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 MATING GAME
1959, Warner Bros., 96 min, Dir: George Marshall

Uptight IRS agent Tony Randall shows up on a family farm to collect some back taxes but finds his job unexpectedly complicated by farmer's daughter Debbie Reynolds. Before long he's falling for the young woman in this glorious Cinemascope comedy (featuring a title song sung by Reynolds).


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