Friday, July 18, 2008

Nehemiah Persoff: Gilligan's Island

From 1965, Nehemiah Persoff guest stars as Pancho Rodriguez, exiled dictator of the banana republic of Equario. Invading the island with his own personal firing squad, Rodriguez immediately proclaims himself ruler over the castaways--and to prove he's not kidding, he sentence Gilligan (Robert Denver) to be shot. However, Rodriguez' plans go awry, and before long he has changed his tune and is offering Gilligan the opportunity to become dictator in his place...thereby setting up a terrific, and oddly disturbing, dream sequence. This is producer-creator Sherwood Schwartz's favorite Gilligan's Island episode. ~ Hal Berger, All Movie Guide

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