Starting in 1959, CBS aired The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
on TV, based on the early '50s short stories by Max Shulman (which also inspired a 1953 theatrical film starring Bobby Van and Debbie Reynolds). In the television show, Dwayne Hickman starred as Dobie, with other cast played by a pre-Gilligan's Island
Bob Denver, and future film stars Tuesday Weld and Warren Beatty. Now it appears that The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
will come to DVD at last, thanks to the folks at Shout! Factory:
Shout! Factory has acquired worldwide rights to "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"...[which] centers on a teenage boy (Dwayne Hickman) and his struggles to win over various girls and achieve popularity...The series is well-known to a generation of Baby Boomers who tuned in weekly to watch its youthful protagonist's butt heads with his over-bearing mother and strong-minded father. The show's cast of characters also included Dobie's beatnik friend, Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver).
"Dobie Gillis" aired for 147 episodes on CBS and featured two actors in its early seasons who would go on to have major careers on the big screen. Warren Beatty played a rich boy who frequently got the best of Dobie in his pre-"Bonnie and Clyde" days, while Tuesday Weld ("Looking for Mr. Goodbar") portrayed the object of Dobie's affection. Shout...secured worldwide rights from the Max Shulman Trust. Shulman was the creator of the series and died of bone cancer in 1988.
Shout! Factory founders Bob Emmer and Garson Foos told TheWrap that they became intrigued by the property because there was a lot of activity around the series on message boards and other online communities. It helped that they were very familiar with the series themselves. "We grew up on it," Emmer said. "I fondly remember watching it. It was a passion play, but one there was a lot of interest and a terrific cast."
Shout! Factory is currently in pre-production on a DVD box set of the complete series and expects it to hit stores later this year.
That quote above is courtesy of an exclusive report
by TheWrap.com, posted yesterday afternoon along with word about another show Shout! has picked up. Dates, contents, artwork and extras (if any) for a Dobie Gillis
DVD set has not been finalized, but stay tuned and we'll fill you in as further developments occur. Our thanks to one of our loyal readers, "Stephanie," for being the first with the heads-up about this information!