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Gidget Goes to Rome

VHS cover
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Written by Screen Story and Screenplay:
Ruth Brooks Flippen
Katherine Eunson
Dale Eunson
Starring Cindy Carol
James Darren
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Enzo Barboni
Robert J. Browner
Editing by William A. Lyon
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) United States 7 August 1963
Running time 104 min.
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Gidget Goes Hawaiian (Film, 1961)
Followed by Gidget (Sitcom, 1965-66)
Cindy Carol

Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) is a 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", Michael Callan, Joby Baker, and Jean "Jeff" Donnell as Gidget's mom, Mrs. Lawrence. The film has been released to VHS and DVD.



Production notes

The film's score was composed by John Williams, later to compose the scores for Jaws and Star Wars.

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, 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.""[1]


  1. ^ New York Times Review. Retrieved 25 September 2008.

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