March 1935, Monmouth Oregon; died Shari Santilli 31 May 2014, Laguna Hills California. Moving to Hollywood after winning a beauty contest, she had two TV credits in 1958 as ‘Shary Layne’, before appearing uncredited in Gidget (1959).

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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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Sue George

Sue George: born Sue Ellen Weber, Los Angeles CA, 15 Apr 1933, on screen 1955 – 1961 three feature film credits: Rock, Pretty Baby (1956), The Dalton Girls (1957) and Gidget (1959).

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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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Patti Kane

Patti Kane: born Patricia F. Kane, 20 December 1932, Reseda CA. Only one film credit: Gidget (1959).

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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 April 1959.

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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 of Perry Mason (TV 1958) with Alan Hamilton — later Commissioner Gordon in Batman.

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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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Jo Morrow

Jo Morrow: born Beverly Jo Morrow, 1 November 1939, Cuero Texas.

First credit: Sam Katzman’s Juke Box Rhythm (1959); second credit: Gidget (1959) as Mary Lou.

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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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Frankie in Hong Kong

Frankie Avalon in Sumuru die Tochter des Satans (“Sumuru the daughter of Satan”) aka The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967).

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Shirley’s assassins

The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967): unidentified, Shirley Eaton, Patti Chandler (behind), and Ursula Rank.

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Tom Nardini

Tom Nardini: born 16 April 1945, Los Angeles CA. First credit: The Lieutenant (TV 1964); select credits: Cat Ballou (1965) with Michael Callan and Dwayne Hickman; Winter A-Go-Go (1965); Cowboy In Africa (TV 1967) with Dodie Marshall; Born Wild (AIP 1968); The Devil’s 8 (AIP 1969) with Fabian. TV credits until 1985, then Tiger Lily Road (2013) and Chief Zabu (2016).

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Michael Callan

Michael Callan (born Martin Harris Calinieff, 22 November 1935, Philadelphia PA) Moondoggie’s rival in Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1959), his fifth feature film appearance. Other credits include Because They’re Young (1960) with Dick Clark, Warren Berlinger, James Darren; The Flying Fontaines (1938) starring Eva Norlund – James Darren’s wife; The Interns (1962) with Cliff Robertson and Stefanie Powers; The New Interns (1964) with Barbara Eden; Cat Ballou (1965) with Dwayne Hickman and Tom Nardini. Continuous credits until 1997, with subsequent credits in 2003 and 2006.

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The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967)

The Million Eyes of Su-Muru (1967) Starring Shirley EatonFrankie Avalon, Patti Chandler, Salli Sachse, Maria Rohm • Directed by Lindsay Shonteff • Produced by Harry Alan Towers • Screenplay by Kevin Kavanagh • Original Story by Peter Welbeck • American International Pictures

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Gidget’s last movie

Ms. Dee‘s last feature film was “The Dunwich Horror” (1970). Washington Post.

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Teddibly noisy in hyah

Frankie Avalon and Mark Wynter in Horror House (1970). The young swingers actually get outswung by a glistening butcher knife. “Teddibly noisy in hyah,” murmurs one of them, shortly before getting a seasonal carving. NY Times.

 

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The Dunwich Horror (1970)

The Dunwich Horror (1970) American International Pictures. Starring Sandra Dee.

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Horror House 1970

Horror House a.k.a. The Haunted House of Horror (released 15 April 1970 USA)
Tigon (UK) / American International Pictures. Starring Frankie Avalon and Jill Haworth.

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The Horror of Party Beach 1964

The Horror of Party Beach 1964. The first horror monster musical! An Iselin-Tenny Production | Released by 20th Century-Fox.

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The Beach Girls and the Monster 1965

The Beach Girls and the Monster (released 15 September 1965). Music by Frank Sinatra, Jr. | with John Hall • Sue Casey • Walker Edmiston • Arnold Lessing and The Girls from The Hollywood Whiskey – A-Go-Go. Produced by Edward Janis.

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Hawaiian autographs

James Darren (born 1936), Deborah Walley (1941 – 2001), Michael Callan (born 1935) — Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961).

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WOW What a figure!

Gidget Goes Hawaiian is outgrossing the first Gidget by 52% in its first 152 engagements! from Columbia!

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she had left her heart in California

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.

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Malibu 1961

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.

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Melanie Tolman

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).

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Tuggle Carpenter

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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Merritt Andrews

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.

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Frazzled Frolic

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

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Angie, Bonnie, Libby and Ginger

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.

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xes spelled backwards

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.

 

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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 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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The Young Runaways (1968)

The Young Runaways (11 September 1968). Producer: Sam KatzmanStarring: Brooke Bundy, Patty McCormack, Quentin Dean, Kevin Coughlin, Richard Dreyfuss, Lloyd Bochner, Dick Sargent, Hortense Petra, Lynn Bari, Norman Fell.

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Diane is wild

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.

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Diane Varsi 1938 – 1992

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).

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If you’re thirty, you’re through!

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.

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Wild In The Streets 1968

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).

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Laurie Mock

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).

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Hot Rods To Hell (1967)

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.

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Donnie Brooks

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

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Jackie DeShannon

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).

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Russ, Jackie and Bobby

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).

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C’mon Eddie

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.

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Hortense Petra 1904 – 1982

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).

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Hollywood tragedy

Brenda Benet: born Brenda Ann Nelson, 14 August 1945, Hollywood California; died 7 April 1982 West Los Angeles California – suicide.

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Track of Thunder (1967)

Track of Thunder (15 September 1967 – Ambassador Films/United Artists), starring Brenda Benet and Tommy Kirk.

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Salli on a trip

Salli Sachse in The Trip (1967  American International Pictures).

 

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The Trip (1967)

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 (1967)

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.

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C’mon, Let’s Live A Little (1967)

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

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.

 

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Riot On Sunset Strip (1967)

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.

 

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Hollywood cocktail party

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).

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Daniel Boone, Little Fawn and Mingo

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).

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Frank Alesia 1944 – 2011

Frank Alesia (4 Jan 1944 Park Ridge Illinois – 27 Feb 2011 Carlsbad California). Continue reading

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Dick Gautier 1931 – 2017

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).

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Martin Milner 1931 – 2015

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

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Doug McClure 1935 – 1996

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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all American boy

Tab Hunter: born Arthur Andrew Kelm, 11 July 1931, New York City New York; died 9 July 2018, Santa Barbara California; played Lt. Morgan Hayes in Operation Bikini (1963 with Frankie Avalon and Eva Six), and Steamer Lane in Ride the Wild Surf (1964).

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before batgirl

A bikini-clad Yvonne Craig (1937 – 2015); does not appear in a bikini in Kissin’ Cousins (1964) or Ski Party (1965).

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beach party ‘animal’

Donna MichellePlayboy 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.

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Lorelei on a surfboard

Marta Kristen: plays the mermaid ‘Lorelei’ in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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FTWTY lobby card

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.

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el Doctor G. y su máquina de bikinis

The Doctor G. and his Bikini Machine with Dwayne Hickman, Frankie Avalon, Vincent Price and a redheaded Susan Hart.

 

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A zany satire on teenage girls!

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

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Why do thousands of coeds flock to Fort Lauderdale?

“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.

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Best-looking tan under the sun!

Michael Callan (Gidget Goes Hawaiian) and Barbara Eden (Ride the Wild Surf), co-stars in The New Interns (1964) directed by John Rich (Roustabout and Clambake) advertsing Coppertone.

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Beverly Powers

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).

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Gari Hardy

Gari Hardy: born Garyfalia Julia Hardy, 26 August 1948, Bakersfield California, USA. “Dumb Blonde” in Speedway (1968).

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Willa in the Hangout

Karen Hamilton in the non-speaking and uncredited role of ‘Willa’ in Speedway (1968).

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A blonde in boots

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.

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Sinatra, Ercolani and Crocetti

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).

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the girl in the yellow bikini

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).

 

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Karen Sue Hamilton 1945 – 1969

Born Karen Sue Levitt in Queens, New York, November 14, 1945. Graduated from Bayside High School, New York, in January 1962.

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