Hollywood and surfing

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Although surfing was shown briefly in several movies of the 1930s and '40s, including Bird of Paradise (1932) with Dolores Del Rio and Waikiki Wedding (1937) with Bing Crosby, Hollywood didn't take a close look at the sport until Gidget, a frothy 1959 hit for Columbia Pictures. Hollywood's take on surfing in the decades since has been uneven at best (usually fun and bubbleheaded or heavy- handed a...

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