Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)
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The Little Dictator 

A Latin American dictator is exiled to the island, and he immediately declares himself dictator of the island, with Gilligan as his puppet leader in training.



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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Lovey Howell
Ginger Grant
Mary Ann Summers


A Latin American dictator is exiled to the island, and he immediately declares himself dictator of the island, with Gilligan as his puppet leader in training.

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

30 September 1965 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode was Series Creator Sherwood Schwartz's personal favorite. See more »


When Gilligan descends the stairs near the end of the dream sequence, the shadow of the camera is clearly visible in the foreground. See more »


[dream sequence: Gilligan is the ruler of a small country. The Skipper is Secretary of the Navy]
Gilligan: How's my Navy holding up?
Jonas Grumby - Skipper: Well since you brought it up sir, why don't you come to the window and see for yourself?
Rodriguez: Again?
[Gilligan looks out of window. Stock footage of burning sinking ship rolls]
Rodriguez: Propaganda! Vicious Propaganda!
Gilligan: Are you doing something about that?
Jonas Grumby - Skipper: Yes sir, we are! We're teaching our sailors how to SWIM!
Gilligan: Good!
Jonas Grumby - Skipper: And the people on shore are learning mouth-to-mouth resuscitation -without ...
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H-a-r-r-double R-i-g-a-n
Words and music by George M. Cohan
[Sung by Gilligan's fellow castaways in his dream]
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Nehemiah Persoff in the favorite episode of Sherwood Schwartz
15 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

"The Little Dictator" was a play on the title of Chaplin's "The Great Dictator," and the favorite episode of series creator Sherwood Schwartz. For critics who dismiss the show as too simple minded to have something to say this proves to be a real eye opener, with Nehemiah Persoff in the title role of Pancho Hernando Gonzales Enriques Rodriguez, El Presidente of the South American Republic of Ecuarico, exiled to a life of solitude on Gilligan's island after his regime has been overthrown. As Schwartz delights to say in his audio commentary, a dictator only knows how to dictate, and with the use of his pistol he takes over control of the castaways as their new President. They try to get him to empty his gun of bullets, and once that succeeds Rodriguez naturally assumes that he is due to be executed, unable to conceive living the live of a commoner. His offer of power and glory to Gilligan leads into one of the most inventive dream sequences, Gilligan as El Presidente, Rodriguez his right hand man, quick to shoot down every rumor that crosses the leader's desk. It's jarring yet appropriate to see Rodriguez eliminating all of the President's problems with bullets, revealing Gilligan to be nothing but a 'puppet ruler,' complete with strings. Schwartz only errs in regard to Persoff never having done comedy before or since, as he played Little Bonaparte in "Some Like It Hot," going on to many different shows like BARNEY MILLER, in which he played a Hasidic Jew. As El Presidente he's a constant delight, just serious enough without losing the comic flair, and his reaction when he first sees the women is priceless: "ah, chihuahua!"

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