The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show
This site is dedicated to the original Mickey Mouse Club Show of the 1950's, the first television show for, by, and about kids. But first the commercial: (*ahem*)
News and Updates
August 16th, 2014
August 9th, 2014
Well, someone finally got around to telling your webmaster there was a problem viewing the feature clip; thanks to Dan in Los Angeles it's now fixed. ..... Dan has also provided a link to a YouTube clip of Cheryl Holdridge playing "Betty" in an unsold TV pilot for a live-action Archie Andrews sitcom. (Be warned, this has some commercials)......
August 2nd, 2014
July 25th, 2014
July 21st, 2014
July 19th, 2014
July 15th, 2014
July 14, 2014
On Friday, July 18, Lonnie Burr will be honored at the Disneyana Fan Club's Disney Legends Award Luncheon from 12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Anaheim, 12021 Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA. (If you know the area, until very recently this was a Crowne Plaza hotel). Lonnie will be interviewed, and after the luncheon, there's an autograph session and sale of Lonnie's updated memoir The Accidental Mouseketeer, photographs, and DVDs for DisneyanaMania attendees and friends..... Also, please help inaugurate Lonnie's new Roll Call GuestBook. The previous one was lost when the company hosting it just vanished one day......
July 9, 2014
Some dates to remember for those who will be in Southern California late next week: First up on July 17th at the Disneyland Hotel is the Disneyana Fan Club's Thirty Years of Ears luncheon that will include a silent auction to benefit A Minor Consideration. Rumor has it there will also be a brief Mouseketeer performance or two, and a group panel. Check the link for registration form and a list of Guests of Honor..... Later that weekend The Hollywood Show will host a mini MMC reunion at the Westin LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on July 19th and 20th. Several Mouseketeers are scheduled to appear to meet with fans, sign autographs and take photos.....
July 1, 2014
Serial actor Glen Graber's profile has been added with unique photos and information about Adventure in Dairyland...... The lead off video this month is from a second season travel serial English Correspondant that focuses on scouting.....
June 17, 2014
Whoops! Your webmaster got his signals crossed; only one Red Team Mouseketeer is to be awarded Disney Legend status come July 18th. Apologies for any confusion created by this misunderstanding...... The mid-month video is from a first season Circus Day featuring some female acrobats.....
June 1, 2014
From Troy Lewis with The Hollywood Show comes word of a MMC reunion at the Westin LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on July 19th and 20th. Bobby Burgess , Cubby O'Brien, Karen Pendleton, Sharon Baird, Sherry Alberoni, Tommy Cole, Steve Stevens, and Tommy Kirk are all scheduled to appear to meet with fans, sign autographs and take photos..... The lead-off video this month is a first season Guest Star Day featuring the original performers from Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue.....
May 15, 2014
Electric guitars were vastly outnumbered by accordions as a favored instrument for kids to play during the mid 1950's, but that would soon change as this first season video of some teenage talent winners shows......
May 5, 2014
Cartoonist and illustrator Dan Cunningham has just posted a Q & A session with Lonnie Burr on the occasion of the re-release of The Accidental Mouseketeer. Dan's interview with Lonnie covers a lot of ground and ends with his echoing Stu Shostok's call for the remaining core group of mice to be inducted as Disney Legends in 2015......
May 1, 2014
May marks eight years on the web for this site; many thanks to all the folks who have contributed information, photos, and videos over the years..... Speaking of videos, the feature video is again a special request from the first season, this time an Anything Can Happen Day number.....
April 15, 2014
Craig Adams has written a well-researched and very informative article on Bob Amsberry and Ginny Tyler's early days in radio and television (Thanks to Marcia again) ..... The feature video is a special request for a first season Guest Star Day.....
April 8, 2014
Long-time website contributer Marcia from Kansas has pointed out this interesting video of the MMC Circus from November 1955. Uploaded by the legendary Dave Oneal of the Extinct Attractions Club, it features intermittant glimpses of Mouseketeers amongst the circus wagons, parades, and animal acts..... The feature video has been uploaded to YouTube in honor of Darlene's 73rd Birthday.....
April 1, 2014
March 15, 2014
March 1, 2014
Though it was not the first Disney or even MMC use of this theme, there's a simple charm about this month's lead-off video ......
February 24th, 2014
February 1, 2014
Brrr! Winter dreams, of milder climes and gentler times, takes us to the Land of Me-Oh-My......
January 19, 2014
January 1, 2014
Happy New Year! Some YouTube clips related to Mouseketeers and the Mickey Mouse Club have made a reappearence after a brief hiatus; for video tributes to Doreen Tracey and Lonnie Burr click on their names, while you can watch Nancy Abbate sing by clicking on her name as well..... Let's start the new year with both musical numbers from the skit Sweet Shoppe Rock......
December 16, 2013
Mouseketeer Lonnie Burr has updated his website, give it a visit..... The pages for the Anything Can Happen Day programs have been updated for the first and second seasons..... It's cold and snowy where your webmaster lives, a perfect day for going Strollin' by the Beach......
December 2, 2013
November 30, 2013
November 20th, 2013
Diane Disney Miller, elder daughter of Walt Disney, passed away yesterday of complications resulting from a fall......
November 15th, 2013
The Fun with Music Day pages for musical numbers and skits for the first, second, and third season have been updated..... Feeling a bit disappointed with the dating scene? Here's someone else with the Blind Date blues......
November 1st, 2013
October 17th, 2013
October 15th, 2013
Circus Day performer Kumar of India has passed away after a long career in show business. Video of his performance is sadly unavailable; one Mouseketeer recalls his act as being the most amazing ever shown on the MMC (thanks to RichardF)...... For the mid-month video here's an episode from Further Adventures of Spin and Marty......
October 1st, 2013
A long-time contributor to this site had a special request for the feature video, a clip not shown on here before, featuring the Lennon Sisters in their second appearence on the show......
September 15th, 2013
Those who enjoy equine activities might like these first season four-legged visitors to the show......
September 1st, 2013
For the lead-off video this month here's a first season guest star presenting his version of Fractured Fairy Tales with cello accompaniment......
August 15th, 2013
August 1st, 2013
July 15th, 2013
Back in 2008 MMC guest star Ralph Heid contacted your webmaster looking for a video clip of his 1956 performance. Unfortunately one wasn't available then, but last year a copy came this way and is now our mid-month feature......
July 7th, 2013
July 3rd, 2013
The Disney Studio rededicated one of it's sound stages on June 24th to Annette Funicello in a ceremony hosted by CEO Bob Iger. Many of her former colleagues were there (video) with one delightful surprise being the inclusion of Darlene Gillespie..... Two website visitors have independently written in about Jimmie Dodd's guitar (which incidently figures into our feature video). Mark Josephs of the Tenor Guitar Foundation informs us Jimmie played a four string tenor guitar tuned CGDA, the same tuning as his Mousegetar, while from Mac Birch comes a link on the origin of Jimmie's guitar.....
June 1st, 2013
Only one update this month, as your webmaster will be travelling in Southern California the latter half of June..... Another special request for the monthly video, a first season Fun with Music Day number featuring Tommy Cole and Darlene Gillespie singing Do-Mi-So......
May 15th, 2013
May 1st, 2013
May marks seven years on the web for this site, with last month bringing nearly seven million hits and delivering over 200 gigabytes of photos, videos, and information (equal to about 100 DVD's) to website visitors..... A few updates to the Other Magazines page, including one with more rope twirling by Johnny Crawford, come courtesy of Marcia from Kansas..... By special request the monthly video is an odd little first season Fun with Music Day number featuring Tommy Cole, Nancy Abbate and a trio of Mousekegirls......
April 25, 2013
April 22, 2013
April 16th, 2013
April 14, 2013
April 12, 2013
April 8, 2013
April 1st, 2013
March 18th, 2013
March 1st, 2013
Several of the magazine pages have been updated with new material (here, here and here), largely courtesy of Marcia from Kansas..... Apologies to users of the Chrome browser about the MP3 audio files on some of the pages. Apparently that browser automatically starts playing them when the page is visited..... For the monthly video, here's the complete version of a Fun with Music Day skit from the second season featuring nearly all the Mouseketeers......
February 15th, 2013
The video links page has been updated to include some more clips of Mickey Mouse Club clips from around the internet.... For our own mid-month video, here's a charming little Anything Can Happen Day show from the first season featuring the Mouseketeers playing a game......
February 3rd, 2013
Magician Bill Chaudet, who with his first wife appeared as Circus Day act The Chaudets twice during the first season, passed away last month at age 91. Read Kerry Ross' tribute to his friend and mentor in Daily Variety......
February 1st, 2013
For those using a Mac or other Apple products who are having problems viewing video clips on this site, try installing Flip4Mac. It's free and available at Macupate or by going to Flip4Mac's website (Thanks to Rick O'Leary)...... There were a lot of "givens" to Mouseketeer performances, and one illustrated by our lead-off feature video is when the producers needed a female prat fall they inevitably turned to Doreen Tracey.....
January 15, 2013
The Disney Studio created roughly 266 hours of programming for the original Mickey Mouse Club, however it's anyone's guess how much of it survives. Much of what is accesible today exists in fragmentary form. Two such short excerpts have been combined for the mid-month feature video.
January 4, 2013
Author and Mouseketeer (though Disney's CEO winces everytime he hears this) J. J. Solari features in a new memoir by Los Angeles radio personality Dave Hull. In between his dancing and writing careers J. J. performed as a shill for Dave Hull's Lovelines radio program during the seventies. The book even has a full page photo of J. J. counselling a fellow author.....
January 1, 2013
Happy New Year! Speaking of Biden and the Fiscal Cliff, here's a complete second season Fun with Music Day skit, hearkening back to depression-era tramps and railroad cops.
December 28, 2012
December 15, 2012
Disney Historian and author Jim Korkis has written up some interview notes from earlier this month with four Mouseketeers..... Jim Hill's website reports that CalArts has a new special collection on the Mickey Mouse Club built around papers and effects from the estates of Jimmie Dodd and Ruth Carrell (thanks to Mark Hickson)...... The mid-month video feature is a first season reprise of songs from the 1946 Disney film Song of the South
December 8, 2012
December 1, 2012
Lonnie Burr has some photos from Bonnie Lynn Fields memorial service on his Anything Can Happen page..... When Disney released the first week of the The Mickey Mouse Club on DVD in 2005, it included five parts of the ten part serial What I Want To Be. For this month's opening video we pick up with part six......
November 17, 2012
November 15, 2012
For the mid-month video a Fun with Music Day number called Old MacDonald from the first season.....
November 1, 2012
The serial page for Corky and White Shadow has been given a minor facelift, but a lady named Sandy prevented a full revision. When first setting up this page the serial's production was ascribed to October 1955 for circumstantial reasons. Upon encountering a published source that placed the filming in June 1955, the page was changed to reflect that assertion. Now new evidence has caused a reversion to the original date.... And along those lines this month's opening feature video is the Introduction to Corky and White Shadow.....
October 15, 2012
October 1, 2012
This month's opening feature video is the last half of a third season Fun with Music Day. It is a somewhat controversial piece today, but not at the time it was made (1957), and no disrespect is intended by showing Japanese Cinderella.....
September 15, 2012
A trbute site to many actors of the 1950's and 60's has a page of screen captures from some of Cheryl Holdridge's many post-MMC television appearences (thanks to Marcia from Kansas)..... The mid-month feature video is a first season Guest Star Day with the Sons of the Pioneers.....
September 1, 2012
A new section has been added to the website, where visitors can upload their own MMC related photos. Called the Gallery, everybody can view the photos, but you'll have to register to upload your own. Registration is on the honor system to start; fill out the required fields and you'll be instantly activated. For the "Full Name" field, do NOT put your real name (unless you want). This field will become the title of your personal album. For the email field, put a valid email, it will not be displayed. Webmaster reserves the right to delete any inappropriate photos
August 15, 2012
For Annette fans, a link to an ever changing collection of photos of her and co-stars (thanks to Richard F)..... Another third season Fun with Music Day skit for the mid-month feature video, starring a little dynamo who turns seventy tomorrow.....
August 1, 2012
A special request for this month's feature video, a third season Fun with Music Day skit whose star turns sixty-six today.....
July 31, 2012
Goodbye to Fern Persons, who was absolutley marvelous as farm wife Mrs McCandles in the serial Adventure in Dairyland. A superb actress who continued to find work long past the usual retirement age, she was also a union officer and tireless voice for the working person.
July 17, 2012
Ginny Tyler, who as the "Disneyland Storyteller" on KTTW Channel 11 in Southern California hosted live 15 minute segments for the 1962-63 syndicated Mickey Mouse Club, passed away July 13 at age 86.
July 15, 2012
Some updated information and a couple of new photos for Ruth Carrell (photos courtesy of Gary Miller)..... Two more Mouseketeers who turn 70 this month are highlighted in the mid-month feature video, a second season Fun with Music Day number.....
July 11, 2012
July 7, 2012
July 1, 2012
There are a few new photos on the Cast, Other Mags and 'Teen pages (the last two courtesy of Marcia from Kansas)..... The feature video this month is a third season Fun with Music Day skit with Don Grady......
June 28, 2012
June 15, 2012
The profiles for Canadian Mouseketeer Ronnie Steiner and show creator Hal Adelquist have been updated with a few new photos and some information (thanks to Greg Brown for the latter)..... Hard to believe this little red-haired girl is turning seventy, but Nancy Abbate is still as cute as when she filmed this mid-month Fun with Music Day video with Tommy Cole......
June 1, 2012
The 1995 made-for-TV movie of Annette's memoirs is now available on YouTube. Website visitor Ron F. has put together a playlist for it..... A new photo and some updated information for songwriter and studio nurse Hazel George..... For a different looking Jimmie Dodd check out these screen captures from one of his film roles (thanks to Marcia from Kansas).....And for the more familiar Jimmie watch this video clip from a first season Fun with Music Day.....
May 15, 2012
For the mid-month update, a video clip from a first season Guest Star Day with Carla Alberghetti.....
May 1, 2012
Disney Historian Jim Korkis has written an overview of the I'm No Fool animated shorts created for the Mickey Mouse Club..... To celebrate six years on the web, there are two feature videos, each one a complete serial episode. From the first season comes the San Juan Expedition and from the second season the beginning of Adventure in Dairyland.....
April 17, 2012
Apologies for the late update..... the mid-month feature video is another second season Fun with Music number.....
April 10, 2012
April 1, 2012
A new interview with Lonnie Burr and former Disney imagineer Mark Hickson has appeared on the latter's website..... A few new photos and some corrections to the Guest Stars, Circus Acts, Talent Winners, and first season Fun with Music pages..... For our lead-off feature video this month here's a little second season gem by Darlene.....
March 29, 2012
March 15, 2012
March 1, 2012
February 16, 2012
A website devoted to the music of sixties Beach movies has full pages for both Annette and talent winner Donna Loren (thanks to Richard F)..... Your webmaster confuses holiday seasons with a haunting number from a Fun With Music Day episode......
February 1, 2012
Listen to a recent blog radio interview with Sherry Alberoni as she discusses her MMC career and later charity work (thanks to Marcia from Kansas)..... What could possibly be better than hearing Darlene Gillespie sing? How about watching all four Gillespie sisters perform on Talent Roundup Day......
January 23, 2012
David Keeler, who has contributed many original Mouseketeer and Talent Winner photos to this website, has a side hobby to his career as a press photographer. He maintains a blog on vintage TV show crew jackets..... Serial actor Glen Graber (Adventure in Dairyland) has generously provided bright clean scans to replace the tattered images formerly on the American Dairy Association's pamphlet page.
January 17, 2012
It appears the feature video is not displaying properly in some browsers. Internet Explorer seems to work best with it for now.
January 15, 2012
From website contributor Richard F. comes another interesting Annette fan site link; this one is really comprehensive, with pages of photos, discography. book and article reviews, and more. For the mid-month video there's a rare clip of the Mouseketeers dancing in various styles while Leo Damiani and the Burbank Symphony Orchestra play live on the set. .
January 1, 2012
Happy New Year! We'll start the new year with the second half of a first season Guest Star Day video clip.
December 16, 2011
For the holiday season here's a full Talent Roundup Day performance for the mid-month video clip. Its features an original first year Mouseketeer returning as a second season talent winner.
December 12, 2011
December 1, 2011
There was nothing controversial about the Mickey Mouse Club when it first aired, but times change and this month's video clip features performances that might now be considered bad form.
November 15, 2011
The mid-month video has Hank Penny return for the second part of his Guest Star Day appearence with the Blue Team Mouseketeers.
November 1, 2011
Disney actor George Ferrante (stage name Brand Stirling) is the subject of a new page at the Spin and Marty website Cinch and Set..... The late actress Irish McCalla (Sheena) was on the 1960 tour to Australia with the Mouseketeers. This page (scroll down after clicking the link) from a site devoted to Tarzan and Sheena recounts some of her experiences with them and has a couple of photos (thanks to Marcia from Kansas)..... Though its been featured here before the second season Talent Roundup introduction and roll call return by special request.
October 15, 2011
Attention Spin and Marty fans: Disney historian and author Don Peri is hosting a live discussion with Tim Considine and David Stollery about their experiences filming the epic serial on November 12 at the theater of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. For more details, visit the museum's website.... Something different for the feature video, an entire serial episode. Not from the long dramatic serials, but one of the near-forgotten short documentary serials that deserves to be remembered....
October 3, 2011
October 1, 2011
Two neat links: Todd James Pierce has a photo article about A Clown and Mouseketeers in the Magic Kingdom, and from the Disney Family Museum comes a short piece on the Mouseketeer performance at Yuba City in February 1956 (thanks to Marcia from Kansas for both).... From Richard F. comes this Annette fan page with some rare photos of her.... Gary Miller sent a neat photo of Ruth Carrell and Jimmie Dodd performing for US airmen in China during WWII.... The Crew page finally gets its own photo.... Darlene and her Troupe de Hobo do the Tramp Ballet.
September 15, 2011
An interesting page from talent winner Bobby Crawford's website may be seen here (thanks to Richard F).... For the mid-month feature video, a second season talent roundup sisters and little brother trio.
September 1, 2011
Through the generosity of serial actor Glen Graber the Adventure in Dairyland page has been updated with many new photos including candid shots never published before.... As a nod to those who enjoyed Sooty his page has been updated with a videoclip of the introductary song used for the second season.... For the feature video here's a quick little number from the third season.
August 15, 2011
There was a lot of entertaining and interesting material on the Mickey Mouse Club, and then there was this first season Guest Star Day.
August 9, 2011
Now your webmaster isn't much for dolls and such but MMC fan Sandi had a really cute idea.
August 5, 2011
August 1, 2011
Did Disney film a MMC serial in color? Apparently so, as serial actor Glen Graber explains in an email... A birthday tribute to Karen Pendleton has her singing Gershwin in this feature video. In so much as your webmaster has a philosophy of life this song expresses it.
July 15, 2011
Disney historian Bill Cotter and Lonnie Burr have teamed up to help Glen Holt replace photos and memoribilia Annette lost in the fire that destroyed her Encino home in April..... Speaking of Lonnie, he just completed recording a Disney podcast today with Nancy Abbate and Cubby O'Brien, and will soon do a radio interview and appear in a film documentary for Annette's Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. More details as they become known.... And speaking of Annette, she makes a rare Guest Star Day appearence with other Mouseketeers and the Firehouse 5 +2 in this feature video.
July 12, 2011
For collectors of MMC costumes there's an unusual offering on eBay... a chance to own spats once worn by Bob Amsberry for his performance as Bob-O the Clown with the Mickey Mouse Club Circus at Disneyland.
July 1, 2011
Her official website has an update on Annette and Glen Holt's plans in the wake of the fire that destroyed their home..... The profile for Art Director Bruce Bushman has been updated with photos and information courtesy of his son Chris..... A first season Fun With Music feature combines charming interplay between Annette and Jimmie with a musical number that goes "thud".
June 15, 2011
June 1, 2011
The profile for Darlene Gillespie has been updated and expanded with new photos, information, and a recording of one of her non-Disney songs. (To play the latter you may need to use IE for your browser)..... Some of the magazine pages in the Media section have been updated, thanks to contributions by Marcia from Kansas..... A special request for the feature video: the singing Smith Sisters appear for a third season Talent Roundup Day..... This will be the last update for a while as your webmaster is moving from Dairyland to the Chesapeake.
May 24, 2011
May 21, 2011
Mouseketeer Cubby O'Brien was recently interviewed by Sam Tweedle on the website Pop Culture Addict. He shares candid thoughts and opinions about some of his former colleagues, both at Disney and in after years.
May 15, 2011
May 7, 2011
May 6, 2011
Disney historian Don Peri has published a new book through the University Press of Mississipi entitled Working with Disney: Interviews with Animators, Producers, and Artists. Among those interviewed are Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, and Lou Debney, whose many Disney credits include associate producer of the Mickey Mouse Club.
May 5, 2011
If anyone has knowledge about the existence of a transcript for the Opening Day Ceremonies at Disneyland (July 17, 1955) please get in contact.
May 1, 2011
April 21, 2011
April 15, 2011
If you haven't seen it recently, be sure to check out the Cinch and Set site. Webmaster Kurt has done a terrific job exploring the physical locations and researching the background stories of the Spin and Marty series...... The taxman has been paid, springtime is here, so let's go to a ball game!
April 7, 2011
April 1, 2011
March 15, 2011
Mouseketeer Mike Smith's profile has been updated with some new photos and information from a former dancing partner.... A special request for the mid-month video update, a first season Talent Roundup Day featuring a trick horse and a dancing cowgirl.
March 11, 2011
March 1, 2011
February 17, 2011
February 15, 2011
The Firehouse 5 + 2 make a return to Guest Star Day in this video from a second season show.
February 11, 2011
Retired Disney animator Bill Justice, who created the opening sequences of the Mickey Mouse Club, passed away yesterday in Santa Monica, CA at the age of 97. In a follow-up article Lonnie Burr mentions another contribution Bill Justice made to our favorite show.
February 1, 2011
January 27, 2011
January 15, 2011
Disney television historian Bill Cotter has kindly loaded three Mousekartoon introductions to YouTube. Look for them on the embedded videoclips page.... Cliff Edwards and six Mouseketeers sing, dance, and play ukuleles for the mid-month feature video.
January 4, 2011
January 1, 2011
Happy New Year! Professional singer and actress Pamela Beaird helps us kick off 2011 with a couple of songs from her Talent Roundup appearence in 1956.
December 18, 2010
December 15, 2010
Back to the first season for the mid-month video update: the Red Team chorus sings Orange in the Orchard, another variation on the traditional tune The Green Grass Grows All Around.
December 8, 2010
December 4, 2010
Earlier this year an official Annette Funicello website, called The Annette Connection, debuted. According to webmaster Adam, the site is both a celebration of Annette's life and career, and hopes to spread the word about the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. Stop by, take a look, and remember its the season for giving!
December 1, 2010
Cubby O'Brien has started his own website; stop by and say hello.... Speaking of Cubby, he, Sharon, and Bobby appeared at the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco recently (Thanks to George Z. and Dave B.) Although the article's "lore" section mentions Cubby's father Hack O'Brien as being the only one still living, there are at least two other Mousekeparents alive to my knowledge..... He now prefers cruising along on his motorcycle, but at one time JJ Solari used to own a horseless carriage.
November 21, 2010
November 18, 2010
Being the trouper she is Sherry Alberoni pitched in at the last moment when another guest star unexpectedly had to cancel an interview for Stu's Show on Shokus Internet Radio (scroll down to where it says "Listen Now" after clicking). The hour-long interview with Sherry airs on the second half of Stu's two hour show. The show will replay daily thru next Tuesday (Nov 23rd) at 10 AM, 4 PM and 8 PM (all times Pacific).
November 15, 2010
Nancy Abbate makes a brief appearence in Beauty School Boot Camp, a demo for a proposed Super Bowl commercial (click "Skip" in the upper right corner after the countdown)..... Phil Odom from the Charleston PianoCade recounts getting two trips out to the Disney Studio for Talent Roundup Day..... Disney artist Stacia Martin has a gallery of Mouseketeer themed original paintings..... From the first season, Jimmie Dodd and the Mouseketeer guys are Painting Aunt Polly's Fence.
November 5, 2010
The site was down for two hours today due to a backhoe cutting a fiber optic cable at the hosting company's data center. A Twitter account has been created @OriginalMMC that website readers can check during future outages. This will also be used for letting everyone know about other Mouseka-events.
November 1, 2010
October 29, 2010
Today is the official publication date for Jennifer Armstrong's oral history of the MMC, though advance copies of the book have been available on eBay and Amazon for some time. To mark the occasion we have a guest review in the revised and expanded Books section.
October 15, 2010
October 1, 2010
The update this month is an overview of the Mickey Mouse Club's original broadcast television run. The Show section spends what some might feel is a little too much time on ABC's early history..... Those seeking a more anecdotal history of the show will be rewarded at month's end by the publication of Jennifer Armstrong's book Why? Because We Still Like You...... There's a long Twilight Zone opening to the introduction for this first season talent roundup day of Darlene singing Little Davy.
September 23, 2010
September 15, 2010
To speed up loading of the featured video, the embedded YouTube Mickey Mouse Club videos have been split off to a seperate page with larger screen sizes and added clips..... Though not a Mouseketeer Roberta Jymme Shore performed twice with them during the show's second season. Her sometimes squeaky singing wasn't to everyone's taste, but she does a good yodel on the featured video.
September 1, 2010
Magazine articles about the Mouseketeers in the Media section have been expanded into new pages for TV Guide and Teen Screen while existing pages for 'Teen and other magazines have been updated..... A slightly reworked video page hosts the Mouseketeers singing and dancing to three tunes from Disney's Song of the South.
August 30, 2010
Author Jackson Gillis passed away August 19th at his home in Moscow, Idaho. He was the Mickey Mouse Club's most successful serial writer, having penned the teleplays for The Adventures of Spin and Marty, Mystery of the Applegate Treasure, and The Mystery of Ghost Farm.
August 15, 2010
For Cliff Edwards fans, the video update features him doing his first hit Ja Da for a second season Guest Star Day, that also showcases some fast dancing by the Mouseketeers.
August 11, 2010
August 1, 2010
While the serials shown during the third quarter hour were always the most popular part of the show, the second quarter hour wasn't far behind. This month's update is the Mouseketeer segment, which encompased not only the mice, but guest stars, circus acts, and talent winners as well..... Your webmaster is gently chided for his cavalier dismissal of a certain little yellow bear..... The video update this time is the second part of the skit known as the Sound Effects Room.
July 23, 2010
July 15, 2010
Some of the Mouseketeers will be attending a 55th Anniversary celebration for the Mickey Mouse Club on September 24th in Anaheim at the Disneyland Hotel. This is sponsored by Disney's official fan club D23, and is only open to "D23 members in good standing". That and the $125 price tag will keep riff-raff like your webmaster away..... One of the more appealing acts to appear on the first season as Talent Winners were two youngsters who presented some traditional Spanish dances.
July 1, 2010
Larry Larsen's profile has been updated with a video link to a post MMC performance..... Bonni Kern's page has also had some minor updates..... With his birthday coming up in two weeks, now seems like a good time to run Cubby O'Brien's signature song Hey Cubby Boy!
June 26, 2010
Bobby Burgess will be the in-studio guest this Wednesday, June 30 on Stu's Show on Shokus Internet Radio (scroll down after clicking). The show will broadcast live from 4-6 p.m. PDT (7-9 EDT), and listeners may call in with questions. The show will rebroadcast daily at the same time through July 6.
June 15, 2010
June 1, 2010
A planned update has run into an unexpected delay so there's just a new video to mark the start of the month.
May 15, 2010
Only a new video for the mid-month update..... Most everything on the MMC was scripted down to the last wink and nod, but occasionally even the professional demeanor of the Red Team kids seemed to give way to impromptu behavior.
May 1, 2010
If you missed seeing it before, the profile for Nancy Abbate has been updated with photos and info provided by the lady herself..... The page for the second season serial The Boys of the Western Sea has had new photos and a videoclip added.... and finally, another videoclip featuring boys at sea, this time performing A Whale of a Sailor.
April 26, 2010
April 15, 2010
April 1, 2010
Only a video update this month, as your webmaster tries to fend off all the different tax agencies who want a piece of his wallet..... Something different for Darlene fans, a first season performance that combines her singing ability and talent for mimickry. Also includes a rare lead role for Mark Sutherland.
March 20, 2010
March 15, 2010
A few scattered updates for mid-month: Carole Ann Campbell's profile has had some mp3 files added for recordings she did around 1962. These haven't been cleaned up in any way and are presented in all their scratchy glory..... Some corrections, new information, and a new photo or two for second season Fun with Music Day skit listings and Anything Can Happen Day features..... For St Patrick's Day here is a sentimental ballad about the Auld Sod.
March 9, 2010
March 1, 2010
A guest essay by a frequent photo contributor is the featured update. He's a Spin and Marty fanatic who shares his enthusiasm and insights about the series. He also has started a new niche website to probe a little deeper into subjects like the physical locations where The Adventures of Spin and Marty was filmed..... Lonnie has started a new blog so stop by and say "hi"!...... The Disney Studio Music Department in the fifties was focused on big-band swing music and never could quite embrace rock 'n roll, but they did make a valiant attempt with Sweet Shoppe Rock. This is as hip as it gets folks.....
February 15, 2010
Well, Valentine's Day has passed but here's another videoclip appropriate to the holiday, a decidedly typical American love song about the affection a young man feels for Old Betsy. (And no, she's not a cougar...)
February 6, 2010
The current videoclip has generated more response than any other since this website began featuring videos last June. Several people have commented on the song's title echoing the catchphrase used by those denying membership in the communist party for congressional hearings during the 1950's. One observant fellow noted I had given out an incorrect age for Tommy at the time this was filmed (now fixed). For those wondering about the Dale Evans song in Rio Grande (1950), it was heard only in part, sung by four troopers in a tent. Being western swing it was anachronistic for that film set in the late 19th Century.
February 1, 2010
In anticipation of Valentine's Day this clip celebrates one boy's discovery that girls aren't so bad after all. Just a reminder: Only one feature videoclip is hosted on this website at a time. If you scroll down this page to past updates and click on the links you'll only see the current offering.
January 15, 2010
January 1, 2010
Happy New Year! Some time ago I ran a photo of a little girl singer, a talent winner, asking if anybody knew who she was. Not only has she been identified as Patti Lee, but the lady herself wrote in and kindly agreed to reminisce a bit about her experiences on the Mickey Mouse Club and with being a show business kid...... Several folks have written in with stories about meeting First Mouseketeer Dallas Johann over the years, prompting me to update his profile..... Hey, how about a game of Hop-Scotch Hop?
December 15, 2009
For many who enjoyed the Mickey Mouse Club their first experience watching it came after its original four-year run on ABC had ended, which curiously enough is the subject of a new update. For three years in the sixties and two in the seventies the show was reborn through syndication....... One of the earliest numbers filmed for the Mickey Mouse Club was this song and dance featuring six mice in cat costumes.
December 5, 2009
If anyone has a copy of the Circus Day performances by magicians Bill and Mary Chaudet, please drop me a line. These were both from the first season. Their second performance would have had another circus act following them, Capt Winston and his Seals.
December 3, 2009
December 1, 2009
Comprising both hard facts and ill-informed opinion is the new FAQ section, a sort of Mouseketeer Lite experience designed to satisfy those who don't want to wade through page after page of clumsy prose. This will be updated as new information, questions, corrections, and cease-and-desist letters come my way...... Speaking of corrections, first-time visitor Ron F. spotted my rhetorical question from this past June and pointed out that yes, there was a song called Doreen. It wasn't a Disney song though, being written instead by that gentle balladeer Frank Zappa for his then publicist Doreen Tracey. Ron further provided a free link to view Doreen's guest appearence on a 1959 episode of The Donna Reed Show, which starred Paul Peterson and Shelley Fabares. See if you can also spot another Disney serial actress in this...... For a video update, a slight change of pace is this Anything Can Happen Day song and game from the first season.
November 15, 2009
The featured update is another new profile for a musical crew member, long-time Disney composer-arranger Paul Smith. Though better known for his work in films, particularly the True Life Adventure series, Paul was also responsible for composing music for a number of Mickey Mouse Club songs with the companion of his later years, lyricist Hazel George..... There is a new video on YouTube for a recording of Uncle Dan (a Paul Smith song) by Darlene..... As a tribute to Paul Smith, the video update this time is for one of his songs Banjo Joe. A reminder: only one video at a time is hosted by this site on the videoclips page, so if you scroll down this home page and click on an older update link, you won't see the clip mentioned, just the current offering.
November 1, 2009
A new profile for a member of the creative team reflect the primary importance of music for the show. Independent film composer William Lava was responsible for many of the early serial themes..... Videos have been added to the profiles for Judy Harriet and Bobby Burgess depicting post-show performances..... Speaking of videos, Don Brockway has posted a thoughtful piece on his blog about The Ethical Delimma That Is YouTube, a subject with which this webmaster has also mentally wrestled..... A trip to Trinidad via sound stage one at the Disney Studio: the nationwide craze for Calypso music in 1956-57 gave rise to this charming if somewhat ethnically-challenged second season number, the Get Acquainted Calypso.
October 17, 2009
Lou Koza, editor of the website The Adventure Continues, has reprinted an interview with Judy Nugent from 1997. Lou gives the background on how this interview came about, and rightly notes its rarity.
October 15, 2009
Not much new this time... There's a couple of new entries on the 'Teen magazine page from 1961.... After several second season video clips in a row, we'll go back to a first season Talent Roundup Day show for a performance by The California Ramblers.
October 1, 2009
From the time this website started the stats for the cast pages visited most often have been relatively consistent. Annette's page came first, followed by Darlene, Doreen, Cheryl, Sharon, Karen, Cubby, Bobby, Lonnie, and Jimmie. For the past six months however Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran have taken over the number three and four slots, perhaps a tribute to the durability of their films Old Yeller and Swiss Family Robinson..... For Spin and Marty fans here's a look at an original call sheet from the third series.... The video update is again the first part of a second season skit. This one features The Leprechaun with the Flute.
September 15, 2009
Disney Historian Jim Korkis has kindly provided an excerpt from a new article he's researched on Walt Disney's interactions with the FBI. The part presented covers The Mickey Mouse Club's educational serial Inside Report on Washington, which was hosted by Dirk Metzger, with a little help from Tommy Cole..... The video update is the first part of a second season Fun with Music Day skit on a hayseed social.
September 9, 2009
September 1st, 2009
In honor of the upcoming Labor Day your webmaster has chosen to slack off in the update department. The 'Teen magazine page has had a couple of early Mouseketeer-related articles added to it, but that's all until the mid-month..... There is a video update, of regrettably poor quality. It is a second season number featuring ten of the Mouseketeers in a struggle between after-school activities.
August 15th, 2009
Nice online magazine article on Cubby O'Brien, including some old and new photos. There are also some decent quality screen captures of Sherry Alberoni in a episode of The Man From UNCLE at this online forum (scroll halfway down the page to view them). Thanks to Marcia for pointing both of these links out..... The video update is another first season clip; in this one the Alma Mater has evolved from a sing-song chant with all the Mouseketeers during the season's first half to a full song performed by just the Red Team.
August 1st, 2009
Its been a while since the last special update, so August's main feature is a grouping of several interesting if low-quality photos that don't really fit anywhere else. These images date from before and after the Mickey Mouse Club and deal with two minor Hollywood institutions, both now vanished..... Lonnie Burr reports he is now on Facebook and Twitter: look for him under LonnieMMC..... There has been a bit of confusion over the videoclip feature introduced in June. Only one video at a time is hosted by this site, so if you scroll down this page and click on an older update link, you won't see the clip mentioned, just the current offering. Which this time, by the way, is a short first season musical number.
July 15th, 2009
July's mid-month update is an expanded and revised profile for the Mouseketeer Tap Queen. A Red team member held in universal esteem by her colleagues, Sharon Baird has lived up to her first dance teacher's assessment that "she was born with a light on". Included with her profile is low quality video taken from a kinoscope recording of her television debut in 1952..... The other new videoclip this time is a first season Mousekartoon introduction.
July 1st, 2009
June 15th, 2009
When this site first started a number of cast profiles were written rather hurridly to give the illusion of more content than was really present. One of those was for Bobby Burgess, who now finally gets fuller treatment..... The featured videoclip this time is a first season rendering of Give a Little Whistle for Ukulele Ike fans.
Often overlooked, third adult leader Bob Amsberry gets a slightly revamped profile this month. A surprise (to me at least) is that he co-wrote a song called Darlene, apparently at the same time as Jimmie Dodd was writing Karen, Hey Cubby Boy, and Annette. So how come no one wrote a song called Doreen?.... Check out Lonnie's website for links to recent interviews on his memoirs.... There's a scattering of new photos around the website, too few and far between to merit individual mention. More coming in the next two weeks.... Finally, there's a new page in the Media section for web-based video clips, including one hosted by this site for polka lovers.
May 30th, 2009
Condolences to Annette and the extended Funicello family on the passing of Joseph Funicello Senior. Annette's father was 93 when he passed on May 21, 2009 from pneumonia.
May 15th, 2009
Not really a new update, but the Clint and Mac page has been improved with many new photos (courtesy of Peggy from Ohio) and a few notes. You might even say it's been spiv'd up.... Website visitor Dan provided a YouTube link to the recent interview of Lonnie and Doreen by Bill O'Reilly... Sharon Specht, one of Roy Williams grandchildren, has provided some additional information about his life and corrected the record on what happened after his passing. She'd love to hear from Roy's other grandkids, write an email here to contact her.
May 1st, 2009
This month's update is coming a few days early since your webmaster will be offline for a week or more.... A third season Anything Can Happen Day page has been uploaded, using some of the material formerly on the Guests Stars page.... Longtime website visitor Marcia alerted me to Disney on Parole, a photo-laden blog by a former Disneyland cast member who perfomed with the Mouseketeers in their live shows of the early 1980's. Check out his pages for March 2009 and September 2008 for candid photos of same.... Another interesting link with candid photos, this time from the 1950's, is this page from Reminisce webzine.
April 15th, 2009
An update for Tax Day: the Talent Roundup Day page is ready.... Someone who has been mighty generous with source material asked for a page listing the Mouseketeers by season and team. Seasonal casting was easy to provide, but team membership is little more than a guess.
March 15th, 2009
For a mid-month update here's another production set still.... Lonnie's memoir made for fascinating reading. It's definitely worth buying for anyone interested in the Mickey Mouse Club, the Mouseketeers, and especially Lonnie Burr. I'm not going to reveal any of the Mouseke-anecdotes he relates, you'll have to buy the book, but here's my overall review on it.
March 1st, 2009
February 27th, 2009
Sorry for the short notice, but those who of you watch The O'Reilly Factor might keep a lookout today for a show featuring
a short interview with Lonnie Burr and Doreen Tracey. It will be shown at 8 pm
and repeated at 11pm on the Fox News Channel (FNC).
February 15th, 2009
Two new photos have arrived for the Circus Acts page, courtesy of the Sullivan's grandchildren. Jim and Hildy Sullivan
appeared twice on the show's first season. The late Jim Sullivan taught Bobby Burgess how to ride the unicycle for
this episode and a second season opening. If anyone has a copy of either of these two Circus Day shows they're willing to share, drop
me a line. The Sullivan grandkids would like their grandmother Hildy to see the performance again as an 80th birthday
February 1st, 2009
At the prodding of fellow webmaster Denise, the rollover text for images on the pages of this website has been made accessible to
users of Firefox, Opera, and Safari (thanks to Bart for testing the latter). If you use Internet Explorer you've always been able to
see this verbage.... Apologies to anyone who had trouble with response time from the website during the second week of January. The site
normally gets around 1 million hits a month, but was registering that amount daily following Cheryl's passing....
An AOL user reports being unable to scroll down on pages of the website. If anyone else is having that problem, please let
January 7, 2009
January 1st, 2009
Happy New Year! This month's update is a profile on B. G. Norman,
who played Ambitious in all three Spin and Marty serials.... Better Late Than Never Department: Here's a blogger's
recounting of a meeting
with Doreen Tracey this past August, with some photos.... Are your grandkids bored with their new toys already?
Check out this list of gift suggestions from Don Brockway.
December 1st, 2008
Mary Espinosa stopped by to set the record straight on her birthplace and what she's been up to recently...
Don Grady sent a copy of his new CD Boomer
which I may get to listen to if Mrs Webmaster ever lets go of it... Lonnie Burr reports he and wife are moving to
Oregon but the publication of his
memoirs will be delayed... This month's update is a profile on Carole Ann Campbell
who played Iola Morton in both Hardy Boys serials.
November 15th, 2008
With the latest Disney Treasures DVD, the Annette serial page has been cleaned up and had new photos added. Not having
seen this for many years, it was inevitable that memory had played some tricks on my recollection of it. The biggest surprise was to find
that Darlene Gillespie did make it into this serial. Look closely at the screen captures on the serial page and see if you can spot the
only photo in which she appears.
November 11th, 2008
By now everyone who reads this website must have a copy of the latest Disney Treasures, but for those who haven't yet bought one, here's
a quick glimpse of the Annette DVD. Considering this was a rush effort to replace a cancelled DVD project, the
Disney folks did a credible job. The only shortcoming to this release would be the repeated material, the opening and closing episodes of
the serial, which are also contained within the bonus features.
October 25th, 2008
Dipak Pallana, son of Kumar Pallana who appeared on the
Mickey Mouse Club during a second season Circus Day as Kumar of India, is making a
documentary film about his father's long career as a juggler and actor. He's looking for clips of his father's performance on the show.
Anyone who can oblige can reach Dipak at firstname.lastname@example.org .
October 23rd, 2008
October 12th, 2008
A small photo special takes the place of a regular monthly update. Some additional information about the crew member in the photo has recently come this way.
September 28th, 2008
Cubby O'Brien will be Stu Shostak's guest live this Wednesday, October 1
beginning at 4:00 p.m. PDT (7:00 p.m. EDT) on "Stu's Show", the signature program on Shokus Internet Radio. Cubby will talk about the The Mickey Mouse Club and his adult career as a professional drummer. Listeners will be able to call in questions on the station's toll-free numbers.
September 22nd, 2008
There's no word yet on whether any of the complete MMC shows will be included with the serial episodes. As the third season shows were only thirty-minutes in length, its possible more than one will be shown in its entirety. It would also have been nice to see the eight-episode Adventure in Dairyland as a special bonus.
September 15th, 2008
September 9th, 2008
The new and improved Official Don Grady Website opened today, just two days before the fifty-first
anniversary of his television debut (on the "Fourth Anniversary" episode of Disneyland). Check it out: music clips from Don's
long recording history, complete biography and professional credits, and lots of neat photos you'll find nowhere else!
September 2nd, 2008
There's no major update this month, but the website has been improved considerably during the past few weeks with the help of Rick from Dallas. A longtime collector of Mouseka-knowledge, he has generously provided new photos, corrections, and additional information for first season skits, guest stars, talent winners, and circus acts.
August 25th, 2008
August 24th, 2008
The Disney Studio will be releasing the Annette serial on DVD later this year as part of their Treasures series. This was first announced last month as a surprise replacement for the Destino project DVD. Some linkage fumbling by Amazon.com caused questions about the reliability of the news, but it does now appear to be accurate. The DVD will be released November 11, 2008. No telling yet what other features will be included with the nineteen episodes.
August 1st, 2008
The popularity of animation has undergone a tremendous boom during the past twenty years, but there was a time when no self-respecting teenager would be caught dead watching a cartoon. The last quarter-hour of the Mickey Mouse Club encompassed more than just an animated feature; there was also a short Mouseketeer singing introduction, some words of advice from Jimmie Dodd, and the Mickey Mouse Club Alma Mater, perhaps the best-remembered song from the show. This month's update describes the Mousekartoon segment, and lists every cartoon broadcast during it's three-year run.
July 17th, 2008
July's slightly late mid-month updates by coincidence both deal with talented young men who never reached their thirtieth birthday. Bob Amsberry is prominently featured in a production set still from a number called Sweetshop 1925. And former Disney Studio employee Dave Thomson offers some memories of author Keith Keller:
July 2nd, 2008
Updates will be very late this month, and may even be delayed until August. Meanwhile, at last report (in mid June), Lonnie Burr was proofreading the manuscript of his memoirs prior to shipping them off to the publisher. Don Grady's new official website is set to launch in late summer or early fall, while the long-awaited first season DVD of My Three Sons, featuring Don and Tim Considine (and an occasional Mouseketeer guest star) will be available from Paramount at the end of September.
June 21st, 2008
Speaking of The Rainbow Road to Oz, former Disney exec Lorraine Santoli has placed a copy of the screenplay for that never-made film up for auction on eBay. It runs to 115 pages, and has a cover dated Oct 15, 1957, with Bill Walsh's name on it. According to Disney chief archivist Dave Smith, the original screenplay didn't meet Walt Disney's expectations, so first Lillie Hayward, then Bill Walsh, had a hand at revising it. Lorraine doesn't indicate whether this is an original vintage screenplay, or a later reproduction, but in either case it's a unique item not likely to come up for sale again anytime soon. Look for it under her eBay name of ideawoman1.
June 1st, 2008
Perhaps the most unexpected person to get in touch since this website began is the former actor who played "Mac" in the serial Clint and Mac. An RAF veteran who long ago emigrated from his native England to Canada, Jonathan Bailey relates what it was like to be a juvenile actor and work for Disney, if only from afar.... Don Brockway over at Isn't Life Terrible has some fun with vintage Annette memorabilia.... Two rather dim production still photos give a glimpse into the making of an episode of Disneyland that featured the Mouseketeers doing scenes from The Rainbow Road to Oz.
May 15th, 2008
May 8th, 2008
Former Disney executive Lorraine Santoli recently auctioned a large number of photos and reproductions of official Disney memoranda from The Mickey Mouse Club on eBay. There were many unique images and documents, and its to be hoped she will offer more in the near future. For me, the most surprising item (among many) was a May 1955 memo from first season director Dik Darley, evaluating the singing and dancing talents of thirteen kids, ten of whom became Mouseketeers. It was one of the rare items that went unsold, so keep an eye out for it.
May 1st, 2008
This month's update is Anything Can Happen Day. This was the main day for promoting Disneyland and Disney films, but it also featured the Mouseketeers, at least in the first two seasons. Along with this update are some new pages listing the ACH Day programs for the first two seasons....... It's always interesting for one professional to check out another's technique; this photo shows a well-known drummer doing just that.
April 15th, 2008
April 1st, 2008
No major updates this month, though there is a new crew profile: when Walt Disney decided to give The Mickey Mouse Club a makeover for its second season, Sid Miller was the director he selected to lead the changes. By all accounts Sid wasn't the easiest guy to work with; he made more than one Mouseketeer break down and cry, and every Red Team member seems to have a Sid Miller story to relate............ The website had over 1 million hits during the month of March, a tribute to the continuing appeal of the Mouseketeers and Serial Actors........ An interesting photo is this set still showing Dancing Girls on breaktime. Must have had a good union.
March 12th, 2008
Condolences to Tommy Cole and his family on the recent death of his mother, June Olsen Cole.
March 11th, 2008
Disney historian Bill Cotter has a new hosting site and a new look for his Wonderful World of Disney Television. There are over two dozen forums there for discussing Disney television shows, including one devoted to the original Mickey Mouse Club. For now, the links to his old site are automatically redirecting visitors to the new site.
March 7th, 2008
The Disney Corporation announced at its annual shareholders meeting that it would soon begin offering some of its older television programs online. Citing the limited shelf space available in stores, and the costs of DVD production, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the new offerings might be available through subscription, or even free, on its Disney.com website, as some of its current programs already are. Of course, "older" is a relative term, and the plans may only involve shows from recent decades, but there's always a hope that it might include The Mickey Mouse Club.
February 29th, 2008
The monthly update is a bit early, in honor of leap day. The serial Adventure in Dairyland was a rush job, replacing The Dairy Farmer, the second series in the cancelled What I Want To Be project. Filmed in June 1956, it was the first Disney serial for both Annette Funicello and Kevin Corcoran. You've probably never heard of Tom Adair, but he was responsible for most of the songs and skits performed during The Mickey Mouse Club's second and third seasons. Primarily a lyricist, who co-wrote early Sinatra standards with composer Matt Dennis, Tom and his wife Frances worked on both this show and The New Mickey Mouse Club in the seventies.
February 9th, 2008
Since this site started there have been several inquiries about a boy who shows up in a few photos from the second season. A high-quality image of him finally came my way, so if there's anyone out there who knows who Jack is, please send me an email. (The photo is from a multi-part episode of Anything Can Happen Day called Rookie Fireman). Help is also requested for identifying this mystery girl, who's likely a second or third season Talent Winner.
February 1st, 2008
For the Mouseketeers (and their fans) Fun With Music Day was the favorite day of the week. With this update, lists of all the skits (with images where available) performed on this day have been added. Be warned, these are likely to be full of errors and mistaken identities, so corrections will be most welcome. The Newsreel Segment has also been added. It delves a little more into the show's structure than usual, but also covers some of the widely variable content shown during the show's first quarter-hour. There are also a few new pictures, mostly on the Talent Winners page.
January 11th, 2008
Against my better judgement I've added a new book review to the site, albeit one that has nothing to do with the show, save for the fact it was written by a Mouseketeer.
January 8th, 2008
Fans of Sharon Baird will want to pick up a new DVD just released by 20th Century Fox, called Bloodhounds of Broadway. This 1952 film adaption of the Damon Runyon play has a wonderful scene of Sharon dancing with Mitzi Gaynor. There's also a recent interview with Sharon in the special features section of the DVD. Dancing As Fast As She Can: A Conversation with Sharon Baird has her recounting how she got into dancing, television, and films, and is full of photos from her early life and career.
January 2nd, 2008
News must be slow along the New Hampshire seacoast, as Eileen Diamond's former long-time residence makes a major story out of an eBay auction. This isn't the only recent large-ticket sale of a Mouseketeer's (purported) outfit. In October 2007, a second or third season cowgirl ensemble advertised as having been worn by Darlene Gillespie went for $2000 in one day. And Lonnie Burr has even more sales history on Mouseketeer togs:
January 1st, 2008
Happy New Year! The main update this month covers the mundane subject of commercials. Something of a surprise to me was the 1958-59 season on ABC. While doing research on this, it became apparent that there was some new programming made for Season 4 of the show. There are several new images from folks generous enough to share their photos, more links to YouTube videos, and the usual surreptitious corrections to cover up the more blatant of my errors, omissions, typos, and outright bone-headed ideas.
December 19th, 2007
Lonnie Burr has just updated his web site with some photos, cartoons, and information. The best news is that a publisher finally got him to commit to a date for his memoirs on sixty years in show business. Check it out here.
December 1st, 2007
With The New Adventures of Spin and Marty, the Serials section is just about complete. This third season serial was the longest and most expensive production mounted for The Mickey Mouse Club. It was still filming when American Bandstand debuted nationwide for the first time in August 1957, in its own way precipitating the end of original programming for the Club.
November 1st, 2007
Fifty years ago this month the Annette serial finally started production, after a delay due to an unexpected cast change. It was, along with Spin and Marty and The Hardy Boys, the most popular of the show's serials. There is a new profile for one of it's stars, Judy Nugent, and for first-season crew member Jonathan Lucas. The Circus Day page has also been added, as has a list of circus acts appearing on the show. Don't expect many pictures from the latter, as photos of the circus performers were even more difficult to find than those of talent winners and guest stars. Many thanks to Bill Strong for providing background information and most of the photos.
October 24th, 2007
A melancholy print article from 1977 on Hal Adelquist was found by Don over at the blog Isn't Life Terrible? Fills in a bit the latter part of the man's life story, revealing his (and our) loss of his memoirs through the unspoken condition that afflicted him. For those who are interested in the Mickey Mouse Club Circus, Dave from Daveland has put together a nice page of photos of it.
October 1st, 2007
Serial actor Steve Stevens mosey'd on by to offer some memories and a few photos. Former MMC guest star and master xylophonist Ralph Heid graciously offered some information about his time on the show. Lorraine Santoli wants to be sure everyone knows that she is the sole author of the book that bears her name. There have been a scattering of minor revisions to existing profiles, such as Jimmie Dodd and Roy Williams, and to some of the older articles. The Talent Winners section has also been revised to include broadcast dates, links, and photos where available.
September 27th, 2007
Dallas speaks! Ok, not quite on the order of Garbo's first talkie, but this still rates pretty high on the ol' Mousekemeter. First Mouseketeer Dallas Johann spoke with a local reporter in Tryon County, NC, whose print column has been posted in his paper's online edition. Dallas sets the record straight on why he was dismissed from the MMC before signing a contract, and gives details of his long career in show business.
September 14th, 2007
Condolences to Annette Funicello and her family on the recent death of her mother. Virginia Funicello passed away from pneumonia on September 2nd at the age of 86. Private services and burial occurred September 9th. Glen Holt, Annette's husband has requested no mail, email, or phone calls at this time. Those so wishing might instead make a donation to Annette's Neurological Fund under Annette & Virginia's name.
September 1st, 2007
The third season British-made serial The Adventures of Clint and Mac is the major update this month. Though he didn't star in this story, serial actor Tim Considine did provide voice-over narration for it. Tim was the main man for Mickey Mouse Club serials, one of Disney's first television teen idols. There are also revisions and updates to Don Grady's profile, courtesy of his former colleague Michael Francis and his current collaborator Debra Gussin. The number of YouTube videos of interest continues to grow; besides clips of the show, there are some recent interviews turning up for original Mouseketeers like Doreen Tracey.
August 1st, 2007
The major update this month is the second Hardy Boys serial, The Mystery of Ghost Farm, an original story that failed to excite much interest. There is a longer than usual profile of serial actor Tommy Kirk, that still doesn't quite do justice to his post-Disney career. Other updates include profiles of two crew members: serial writer Jackson Gillis and associate producer Mike Holoboff. Both of these guys played a vital part in the show's success, though in quite different areas. They were alike in one aspect; both were exceptionally difficult to research!
July 1st, 2007
Only one major update this time, for the first Hardy Boys serial, The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure. There are a scattering of new pictures around the site, and, for the first time, some links to YouTube clips from the show or from other performances by Mouseketeers. I've been reluctant to use these before, as they tend to disappear unexpectedly, and as a lot of folks are probably browsing this site from their workplaces. But some of the videos on there are so good, it would be foolish to ignore them. You can find YouTube links on the pages for Sharon, Karen, Linda, Bonnie, and right here (YouTube link).
June 11th, 2007
Web site visits for the past two days are triple the usual, most of the hits being recorded on the page for Doreen Tracey. Hmmm, wonder what's that about? Oh well, might as well let folks know about some more updates, for Guest Stars, the original Mouseketeer's 25th Anniversary DVD, and the 1995 TV movie based on Annette Funicello's life. Pity that E! special was unwilling to connect the dots between three generations of mice having post-show trauma. Guess they must have put a muzzle on Paul Petersen.
June 1st, 2007
Two new pages have been loaded, Guest Star Day for The Weekly Format and Season 2 on ABC (1956-1957) for Seasonal Changes. New crew profiles have been uploaded for serial director Charles F. Haas and song writer/scenarist Larry Orenstein. The E! Entertainment Network's True Hollywood Story will feature an hour-long episode on all three incarnations of the Mickey Mouse Club (50's/70's/90's) starting June 9th. So far, Eileen Diamond Rogosin is the only original Mouseketeer known to have been interviewed for this production. For Mac users, photos are being renamed to remove spaces that the Safari browser can't handle.
May 1st, 2007
Author, dancer, and Mouseketeer J. J. Solari stopped by to offer extended comments about his life and career as a child performer. He has a wry sense of humor and little regard for his time spent on the Mickey Mouse Club; makes for very different and interesting reading. New profiles added this month are for serial actor David Stollery and choreographer Tom Mahoney. This web site was tested for viewing with Internet Explorer 7. Those using Firefox or other browsers may find text, graphics, and photos misaligned, due to compatibility issues. Some pages and photos missing due to a server change have now been restored.
April 1st, 2007
New profiles added this past month include the final two Mouseketeers, Margene Storey and John Lee Johann, and serial actor Sammy Ogg. Also added this past month are updates for the serials Corky and White Shadow, The Secret of Mystery Lake, and Further Adventures of Spin and Marty. Special thanks to Didier Ghez at Disney History and Margie at The Rifleman for sending so many folks this way, to Kurt Spitzner for providing Spin and Marty and other images, and to Jaime Hamilton Jr for background on Mystery Lake.
March 1st, 2007
Kind of a slow month for updates around here...profiles for Mouseketeer Charley Laney, crew member George Bruns, and serial actor J. Pat O'Malley are the only new items. Ever since this web site went active last May, the visitor traffic has slowly but steadily increased each month. However, the past few weeks have seen the number of daily visits trebling...very gratifying, but also a bit of a puzzle. For first time visitors, no, you won't see Britney and Justin, or even Lisa and Billy. There's nothing for sale or barter here, just some stodgy prose and a few interesting photos.
February 1st, 2007
Profile updates for the past month include Mouseketeers Billie Jean Beanblossom and Mickey Rooney Jr, crew members Bill Walsh and Stan Jones, and serial actor Kevin Corcoran. Sooty the Puppet is the first update to The Show section. Pure speculation suggests we'll see one more Disney Treasures DVD release from the MMC next December, probably for the Annette serial. Don't bet the farm on it though, we're mighty lucky to have gotten so much already. For those seeking more of the second season, be sure to order Lonnie's DVD, which contains excerpts from some of the best musical numbers that year.
January 1st, 2007
Mouseketeers Dickie Dodd and Lynn Ready, crew members Charles Lamont and Lillie Hayward, and serial actor Roberta Jymme Shore are the new profiles added in the past month. The Adventures of Spin and Marty has been added to the Serials section, while The Show section has received its first update. However, don't go rushing off there just yet; there's still no content, just a framework for things to come. Two new Disney Treasures DVD's have been added to the Media section, for The Hardy Boys (including a full-hour second season MMC), and Your Host, Walt Disney, for which the main item of interest is the Disneyland 4th Anniversary Show.
December 1st, 2006
Mouseketeers Bonnie Lynn Fields and Jay-Jay Solari, crew members Chuck Keehne and Hazel "Gil" George are the new profiles added in the past month. The Books page has been revised to include several older biographies of Walt Disney, to compare with the just published tome by Neal Gabler. Since starting this site, a number of folks have sent me information and photos about the show. Many thanks to those who have gently corrected my mistakes and improved my understanding by their generous contributions. Hal Adelquist's granddaughter is looking for anyone who might have known him or have information about him; contact me to get in touch with her.
November 1st, 2006
Updates include Mouseketeers Sherry Alberoni, Eileen Diamond, and Linda Hughes, the serial What I Want To Be, serial actor Alvy Moore, and crew member Hal Adelquist. Two new pages have been added to the Media section, for TV-Radio Life and for the MMC Circus. Four serial actors received Disney Legends awards recently: Tim Considine, David Stollery, Tommy Kirk, and Kevin Corcoran. Also receiving a Legends award was Ginny Tyler, who hosted the new segments added to the syndicated MMC shows aired during 1962. A bit ironic this, in that the original Mouseketeers themselves, other than Annette, haven't been so honored.
October 15th, 2006
The Forum has been removed; it had very little traffic, and the space can be better used for other things. You may still see links to it on pages under construction, however, clicking on the links will only give a "page not found" response.
October 1st, 2006
The Serials section has been updated at last. For now, the only complete pages are for Season 1 Short Serials, Boys of the Western Sea, Season 2 Short Serials, serial actor Roy Barcroft, and Other Actors who appeared in more than one serial. Cast profiles added this month for Mary Espinosa, Larry Larsen, Mike Smith, Mark Sutherland, and Don Underhill. Crew profiles completed this past month include directors William Beaudine Sr and writer Stirling Silliphant. The Records page has also been updated. I again wish to thank Lonnie Burr for providing insights, however, any factual errors or mistaken interpretations remain my own.
September 30th, 2006
Condolences to the extended family of Tim Rooney, the second youngest Mouseketeer, who passed away September 23rd. Tim had been battling a rare degenerative disease for five years when he finally succumbed in Hemet, California.
September 7th, 2006
Condolences to Sharon Baird on the recent passing of her mother. Nikki Baird died September 1st, in Reno, Nevada.
September 1st, 2006
The Crew section has been revised and expanded to include short profiles on selected individuals. The first of these to be completed are for directors Dik Darley and Charles Barton, songwriter Ruth Carrell, and first-season choreographer Burch Mann. There are no new cast profiles this month, but the existing page on Lonnie Burr has been revised with the help of Lonnie himself. He graciously provided details about his time on the show, corrected my mistaken assumptions, and patiently answered questions about his performance and his working relationship with the cast and crew.
August 1st, 2006
Disney has announced a new wave of Disney Treasures DVD's that will include the first Hardy Boys serial, The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure. Hopefully they will also include the hour-long Mickey Mouse Club episode from Oct 1, 1956 that introduced the serial. If so, it would be the only second-season episode available on DVD or VHS. Bronson Scott, Mary Sartori, Paul Petersen, Bonni Lou Kern, and Dennis Day are the new cast biographies completed this past month.
July 1st, 2006
The font size has been increased for the comfort of tired old eyes. A list of all Talent Round-Up Day winners is now available, as are several new book reviews, and many additions to the Other Magazines page. New cast biographies completed this past month include Judy Harriet and Ronnie Steiner. As always, previously completed cast pages are continually being updated to fix errors and add information.
June 1st, 2006
The past month has been spent correcting errors and filling out hurriedly written cast biographies, which are still far from complete. The Media section has been expanded to include several new pages, including the Adventure in Dairyland pamphlet taken from the second season serial. New cast biographies completed this past month include Doreen Tracey, Johnny Crawford, Don Agrati, Jimmie Dodd, and Dallas Johann.
May 1st, 2006
The site opens with a flurry of Mousekazoos! (Hopefully it won't close with the thud of a Mousekelawsuit). The Show and Serials sections are still under construction, and probably won't be ready for months. The Cast pages are also incomplete, as I slowly work my way through the thirty-nine Mouseketeers. Even those folks whose pages seem complete are constantly being updated as errors are corrected and new information comes my way.