TITLE : Gidget Goes To Rome YEAR OF RELEASE : 1963 CLASSIFICATION : PG DIRECTOR : Paul Wendkos STARRING : James Darren, Cindy Carol, Jessie Royce Landis, Cesare Danova, Danielle De Metz, Joby Baker, Trudi Ames, Noreen Corcoran, Peter Brooks
"Gidget Goes To Rome" is the third & last of the James Darren "Gidget" Trilogy. First there was Sandra Dee, then Deborah Walley & now Cindy Carol, in her film debut as Gidget, everybody's favourite beach Girl. This time round Gidget leaves California's sandy beaches & heads to the romantic & scenic city of Rome. The film makes good use of Rome's famous landmarks & James Darren once again lends his fine singing voice to the film's soundtrack. "Gidget Goes To Rome" is an enjoyable romantic teen flick that "Gidget" lovers will not want to miss.
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Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story [DVD](2010) DVD If you're in doubt about angels being real, wait'll you see this documentary that tells the true story behind the "Gidget" phenomenon. Along with a look at the franchise's origin as a popular novel by Frederick Kohner and subsequent film and TV adaptations, this release includes insights from Sally Field (who popularized the Gidget character on the small screen). Surf's up! 60 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo. Gidget: The Complete Series [DVD](1965) DVD The hit film series about a teenage Southern California surfer girl was turned into a 1965-66 ABC sitcom featuring an 18-year-old Sally Field as Frances "Gidget" Lawrence, who loved boys, the beach, and her widowed professor dad. The show also starred Don Porter and Betty Conner. <> Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette. 32 episodes on 4 discs. 13 1/3 hrs. Gidget Goes Hawaiian [DVD](1961) DVD In the second "Gidget" film, everyone's favorite surfin' girl is bummed to learn that her parents have planned a family vacation to Hawaii during the two weeks her boyfriend Moondoggie is home from college. Gidget heads to Waikiki where she finds fun and romance (naturally) with a dancer, but what happens when Moondoggie misses his girl and decides to make the trip himself? Deborah Walley, James Darren, Michael Callan, Peggy Cass, and Carl Reiner star. 101 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English. The Complete Gidget Collection [DVD] DVD First, "Gidget" (1959) stars Sandra Dee as the young beach bunny who must choose between surfer boyfriends Cliff Robertson and James Darren. Arthur O'Connell, Doug McClure, Yvonne Craig co-star. Next, everyone's favorite surfin' girl (Deborah Walley) heads to Waikiki and finds fun and romance in "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" (1961). With Darren, Michael Callan, Peggy Cass, Carl Reiner. And, finally, when the bubbly blonde prima donna of the ocean waves (Cindy Carol) takes the Eternal City by storm, it seems Moondoggie's got some competition from a suave Italian charmer, in the fluffy romantic misadventure "Gidget Goes to Rome" (1963). Darren, Cesare Danova co-star. 5 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.