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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 Hanley Stafford ... George Hammer
Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Eleanor Hammer
Hans Conried ... Professor Amos Pomfritt
Charles Lane ... Chemistry Professor Obispo
Archer MacDonald Archer MacDonald ... Harry Dorcas
Kathleen Freeman ... 'Happy Stella' Kowalski
Almira Sessions ... Aunt Naomi
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casanova Junior See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kathleen Freeman returned to the Dobie Gillis franchise in the 1988 reunion movie Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis. See more »

Connections

References 40,000 Horsemen (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

All I Do Is Dream of You
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the picture
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The One Character TV Pilot
19 August 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Previous to watching this film my frame of reference for Dobie Gillis was the television series that starred Dwayne Hickman in the early Sixties. So I was curious somewhat to see The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis from where the television series sprung.

Other than Dobie you will not find a single character that came from TV show. And instead of high school the girl crazy Dobie who simply views his time at college as a romp with the opposite sex finds himself attracted to THE girl in the person of Debbie Reynolds.

Life throws many roadblocks at the young couple, her parents, his teachers, but they do overcome of course.

Bobby Van plays Dobie Gillis and he gets a few numbers to show off his singing and more important his dancing. Playing his best friend at the very start of his distinguished career is Bob Fosse and the two are quite the team. Fosse and Van came at the end of the musical cycle, but Fosse went on to Broadway as the most distinguished choreographer of his time. Barbara Ruick is also in the cast and she did way too few films, her best known being Carousel playing Carrie Pipperidge.

The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis is a mildly entertaining film that probably is best known as it turned out, a TV Pilot.


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