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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 ... George Hammer
Lurene Tuttle ... Mrs. Eleanor Hammer
Hans Conried ... Professor Amos Pomfritt
Charles Lane ... Chemistry Professor Obispo
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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At a couple of points in the movie, Dobie and Pansy duet on "All I Do is Dream of You." Debbie Reynolds (Pansy) sang the same number, with chorus girls, in Singin' in the Rain (1952). See more »

Connections

References 40,000 Horsemen (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right
(uncredited)
Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Performed by Barbara Ruick, Bob Fosse, Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van
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dance history
18 June 2006 | by pswanson00See all my reviews

I caught this film in the pre-dawn hours of an insomniac night recently, and found it reasonably diverting, although certainly no cinematic treasure. It does, however, contain genuine buried treasure for anyone interested in dance history, especially fans of Bob Fosse. The future Triple Crown of entertainment winner (Tony, Emmy, and Oscar in the same year) has a dance solo in this little movie which is positively searing, absolutely mind-bending in its virtuosity...and that's as seen in 2006. In its original release that sequence must have snapped the jaws of any member of the audience who'd ever taken a dance class. The man was simply fantastic, making Bobby Van, a decent hoofer himself, look like a club-footed spaz. I'd watch the storyless antics of Van's Gillis again just to see that number. By the way, I have read the original Dobie Gillis novel by Max Shulman, and it is very funny, as well as substantially earthier than any film or TV version of the story. If you see it in the library, give it a try.


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