Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 17

Little Island, Big Gun (23 Jan. 1965)

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A bank robber comes to the island to hide from the authorities and holds the castaways prisoner while he waits for his boat after his cover is blown.



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Episode credited cast:
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Louis Quinn ...
Jack Sheldon ...
K.L. Smith ...
Farrell's Accomplice
Jackson Farrell
Herb Vigran ...
Lucky (voice)


A bank robber comes to the island to hide from the authorities and holds the castaways prisoner while he waits for his boat after his cover is blown.

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28 July 2013 | by (Sooner Nation) – See all my reviews

Late at night, criminal mastermind Jackson Farrell arrives on what he thinks is a uninhabited tropical island with a half-million dollars in money stolen from the Monarch Bank. Naturally, Gilligan discovers Jackson and his money as well, though at first he claims to be a humble doctor.

That ruse is soon up when a radio report reveals Jackson's true nature and he threatens the castaways. Will our heroes get out of this predicament and get rescued? Well, yes and no.

Actually, a pretty good episode with a fine, restrained performance by Larry Storch (if you've seen him on F Troop, then this by comparison is restrained). Larry is menacing, yet he projects just enough humanity that you know he's not interested in harming anyone...well, until pushed too far late in the episode.

Highlights include a neat physical bit with Jackson Farrell as a random date falls on his head while talking to Gilligan. In fact, Larry has a pretty good rapport with Bob Denver and their first scene is a good one. Other highlights include the Skipper, Gilligan and the Professor trying to get themselves up from their beds while being tied down, the Professor's delayed realization to Ginger's plan, and the climactic scene.

Overall, this is actually a fast-paced episode that works thanks to the performance of Larry Storch, good writing and funny bits that make this episode work.

  • Larry Storch becomes the first guest star that we see arrive by boat

to Gilligan's Island. Vito Scotti arrived by midget sub and Wrongway was already on the island.

  • The ropes that hold the Skipper, Professor and Gilligan to the bed

sure seem awfully loose.

  • Mr. Howell tries to pay Jackson Farrell off with a check written on

tree bark. But Mr. Howell had a checkbook in "The Big Gold Strike"...did he use up all his checks after that? - I could find no information on the "Indego Mob" that tailed Jackson to the island. It could be a rival gang that wants the money.

  • That was one quick make-up job on the castaways to get them to look

native. Interestingly enough, only the Professor does not interact with the "Indego Mob" in any way.

  • It's pretty clear that the gun Jackson uses in the lagoon is a water

pistol that looks nothing like the gun he has carried during the show.

  • Plus, Jackson apparently doesn't realize that paper money is still

good, even if chopped up.

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