Gidget Goes To Rome 1963 NR

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Francis, now 17, is still in love with Moondoggy. She can persuade her parents to allow them a journey to Rome, together with two of her and two of his friends. However they have to take an adult with them, so they choose Peter's eccentric aunt. In Rome they get the beautiful guide Daniela, who's fascinating the guys and making especially Gidget jealous. She starts looking elsewhere herself.

Starring:
James Darren, Jessie Royce Landis
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

Gidget Goes To Rome

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2000
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The viewer from Houston's mom is right there are other Gidget movies. They were made-for-television and followed the three released for theaters (Gidget with Sandra Dee 1959, Gidget Goes Hawaiian with Deborah Whalley 1961, and Gidget Goes to Rome with Cindy Carol 1963).
They were Titled "Gidget Grows Up" and "Gidget Gets Married" "Gidget Grows Up" (approx 1968) had Karen Valentine (Room 222) as Gidget working in New York as a Tour Guide at the United Nations. Moondoggie, played by Paul Petersen (The Donna Reed Show) appears only briefly at the end of the film as a soldier shipping off to Vietnam. "Gidget Get Married" (approx 1973) had Moondoggie return from Vietnam to Gidget a nursery school teacher and they begin married life as a suburban couple in southern California.
There was of course the Gidget television series with Sally Field in the mid-1960's. There was also I believe in the mid-1980's another Gidget series, with a 30-something Gidget and Moondoggie and there young niece.
Gidget began as a book written by Frederick Kohner based on the adventures of his teenage daughter and her friends on the Malibu beaches of the 1950's and early 1960's.
Does anyone remember why Jeff "Moondoggie's" last name changed from film to film. Wasn't he Jeffrey Matthews in the original then became Jeffrey Stevens in Hawaii?
Gidget was total fantasy, nothing to do with real surfers, or for that matter real teenagers. But they were fun. 40+ years later young girls still love Gidget and they always will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie A. Jochman on February 2, 2000
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This is my favorite and, I think, the best of the Gidget movies. James Darren is still extremely "dreamy" as Moondoggie, and Cindy Carol portrays a more grown-up Gidget. Though Sandra Dee is the very first Gidge, I believe Carol gives her quite a run for her money. Who couldn't love the "Gigetta" theme, and Moondoggie's sonata to Gidget? The fact that I'm an Italian with hopes for visiting Rome just make me love this movie even more! It was lovely!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maurine on July 16, 2000
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There are two problems with this movie. First, I do not like Cindy Carol as Gidget. I liked Sandra Dee and Deborah Walley a lot better. Second, there is not much surfing. Overlooking those two things, this is still a fun movie. It seems there aways has to be something to come between our favorite couple: Gidget and Moondoggie. And what Gidget movie would be complete without Gidget misreading situations? Gidget goes to Rome with her two gal pals, Moondoggie, and his two friends (Judge from Gidget goes Hawaiian returns). There is a lot of nice footage showing Italian landmarks. Gidget, of course, gets herself in trouble and has a separation from Jeff, played by gorgeous James Darren, but everything turns out for Gidget in the end. Doesn't it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noirdame on March 2, 2006
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While this is nowhere near the best "Gidget" film, it is entertaining in its own right. Cindy Carol(whatever happened to her?)doesn't hold a candle to Sandra Dee and Deborah Walley (both RIP), but she does have spunky personality to spare. James Darren, impeccably tanned and handsome as always, is right in his element, singing under the Roman sun. The beautiful scenery, lively colors, peaceful music and the humorous performances are enough to recommend this movie.

Gidget, enjoying her last summer before college, manages to convince her folks to let her go to Rome for the summer with her friends and a chaperone. She and Moondoggie arrive in the Eternal city, hand in hand, only to again fall into problems when Jeff becomes infatuated with their beautiful guide, Daniela (the lovely Danielle de Metz). Gidget then begins seeing an older man, Paolo Cellini (Cesare Danova), thinking of it as romance, unaware that he is actually and army buddy of her dad's, whom he had asked to watch over the Gidge. Many misadventures, misunderstandings, and girl midget fantasies abound!!! Trudy Ames, as Gidget's friend Libby, is hilarious, ("They have to help the poor girl because she's so top heavy!"), and she has a perfect foil in Noreen Corcoran, as Lucy, ("Yes, that's probably what made her ankles so thick."). Joby Baker, back as Judge, nearly steals the show with his goofy and appealing portrayal. Jessie Royce Landis is priceless and Judge's aunt Albertina, serving as the group's chaperone, who has no idea which side of Judge's family she's related to. Oh, and I liked her wigs and her cute little dogs, Howard and Ethel too. Cesare Danova, suave and sensitive, is everyone's idea of a Roman, and Lisa Gastoni is wonderful as his understanding wife.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2000
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The viewer from Houston's mom is right there are other Gidget movies. They were made-for-television and followed the three released for theaters (Gidget with Sandra Dee 1959, Gidget Goes Hawaiian with Deborah Whalley 1961, and Gidget Goes to Rome with Cindy Carol 1963).
They were Titled "Gidget Grows Up" and "Gidget Gets Married" "Gidget Grows Up" (approx 1968) had Karen Valentine (Room 222) as Gidget working in New York as a Tour Guide at the United Nations. Moondoggie, played by Paul Petersen (The Donna Reed Show) appears only briefly at the end of the film as a soldier shipping off to Vietnam. "Gidget Get Married" (approx 1973) had Moondoggie return from Vietnam to Gidget a nursery school teacher and they begin married life as a suburban couple in southern California.
There was of course the Gidget television series with Sally Field in the mid-1960's. There was also I believe in the mid-1980's another Gidget series, with a 30-something Gidget and Moondoggie and there young niece.
Gidget began as a book written by Frederick Kohner based on the adventures of his teenage daughter and her friends on the Malibu beaches of the 1950's and early 1960's.
Does anyone remember why Jeff "Moondoggie's" last name changed from film to film. Wasn't he Jeffrey Matthews in the original then became Jeffrey Stevens in Hawaii?
Gidget was total fantasy, nothing to do with real surfers, or for that matter real teenagers. But they were fun. 40+ years later young girls still love Gidget and they always will.
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