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.
Screenplay by Max Shulman
Based on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
1951 short stories
by 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 Loew's Inc.[1]
Release date
14 August 1953 (US)
Running time
72 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $470,000[2]
Box office $577,000[2]

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

Plot summary

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.[3]




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.[2]


  1. ^ The Affairs of Dobie Gillis at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  3. ^

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