Dobie and Maynard tell their sergeant of the dark and stormy night when they were left minding the store and became convinced a Martian invasion was underway.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sheila James Kuehl ...
Zelda Gilroy (as Sheila James)
Producer Nicholby
Police Chief Rosenbloom
Jane Smith
Little Boy with Ray Gun (as Ronnie Howard)
Sergeant Wyncoup
Cedric Van Horn
Neil Burstyn ...
Alabama Schwarz (as Neil Nephew)
Baily Harper ...
Kim Breck
Max Mellinger ...
Policeman Clancy


On a dark and stormy night, Dobie and Maynard are on guard duty, where every little proverbial bump in the night makes them jumpy, which gets them into an issue with their sergeant. They tell the sergeant a story of why. On a similarly dark and stormy night, Dobie, Maynard and Zelda were minding the store to give Dobie's parents a night off to go to the movies. Being a dark and stormy night, no one was out shopping, leaving the three alone in the store to discuss Maynard's favorite movie "The Monster that Devoured Cleveland" which in turn led to a discussion about aliens. Unlike the movie, Zelda figured that if aliens ever were to invade Earth, they would look exactly like humans to blend in. These aliens would be able to do so by taking over human bodies. A series of incidents made Dobie and Maynard believe that aliens had indeed invaded Earth, most specifically invaded Gillis' store and their town in the form of humans, some they knew, some who were total strangers. As such, Dobie ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

20 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title is from the commonly expected demand from one encountering an extraterrestrial being or alien from outer space. See more »


References Dracula (1931) See more »


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