A Hollywood producer lands on the island and is unimpressed with Ginger's acting abilities, so the castaways put on their own production of "Hamlet" to get the producer's attention.

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Harold Hecuba
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A Hollywood producer lands on the island and is unimpressed with Ginger's acting abilities, so the castaways put on their own production of "Hamlet" to get the producer's attention.

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3 October 1966 (USA)  »

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Hecuba is also the name of a classic Greek queen in ancient plays and whose name appears in Shakespeare's Hamlet Act II, Scene 2. See more »

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When Gilligan mentioned that they can put Hamlet to music, Skipper asks "Hamlet to music"? But there was already an opera "Hamlet" in 1868, written by Ambroise Thomas with the lyrics by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier. So it is "Hamlet with music". See more »

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Gilligan: [Last lines]
[In his hammock, singing]
Gilligan: I ask to be or not to be, and that is the question that I ask of me...
Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: [Calmly] Gilligan, will you cut that out? I'm trying to get some sleep.
Gilligan: [Quieter, but still loud enough for the Skipper to hear] I ask to be or not to be, and that is the question that I ask of me...
Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: [Yelling] Gilligan, cut it out!
Gilligan: [Looks back, then sings almost inaudibly, but still loud enough for the Skipper to hear] I ask to be or not to be, and that is the questi... WHOA!
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Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »

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Phil Silvers the most famous of guest stars
18 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Producer" casts the one and only Phil Silvers, Sgt. Bilko himself, as world famous movie producer Harold Hecuba, the man who discovered such handsome leading men as Patch Pockets, or the great cowboy star Bum Steer! As overbearing as he is brilliant, he proceeds to take over the Howell hut, turning them into his butler and maid, and laughing at Ginger's attempts to prove herself worthy of starring in his latest production. The castaways decide to impress him with a musical version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Gilligan in the title role, the Howells as his parents, Ginger as Ophelia, but Hecuba, as is his nature, takes over and demonstrates a faster tempo, eventually wearing himself out. One of the most beloved episodes, the only one credited to two directors, George M. Cahan finishing up for an injured Ida Lupino. This was also the only script by the team of Gerald Gardner and Dee Caruso, the most prolific writers for this season's main competition THE MONKEES.


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