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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:

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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

Lurene Tuttle plays the mother of Debbie Reynolds, as she also does in Give a Girl a Break (1953). In real life, however, she was the mother of costar Barbara Ruick. See more »

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References A Kiss in the Dark (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(uncredited)
Traditional German folk song with lyrics by Thomas Moore
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Barbara Ruick
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likable and well made fluff
24 October 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have never seen the TV show "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", so you should keep this in mind when you read this review. I haven't a whole lot of preconceptions about the movie but I also wasn't particularly interested in the concept to actually watch the show the 106,284 times it was shown years ago on Nickelodeon and other cable channels. Why I actually decided to watch this when it came on Turner Classic Movies is beyond me--though I am glad that I did.

While it is undeniable that this movie is complete fluff, it is nevertheless enjoyable fluff. There's lots of singing and dancing and romancing and comedy--a formula very similar to the Doris Day/Gordon MacRae films BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON and ON MOONLIGHT BAY (though these two Warner Brothers films were set in an earlier time period). It's all very light and very likable--even if it turns out that Dobie is a dirty little cheater (see the film to find out what I am talking about).

Of particular interest, by the way, is the earnest and likable style of Bobby Van. It's too bad that he came to Hollywood near the end of the musical craze and that his life was so tragically shortened. He was talented and all I'd previously seen him in were insipid 1970s game shows.


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