The Affairs of Dobie Gillis 1953 NR CC

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Dobie and Pansy are students at Grainbelt U., where the motto is Learn, learn, learn. Work, work, work. Yet who can blame them for having fun, fun, fun in this musical comedy?

Starring:
Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van
Runtime:
1 hour, 13 minutes

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The Affairs of Dobie Gillis

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Genres Musical, Comedy
Director Don Weis
Starring Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van
Supporting actors Barbara Ruick, Bob Fosse, Hanley Stafford, Lurene Tuttle, Hans Conried, Charles Lane, Archer MacDonald, Kathleen Freeman, Almira Sessions, Susan Alexander, Ben Astar, Lavonne Battle, Willis Bouchey, Ralph Brooks, Chuck Courtney, Diana Darrin, Lawrence Dobkin, Don Dunning
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Good dancing and singing.
bonnie dean
At first it appears that Pansy is all about education, but she soon changes her mind and takes to partying with her new boyfriend, causing her father much concern.
trebe
Hurry up with the DVD version!
RICK AND OLLY

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Doepke on January 29, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
What a pleasant surprise for a hardened old cynic like me. Ordinarily I would avoid a title like The Affairs of Dobie Gillis as if it were the plague. But the sheer bounce and charm of Weis's direction along with Van and Reynolds proved completely beguiling. Sure it's dated. The innocence and idealized portrayal of college-age youth belong to a bygone era. Still, Van's easy way with a song and a smile continues to captivate, while even Reynolds' manages an energized side that doesn't annoy (the sight of her pony-tailed wholesomeness crouched demonically over a boiling witch's brew is hilarious). Surely these two were made for each other in some malt-shop heaven. There are so many nice touches, including: Hans Conreid's arrogant professor (his tight-lipped barbs at Dobie are priceless), Kathleen Freeman's gap-toothed Polish band (I'm sorry we didn't hear more), and the utterly delightful song and dance numbers (a whole lot simpler and more spontaneous than MGM's over-produced foot-stompers of the day). Clearly, the studio dribbled out a bare-bones budget to give their younger talent a chance, and the youngsters responded in spades. I'm only sorry that Van didn't get the career his talent deserved-- watching him and Fosse was a treat. All in all, this is a much better movie than it had any right to be, and a fine piece of unexpected pleasure for viewers of any age.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RICK AND OLLY on May 4, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Why don't they make movies like this one anymore? Let's face it, the world needs them. No violence,no swearing, no explosions except for the Science Lab. Good harmless clean fun. Of course this movie would never set the world on fire, but who cares. Extremely likable and easy to watch. Hurry up with the DVD version!

But one sad note, all of the main actors with the exception of Debbie Reynolds have all passed away at the time of writing (2004)
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Dobie Gillis is the literary creation of Max Schulman. Schulman adapted his character for the big screen in The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), and Dobie later made his way to series television, in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959-1963). While in the popular TV series Dobie was a high school student, in The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, the character, played by Bobbie Van (1928-1980), is a student at Grainbelt University, and has his eye on pretty coed, Pansy Hammer (Debbie Reynolds).

At first it appears that Pansy is all about education, but she soon changes her mind and takes to partying with her new boyfriend, causing her father much concern. Soon the couple are in a bit of academic trouble, and after Pansy blows up the chemistry lab, she father sends her away to New York City. With the help of his friends Charlie Trask (Bob Fosse) and Lorna Ellingbowe (Barbara Rurick), Dobie tries to find a way to get back together with Pansy.

The film also features some musical numbers, with performances by Van, Reynolds, Rurick, and Fosse in his acting debut. The multi-talented Fosse (1927-1987) was a dancer, choreographer, director and writer. He won the Best Director Oscar for Cabaret in 1973, beating out among others, Francis Ford Coppola who was up for The Godfather. Fosse also directed films like All That Jazz (1979), and Star 80 (1983).

As the more established star, Debbie Reynolds received top billing, although Bobby Van's character is the focus of the film. As Max Schulman wrote the screenplay, the movie probably plays out in the way he envisioned, but as a leading man, Van is something of an acquired taste. Among those also featured in the cast are Lurene Tuttle, Hans Conried, Kathleen Freeman, and Charles Lane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phred on February 13, 2013
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The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, is a lightweight entertainment and a pleasant viewing. It is amusing to read the reviewers speak to the wholesomeness and innocence of the movie, the time it portrays, and the time when it was filmed. At bottom this is a movie about a college slacker who will cheat on a major essay, routinely break college rules while aiding and abetting equal slacking on the part of his girlfriend. Much of this movie can be viewed as a 1950s Fast Times at Ridgemont High combined with Ferris Bueller's Day Off. A young and talented Debbie Reynolds sings a couple of popular tunes. Bobby Van stars with his more open and easy-going dance styling with the acting debut of Bob Fosse, a more precise dancer and soon to be leading choreographer of this day. Adding value to this movie is Hans Conrad as the uptight and easy to dupe English professor.

The plot, such that it is traces the pairing off of Dobie Gillis (Bobby Van) and his great love Patsy Hammer (Debbie Reynolds) and the second bananas Barbara Rick and Bob Fosse in a parallel romance. Patsy's father George Hammer (Hanley Stafford) is a classic overbearing father and a mass of Freudian fears. He correctly anticipates that Dobie will be a bad influence on his daughter while Mrs. Hammer (Lorene Tuttle) manages her husband with a minimum of words and gestures. Her performance provides some of the best and most humorous movie moments. Our leading loving pair mostly ditch college, engage in an extremely G- rated love affair, while singing and dancing pleasant songs. The conflict such as it is arises when Mr. Hammer removes Patsy from the campus moving her to New York forcing Dobie to engage in some dubious use of the college newspaper's tight budget.
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