The Ugliest American 

Dr. Burkhart's anthropology class field trip takes Dobie and Maynard to the heart of the Amazon. While Dobie is off buying a shrunken head to impress beautiful classmate Clydene, Maynard mysteriously disappears.


Rod Amateau


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dwayne Hickman ... Dobie Gillis
Bob Denver ... Maynard G. Krebs
Jean Byron ... Dr. Imogene Burkhart
Sig Ruman ... Himelmayer
Laraine Stephens ... Clydene Quigley
Anthony Eustrel ... Ex-Viceroy of India (as Antony Eustrel)
Marie Gomez ... Dandaleo
Raoul De Leon Raoul De Leon ... General P. Gonzales
Nacho Galindo ... Manuel
David Renard ... Indian Chief


Dobie has enrolled in Dr. Burkhart's anthropology class to be near Clydene Quigley, and Maynard has enrolled in the class because his good buddy Dobie did. Dobie enrolled despite not being interested in anthropology at all and despite knowing that the class will be taking a field trip to the Amazon jungle, which is not exactly city dwelling Dobie's comfort zone. Indeed, the jungle and the expedition prove to be too much for Dobie, both personally and academically. Maynard, on the other hand, is in his element, he who ends up impressing both Dr. Burkhart and Clydene. To win Clydene back from Maynard, Dobie goes on a trek for what is considered the most prized artifact in the jungle: a shrunken head. With the help of Mr. Himelmayer, an ex-pat who is known as the most influential man in the jungle if not perhaps a little shady, Dobie does manage to buy a shrunken head. Whose head it is may prove to be a problem for Dobie in ever making it out of the jungle alive, that is unless Maynard ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

17 October 1962 (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 based on the anti-war novel "The Ugly American" by Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer. See more »


Maynard asks Dobie to kiss his sneakers, but they're not on his feet; the audience has been shown that the native chief is wearing them. See more »


Maynard G. Krebs: [suspiciously eying the Amazon natives] Dobe, I tell you those Indians are phonies! I ain't never seen one of 'em chasing John Wayne.
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References Jungle Jim (1948) See more »


The Third Man Theme
Written by Anton Karas
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