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The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 14 August 1953 (USA)
Grainbelt University has one attraction for Dobie Gillis - women, especially Pansy Hammer. Pansy's father, even though and maybe because she says she's in dreamville, does not share her ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Weis

Writers:

Max Shulman (screenplay), Max Shulman (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Debbie Reynolds ... Pansy Hammer
Bobby Van ... Dobie Gillis
Barbara Ruick ... Lorna Ellingboe
Bob Fosse ... Charlie Trask
Hanley Stafford Hanley Stafford ... George Hammer
Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Eleanor Hammer
Hans Conried ... Professor Amos Pomfritt
Charles Lane ... Chemistry Professor Obispo
Archer MacDonald Archer MacDonald ... Harry Dorcas
Kathleen Freeman ... 'Happy Stella' Kowalski
Almira Sessions ... Aunt Naomi
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Storyline

Grainbelt University has one attraction for Dobie Gillis - women, especially Pansy Hammer. Pansy's father, even though and maybe because she says she's in dreamville, does not share her affection for Dobie. An English essay which almost revolutionizes English instruction, and Dobie's role in a chemistry lab explosion convinces Mr. Hammer he is right. Pansy is sent off broken-hearted to an Eastern school, but with the help of Happy Stella Kolawski's all-girl band, several hundred students and an enraged police force, Dobie secures Pansy's return to Grainbelt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S M-G-M's LOVE-HAPPY, YOUTHFUL MUSICAL! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casanova Junior See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This modest (by MGM standards) black-and-white musical failed to be noted by a contemporary New York Times review. In addition, this was the only monochrome song-and-dance picture in which Debbie Reynolds and Bob Fosse appeared. See more »

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Referenced in NewsRadio: Jail (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

All I Do Is Dream of You
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the picture
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A delightfully silly, old fashioned comedy.
7 June 1999 | by jclark88See all my reviews

This comedy/musical is a rather silly but quite entertaining college romance. The dialogue and situations is extremely dated, having come out in the early '50s, but if you enjoy films from that period you'll probably like this one. Some of the situations made me laugh out loud which is more than I can say for many films of today. The characters from this film were later used in the television series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.


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