The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Season 1, Episode 16

The Fist Fighter (19 Jan. 1960)

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Thalia will give her love only to an athlete, so Dobie schemes to set himself up as a fearless fighter, Top Fist. But Milton Armitage, Dobie's rival for Thalia's fickle heart, calls Dobie's bluff and challenges him to a bout.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Page Slattery ...
Moose McCullough
Anne Whitfield ...
Kathy Wakefield ...
Malt Shop Customer
Bob Barran ...
Malt Shop Customer (as Rob Barran)
Jan Stine ...
Malt Shop Customer
Mark Patrick ...
Malt Shop Customer
Paisan (as Rad Fulton)


Thalia's latest kick is that she wants an athlete, as professional athletes make lots of money. Football team captain Milton is that athlete of choice, whereas Dobie is nowhere close to being an athlete of any sort. As Dobie goes through the list of sports at which he may try to excel, that exercise which yields nothing, he figures that he can bluff his way into being an athlete. The school doesn't have a boxing team, so he can pretend to be an expert fighter. The key to the bluff is to beat up a known athletic entity. Dobie is certain that Moose McCullough, a Central High School graduate and who is known as the best athlete Central High has ever produced, will take a fall for him, as more than anything Moose believes in love. Moose agrees to Dobie's proposition. The staged fight works, which results in Dobie getting Thalia and being known far and wide as "The Fist". What Dobie doesn't account for is anyone calling his bluff, that person being Milton, who wants Thalia back, and who ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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19 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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This is the last episode Warren Beatty appears in. See more »


When Maynard gives Thalia Dobie's X-Ray, Dobie say "And this is no foot." And Thalia agrees, even saying "Ah you're right, it's a hand." Yet you can clearly see that it is a foot. See more »


Milton Armitage: [after Thalia rejects Dobie's offer of a date to the movies, Milton enters and turns on the charm] Tell me, my dear, what are you doing tonight?
Thalia Menninger: Not a thing. What did you have in mind?
Milton Armitage: The drive-in movie. They're playing rather an amusing little pastiche there tonight called "The Monster Who Devoured Cleveland."
Thalia Menninger: Oooh, I'm dying to see it!
Milton Armitage: Let's say, sevenish?
Thalia Menninger: Anyish you like.
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Composed by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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