The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Season 1, Episode 21

Dobie Spreads a Rumor (23 Feb. 1960)

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Dobie plots to make Zelda more appealing to other boys by spreading a rumor that Zelda's father is inheriting one million dollars.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Florida Friebus ...
Sheila James Kuehl ...
Zelda Gilroy (as Sheila James)
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. (as Stephen Franken)
June Walker ...
Mrs. Gilroy
Ahna Capri ...
Gilroy Daughter (as Anna Marie Nanasi)
Jeri Lou James ...
Gilroy Daughter
Sherry Alberoni ...
Gilroy Daughter
Larrian Gillespie ...
Gilroy Daughter
Glenda Padgett ...
Gilroy Daughter
John Rockwell ...
Alfred Wilson
Judy Harriet ...
Malt Shop Girl (as Judy Harriett)


Zelda seems more determined than ever of snagging Dobie by bringing both her family and his family into the mix. As such, Dobie is more determined than ever to get Zelda off his trail. He figures that part of the problem is that no one else seems interested in Zelda, which she herself admits. So Dobie decides what he has to do is make other guys interested in her by spreading a rumor about her that will make her irresistible to most guys, most specifically a rich, snooty guy like Chatsworth Osborne, Jr., while also making them think that they are pulling one over on Dobie himself by snatching her away from him. As the rumor takes on a life of its own, Dobie may not be able to enjoy fully the fruits of his labor. Written by Huggo

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23 February 1960 (USA)  »

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The daughters, from L-R around the table are Sherry Alberoni (ex-Mousketeer, many movie credits), Larrian Gillespie, Glenda Padgett, Ahna Capri (developed into a B-movie star with many credits) and Jeri Lou James. The girls around the piano, from L-R, are Cynthia Pepper (appears at Elvis Events and Hollywood autograph shows), Marlene Willis and Judy Harriet (ex-Mousketeer and singer). See more »


Composed by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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