The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show


Anything Can Happen Day: First Season Programs

The table below contains all known Anything Can Happen Day programs shown during the first season of the original Mickey Mouse Club, by order of broadcast. If you find that your favorite episode doesn't appear here, it might have been on Fun With Music Day. These programs leaned heavily towards promotion of rides at Disneyland. Their entertainment value was limited and consequently few have been preserved by collectors or featured in official Disney VHS or DVD collections.

Storyline credits are assumed to be Bill Walsh, Hal Adelquist, and Roy Williams. The few song credits are listed in parantheses. Where available, images have been provided from the actual show, but for many of these programs there is no picture available. Only original broadcast appearences are listed; reruns are excluded. Note that some credits or photos might be incorrectly assigned to a particular show. While all shows are listed, the credits for them are incomplete.

Most of the information below was extracted from original research done by Bill Cotter, however, any errors of fact or mistakes in interpretation are my own.

  Season 1   (1955-56)  
Gadget Band #1
  Prod No: 8210-003
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Oct 5, 1955
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  Solo: Bob Amsberry
  With: Darlene, Cubby, Sharon, Mike, Karen, Bobby, Nancy, Johnny
Jimmie shows the kids how common objects can be made into musical instruments. Bob Amsberry does an overly long comic soliloquy as a park cleaner in paradise to a Hawaiian tune from the band.
What Am I? #1
  Prod No: 8210-???
  Filmed: May-June 1955
  Broadcast: Oct 12, 1955
  Lead: Jimmie
  Solo: Karen, Johnny, Roy Williams, Bob Amsberry
  With: Darlene, Doreen, Bobby, Cubby, Lonnie
  Song: What Am I? ()

Jimmie, Karen, and Johnny sing the title song, then Jimmie explains the game. A Mouseketeer tries to guess what Roy drew while five others give hints. Bob provides on-camera sound effects.

Mickey Mouth Band  
  Prod No: 8210-00?
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Oct 19, 1955
  Lead:
  With:
  Song:

No information or photos available for this.

Mousekeriddle #1  
  Prod No: 8210-00?
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Oct 26, 1955
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  With: Mary Sartori, Cubby, Annette, Dennis, Karen

  Tamer version of 'What Am I?'. No ad-libbing so the kid's personalities don't stand out like in the former game. Jimmie and the kids give clues, then Roy draws the answer while the mice sing Roy, Roy, Quick on the Draw. Uses sight gag of Jimmie appearing on both ends as the camera pans along the Mouseketeer line-up.
Flying Dumbo #1  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Nov 2, 1955
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  With: Karen, Nancy, Sharon, others

The photos here are from the ACH Day opening; its unknown which of the two Dumbo ride shows they represent. The first of a series of Disneyland ride promotion skits. These took the form of two groups of three Mouseketeers riding for several minutes, with short dialogue breaks before and between excursions. The rides were stationary props on a sound stage that could be rotated and tilted by off-camera stagehands. A back-projection film of stock footage was used to provide a sense of movement.
Roy's Drawing Lesson  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: Aug-Sep 1955
  Broadcast: Nov 9, 1955
  Lead: Roy Williams
  With: Ensemble
Roy shows the kids how to draw Disney characters.

Patterned after the live demonstrations Roy did at local schools for several years before the show started. Roy had also suggested a short series on animation for the Disneyland television show, which was later turned into Karen in Kartoonland with Bill Justice.
Gadget Band #2  
  Prod No: 8210-00?
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Nov 16, 1955
  Intro: Jimmie Dodd
  Lead: Lionel Kaye and Kathleen
  With: Lonnie, Don, Bobby, Annette, Darlene, Doreen, Cubby, Karen, Dennis, Mark

This was a crossover from Guest Star Day, with vaudeville/nightclub comedian Lionel Kaye (1901-87) and his wife Kathleen. For the first half seven mice do Suwanne River on bells. The second half had Bobby, Lonnie, Don, Mark, and Dennis exchanging hats upon command, a staple gag of the Kaye's live act. Lionel Kaye was the unsung hero of the 1939 Palomar Ballroom fire in Los Angeles, calmly directing the audience to leave by the side exits and urging them not to rush even as the stage behind him burned.
Flying Cup and Saucer #1  
  Prod No: 8210-00?
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Nov 23, 1955
  Lead:
  With:

Another in the series of Disneyland ride promotion skits
Les Philmer  
  Prod No: 8210-00?
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Nov 30, 1955
  Lead: Les Philmer
  With: Unknown

Les Philmer and his wife Mary were veterans of the 1930's vaudeville and international music hall circuits who did a juggling and balancing act.

Anything Can Happen Day shows would occasionally contain material originally devised for other days of the week. This program was likely meant to be a Circus Day show.
Flying Dumbo #2  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Dec 7th, 1955
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  With:

Another in the series of Disneyland ride promotion skits.
Mousekeriddle #2  
  Prod No: 8210-00?
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Dec 14, 1955
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd, Roy Williams
  With:

No information on this.
Gadget Tree  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Dec 21, 1955
  Lead:
  With:

No information available. Shared a day with What Am I? #2 (below).
What Am I? #2  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Dec 21, 1955
  Lead: None
  With:

No information available, however given the short time alloted its likely the introductary song used in the first skit of this type was cut. It's possible this just contained the remaining footage from the Mouseketeers playing the game the first time. Shared a day with Gadget Tree (above).
Mr Toad Car #1  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: Sep-Oct 1955
  Broadcast: Dec 28, 1955
  Lead: Jimmie
  With:

Another in the series of Disneyland ride promotion skits.
History of Drums  
  Prod No: 8206-042
  Filmed: August 1955
  Broadcast: Jan 18, 1956
  Lead: Roy, Jimmie, Cubby
  With: Unknown

The first (semi-) educational ACH show, starting a trend that would expand during the next season.

The gap in time from the previous show was due to reruns during the first weeks of January 1956. This was actually planned as a Fun with Music Day show, as shown by the production number.
Flying Cup and Saucer #2  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Jan 25, 1956
  Lead:
  With:

Another in the series of Disneyland ride promotion skits.
Variations on a Very Familiar Theme  
  Prod No: 8206-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Feb 1, 1956
  Intro: Johnny, Mike
  Band: Leo Damiani and Burbank Symphony Orchestra
  Lead: Sharon, Bobby, Bonni
  With: Red Team
  Song: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (Churchill)
The live studio orchestra plays variations on the theme song, each style being interpreted in dance by two Mouseketeers. Sharon & Nancy are '20s flappers, Karen & Cubby do a minuet, Sharon & Don glide thru a comic tango, Lonnie & Annette give us the old soft shoe, Darlene & Doreen are en pointe, while Bonni & Bobby first perform a swing-tap routine then finish with a Lindy Hop.
Rhino Ride #1  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Feb 8, 1956
  Lead:
  With:

Another in the series of Disneyland ride promotion skits.
Mr Toad Car #2  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Feb 15, 1956
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  Ride 1: Bronson, Johnny, Billie
  Ride 2: Sharon, Dickie, Bronson
  With: Judy, Lee, Tommy

Another in the series of Disneyland ride promotion skits. Judy was the air hostess for Flying Toad Airlines, Lee and Tommy the mechanics.
Rhino Ride #2  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Feb 22 1956
  Lead: Roy
  With:

Another in the series of Disneyland ride promotion skits.
Joe Baggi  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Feb 29, 1956
  Lead: Joe Baggi
  With: Unknown

Joe Baggi was a "sculptor" whose preferred medium was pipecleaners and other mundane materials. No further information on this.

Anything Can Happen Day shows would occasionally contain material originally devised for other days of the week. This program was obviously meant to be a Guest Star Day show. This was the last original broadcast ACH day for the first season.

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