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The Complete Gidget Collection

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"Just remember, she might be pint-sized, but she's quite a woman." The original surfer girl gets her own three-film DVD collection, dippy fun from a more innocent time. 1959'sGidgetmade real surfers nauseated, but it's a kicky movie with some great lounge-era … see full wiki

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1 review about The Complete Gidget Collection

great movies (too bad about the DVDs)

  • Dec 27, 2007
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Sandra Dee, Deborah Walley and Cindy Carol light up the screen as GIDGET in this box set of all three popular movies. While the first movie (with Sandra Dee) is definitely the best, there's a lot to enjoy in the sequels. James Darren is the only mainstay in all three movies, as Gidget's croonin' and swoonin' boyfriend Moondoggie.

GIDGET (1959). Poor flat-chested bookworm Frances Lawrence (Sandra Dee) has the summer of her life when she joins a gang of surf-bums on Malibu Beach, led by Kahuna (Cliff Robertson). Quickly earning the nickname Gidget (a mixture of girl and midget) she learns to surf and later gets "pinned" by handsome Moondoggie (James Darren). Gidget's folks are played by Arthur O'Connell and Mary LaRoche.

GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN (1961). Gidget has transformed into a snub-nosed redhead (as played by Deborah Walley), yet Moondoggie and her parents hardly notice the difference! This all-singing all-dancing sequel, filmed on location in Hawaii, features some lively musical numbers with Walley and Michael Callan; and a raven-haired "ice princess" for Gidget to battle with, played by Vicki Trickett. Carl Reiner and Jeff Donnell step in to play Gidget's parents.

GIDGET GOES TO ROME (1963). Another new "look" for Gidget (this time played by petite blonde Cindy Carol). Gidget, Moondoggie and their friends traverse the sights of Europe with lots of romantic and comical misadventures. Don Porter, who plays Gidget's father in this sequel, would later reprise the role for the 1965 sitcom starring Sally Field. GIDGET GOES TO ROME also features 1960s cuties Noreen Corcoran, Trudi Ames and Danielle De Metz (not to mention Italian glamazon Lisa Gastoni).

Once again, Sony gives fans and collectors a raw deal with their treatment of the GIDGET movies. Presented in fullscreen, the movies are riddled with print damage and other visual flaws (the first "Gidget" has ghastly blue stripes running through most of the second and third reels). It would be safe to assume Sony has recycled the masters used for their old VHS releases. At least the price is reasonable.

The 2-DVD set features GIDGET on it's own disc; GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN and GIDGET GOES TO ROME are on a double-sided "flipper" disc. There are no extras except for trailers of other Sony releases.

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Genre: Classics, Musicals & Performing Arts, Television
Studio: Sony Pictures
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004

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