Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Forgotten TV Shows: THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS
This is it. The TV show that defined my youth. I adored everything about it. Based on a novel by Max Shulman and coming off a movie in the early fifties, it centered on the amorous desires of a teenager named Dobie Gillis, played perfectly by Dwayne Hickman. I am sure I have talked about this here before, but....
It was a tricky part for Hickman because he had to be lascivious yet still likable. The love of his life was played by Tuesday Weld (Thalia Menninger). Dobie's parents owned a grocery store and a common plot line was avoiding his job there. Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) was his friend, a beatnik.
Dobie spent a lot of time pondering his life in direct conversation with the audience. His intentions were noble--it was love and romance he was after, not sex. Or so I thought at age ten.
Filmed in black and white, its sets were primitive but its words were lofty. Good show.
For more remembrances of forgotten movies, see Todd Mason.
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