The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
|The Affairs of Dobie Gillis|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Don Weis|
|Produced by||Arthur M. Loew, Jr.|
|Screenplay by||Max Shulman|
|Based on||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
1951 short stories
by Max Shulman
|Music by||Musical Direction/Supervision
|Cinematography||William C. Mellor|
|Edited by||Conrad A. Nervig|
14 August 1953
25 December 1953
29 July 1955
4 December 1960
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.
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At Grainbelt University, a Midwestern university, freshman Dobie Gillis (Bobby Van) and his pal Charlie Trask (Bob Fosse) court cute coeds Pansy Hammer (Debbie Reynolds) and Lorna Ellingboe (Barbara Ruick). Pansy's wealthy father George (Hanley Stafford) can't stand Dobie and does everything in his power to keep them apart. Along the way, Dobie and Pansy manage to blow up the chemistry lab, while Dobie's officious English professor Pomfritt (Hans Conried) is misled to believe that the feckless Gillis is a literary genius.
- Bobby Van as Dobie Gillis
- Debbie Reynolds as Pansy Hammer
- Bob Fosse as Charlie Trask
- Barbara Ruick as Lorna
- Hans Conried as Prof. Pomfritt
- Hanley Stafford as George Hammer
- Lurene Tuttle as Mrs. Eleanor Hammer
- Charles Lane as Chemistry Professor Obispo
- Archer MacDonald as Harry Dorcas
- Kathleen Freeman as 'Happy Stella' Kowalski
- Almira Sessions as Aunt Naomi
- "You Can't Do Wrong Doin' Right"
- "I'm Thru with Love"
- "All I Do Is Dream of You"
- Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms
- Traditional Irish folk song, with lyrics by Thomas Moore
- Performed by Debbie Reynolds and Barbara Ruick
- "Red River Valley (song)"
- 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.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- The Affairs of Dobie Gillis at the Internet Movie Database
- The Affairs of Dobie Gillis at AllMovie
- The Affairs of Dobie Gillis at the TCM Movie Database
- The Affairs of Dobie Gillis at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Affairs of Dobie Gillis at FANDANGO
- The Affairs of Dobie Gillis at Answers.com
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