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Sand & Surf Stars
of the 1960’s

James Darren

This teen heartthrob of Italian ancestry became a household name during the late 50’s and early 60’s due to his exceptional singing talent and starring roles in the first 3 Gidget movies. His popularity continued in the decades that follwed via the TV shows “The Time Tunnel” (1966), “T J Hooker”
(1982) & “Star Trek Deep Space Nine” (1993)

James Darren Fact File :

Birth Name: James Ercolani
Date Of Birth: 8th June 1936
Place Of Birth:
Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA
Spouses:
Gloria Terlitsky (1955 - 1959 divorced) - 1 Son
Evy Norlund (1960 - present) - 2 Sons

Film Debut:
“Rumble on the Docks (1956)
Signature Films:
The 3 Gidget Films:
;
“Gidget” (1959),
“Gidget Goes Hawaiian” (1961) &
“Gidget Goes To Rome” (1963)

Trivia:
* His Wife, Evy was Miss Denmark
   in 1958
* James Darren is Godfather of
   Nancy Sinatra’s daughter
* In 1993 James Darren appeared
   as singer Vic Fontaine in a couple
   of “Star Trek Deep Space Nine”
   episode

James Darren Movies on DVD :

The Time Tunnel, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Time was indeed of the essence in Irwin Allen's fondly remembered 1966-67 sci-fi series. James Darren and Robert Colbert starred as Tony Newman and Doug Phillips, scientists with a secret government program whose experiments sent them "helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure somewhere along the infinite corridors of time." Lee Meriwether, Whit Bissell also starred. The first 15 episodes--including "Rendezvous with Yesterday," "One Way to the Moon," "Devil's Island," "The Alamo," and "Invasion"--are featured in a four-disc set. 10 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; featurettes; unaired pilot; more.

The Complete Gidget Collection [DVD] DVD
First, "Gidget" (1959) stars Sandra Dee as the young beach bunny who must choose between surfer boyfriends Cliff Robertson and James Darren. Arthur O'Connell, Doug McClure, Yvonne Craig co-star. Next, everyone's favorite surfin' girl (Deborah Walley) heads to Waikiki and finds fun and romance in "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" (1961). With James Darren, Michael Callan, Peggy Cass. And, finally, when the bubbly blonde prima donna of the ocean waves (Cindy Carol) takes the Eternal City by storm, it seems Moondoggie's got some competition from a suave Italian charmer, in the fluffy romantic misadventure "Gidget Goes to Rome" (1963). James Darren, Cesare Danova co-star. 299 min. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

The Gene Krupa Story [DVD](1959) DVD
Sal Mineo shines in this much-loved film bio as the premier jazz drummer of his day. His rise to fame, his descent into drug addiction and struggle back are strikingly recounted. Krupa supplies the soundtrack; James Darren, Susan Kohner, Yvonne Craig co-star. 101 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

The Guns Of Navarone [DVD](1961) DVD
Outstanding performances, tense action and Oscar-winning special effects highlight this World War II suspenser based on the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean. Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn star as members of a squad of Allied commandos whose mission to disable a battery of powerful Nazi cannons on a remote island in the Aegean Sea is compromised when they learn they have a traitor in their midst. Richard Harris, Anthony Quayle, James Darren also star. 156 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai; audio commentary; documentary; featurettes; theatrical

The Guns Of Navarone (Superbit) [DVD](1961) DVD
Outstanding performances, tense action and Oscar-winning special effects highlight this World War II suspenser based on the best-selling novel by Alistair MacLean. Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn star as members of a squad of Allied commandos whose mission to disable a battery of powerful Nazi cannons on a remote island in the Aegean Sea is compromised when they learn they have a traitor in their midst. Richard Harris, Anthony Quayle, James Darren also star. 156 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1; Subtitles: English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai.

Diamond Head [DVD](1962) DVD
Lush drama about the personal crises of a plantation family in Hawaii stars Charlton Heston as the dictatorial head, who stops at nothing to keep sister Yvette Mimieux from marrying a full-blooded Hawaiian (played by South Philly's own James Darren). George Chakiris, France Nuyen also star. 107 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Japanese, French.

Venus In Furs [DVD](1970) DVD
An American jazz musician in Rio confronts a mysterious woman who looks like a woman he found dead months before in Istanbul and is drawn into a sordid sexual demimonde. Homosexuality, masochism and murder all play parts in this intense adult drama from director Jess Franco. James Darren, Maria Rohm, Barbara McNair and Klaus Kinski star. AKA: "Paroxysmus." 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; interviews; biography; photo gallery; poster gallery; theatrical trailer. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

T.J. Hooker: The Complete First And Second Seasons [DVD](1982) DVD
All 27 episodes from the first two seasons--including "The Protectors," "Hooker's War," "Second Chance," "Sweet Sixteen and Dead," and "Lady in Blue"--are collected in a six-disc set. 22 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Season 6 [DVD](1997) DVD
All 26 episodes from season six--including "A Time to Stand," "Sons and Daughters," "You Are Cordially Invited...," "One Little Ship" and "Tears of the Prophets"--have been collected in a seven-disc set. 20 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English; photo gallery; featurettes; scene access.

Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Season 7 [DVD](1998) DVD
All 26 episodes from season seven--including "Image in the Sand," "The Siege of AR-558," "Badda-bing, Badda-bang," "Tacking Into the Wind," and "What You Leave Behind, Parts I and II"--have been collected in a seven-disc set. 20 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English; featurettes; interviews.

 

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James Darren Movies at Hollywood Teen Movies

The following James Darren movies are featured at Hollywood Teen Movies
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Gidget (1959)
Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1960)

Gidget Goes To Rome (1963)

 


Sand & Surf Movies at Hollywood Teen Movies

The following Beach movies are featured at Hollywood Teen Movies
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Beach Party (1963)
Muscle Beach Party (1964)
Bikini Beach (1964)
Dr. Goldfoot & The Bikini Machine (1965)
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)

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