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Q&A with ''Gidget's'' James Darren

Q&A with ”Gidget’s” James Darren

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”Gidget” is making waves again, with ”The Complete Gidget Collection.” Sandra Dee, Deborah Walley, and Cindy Carol may have played the irrepressible surf mascot in ”Gidget,” ”Gidget Goes Hawaiian,” and ”Gidget Goes to Rome,” but James Darren kept the series afloat as surfer boyfriend Moondoggie. Forty-five years later, he is still the absolute ultimate.

Interesting for the title character of a film series to be played by different actors but the costar to stay the same.
They had me under contract. I was a prisoner. But with those lovely young ladies, it was the best prison I think I’ll ever be in.

Between you and ”Beach Party”’s Frankie Avalon, who’s the big Kahuna?
I’ll give Cliff Robertson (who played the original Kahuna in ”Gidget”) that title. Frankie is a real good friend.

Did you ever date your Gidgets?
No, but I was in love with Sandra. I thought she was absolutely perfect as Gidget. She had tremendous charm. But her mom was very protective, to say the least.

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