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Producer Jerry Bresler told the 20 Feb 1962 Var that he hoped to broaden the appeal of the “Gidget” film series, by “injecting” it with qualities found in European cinema and “pure family entertainment values.” The 14 Aug 1963 Var revealed that the original title, Gidget Goes to Paris, was selected from a contest held by Photoplay magazine. After the locale was changed to Rome, Italy, the budget was increased from $300,000 to $1 million. Reasons for the change were not disclosed. On 21 Sep 1962, DV reported that Bresler was traveling to Rome to “finalize locations.” As stated in the 31 Oct 1962 DV, interior scenes were filmed at Columbia Studios in Hollywood, CA.
       Although the 24 Sep 1962 DV claimed that Deborah Walley would play the title character, as she had in Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961, see entry), the 8 Oct 1962 DV announced a nationwide search for a new actress to play the role. The article claimed that Walley would appear as another character, but her participation has not been determined. Actress Cindy Carol was chosen to play “Gidget.” According to the 18 Jan 1963 LAT, American actress Jessie Royce Landis was cast as “Aunt Albertina,” after Bresler discovered she was living in Italy. He also considered her the best candidate for the part. The 3 Jan 1963 LAT and 28 Jan 1963 DV noted that James Darren and Joby Baker were the only cast members to appear in all entries ... More Less

Producer Jerry Bresler told the 20 Feb 1962 Var that he hoped to broaden the appeal of the “Gidget” film series, by “injecting” it with qualities found in European cinema and “pure family entertainment values.” The 14 Aug 1963 Var revealed that the original title, Gidget Goes to Paris, was selected from a contest held by Photoplay magazine. After the locale was changed to Rome, Italy, the budget was increased from $300,000 to $1 million. Reasons for the change were not disclosed. On 21 Sep 1962, DV reported that Bresler was traveling to Rome to “finalize locations.” As stated in the 31 Oct 1962 DV, interior scenes were filmed at Columbia Studios in Hollywood, CA.
       Although the 24 Sep 1962 DV claimed that Deborah Walley would play the title character, as she had in Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961, see entry), the 8 Oct 1962 DV announced a nationwide search for a new actress to play the role. The article claimed that Walley would appear as another character, but her participation has not been determined. Actress Cindy Carol was chosen to play “Gidget.” According to the 18 Jan 1963 LAT, American actress Jessie Royce Landis was cast as “Aunt Albertina,” after Bresler discovered she was living in Italy. He also considered her the best candidate for the part. The 3 Jan 1963 LAT and 28 Jan 1963 DV noted that James Darren and Joby Baker were the only cast members to appear in all entries of the series to date.
       Casting announcements included Stephanie Powers (2 Oct 1962 LAT), Eddie Foy, Jr. (4 Apr 1963 DV), and Eugene Walter (24 Apr 1963 Var). The 4 Mar 1963 DV identified Mike Francovich as assistant production manager. An item in the 13 Feb 1963 Var included Harvey Matofski among the crew, although no department was mentioned. The film marked the motion picture debut of actress Noreen Corcoran.
       Principal photography began 18 Feb 1963, as stated in 8 Mar 1963 DV production charts. The 13 Mar 1963 Var reported that Bresler revised his shooting schedule to accommodate Joby Baker, who contracted an illness on location. Cindy Carol reportedly endured sub-freezing temperatures while performing a scene in which she parodied Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The 1 May 1963 DV noted that Italian actor Cesare Danova recently completed his role. Five weeks later, the 5 Jun 1963 DV reported that Bresler was in New York City to screen the film for Columbia Pictures executives.
       The 15 Jul 1963 DV announced the film’s opening in the greater Pittsburgh, PA, area on 31 Jul 1963, at more than 100 theaters. A charity screening followed in Los Angeles, CA, on 14 Aug 1963, with proceeds benefiting the Valley Teen Center, as stated in the 2 Aug 1963 LAT. A citywide opening followed on 28 Aug 1963. Reviews were unenthusiastic, with the 31 Jul 1963 DV suggesting that the Gidget series be terminated. The 30 Aug 1963 LAT summed up the film with a line from the screenplay: “Makes you want to throw up, doesn’t it?” Regardless, the 24 Jul 1963 DV reported that Gidget Goes to Rome was declared “Picture of the Month” by National General Corporation. The film also received the highest rating from the National Legion of Decency. As stated in the 14 Nov 1963 LAT, Cindy Carol was honored that night at the third annual Teen Awards. On 4 Sep 1963, Var reported that the picture was among the top twelve in current release.
       According to the 19 Jul 1963 DV, Bresler, Carol, and actress Danielle De Metz embarked on a twenty-five city promotional tour, accompanied by wigmaker Prince Giovanni Gorghese and hairstylist Aldo of Italy.
Producer Jerry Bresler told the 20 Feb 1962 Var that he hoped to broaden the appeal of the “Gidget” film series, by “injecting” it with qualities found in European cinema and “pure family entertainment values.” The 14 Aug 1963 Var revealed that the original title, Gidget Goes to Paris, was selected from a contest held by Photoplay magazine. After the locale was changed to Rome, Italy, the budget was increased from $300,000 to $1 million. Reasons for the change were not disclosed. On 21 Sep 1962, DV reported that Bresler was traveling to Rome to “finalize locations.” As stated in the 31 Oct 1962 DV, interior scenes were filmed at Columbia Studios in Hollywood, CA.
       Although the 24 Sep 1962 DV claimed that Deborah Walley would play the title character, as she had in Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961, see entry), the 8 Oct 1962 DV announced a nationwide search for a new actress to play the role. The article claimed that Walley would appear as another character, but her participation has not been determined. Actress Cindy Carol was chosen to play “Gidget.” According to the 18 Jan 1963 LAT, American actress Jessie Royce Landis was cast as “Aunt Albertina,” after Bresler discovered she was living in Italy. He also considered her the best candidate for the part. The 3 Jan 1963 LAT and 28 Jan 1963 DV noted that James Darren and Joby Baker were the only cast members to appear in all entries of the series to date.
       Casting announcements included Stephanie Powers (2 Oct 1962 LAT), Eddie Foy, Jr. (4 Apr 1963 DV), and Eugene Walter (24 Apr 1963 Var). The 4 Mar 1963 DV identified Mike Francovich as assistant production manager. An item in the 13 Feb 1963 Var included Harvey Matofski among the crew, although no department was mentioned. The film marked the motion picture debut of actress Noreen Corcoran.
       Principal photography began 18 Feb 1963, as stated in 8 Mar 1963 DV production charts. The 13 Mar 1963 Var reported that Bresler revised his shooting schedule to accommodate Joby Baker, who contracted an illness on location. Cindy Carol reportedly endured sub-freezing temperatures while performing a scene in which she parodied Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The 1 May 1963 DV noted that Italian actor Cesare Danova recently completed his role. Five weeks later, the 5 Jun 1963 DV reported that Bresler was in New York City to screen the film for Columbia Pictures executives.
       The 15 Jul 1963 DV announced the film’s opening in the greater Pittsburgh, PA, area on 31 Jul 1963, at more than 100 theaters. A charity screening followed in Los Angeles, CA, on 14 Aug 1963, with proceeds benefiting the Valley Teen Center, as stated in the 2 Aug 1963 LAT. A citywide opening followed on 28 Aug 1963. Reviews were unenthusiastic, with the 31 Jul 1963 DV suggesting that the Gidget series be terminated. The 30 Aug 1963 LAT summed up the film with a line from the screenplay: “Makes you want to throw up, doesn’t it?” Regardless, the 24 Jul 1963 DV reported that Gidget Goes to Rome was declared “Picture of the Month” by National General Corporation. The film also received the highest rating from the National Legion of Decency. As stated in the 14 Nov 1963 LAT, Cindy Carol was honored that night at the third annual Teen Awards. On 4 Sep 1963, Var reported that the picture was among the top twelve in current release.
       According to the 19 Jul 1963 DV, Bresler, Carol, and actress Danielle De Metz embarked on a twenty-five city promotional tour, accompanied by wigmaker Prince Giovanni Gorghese and hairstylist Aldo of Italy.
Producer Jerry Bresler told the 20 Feb 1962 Var that he hoped to broaden the appeal of the “Gidget” film series, by “injecting” it with qualities found in European cinema and “pure family entertainment values.” The 14 Aug 1963 Var revealed that the original title, Gidget Goes to Paris, was selected from a contest held by Photoplay magazine. After the locale was changed to Rome, Italy, the budget was increased from $300,000 to $1 million. Reasons for the change were not disclosed. On 21 Sep 1962, DV reported that Bresler was traveling to Rome to “finalize locations.” As stated in the 31 Oct 1962 DV, interior scenes were filmed at Columbia Studios in Hollywood, CA.
       Although the 24 Sep 1962 DV claimed that Deborah Walley would play the title character, as she had in Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961, see entry), the 8 Oct 1962 DV announced a nationwide search for a new actress to play the role. The article claimed that Walley would appear as another character, but her participation has not been determined. Actress Cindy Carol was chosen to play “Gidget.” According to the 18 Jan 1963 LAT, American actress Jessie Royce Landis was cast as “Aunt Albertina,” after Bresler discovered she was living in Italy. He also considered her the best candidate for the part. The 3 Jan 1963 LAT and 28 Jan 1963 DV noted that James Darren and Joby Baker were the only cast members to appear in all entries of the series to date.
       Casting announcements included Stephanie Powers (2 Oct 1962 LAT), Eddie Foy, Jr. (4 Apr 1963 DV), and Eugene Walter (24 Apr 1963 Var). The 4 Mar 1963 DV identified Mike Francovich as assistant production manager. An item in the 13 Feb 1963 Var included Harvey Matofski among the crew, although no department was mentioned. The film marked the motion picture debut of actress Noreen Corcoran.
       Principal photography began 18 Feb 1963, as stated in 8 Mar 1963 DV production charts. The 13 Mar 1963 Var reported that Bresler revised his shooting schedule to accommodate Joby Baker, who contracted an illness on location. Cindy Carol reportedly endured sub-freezing temperatures while performing a scene in which she parodied Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The 1 May 1963 DV noted that Italian actor Cesare Danova recently completed his role. Five weeks later, the 5 Jun 1963 DV reported that Bresler was in New York City to screen the film for Columbia Pictures executives.
       The 15 Jul 1963 DV announced the film’s opening in the greater Pittsburgh, PA, area on 31 Jul 1963, at more than 100 theaters. A charity screening followed in Los Angeles, CA, on 14 Aug 1963, with proceeds benefiting the Valley Teen Center, as stated in the 2 Aug 1963 LAT. A citywide opening followed on 28 Aug 1963. Reviews were unenthusiastic, with the 31 Jul 1963 DV suggesting that the Gidget series be terminated. The 30 Aug 1963 LAT summed up the film with a line from the screenplay: “Makes you want to throw up, doesn’t it?” Regardless, the 24 Jul 1963 DV reported that Gidget Goes to Rome was declared “Picture of the Month” by National General Corporation. The film also received the highest rating from the National Legion of Decency. As stated in the 14 Nov 1963 LAT, Cindy Carol was honored that night at the third annual Teen Awards. On 4 Sep 1963, Var reported that the picture was among the top twelve in current release.
       According to the 19 Jul 1963 DV, Bresler, Carol, and actress Danielle De Metz embarked on a twenty-five city promotional tour, accompanied by wigmaker Prince Giovanni Gorghese and hairstylist Aldo of Italy.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Sep 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
24 Sep 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
8 Oct 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
31 Oct 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 Jan 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
30 Jan 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
1 Feb 1963
p. 10.
Daily Variety
4 Mar 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
8 Mar 1963
p. 16.
Daily Variety
4 Apr 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
1 May 1963
p. 15.
Daily Variety
5 Jun 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
15 Jul 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
19 Jul 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
24 Jul 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
31 Jul 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
1 Aug 1963
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
2 Oct 1962
Section D, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
3 Jan 1963
Section C, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
18 Jan 1963
Section D, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
7 Feb 1963
Section C, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
2 Aug 1963
Section B, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
23 Aug 1963
Section C, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
30 Aug 1963
Section D, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
14 Nov 1963
Section G, p. 4.
New York Times
12 Sep 1963
p. 32.
Variety
13 Feb 1963
p. 70.
Variety
20 Feb 1963
p. 25.
Variety
13 Mar 1963
p. 25.
Variety
24 Apr 1963
p. 77.
Variety
24 Jul 1963
p. 17.
Variety
14 Aug 1963
p. 4, 12, 24.
Variety
4 Sep 1963
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jerry Bresler Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost des
Fashion show clothes for Jessie Royce Landis & Gid
MUSIC
Vocal arr
SOUND
Sd supv
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Aunt Albertina's wigs
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based upon the characters created by Frederick Kohner.
SONGS
"Gegetta" and "Big Italian Moon," words and music by George David Weiss and Al Kasha, sung by James Darren.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Gidget Goes to Paris
Release Date:
31 July 1963
Premiere Information:
Pittsburgh, PA, opening: 31 July 1963
Los Angeles opening: 28 August 1963
Production Date:
18 February--late April 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Jerry Bresler Productions
Copyright Date:
1 August 1963
Copyright Number:
LP26594
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color by Pathé
Duration(in mins):
101
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Leaving the surf of southern California, Gidget Lawrence goes to Rome with her boyfriend, Jeff, and their friends Libby, Lucy, Judge, and Clay. The teenagers are chaperoned by Judge's well-preserved Aunt Albertina, who leaves them on their own, much to their delight. Gidget becomes infatuated with Paolo Cellini, who introduces himself as a journalist and takes her on a tour of Rome's high spots, ostensibly for the purpose of writing an article on an American teenager's reactions to the city. Meanwhile, Jeff embarks on a romance with Daniela Serrini, a tour guide who shows him around Rome; and Gidget returns his fraternity pin. She eventually learns the truth about Paolo: he is a happily married man who undertook the chore of escorting her around the city as a favor to her father. Jeff asks Daniela to join him on the trip home, but she admits that she doesn't love him. When they finally leave for the United States, Gidget and Jeff have been reconciled, and they return home happier and somewhat wiser for their Roman ... +


Leaving the surf of southern California, Gidget Lawrence goes to Rome with her boyfriend, Jeff, and their friends Libby, Lucy, Judge, and Clay. The teenagers are chaperoned by Judge's well-preserved Aunt Albertina, who leaves them on their own, much to their delight. Gidget becomes infatuated with Paolo Cellini, who introduces himself as a journalist and takes her on a tour of Rome's high spots, ostensibly for the purpose of writing an article on an American teenager's reactions to the city. Meanwhile, Jeff embarks on a romance with Daniela Serrini, a tour guide who shows him around Rome; and Gidget returns his fraternity pin. She eventually learns the truth about Paolo: he is a happily married man who undertook the chore of escorting her around the city as a favor to her father. Jeff asks Daniela to join him on the trip home, but she admits that she doesn't love him. When they finally leave for the United States, Gidget and Jeff have been reconciled, and they return home happier and somewhat wiser for their Roman holiday. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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