The Affairs of Dobie Gillis

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The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
Poster of the movie The Affairs of Dobie Gillis.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Weis
Produced by Arthur M. Loew, Jr.
Written by Screenplay: Max Shulman
Story: Max Shulman
Starring Debbie Reynolds
Bobby Van
Barbara Ruick
Bob Fosse
Hanley Stafford
Hans Conried
Music by Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeff Alexander
Alex Romero
Cinematography William C. Mellor
Edited by Conrad A. Nervig
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
United States:
14 August 1953
25 December 1953
29 July 1955
4 December 1960
Running time
72 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $470,000[1]
Box office $577,000[1]

The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (also called Casanova Junior) is a 1953 comedy musical film. The film is based on the same writings by Max Shulman as the subsequent television series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Bobby Van played Gillis in this musical version, co-starring with Debbie Reynolds and Bob Fosse.



  • "You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right"

Written by Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston
Performed by Barbara Ruick, Bob Fosse, Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van

  • "I'm Thru with Love"

Music by Matty Malneck and Fud Livingston
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Bobby Van

  • "All I Do Is Dream of You"

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

Traditional Irish folk song, with lyrics by Thomas Moore
Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Barbara Ruick

  • "Red River Valley"

Played by the band during the square dance


According to MGM records the film earned $423,000 in the US and Canada and $154,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $131,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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