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 CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN
1958, Sony Repertory, 82 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

A rookie cop (Darren McGavin) lays it all on the line when he goes undercover to checkmate the Syndicate and police corruption in Brooklyn. This fact-based film, adapted from crime reporter Ed Reid's story, was scripted by uncredited, blacklisted scribes Bernard Gordon (under the pseudonym Raymond T. Marcus) and Julian Zimet, and contains plenty of action and noir-stained ambiguity. Co-starring Maggie Hayes, Warren Stevens, Peggy McKay, Emile Meyer and Joe Turkel. NOT ON DVD!


THE BURGLAR
1957, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

Writer David Goodis' guilt-laden caper yarn is given a fully-stylized visual workout by whiz-kid director Wendkos in one of the last films of the 1950s to capture the fatalistic feel of classic noir. With Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers


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