ABC Movie of the Week/Gidget Grows Up

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Gidget Grows Up
Airdate December 30, 1969
Writer(s) John McGreevey
Director James Sheldon
Network ABC
Style 90-minute comedy
Company Screen Gems Inc.
Origin USA

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Gidget Grows Up (1969) is a TV movie which aired as part of the ABC Movie of the Week. It is a sequel to the theatrical films Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian and Gidget Goes to Rome, as well as the 1965 series Gidget. Gidget Grows Up was also an attempt to revive the franchise for television, but it failed, as did the later ABC Movie of the Week Gidget Gets Married, although the character would return again in the 1980s series The New Gidget.

Cast: Karen Valentine (Gidget Lawrence), Edward Mulhare (Alex MacLaughlin), Paul Petersen (Jeff "Moondoggie" Griffen), Paul Lynde (Louis B. Latimer), Robert Cummings (Russell Lawrence), Nina Foch (Bibi Crosby), Warner Anderson (Ambassador Post), Susan Batson (Diana), Hal Frederick (Lee), Michael Lembeck (Arnold), Gunilla Knudson (Katrine), Doreen Lang (Mrs. Willard), Margot Jane (Rae Ellen), Donald Symington (Clerk), Harlen Carraher (Ben), Helen Funai (Minnie), Mario Aniov (Abdul), Davis Roberts (Bukumbu Representative), Cynthia Lynn (Dispatcher), Leo G. Morrell (Turkish Delegate), Lloyd Kino (Japanese Delegate), Hugo Valentino Bianqui (Italian Delegate)


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