Gidget Goes to Rome

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Gidget Goes to Rome
Gidget Goes to Rome 1963 poster.jpg
1963 theatrical poster
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Written by Screen Story and Screenplay:
Ruth Brooks Flippen
Screenplay:
Katherine Eunson
Dale Eunson
Starring Cindy Carol
James Darren
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Enzo Barboni
Robert J. Browner
Edited by William A. Lyon
Production
company
Columbia Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 7, 1963 (1963-08-07)
Running time 104 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,000,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Gidget Goes to Rome is a 1963 Columbia Pictures feature film starring Cindy Carol as the archetypal high school teen surfer girl originally created by Sandra Dee in the 1959 film Gidget. The film is the third of three Gidget films directed by Paul Wendkos and expands upon Gidget's romance with boyfriend Moondoggie. The screenplay was written by Ruth Brooks Flippen based on characters created by Frederick Kohner. Veterans of previous Gidget films making appearances include James Darren as "Moondoggie", Joby Baker, and Jean "Jeff" Donnell as Gidget's mom, Mrs. Lawrence. The film has been released to VHS and DVD.

Cast[edit]

Production notes[edit]

From left: Trudi Ames as Libby Bennet, Cindy Carol as Frances Lawrence aka Gidget, Peter Brooks as Clay Anderson, James Darren as Jeffrey Mathews aka Moondoggie, and Noreen Corcoran as Lucy McDougall; in a promo clip from a TV broadcasting of the film

The film was shot on location in Rome, Italy, with some scenes filmed on Italian beaches.

Reception[edit]

Bosley Crowther noted in the New York Times of 12 September 1963, "When Gidget, played with the proper pout and correct ingenuousness by Cindy Caroll[sic], arrives in Rome with her group of happy friends, she is bound to fall in love with a married and handsome Italian magazine writer, enjoy such exotic delicacies as fettucini and chicken cacciatore, and experience the thrill of attending a 'Dolce Vita' cocktail party. As one of Gidget's friends explains, it's part of her 'growing up.' Gidget falls out of love in time...and all ends happily. Jeff sums up the entire experience in two immortal sentences: 'I guess everybody falls in love in Rome in the summer time. It's that old devil Italian moon.'"[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  2. ^ New York Times Review. Retrieved 25 September 2008.

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