Skip to comments."CHATSWORTH OSBORNE, JR.": RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW TODAY
Posted on 11/24/2004 6:40:07 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
I was listening to the Rush Limbaugh Show today and heard Rush start talking about last night's Crossfire Show.
I was only half way paying attention when he mentioned a question by Chatsworth Osborne, Jr..
Well I had to think a minute because I knew that name from someplace and then all of a sudden it came to me that it was a character on the old Dobie Gillis show and was played by a very fine character actor named Stephen Franken.
The it hit me that Rush was using that moniker for our old friend Tucker Carlson. Well that fit could not be better. Tucker really has a number of the charactistics of that old Dobie Gillis character and I have say I laughed until I fell on the floor.
That was almost as much fun as when Rush rechristened Wesley Clark into General Ashley Wilkes from "Gone With The Wind". That also was just perfect.
Just checked on the IMDB and Stephen Franken is still with us and working.
By the way how could anyone have ever been in love with Zelda Gilroy even on a good night???????????????
Ashley wilks was only a major
They also had Maynard G. Krebbs........... and the statue, The Thinker!
I last saw Steve Franken in a minor role in "The Missouri Breaks", an Arthur Penn film with Marlon Brando giving a grotesque performance an as Irish "regulator".
Not Aphrodite. Thalia Menninger.
Is Steve Franken any relation to Stuart Smalley?
Don't forget Chatsworth's "Mummsy" played I believe by Doris Packer. She always referred to Chatsworth as "such a nasty boy." Beatty played Milton Armitage, a less amusing rich kid. Also, William Schallert played Mr. Pomfritt, their high school teacher. Frank Faylen was Herbert T. Gillis, and Florida Friebus was Winnie Gillis. Herbert always used to talk about his "good conduct medal." Also would always say about Dobie "Someday I gotta kill that boy, I just gotta." Wonderful show.
Hey Dobe, want to go watch them tear down the old Endicott Building?
Bill Schallert later went on to fame with Patty Duke's show and even the "Nancy Drew" show in the late 70's. Warren Beatty hit the jackpot with "Bonny and Clyde".
I thought he said once it stood for Walter. Maybe it kept changing. He also was hip enough to be listening to Thelonius Monk. Like, hi, Mr. G, Mrs. G., Dobe G.
I gotta kill that boy! I just gotta!
And watch "The Monster That Devoured Cleveland".
Yep. He and Patty were also both SAG Presidents. Another irony is that Jean Byron, who played the mother on "The Patty Duke Show," also briefly played one of Dobie's high school teachers. The small world of the sitcom.
Hee hee. The only film that ever seemed to be showing. I don't recall ever seeing Maynard's parents, but I could be wrong on that one.
I am a young thang, after all......:^)
Of course? I'm in my mid 40s, and I don't recall ever seeing that show. And yes, I grew up
inside a metropolitan area, and got channels from another "market" as well.
No problem. Your accuracy ratio is still much higher than mine!! Remember there was a brief period when Dobie and Maynard were in the Army? I don't think that lasted more than a few episodes.
I dunno. I think he hit the jackpot with Annette Bening.
The novel DOBIE GILLIS was written by the very funny Max Shulman.
The show ran from the late 50s to the early 60s, so you are too young to remember the first run. It was on CBS, I am pretty sure. I'm singing the theme song, but it probably isn't doing you much good.
"Zelda Gilroy" turned out to be a lesbian Cali legislator.
And the official title was "The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis."
Whoops! Missed your post (re: Zelda).
Tuesday Weld. Man did I have a crush on her.
"Bonnie and Clyde" was his second film. His first was the very strange "Mickey One", directed by Arthur Penn, where he co-starred with Hurd Hatfield, who had been MGM's pretty boy back in the Forties.
My memory is failing me here.
Is she any kind of dreamboat at all?
Hiya Pub -- here are the lyrics:
Oh Dobie, wants a girl who is dreamy,
Dobie, wants a girl who's creamy,
Dobie, wants a girl to call his own.
Is she blond, is she tall, is she dark, is she small, Is she any kinda dreamboat at all
No matter, he's hers and hers alone.
Cause Dobie only wants a gal to call his own.
And Dwayne Hickman got his start as Bob Cummings' nephew in "Love That Bob".
You are more than welcome. We are really dating ourselves here. Wish I could watch an episode right now. Do you recall that Dwayne Hickman's brother Darryl was on the show "Love That Bob"? Probably shouldn't start a "Leave It To Beaver" thread right here, should we?
Crossed in the mail. Was that Dwayne? What show was Darryl on?
Dwayne Hickman - Dobie Gillis
Frank Faylen - Herbert T Gillis
Florida Friebus - Winifred 'Winnie' Gillis
Bob Denver - Maynard Krebs
Sheila James - Zelda Gilroy
Tuesday Weld - Thalia Menninger (1959-60)
Warren Beatty - Milton Armitage (1959-60)
Darryl Hickman - Davey Gillis (1959-60)
Steve Franken - Chatsworth Osborne Jr (1960-63)
Bobby Diamond - Duncan 'Dunky' Gillis
William Schallert - Professor Leander Pomfritt
Doris Packer - Clarice Armitage (1959-60)
Doris Packer - Clarissa Chatsworth Osborne Sr (1960-63)
William Schallert - Leander Pomfritt
Tommy Farrell - Riff Ryan
Yvonne Lime - Melissa Frome
One of the great character actors, ever. He went from things like The Patty Duke Show to Wild Wild West and on to Collossus: The Forbin Project (playing Donald Rumsfeld, just 30 years early). I will always remember fondly the recurring character he played on Get Smart, the very ancient "Admiral," or some such title. The character was the doddering old retired director of CONTROL who would fill in for The Chief when he was away from the spy agency. The best running gag was when he'd use a pointer to reach for a map and be just a bit too far way. "Oh Dear" he would mumble, as he surrendered to gravity.
And, except for the obvious heavy makeup of that character, he always looked to be about 50. Even when he was probably 32. what's scary is he still looked 50, last time I saw him. Dorian Grey, your pictures are ready.
I'm old enough to remember the show when it first aired. About the third season, Dobie and Maynard enlisted in the Army. They didn't last long. Dobie was a great show that still holds up today.
Another oddity on the show was that when Dobie and Maynard went from high school to the local college, it seemed like their whole high school class -- including the teacher, Mr. Pomfritt -- went with them!! I know, I should be expecting reality from a sitcom.
I met both William Schallert and Dwayne Hickman in LA about five years ago. In person, you can see they've both had their share of skin "enhancement." Dwayne had a very poor hair dye job, the classic shoe polish look. Both were very nice guys and loved talking about the show.
I've very envious.
Schallert has touched on more of the mid level popular culture than most any other character actor in my lifetime. Hickman has apparently had a very successful career as a "suit" in TV production for 40 years. Both would be amazing to talk to. I would have particularly liked to talk to Schallert about Collossus and Hickman about what I consider the greatest western comedy ever (take that Mel Brooks), the Academy Award winning (best actor) Cat Ballou. I bet both would have had fun stories.
That was an amazing show. That and the Bob Cummings show and The Thin Man, with his Facel Vega...
I think he hit the jackpot with Leslie Caron, and about 300 others.....