Gidget Goes to Rome
Gidget Goes to Rome is a 1963 Columbia Pictures Eastmancolor 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.
|Gidget Goes to Rome|
1963 theatrical poster
|Directed by||Paul Wendkos|
|Produced by||Jerry Bresler|
|Written by||Ruth Brooks Flippen|
|Music by||John Williams|
|Edited by||William A. Lyon|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$2,000,000 (US/ Canada)|
College-bound Gidget (Cindy Carol) is vacationing in Rome for the summer with faithful boyfriend Jeff, aka Moondoggie (James Darren) and their friends. Chaperoning the pair is Aunt Albertina (Jessie Royce Landis). However, Gidget's father Russell, worried about his daughter being abroad, asks an old friend of his, named Paolo Cellini, to keep an eye on Gidget to see that she stays out of trouble. Complications set in when Gidget begins to fall for the much older Paolo.
- Cindy Carol as Gidget (Frances Lawrence)
- Don Porter as Russell Lawrence, her father
- Jean "Jeff" Donnell as Mrs. Lawrence, her mother
- James Darren as Moondoggie (Jeffrey Matthews)
- Jessie Royce Landis as Albertina Blythe
- Cesare Danova as Paolo Cellini
- Danielle De Metz as Daniela
- Joby Baker as Judge
- Trudi Ames as Libby Bennet
- Noreen Corcoran as Lucy McDougall
- Peter Brooks as Clay Anderson
- Lisa Gastoni as Signora Cellini
- Claudio Gora as Alberto
The film was shot on location in Rome, Italy, with some scenes filmed on Italian beaches.
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.'"
- "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
- New York Times Review. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
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