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Is(le) be seeing you?!....'Gilligan's Island' theme song trivia.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 26, 2021 02:32PM
.......season 1 opening sequence had no 'The Professor and Mary Ann'.......it just said 'and all the rest'.......


.....here is the reason why it eventually got changed....


Gilligan’s Island: Why Weren’t Mary Ann and the Professor in the Opening Theme Song?

....One of the most frequently asked questions about Gilligan’s Island is “Why were The Professor and Mary Ann referred to as ‘the rest’ in the show’s opening? There were only seven castaways!”

In season one, Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, and Tina Louise were in the opening theme but Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells weren’t. Why?

Well, you may not be aware that some of the characters in the series weren’t quite the same in the original pilot. Ginger was a practical redheaded secretary, played by Kit Smythe. Nancy McCarthy played Bunny (not Mary Ann) and she was a stereotypical dumb blonde secretary. John Gabriel played the very serious Professor.

In order to get the series greenlighted by CBS, creator Sherwood Schwartz had to do some reworking and recasting. As a result, we ended up with the cast and characters we know today.

Of the three new performers, Tina Louise was the first to sign. She was in a Broadway play and they had to buy out the rest of her contract to sign her for Gilligan’s Island. Wells once recalled that Louise’s contract stipulated her billing, that she be the last person in the opening credits. Wells and Johnson signed on later so they were put in the end credits.

For season two, when the TV show was filmed in color, the opening credits were changed and the Professor and Mary Ann took their place behind Ginger. What brought on the change? It turns out that even Wells never knew the real reason, until a 1995 Today Show interview.

Denver later recounted that his contract stipulated he could choose his billing. He asked that Wells and Johnson be moved up with the rest of the cast. The network refused so he told them he wanted last billing, in the end credits only. Since he played the title character and that would look very strange, they had no choice but to redo the theme. It’s not clear but they either found a way to work around Louise’s contract stipulation or she agreed to the change.




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Re: Is(le) be seeing you?!....'Gilligan's Island' theme song trivia.....
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: September 26, 2021 04:01PM
The words and music of the "Gilligan's Island" theme song, "Amazing Grace", and "House of the Rising Sun" are easily interchangeable. The words to "Amazing Grace" sung to the music of "House of the Rising Sun" sounds great, the words to "House of the Rising Sun" sung to the music of the "Gilligan's Island" theme song sounds, well, bizarre.



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Re: Is(le) be seeing you?!....'Gilligan's Island' theme song trivia.....
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: September 26, 2021 05:26PM
I bought the entire series on DVD about 10 years ago, came in three boxes. It includes the original pilot. This was one of my our favorite series as kids.



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Re: Is(le) be seeing you?!....'Gilligan's Island' theme song trivia.....
Posted by: ArtP
Date: September 26, 2021 07:01PM
Wow - totally different: ORIGINAL "LOST PILOT" THEME SONG.
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Re: Is(le) be seeing you?!....'Gilligan's Island' theme song trivia.....
Posted by: wurm
Date: September 26, 2021 07:38PM
Then there's this gem to bring you pleasant dreams tonight.
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Re: Is(le) be seeing you?!....'Gilligan's Island' theme song trivia.....
Posted by: tenders
Date: September 26, 2021 08:04PM
There will be no dissing of Puddles on my watch. He is an excellent singer.

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Re: Is(le) be seeing you?!....'Gilligan's Island' theme song trivia.....
Posted by: davester
Date: September 27, 2021 03:06PM
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wurm
Then there's this gem to bring you pleasant dreams tonight.

Well, Puddles can sing OK, but the original of this by Little Roger and the Goosebumps (who my wife went to high school with) is vastly better than the Puddles cover. Here you go: [www.youtube.com]



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Re: Is(le) be seeing you?!....'Gilligan's Island' theme song trivia.....
Posted by: decay
Date: September 27, 2021 03:54PM
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wurm
Then there's this gem to bring you pleasant dreams tonight.

Well, Puddles can sing OK, but the original of this by Little Roger and the Goosebumps (who my wife went to high school with) is vastly better than the Puddles cover. Here you go: [www.youtube.com]

To follow the stairway tangent, try this one:
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