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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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Professor Amos Pomfritt
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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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14 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Casanova Junior  »

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At a couple of points in the movie, Dobie and Pansy duet on "All I Do is Dream of You." Debbie Reynolds (Pansy) sang the same number, with chorus girls, in Singin' in the Rain (1952). See more »

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References The Soldier and the Lady (1937) See more »

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I'm Thru with Love
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Music by Matty Malneck and Fud Livingston
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Bobby Van
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The One Character TV Pilot
19 August 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Previous to watching this film my frame of reference for Dobie Gillis was the television series that starred Dwayne Hickman in the early Sixties. So I was curious somewhat to see The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis from where the television series sprung.

Other than Dobie you will not find a single character that came from TV show. And instead of high school the girl crazy Dobie who simply views his time at college as a romp with the opposite sex finds himself attracted to THE girl in the person of Debbie Reynolds.

Life throws many roadblocks at the young couple, her parents, his teachers, but they do overcome of course.

Bobby Van plays Dobie Gillis and he gets a few numbers to show off his singing and more important his dancing. Playing his best friend at the very start of his distinguished career is Bob Fosse and the two are quite the team. Fosse and Van came at the end of the musical cycle, but Fosse went on to Broadway as the most distinguished choreographer of his time. Barbara Ruick is also in the cast and she did way too few films, her best known being Carousel playing Carrie Pipperidge.

The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis is a mildly entertaining film that probably is best known as it turned out, a TV Pilot.


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