The Battle of Maynard's Beard 

After getting his beard caught in his rifle's bolt release, Maynard is ordered to shave off the offending fuzz. When the protest cat protests the order, Dobie defends his friend before a military tribunal.


Rod Amateau


Dean Riesner, Max Shulman (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Dwayne Hickman ... Dobie Gillis
Frank Faylen ... Herbert T. Gillis
Bob Denver ... Maynard G. Krebs
Richard Bakalyan ... Sergeant Wyncoup
Bartlett Robinson ... Colonel
Richard Clair Richard Clair ... Lt. Merriwether
Kaye Elhardt Kaye Elhardt ... Lt. Portia Potter
Maurice Meyer Maurice Meyer ... Officer at Tribunal
Earle McVeigh Earle McVeigh ... Officer at Tribunal


The recruiting officer back home stated that Maynard could keep his beard in the army as long as it didn't interfere with his duties, which doesn't sit well with one of Maynard's sergeants, Wyncoup. When the beard does interfere with his duties, Maynard is ordered to shave. Maynard would rather desert than shave off his trademark beard. In dealing with Maynard's plight, Dobie believes he can kill two birds with one stone. Dobie is attracted to their soldier's rights teacher, Lt. Portia Potter, with who he is not allowed to fraternize since she is an officer and he an enlisted man. However, in the lieutenant relaying a story upon a question from Maynard about his beard, Dobie believes he can defend Maynard in a court martial, and win or lose - if the latter which would probably result in a light sentence to Maynard - Dobie would be sent to Officer's Candidate School for his initiative, and thus be able to date Lt. Potter. As such, Dobie does whatever he can to keep Maynard incarcerated... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

18 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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References Perry Mason (1957) See more »


America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)
Written by Samuel Francis Smith
Background for Dobie's summation
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