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Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) puts Deborah Walley in the title role. She's no Sandra Dee, but at least there are shots of Walley doing her own surfing stunts. The action's in Waikiki, and Gidge is pursued by a confused Moondoggie and a famous dancer. They are played by James Darren and Michael Callan, and having the two 1960s male ingenues in the same movie suggests a weird collision of matter and anti-matter. The spark goes flat in Gidget Goes to Rome (1963), with yet another new actress (Cindy Carol) paired with a loyal James Darren. It's closer to Three Coins in the Fountain than the sandy beaches of Malibu.
DVD caveat: none of the films is in widescreen. The sequels don't suffer much, but the original Gidget was shot in CinemaScope, and the pan-and-scan approach hurts the summery look of the picture--even if it's just Sandra Dee balancing in front of blue-screen waves. --Robert Horton
This is in pan and scan (cropped) format, missing half the picture.
Not going to buy this until it comes out in original CinemaScope format.
Studio does not care... Read more
Some of my favorite movies from when I was a kid. Arrived in perfect condition.Published 1 month ago by Julesybugs
Mom loves it. We used to watch these movies together when I was little and she first watched them when she was little. Good trio of movies if you like Gidget.Published 1 month ago by Kelly T
Reliving my childhood. Fun to watch again and hope to share with my nieces someday...Published 1 month ago by kate williams