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This is the film that started it all!

Teen exploitation movies! A nationwide craze for surfing! The slang phrase “Big Kahuna!” Sandra Dee’s brief career as a movie star!

Before Gidget, there had been movies aimed at teenagers, but they were mainly bad horror and science fiction films whose stars were still adults. Gidget was the first movie for the Baby Boomers to make the kids and their personal lifestyle the focus.

In the early days of TV, most major Hollywood studios saw it as “the enemy,” the force that was driving down attendance at movie theaters.

In those days, only Universal (which frankly could use the money), Walt Disney (who knew how to use TV to promote his movies and new theme park) and Warner Brothers really embraced the new medium.

Warner Brothers specialized in churning out 60-minure Westerns and private eye shows for ABC-TV. They began with the Western Cheyenne. When that clicked, others soon followed. One of the first was Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins.

As these photos prove, the make-up team on Back to the Future got things pretty close when it came to aging their stars (except Lea Thompson is far prettier than they made her appear).

Thomas Wilson and Crispin Glover are pretty darn close.

We'd have a Pepsi Free in their honor (if we could find one).

Okay, now here's an even more recent photo of Michael J. Fox, Thomas Wilson, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson.

 

Richard Kiel the 7'2" actor best remembered for playing the villainous "Jaws" in 3 James Bond films has passed away just three days shy of his 75th birthday.

In addition to the Bond villains, Boomers will also remember Kiel as the giant alien in the classic Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man." He also menaced Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in the film Silver Streak.

Like to enjoy a night at the movies with your sweetie without taking out a second mortgage? If you live in a major market area, there’s an easy way to access those free tickets the studios always make available for sneak preview screenings.

Just go to gofobo.com or getscreenings.com for a list of all the upcoming previews in your area as well as links that can qualify you for the freebies. You’re welcome.

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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