Maynard befriends a poor Mexican shoeshine boy and generously gives him $55.78--all the money his classmates had saved to fund their Christmas dance. To earn back the money, Maynard takes a job as a department store Santa Claus.


Rod Amateau


Arnold Horwitt, Max Shulman (created by)

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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
Sheila James Kuehl Sheila James Kuehl ... Zelda Gilroy (as Sheila James)
James Millhollin ... Mr. Bevere
Michael Davis ... Pepe
Argentina Brunetti ... Grandmother
Michael Hardstark Michael Hardstark ... Walter Funk
Debbie Megowan Debbie Megowan ... Little Girl
Edith Loder Edith Loder ... Mother


Appointed by chairperson Dobie, Maynard is the treasurer of his class' Christmas dance fund. Maynard believes the seemingly poor Spanish-speaking Mexican shoe shine boy he befriends needs the money more - all $55.78 - especially since it's Christmas. Maynard confesses to the dance committee that he no longer has the money, but won't tell what happened to it if only to protect his new friend. The committee members are angry but don't believe Maynard stole the money. Regardless, Maynard vows to pay it all back. The only way he can is to get a job. Maynard getting a job is easier said than done. But Maynard, who is generous to a fault in the jobs he does end up getting, may end up showing everyone around him the true meaning of the holidays. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

19 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After adjusting for inflation, the lost Christmas dance fund money of $55.78 is equivalent to $441.39 in 2015. See more »


Maynard G. Krebs: [Brainstorming ways to get money] Hey, Dobe, what if I wrote to the president and asked him for a government loan?
Dobie Gillis: The president in Washington?
Maynard G. Krebs: Yeah! I'd say, Dear Mr. Truman...
Dobie Gillis: Oh, Maynard, his name is Kennedy now.
Maynard G. Krebs: Truman's name is Kennedy?
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References Have Gun - Will Travel (1957) See more »


Joy to the World
Written by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason
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