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The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 14 August 1953 (USA)
Grainbelt University has one attraction for Dobie Gillis - women, especially Pansy Hammer. Pansy's father, even though and maybe because she says she's in dreamville, does not share her ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Weis

Writers:

Max Shulman (screenplay), Max Shulman (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Debbie Reynolds ... Pansy Hammer
Bobby Van ... Dobie Gillis
Barbara Ruick ... Lorna Ellingboe
Bob Fosse ... Charlie Trask
Hanley Stafford ... George Hammer
Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Eleanor Hammer
Hans Conried ... Professor Amos Pomfritt
Charles Lane ... Chemistry Professor Obispo
Archer MacDonald ... Harry Dorcas
Kathleen Freeman ... 'Happy Stella' Kowalski
Almira Sessions ... Aunt Naomi
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Grainbelt University has one attraction for Dobie Gillis - women, especially Pansy Hammer. Pansy's father, even though and maybe because she says she's in dreamville, does not share her affection for Dobie. An English essay which almost revolutionizes English instruction, and Dobie's role in a chemistry lab explosion convinces Mr. Hammer he is right. Pansy is sent off broken-hearted to an Eastern school, but with the help of Happy Stella Kolawski's all-girl band, several hundred students and an enraged police force, Dobie secures Pansy's return to Grainbelt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S M-G-M's LOVE-HAPPY, YOUTHFUL MUSICAL! (original print ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This modest (by MGM standards) black-and-white musical failed to be noted by a contemporary New York Times review. In addition, this was the only monochrome song-and-dance picture in which Debbie Reynolds and Bob Fosse appeared. See more »

Connections

Referenced in NewsRadio: Jail (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Thru with Love
(uncredited)
Music by Matty Malneck and Fud Livingston
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Bobby Van
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Okay version of Dobie Gillis stories
3 June 2004 | by MrkitzleSee all my reviews

A very attractive cast and a couple of good musical numbers make for reasonably good entertainment. Far different from the TV series that came a few years later (and not as good in my opinion), this feature was actually inspired by the Max Shulman Dobie Gillis stories from the forties. Shulman, who also wrote the the screenplay for this movie, does manage to work in bits and pieces of his short stories into the script, but not too successfully. The reason for this is that the original stories were stand-alone brilliant comic masterpieces. Here we just see a little scene from this one, and one from that one, and so on. The way to really, really enjoy Dobie Gillis is to track down the out-of-print collection, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"(easily available at Amazon). I'm a fan of the TV series, and I like this movie, but neither can hold a candle to the hilarious short stories that served as the original inspiration for both the TV and screen versions.

By the way, it was only about two years ago that I read the original stories. They are every bit as wonderful today as when they were originally written.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

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