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Big Man on a Little Stick 

"Big Man on a Little Stick" is an episode of Gilligan's Island starring Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., and Jim Backus. A surfer arrives on the island, and the castaways try to encourage to head back to Hawaii and rescue them. However, he is more interested in making moves on Ginger and Mary Ann than getting back in a hurry.


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Episode cast overview:
... Gilligan
... Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby
... Thurston Howell III
... Mrs. Lovey Howell
... Ginger Grant
... Professor Roy Hinkley
... Mary Ann Summers
... Duke Williams (as Denny Scott Miller)


A surfer arrives on the island, and the castaways try to encourage to head back to Hawaii and rescue them. However, he is more interested in making moves on Ginger and Mary Ann than getting back in a hurry.

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

20 February 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Professor gives the island's location as "approximately 110 degrees longitude and 10 degrees latitude" but doesn't specify whether he means east or west longitude or north or south latitude. The only two possible locations in the Pacific Ocean are: 10° North and 110° West, with the nearest land 725 miles away on the coast of Mexico, and about 3261 miles to Honolulu; and 10° South and 110° West, with the nearest land about 1,420 miles away on the coast of Isabela Island in the Galapagos, a part of Ecuador, and about 3896 miles to Honolulu. See more »


Gilligan tries to teach himself to surf and practices standing on a board in the lagoon. He ties his feet to the board but then tips over so that he is completely submerged under the surf board. The Skipper comes to rescue Gilligan and wades into the lagoon up to his ankles but his pants are already wet up to the middle of his butt. The Skipper is, however, dry from his waist up while he then uprights the board so that Gilligan can breathe. As the camera cuts from Gilligan back to the Skipper, the Skipper is now completely wet from head to toe although he never submerged below the surface of the water. See more »


Duke Williams: [regarding Ginger] A redhead is a fickle piece of chick, and that's for sure!
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References Gidget (1959) See more »

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Former Tarzan Denny Miller makes the girls sigh
11 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Big Man on a Little Stick" marked the first of two series appearances from former Tarzan Denny Miller (the abominable 1959 remake of "Tarzan the Ape Man"), still in mighty good shape as champion surfer Duke Williams, who miraculously lands on the island after riding a 30 foot tsunami for five straight days. The Skipper notes that Duke's starting point at Waimea Beach is near Honolulu, while Duke gets a look at Ginger and Mary Ann, concluding that the castaways aren't lost: "you're hidin'!" Ginger has a good line when the Skipper reveals that Gilligan reeled in the surfer: "wow, what did you use for bait?" Any thoughts of getting back to Honolulu are put on hold with Duke showing off his muscular physique to the swooning ladies, but eventually a plan is executed that pairs off Ginger with the Professor, Mary Ann with Gilligan, to inflame Duke's jealousy so that he won't want to stay. It's rather a shame that this Duke wasn't the type of royalty that the Howells were expecting, using all the unintelligible 'hot dog' slang so popular during the era of The Beach Boys. Denny Miller would return the third season as a genuine Ape Man in "Our Vines Have Tender Apes."

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