Movies in the Movies: 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis' (1962)

A recurring gag on the iconic "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" television series (1959-63) involves lovable beatnik Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) referencing the flick "The Monster Who Devoured Cleveland." In a third season episode, "The Truth Session," he attends a must-see triple feature Maynard-thon devoted to his idol and hungry kin.

Among the stars of this horrible fun fest are, coincidentally(?), "Dobie Gillis" Production Executive Norman Henry as The Monster Who Devoured Cleveland, Lottie Cagle, Secretary to "Dobie Gillis" Producer-Director-Writer Rod Amateau, as Bride of the Monster Who Devoured Cleveland, and "Dobie Gillis" Assistant Director Ad Shaumer, Jr. as Son of the Monster Who Devoured Cleveland.

I must admit Maynard, shown here with his teacher, Mr. Pomfritt (William Schallert), is one of my heroes. He's seen Cleveland devoured three times!

A boy can dream, can't he?



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I'm considering Nutrisystem, but I worry when I start to look like Marie Osmond, guys will buy me dinners and I'll just get fat again.

In my tub this morning, Dial 3-D. Yes, 3-D Dial Soap. What? Huh? I read the fine print. "3-D Odor Defense: Dirt. Decay. Durrett." What? Huh?

I'm Olympic athlete Mark Spitz. No, wait. I'm Golden Girl Rue McClanahan. Nope. I'm Swee'Pea. Nay.. I hate it when I lose my driver license.

Today on DOBIE GILLIS: Dobie and Dad join Maynard in drag. Nothing says beauty like a chick with a goatee.

My box of Popsicles was grossly disfigured during a long power failure, yet they're still juicy. I just graped Flipper on a stick.

We're having a cool spell. I'm cramming vocabulary with Zack and Screech.

Item: 18-month-old Cambodian boy feeds himself by suckling milk from a cow. Toddle to Iceland, kid, moos give soft serve.

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) to get theatrical re-release. Who I gonna call? ... Nobody.

Watched the UP ALL NIGHT pilot. I do not want to have a baby with those people. Adios. Hello Match.com...

RIP Tom Wilson, Sr., 80, creator of comic strip hero ZIGGY. In lieu of flowers, I am wearing no pants.

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I Got Nuthin'

Consolation Video: "Beat Girl" (1960) Opening Credits (a k a "Wild for Kicks") - Music by John Barry via YouTube

via Jack Pendarvis


100 Things About Me #184

I Don't Know Squirt
Eww... I always thought "incontinent" was not being in a boat.

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Big Weekend

Big weekend with my new ride!

I should have had this sweet baby in college to pick up chicks.



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There was a chipmunk giving me the evil eye outside my bedroom window this morn. I gave him the evil stomach. This is not going to end well.

The diet word has reared its svelte head again. Diet? Diet?! ... What? And give up conglobating?

Thinking of high school. Memories never cease. I'm in my 47th year of not being able to climb that damn rope.... Can I shower & go home now?

My streak continues. Still no tip of the Hatlo hat.

Job search promising. I've got future work lined up. Banjo troubadour in the Zombie Apocalypse.

I was given a coupon for "Lip-smackin' great taste," Kit & Kaboodle Cat Food. How disgusting. I eat it with my mouth closed.

And now it's that magical time of the decade: yard work....

Saw RANCHO NOTORIOUS (1952) with Lili Von Shtupp. One simply cannot get enough of that THE LEGEND OF CHUCK-A-LUCK toe tapper. Stampede me.

Today on DOBIE GILLIS, Dobie hears those magic words that pretty much sum up our dating careers: "It's chow and Homesville."

I bought a new weedwacker. The other one I put out to pasture. Goodnight, everybody! I'll be here all week! Try the quesadillas!

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Big Weekend

Big weekend with my conventional bananas.

Darn those unconventional bananas and their T-tops and racing stripes.


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Saving Facebook: My Confessions: 

On Technology

Friend Deborah
This new smartphone is not making me feel so smart.

I'm still trying to work this stupid hula hoop....

On Time

Writing with Hitchcock
Certain Hitchcock films lend themselves well to "seasonal viewing"...like THE WRONG MAN on a cold January night, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY on a mild afternoon in late September, or REAR WINDOW on a steamy evening in July. Do you make a ritual out of re-viewing certain Hitch films at certain times of the year?

Yes, I watch PSYCHO each year on Shower Night.

At the Help Desk

Friend Claire
Need a dog sitter around Encino, any hints?

Pauly Shore.

Thanks, Mike. Any good dentists?

Bill Pullman.

On Friendship

Friend Alan
All of you should be encouraged to know that I thrive on the QUALITY of my friends.

I'm burlap and taffy, but the workmanship is adequate.

Great! I realize the warranty has expired.

On a Pal's Colonoscopy

Bob, did they find your gum?

Friend Bob Walker
No but they did find a shot glass.....and a little tiny bartender.

I'm afraid to type this next one. ... That explains the bar stools.


Sally Brown on "Citizen Kane"

Citizen Kane (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
Continued From: "Big Weekend"

Charles Schulz is reported to have viewed "Citizen Kane" on 40 occasions and he couldn't resist a sporadic, somewhat obscure reference to the motion picture in the "Peanuts" comic strip.

Here's Sally Brown's 1989 reaction on her first exposure to the classic film.

via Herb Caen's All-Time Greatest Item, which explains the shocking origin of "Rosebud" in "Citizen Kane." (adult content)

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