GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN
1961, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

Soon-to-be 1960s beach movie favorite Deborah Walley inherits the title role from Sandra Dee in this surf-and-sun-filled romantic comedy. On a Hawaiian vacation with her parents, Gidget finds a gang of lads vying for her affections, which starts a chain of romantic complications when her boyfriend from home, Moondoggie (James Darren), arrives. Perhaps the best of the GIDGET series, the film costars Carl Reiner, Peggy Cass and Eddie Foy Jr. as square-but-loving parents.


THE BUBBLE
aka THE FANTASTIC INVASION OF PLANET EARTH
1966, Kino Lorber, 91 min, USA, Dir: Arch Oboler

Writer-director Arch Oboler, who kicked off the original 3-D movie craze with BWANA DEVIL, devised this “Twilight Zone”-esque sci-fi spine-tingler to showcase “Space-Vision,” which produced a widescreen 3-D image from a single strip of film. Michael Cole and Deborah Walley star as newlyweds whose plane is forced to land near a town whose inhabitants appear to be living on autopilot. This one is packed with great visual gimmicks - when the drink tray floats by, you’ll find yourself reaching for a beer!


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