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The Little Chimp That Couldn't 

Maynard commits to teaching tricks to Seymour the chimp to keep the college from selling the little fellow to a medical school.

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Dobie Gillis
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Herbert T. Gillis
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Winifred Gillis
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Maynard G. Krebs
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Dr. Imogene Burkhart
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Dean Hollister
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The college has invested much money in obtaining chimpanzees for Dr. Burkhart's Psychology class, in order for her to be able to train them to do simple tasks. One chimpanzee who is not performing is Seymour, who she wants to hide from Dean Hollister, as she fears he will remove funding from the program if he learns about Seymour's under-performance. Dean Hollister does learn about Seymour, and threatens worse: to send Seymour to the medical research wing. Animal lover Maynard, who is Dr. Burkhart's chimpanzee handler, gets Seymour a reprieve from his doom. Dean Hollister gives Maynard one week to teach Seymour anything of value. Beyond this task, Maynard has to find a loving, nurturing environment where he can keep Seymour for that week. Failing that, the Gillis household will have to do, much to the chagrin of Dobie's father. But if Maynard can't teach Seymour to do anything, will never lying Maynard resort to manufacturing a skill to save Seymour? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family

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20 March 1963 (USA)  »

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The title is based on the classic child's story "The Little Engine That Could". See more »

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References Ben Casey (1961) See more »

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Dobie
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Written by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
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