Aah, Yer Fadder Wears Army Shoes 

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Not to be upstaged by a beautiful Army brat with an impressive pedigree, Dobie claims his father is a missing in action WWII hero and sets to spinning yarns of his extraordinary exploits.


Rod Amateau


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dwayne Hickman ... Dobie Gillis
Frank Faylen ... Herbert T. Gillis
Florida Friebus ... Winifred Gillis
Bob Denver ... Maynard G. Krebs
Barbara Bricker Barbara Bricker ... Marcia Turner
Herbert Ellis Herbert Ellis ... Brooklyn (as Herb Ellis)
Richard Clair Richard Clair ... Lt. Merriwether
Fuji Fuji ... POW Camp Guard


Dobie is on first sight attracted to Private Marcia Turner, Lt. Merriwether's secretary. She, despite her beauty, sees herself first and last as a soldier, she coming from generations of family members in the military. She believes her gender has prevented her from progressing further in a military career by this stage in her life. She also believes a uniform does not make a soldier, but rather a tradition and thus a mentality of military service does. To impress her, Dobie tells her that his father was a decorated military man in WWII. At the time he tells her, he is unaware that the following weekend is Father and Son Day at Camp Grace, where she expects to meet the bedecked war hero, Herbert T. Gillis, especially as Lt. Merriwether has demanded a 100 percent turnout. Dobie is able to convince Lt. Merriwether and Marcia that his father went MIA during WWII. Dobie just has to keep patriotic Herbert remaining MIA for Father and Son Day while playing up his war heroics. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

30 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is from the juvenile insult that "You're mother wears combat boots," that has been used in multiple media including the old Bowery Boys movies. See more »


In the military, you do not render a hand salute indoors. Indoors the salute is replaced by coming to attention. When an officer walks into a room or gives an order you come to attention. And you never render a hand salute uncovered (without a hat). And in the military, you never wear a hat indoors. So in this case when they render a hand salute without a hat indoors they're completely wrong. See more »


Spoofs The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »


Written by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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