Half-sheet poster for the film "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" • 1961
The role of the partly-fictional character Gidget in helping to create the surfing fad of the 1960s is now well-known. After appearing first in a book, Gidget then was the focus of three Hollywood films: "Gidget", "Gidget Goes Hawaiian", and "Gidget Goes to Rome".
Interestingly, surfing - which was the whole point of the book - gradually diminished in significance in the respective movies. Images of it were used in much of the advertising for "Hawaiian" although it was not of much importance in the plot.
The two tandem couples shown here never appeared this way in the actual film. Gidget herself was played by three different actresses, but James Darren acted as her boyfriend Moondoggie in - and sang the title song for - all three movies.