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Dobie's southern-fried cousin Virgil comes north to start a music career and in order to get the electric guitar, fancy threads, leggy girl and loot to launch he lays on the charm as thick and sweet as a mint julep.


Rod Amateau


Dean Riesner, Max Shulman (created by) | 1 more credit »


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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
Ray Hemphill Ray Hemphill ... Virgil T. Gillis
Charles Lane ... Charles Wayzak
Stephanie Hill ... Grace Grimsby


Herbert has just received a $300 dividend check from his GI insurance, which Dobie and Winnie believe will be squandered away the result of some smooth sales pitch thrown at him. That unexpected pitch comes from Herbert's hayseed nephew, Virgil T. Gillis of Chicken Run, Tennessee, he who has come to town in search of a talent agent so that he can get into show business as a singer. Herbert, Winnie and Dobie quickly fall under the charms of Virgil, but Maynard smells a sneak and phony. Based on the advice of talent agent Charles Wayzak, what Virgil's act needs among other things is better costumes, a female sidekick with good legs (which he sees on Dobie's girlfriend, Grace Grimsby), and a testing ground to gage audience reaction. Using manipulation masquerading as southern charm, Virgil goes about trying to acquire these, which requires, among other things, Herbert's $300 and more. Can Maynard eventually unmask the true Virgil T. Gillis to Dobie, Herbert and Winnie? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

10 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First appearance of Virgil T. Gillis. See more »


Dobie Gillis: [Dobie catches Virgil on his way out] Hey, Virgil, when you had Grace up on that stage with you, did you have time to talk to her about, uh, you know.
Virgil T. Gillis: Didn't I mention that, cousin Dobie? Didn't I mention that?
[Opens door to street, revealing Grace sitting astride his motorcycle]
Virgil T. Gillis: Meet the hotsy-totsy new sensation: Gillis and Grimsby, the Larynx and the Legs! Have lightning, will travel!
Dobie Gillis: [Outraged] Now just a minute! Just a darn minute!
Virgil T. Gillis: Ta-ta, cousin! My public awaits!
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You're Alright
Performed by Ray Hemphill
Virgil sings the song as an audition for agent Charles Wayzak
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