Gidget Goes Hawaiian

Overview

This second film in the "Gidget" series stars Deborah Walley as Francie Lawrence, better known as Gidget. After being disappointed in love by surfin' dude Moondoggie James Darren, Gidge joins her parents Carl Reiner, Jeff Donnell on a Hawaiian vacation. Complications ensue when Moondoggie likewise arrives in the islands, only to find Gidget "that way" about local beach stud Eddie Horner Michael Callan. In general, Gidget Goes Hawaiian isn't up to the standards of the original Gidget, though there are a few bright...
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Overview

This second film in the "Gidget" series stars Deborah Walley as Francie Lawrence, better known as Gidget. After being disappointed in love by surfin' dude Moondoggie James Darren, Gidge joins her parents Carl Reiner, Jeff Donnell on a Hawaiian vacation. Complications ensue when Moondoggie likewise arrives in the islands, only to find Gidget "that way" about local beach stud Eddie Horner Michael Callan. In general, Gidget Goes Hawaiian isn't up to the standards of the original Gidget, though there are a few bright moments, including a satiric dream sequence. Once more, the film proved successful at the box office, spawning even more sequels and no fewer than two weekly TV series.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A lot of people are very fond of Gidget Goes Hawaiian, but even its biggest fans would be hard pressed to call it a very good film. Sure, it's light and fizzy and got in on the ground floor of 1960s Hawaii movies, and when you're in the mood to just sit back and let a movie roll over you, Hawaiian is just the kind of flick you want. But it's pretty poor as drama, with a screenplay that's too concerned with inventing silly reasons for Gidget to be a bit vexed, with the result that the leading character comes across as a little too peevish. And while Deborah Walley is cute and energetic in the lead, one does miss the little something extra that Sandra Dee brought to the part. Also, for a movie that promotes its location to such an extent, there's too little actual on-location lensing. Still, Hawaiian does have a few things going for it, from a strange but diverting dream sequence to a couple of good James Darren numbers to some very impressive dancing from Michael Callan. There's also Carl Reiner, Peggy Cass and Eddie Foy, Jr., not given enough to do but doing it quite well. Fans of Gidget will have a fine time, and those that aren't such fans can tune in whenever the adults are on screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1994
  • UPC: 043396604827
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Darren Jeff Mather
Michael Callan Eddie Horner
Deborah Walley Gidget
Carl Reiner Russ Lawrence
Peggy Cass Mitzie Stewart
Eddie Foy Jr. Monty Stewart
Jeff Donnell Dorothy Lawrence
Vicki Trickett Abby Stewart
Joby Baker Judge Hamilton
Don Edmonds Larry Neal
Bart Patton Wally Hodges
Jan Conaway Barbara Jo
Robin Lory Dee Dee
Arnold Merritt Clay Anderson
Jeraldo de Cordovier Waiter
Vivian Marshall Lucy
Guy Lee Bellboy
John Gilbert Johnny Spring
Yankee Chang Mr. Matsu
Technical Credits
Paul Wendkos Director
Jerry Bresler Producer
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
George Duning Score Composer
Roland DuPree Choreography
Ruth Brooks Flippen Screenwriter
Walter Holscher Art Director
Frederick Kohner Screenwriter
Ben Lane Makeup
William Lyon Editor
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
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