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Kelly Jo Minter
It is nearly a generation since we've visited Dobie Gillis, and the middle-aged Dobie is nothing like he was as a youth, having has sown all of his wild oats. He's settled into the predictable adult life, married to the reliable Zelda (who was chasing him all through high-school), and assumed his father's role of running the family variety store. All of a sudden, key industries in the town shut down, putting hundreds out of work and severely threatening the local economy. Dobie, as head of the town council, is looked upon to lead the town out of this desperate crisis. When all seems lost, life-long friend Maynard G. Krebs appears, representing an old acquaintance who has a strange demand. Written by
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This film reminded me what made the series so connectible, unique and charming - the "time-outs" where Dobie was being totally frank and honest while speaking to us personally in the park where a copy of Rodin's "The Thinker" holds court.
Quite a bit of subtle humor designed to float over the censors heads and the head-knocking between sweet and decent Dobie and the townspeople's turning on him for the chance for a big check is too close to reality to be considered entertaining. This film illustrates the vast chasm of America's naiveté of then compared to our youth knowing too much too soon now.
Connie Stevens' was perfect here (and still looked awesome). Bob Denver seemed to be less than attentive, bless his soul, but he managed to recreate Maynard Krebbs as a beatnik who ended up a wealthy capitalist while still having no real clue. Too bad they couldn't get Warren Beatty in on this (in 1988 he still thought he was above his roots). All in all a nice return project worth seeing.
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