Dobie Goes Beatnik 

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To help Mr. Gillis receive an exalted position in his Bison lodge, Dobie and Maynard switch roles.


Guy Scarpitta


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dwayne Hickman ... Dobie Gillis
Frank Faylen ... Herbert T. Gillis
Florida Friebus ... Winifred Gillis
Bob Denver ... Maynard G. Krebs
Dick Wessel ... Edward J. McClusky (as Richard Wessel)
Carol Byron ... Charlene
Susan Silo ... Joanne


Herbert has been elected Grand Exalted Bull Bison of his lodge, the highest position available and one for which he's been aiming ever since he joined the lodge twelve years ago. His election requires the personal approval of the national Grand Exalted Bull Bison, Edward J. McCluskey, who is coming from Cleveland to check out Herbert and all the Gillises, and who will be staying overnight with them. What Herbert tells him is that his son, the upstanding Dobie, does community service by helping beatnik boys, such as Maynard, find their proper way in life. As soon as McCluskey arrives in town and before he and Dobie know who the other is, the two get into an accidental altercation, which would sully the Gillis name in McCluskey's eyes if he knew he was indeed a Gillis. Not wanting to ruin his chances at this his dream position, Herbert asks Dobie and Maynard to switch places, Maynard masquerading as Dobie and Dobie masquerading as Maynard, for McCluskey's benefit. Is there anything that... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

25 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Per the title, the term beatnik describes young people who subscribed to the anti-materialistic and bohemian lifestyle that started in the 1950's and then developed into the Hippie movement of the 1960's. In 1948, author Jack Kerouac introduced the phrase "Beat Generation" describing the underground, anti-conformist youth gathering in New York, especially the Greenwich Village artist community in New York City. See more »


Charlene: What's with him?
Joanne: He says he's a protest cat.
Maynard G. Krebs: Yeah, that's right! I'm protestin', cats all over the world are protestin', My whole social group is, like, protestin'! We're angry young men, and we're all protestin'!
Charlene: And what is it that you angry young men are so angry about?
Maynard G. Krebs: I dunno... and that's why I'm such an angry young man!
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Written by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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