Film: Gidget

Gidget is a 1959 movie starring Sandra Dee, James Darren, and Cliff Robertson. Dee plays a young girl named Frances Lawrence who is initiated into a California surf community. "Gidget" is the name given to her by the surfers, a portmanteau of "girl" and "midget." In Gidget's pursuit of handsome young Moondoggie, she has many adventures. Gidget was later adapted into a television series starring a young Sally Field.

This movie contains examples of:

  • The Cast Show Off: James Darren sings two songs over the course of the movie.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Pretty much Gidget and Kahuna's entire scene in the shack, but especially his line about the lingerie that been left behind.
  • Fanservice
  • Informed Ability: The opening song describes Gidget as "a regular tomboy". By the standards of the day, maybe, but for then or now, she is still fairly girly.
  • Informed Deformity: A slight example. Although "Gidget" stands for "girl midget," and the title song is all about how the singer is attracted to Gidget despite how short she is, she is not actually much shorter than her girlfriends.
  • Operation Jealousy
  • Slip into Something More Comfortable: Kahuna asks Gidget if she wants to do this while they're at the shack.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Gidget: The Little Girl With Big Ideas is itself based on the surf culture at Malibu in the 1950s as described to the author, Frederick Kohner, by his daughter, Kathy.