Tuesday Weld returns to her role as Thalia for this atmospheric outing set in a large mansion on a dark and stormy night. After making Thalia the beneficiary of his GI insurance policy, Dobie becomes paranoid people are plotting to kill him.
Dobie's southern-fried cousin Virgil comes north to start a music career and in order to get the electric guitar, fancy threads, leggy girl and loot to launch he lays on the charm as thick and sweet as a mint julep.
Dr. Burkhart's anthropology class field trip takes Dobie and Maynard to the heart of the Amazon. While Dobie is off buying a shrunken head to impress beautiful classmate Clydene, Maynard mysteriously disappears.
To win the sympathies of Clarissa, Duncan Gillis tells her that his cousin Dobie is an alcoholic, a role Dobie is eager to play if it means being rehabilitated by a young Ellen Burstyn as an idealistic social worker.
To win the attentions of beautiful Lottie Lee, Dobie joins the school football team and immediately finds himself the target of Lottie's jealous brute of a boyfriend, the quarterback for the opposing team in the upcoming big game.
Dobie has asked Linda Sue Faversham to marry him sixty-one times, and she has turned him down sixty-one times, primarily because she says she needs to marry someone with money to be able to support her family of poor derelicts, and Dobie has zero prospect as a money making husband. But on proposal number sixty-two, cash register-for-a-heart Linda Sue surprisingly says yes for what she considers a screwy reason: love. Her change of heart is because she is passing the torch of finding the money making husband to her younger sister, Amanda Jean. Amanda Jean seems to be ...
Maynard and Duncan go on the lam after accidentally locking Mr. Gillis in the freezer and thinking they've killed him. Meanwhile, Dobie and Mr. Gillis come under suspicion in the disappearance of Duncan.
Maynard will be expelled from S. Peter Pryor College unless he passes a comprehensive exam. Desperate, he sneaks a drink of Professor Dartmoor's LYC-13 formula that can make a man a genius, but too much of which can make a man a monster. Bottoms up!
Escaped convict Clyde "The Goon" Calhoun and his moll Patsy are on the lam and holing up at the Gillises, holding the family hostage while awaiting Big Louie's arrival. A satire of the hard-boiled crime dramas of the day.
Dobie scores a gig spinning sides for the campus radio station and is soon offered payola to pump the open-toed sandal songs of folksinger Prudence Virtue. Determined to sway Dobie's savage heart with song, Zelda records and performs "Come a Little Closer."
Dobie attracts the affections of an eccentric Russian girl who wants only to dance barefoot in the moonlight wearing gossamer robes. Conversely, Zelda is determined to transform Dobie into the boy in the gray flannel suit.
Maynard and Mr. Gillis' pinkies become entrapped in a Gypsy Love Link bought from a band of novelty-selling Gypsies. While Mr. Gillis and Maynard (beardless and in drag!) attend the grocer's convention, Dobie sets out in search of the secret to unlocking them (but ends up locking lips with the fiery Natasha).
After the several thousand times that Zelda has tried to nab Dobie as her guy, Dobie finally relents. But this time, Zelda turns him down. Why?: because she feels he will always be a dead weight in her life, pulling in an opposite direction from her. Zelda changes her mind after a beautiful young and wealthy woman named Claypool enters their class, she who wants Dobie for exactly the reason that Zelda didn't want him. Dobie is in a conundrum as he can choose Claypool, a beautiful woman he loves at first sight but will be relatively useless to him otherwise, or Zelda, ...
A music publisher and a radio disc jockey possess a mechanical marvel (played by Robby the Robot) that can guarantee hit records. While Virgil T. Gillis is attempting to sell them his southern-fried songs, Maynard monkeys with the machine and is transformed into a robot.
Chatsworth Osborne. Jr. is asked to remove himself from his place of residence (that request came from his mother) and finds himself rooming at the Gillis home, where his champagne tastes threaten to bust their beer budget. And is there criminal activity underway in the upstairs room?
Dobie and Maynard go from the frying pan to the firing squad! While vacationing in the banana republic of Boca Dolce, the boys are abducted and Maynard is forced to impersonate his look-alike, General Ramon, a fearless leader known as El Tigre.
When the beautiful Valentine Van Loon broadcasts a plea and a reward for the return of her lost dog Boo Boo, it becomes father vs. son to be the first to find and return the pooch, Dobie for romantic reasons and Mr. Gillis for the hard, cold cash.
When Maynard confuses a musk ox-derived love potion for his hair tonic he becomes the irresistible desire of every woman. The mercenary Mr. Gillis hopes to capitalize on his catapulting Maynard to Hollywood stardom.
Chatsworth approaches Dobie with a scheme to rig the raffle at the Osborne charity bazaar and split the $5,000 prize. Will the allure of all that filthy lucre lead the perpetually poor Dobie down the road to perdition?