Gidget: Directed by Paul Wendkos. With Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O’Connell. A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.

With a blink and you’ll miss it appearance by Yvonne Craig, this film is much more famous for the first appearance of Sandra Dee, someone that at the start of the film is as pure and innocent as a young teenager can be, then by the end of the story has some much needed experience in the ways of the world. True story here, previous to this I was watching an episode of TJ Hooker that featured James Darren, who I knew from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as a hologram, and wouldn’t you know it, here he is as “Moondoggie”, a wannabe beach bum who looks up to an actual burned out beach bum. It’s a very modern take on sexuality and romance, and would be well at home being released in 2022, let alone 1959.

This was another film that was suggested in the “California Tiki” book that I finished recently, and I found it on Crackle, watched it on Crackle, then regretted doing that, as there were about 5 to 8 advertisements every 20 minutes throughout the movie. It’s also on Tubi, so if you want to check it out, skip Crackle and go to Tubi.

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