Will the Real Santa Claus Please Come Down the Chimney? 

The Gilleses believe that the time has come to disabuse Maynard of his belief in Santa Claus and set in motion an elaborate scheme to accomplish the task.


Rod Amateau


Arnold Horwitt, Max Shulman (created by) | 1 more credit »


Episode complete credited cast:
Dwayne Hickman ... Dobie Gillis
Frank Faylen ... Herbert T. Gillis
Florida Friebus ... Winifred Gillis
Bob Denver ... Maynard G. Krebs
Bobby Diamond ... Duncan Gillis (as Bob Diamond)
Anthony Spinelli Anthony Spinelli ... Duffy (as Sam Weston)


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Maynard is staying with the Gillises for Christmas. That is when the Gillises learn that Maynard still believes in Santa Claus. After Maynard decides to be Santa's helper in getting all the Gillises their Christmas wants, which in the process ends up costing Herbert several hundred dollars, the Gillises believe that it is time that he learned that Santa Claus does not really exist. What they plan on doing is shocking the news into him. As Maynard admits that he has never seen the real Santa Claus, they will get someone to perform the Santa Claus ritual as Maynard knows it to be on Christmas Eve night, including Santa Claus sliding down the chimney, only to expose himself at the end of the process as a fraud to Maynard. Herbert ends up being the chosen Santa. There are many problems in executing the plan, most specifically having Herbert come down the chimney in one piece. But the plan has an unexpected consequence specifically on Winnie. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family


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The title refers to the request given by Bud Collyer at the climax of the To Tell the Truth (1956) game show when the impostors are revealed as the guest is asked to stand up. "Will the real Mr./Mrs. XXXX please stand up." See more »


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19 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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