‘Gilligan’s Island’: Only 1 Castaway Character Did Not Have a Dream Sequence

by Joe Rutland
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While pretty much all of the “Gilligan’s Island” characters had dream sequences, one of them never did in the show’s CBS run.

Ginger Grant, who was portrayed by actress Tina Louise, never found herself falling asleep and dreaming, according to IMDB. Grant obviously wanted to be back in Hollywood, where she could continue to seek fame and fortune. But that didn’t work out right away as she was one of those seven stranded castaways.

But the rest of the characters on “Gilligan’s Island” did have dream sequences.

Now, these would sometimes take rather elaborate turns. Many of them would also involve the show’s cast members, usually wearing costumes to match that particular character’s dream.

Tina Louise Didn’t Get Dream Time On ‘Gilligan’s Island’

Tina Louise did bring Ginger Grant to life on “Gilligan’s Island” through her own acting abilities.

One might think that writers would have an easy time coming up with a dream for Grant, but they did not do it. Instead, you had Gilligan, The Skipper, Mary Ann, The Professor, and Mr. and Mrs. Howell all have different dreams.

The show would make use of what was going on in the heads of the characters. But what they would not be able to do is actually turn a dream sequence into reality. Some of those dreams were very strange and weird. The biggest dream they all probably had, though, was to get off the island ASAP.

Dialogue used by the characters in their dreams would be totally different from what they would usually say on the show.

When the one castaway actress on the show, the one who has the “chops” to make dreams believable, doesn’t get a dream sequence, then it’s an interesting thing to note.

Dawn Wells Responds to Rumor Around Receiving Letters

Another beloved character from “Gilligan’s Island” was Mary Ann, played by the late Dawn Wells. There was a time when a rumor was making the rounds that she received thousands of letters each week from fans.

Once the show was canceled from CBS, it eventually entered syndication and has been making the rounds around the world for five-plus decades.

When Wells was alive, she was interviewed in Vancouver in 2014 at an appearance. These appearances paid the bills. There were no royalties from “Gilligan’s Island”. A reporter asked Wells, “Is it true you used to receive 3,000 to 5,000 fan letters a week?”

“Oh, probably not that much,” Wells said. “But I get fan letters all the time. I can’t go anywhere in the world (without hearing) ‘Mary Ann! Mary Ann!'”

Wells said that “the press thought we were the stupidest show that ever went on the air.”

She then added, “Until the ratings came in. Fifty years later, they’re still laughing.”

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