Inspired by a poem and the prospect of winning Thalia's heart, Dobie embarks on a hunger strike, evoking from his family and friends admiration, worry and even wrath.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Dobie Gillis
... Herbert T. Gillis
... Winifred Gillis
... Maynard G. Krebs
... Thalia Menninger
... Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. (as Stephen Franken)
... Frank's Girlfriend (as Margaret Thomas)
Deon Robb ... Young Man
Les Brown Jr. ... Frank
... Herm


Thalia has just started dating Chatsworth Osborne Jr. She admits she is doing so just because he and his family are wealthy. Dobie vows to win her back. From a love poem that he is helping Maynard learn, Dobie comes up with the idea that he will become wan and pale to gain Thalia's sympathy. How will he accomplish his physical transformation?: by going on a hunger strike. He believes both the transformation and the hunger strike itself will persuade Thalia to be his steady girl. He vows to stay on the hunger strike until Thalia agrees to his wishes. When Dobie starts getting hungry, he contemplates cheating as he doesn't want anyone but Maynard to know since many people seemed to have a vested interest in whether Dobie eats. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

26 January 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Only television performance of Deon Robb. See more »


Thalia Menninger: [Thalia introduces Chatsworth to the Gillises] This is Chatsworth Osborne, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Gillis.
Winifred Gillis: How do you do?
Herbert T. Gillis: Hi.
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr.: Charmed.
[Glancing around the Gillis' humble home]
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr.: You, uh, live here?
Herbert T. Gillis: Yeah. What's the matter with it?
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr.: Oh, nothing, nothing. It's very amusing.
Herbert T. Gillis: Yeah, we have a lot of fun just sitting around laughing at it.
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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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Pale and Wan fond lover. I'm Starvin Darlin!
10 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

Throughout history fact and legend has man going to great lengths to win the hearts of their true love. Starting with two caveman brutally fighting against each other for their female. Onward to the dashing Robin Hood and his daring escapades to win the hand of Maid Marion. Sunny Spain and the adventures of the elderly dreamer Don Quixote in his chivalrous quest to save the farm girl Dulcinea at the hands of evil. We move on to poor Werther who takes his own life assuming that his Lotte has a new lover. We move on to Wuthering Heights and the ever pining Heathcliff's duration and love for Catherine. We roar on to the 1920's and the Great Gatsby who flaunts his wealth and possessions to an apathetic Daisy Buchanan. Which brings us to 1960 and a love sick Dobie Gillis (Dwayne Hickman). Dobie's problem is having Thalia Meninger (Tuesday Weld) as his steady girlfriend. Thalia would rather be seen with affluent stuffy blade Chatsworth Osborne Jr. (Steve Franken) who doubles as a broad jump expert. Dobie comes across a book of romantic poetry and is inspired by a poem entitled Why so Pale and Wan Fond Lover? Dobie has an epiphany as to win the affections of his true love Thalia by going on a hunger strike. The gang at the malt shop over hears Dobie's bold claim to the delight of the ladies which puts pressure on their boyfriends to follow suit. Dobie starts out strong with his book in hand avoiding dinner with his folks Mom and Pop Gillis played by Florida Freibus and Frank Faylen. Momma Gillis is worried about her baby boy while Pop, Herbert T. Gillis is suspicious that his love struck boy will falter and break his fast within an hour. Just to make sure Dobie doesn't eat Pop Gillis wires an elaborate alarm on the refrigerator complete with revolving lights and sirens. Beatnik friend and sidekick Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) will try to sneak food through Dobie's window. What follows is an endless course of comedy! A real belly buster of an episode. FYI Marlo Thomas and Ryan O'Neal appear in this episode.

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