TV Series | TV-G | | Comedy, Family
Jim Backus' name of Thurston Howell III was named after "Hubart Updyke III", a character on "The Alan Young Show" on radio, written by this series' producer, Sherwood Schwartz--and also played by Backus..
Skipper Jonas Grumby:
You don't know anything about space.
Gilligan: I do know one thing. You take up more of it than I do.
The Skipper breaks the fourth wall on numerous occasions. One might argue that this was intentional and done for comedic effect, but oftentimes it happens so quickly that comedic effect doesn't have time to take hold. It appears to be done to show the Skipper's frustration with Gilligan, but at times, it seems to be a case of the actor appealing to the director out of frustration.
During the first season's opening credits, for some reason neither The Professor, Russell Johnson nor Mary Ann Dawn Wells received an on screen billing, nor were they referred to in the theme song. They were just referred to as "... and the rest." For seasons two and three they were added at the request of Bob Denver, who played "Gilligan" and thought it was stupid to leave out the two actors just to shorten the introductory song by a few notes.
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