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The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 14 August 1953 (USA)
Grainbelt University has one attraction for Dobie Gillis - women, especially Pansy Hammer. Pansy's father, even though and maybe because she says she's in dreamville, does not share her ... See full summary »

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Lorna Ellingboe
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George Hammer
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Mrs. Eleanor Hammer
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Harry Dorcas
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Aunt Naomi
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Grainbelt University has one attraction for Dobie Gillis - women, especially Pansy Hammer. Pansy's father, even though and maybe because she says she's in dreamville, does not share her affection for Dobie. An English essay which almost revolutionizes English instruction, and Dobie's role in a chemistry lab explosion convinces Mr. Hammer he is right. Pansy is sent off broken-hearted to an Eastern school, but with the help of Happy Stella Kolawski's all-girl band, several hundred students and an enraged police force, Dobie secures Pansy's return to Grainbelt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S M-G-M's LOVE-HAPPY, YOUTHFUL MUSICAL! (original print ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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14 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Casanova Junior  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

This modest (by MGM standards) black-and-white musical failed to be noted by a contemporary New York Times review. In addition, this was the only monochrome song-and-dance picture in which Debbie Reynolds and Bob Fosse appeared. See more »

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Followed by The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

All I Do Is Dream of You
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the picture
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He has one affair and it ain't much...
28 September 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

College freshman Dobie Gillis (Bobby Van, exercising more befuddled expressions and quirky dance movements than even Ray Bolger) falls for a perky, studious innocent (Debbie Reynolds) on his first day of enrollment; he also makes a buddy in Bob Fosse, who apparently trolls for curvier dames. MGM musical with the usual stuffed-shirt parents and teachers who never have any fun (as if they'd outgrown it completely). The kids are crazy-cool, treating life with abandon and dancing jitterbug-style in coffeehouses which probably looked very flashy in 1953. They are required to do some classwork, but this college campus is the fictional type wherein something is always comically exploding in the chemistry lab. If the leads weren't so talented this might make your teeth ache, but--for the first two-thirds of an hour--it isn't bad and the infrequent songs are quite good. Fosse, who seems stuck in an ugly white pullover with a stripe around the waist, talks amusingly (and probably unintentionally) like one of the Bowery Boys, yet his small muscular frame and early-receding hairline are boyishly charming; Reynolds can't get a proper grip on her character due to the writing, but she's a very good sport. ** from ****


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