Surf-mad, boy-crazy Gidget's adventures in school, at home and on the beach form the basis of this 1960s series starring a young Sally Field.
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Gidget is a 1959 Columbia Pictures CinemaScope feature film. It stars Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, and James Darren in a story about a teenager's initiation into the California surf culture and her romance with a young surfer. The film was directed by Paul Wendkos. The film featured the first of many screen appearances by the character “Gidget”, created by Hollywood writer Frederick Kohner (and based on his own daughter). The screenplay was written by Gabrielle Upton, a nom de plume of Gillian Houghton who was then head writer of the soap opera The Secret Storm. This would be Upton's sole contribution to the Gidget canon. The story was based on Kohner's 1957 novel Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas. The film, which received one award nomination, not only inspired various sequel films, a television series, and television films, but is also considered the beginning of the entire “beach party film” genre. Gidget is credited by numerous sources (Stoked! A History of Surf Culture by Drew Kampion; The Encyclopedia of Surfing by Matt Warshaw; and Riding Giants a documentary film by Stacy Peralta – to name just three) as the single biggest factor in the mainstreaming of surfing culture in the United States.
Gidget - Soundtrack - Netflix
Fred Karger composed “Gidget” with lyrics by Patti Washington, and “The Next Best Thing to Love” with lyics by Stanley Styne. James Darren sang both numbers on-screen while The Four Preps sang “Gidget” over the opening credits. At the beach party scene, The Four Preps rendered “Cinderella”, a number by two members of The Four Preps, Glen A. Larson and Bruce Belland.
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