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Lost Episodes 10: Selected Second Season Shows

"Lost Episodes" is an irregular series highlighting shows from the Mickey Mouse Club's first two seasons that for one reason or another are not readily available for viewing today. The shows are not truly lost, as the 35mm film masters are presumably archived by Disney. However, photos and information about the shows are so rare as to render them "lost" to general knowledge.

This page contains storylines and production details for rare second season Fun with Music Day and Talent Roundup Day shows. They are not available on YouTube, Disney official DVD releases, nor are they circulated among private collectors. Most of the content here comes courtesy of Randall Nakashima. Due to the rarity of these shows, few photos are available to illustrate them. Song recordings where present are from Mickey Mouse Club records, not from the original episodes.



Holiday in Hawaii



  Prod No: 8206-078
  Filmed: August 14, 1956
  Broadcast: December 10, 1956
  Intro: None
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  With: Ensemble
  Song: Dance Me a Story; Holiday in Hawaii (Orenstein/Brenner)


Synopsis: The entire Mouseketeer Music Class takes a Hawaiian vacation where they meet a Hawaiian dancing girl named Arloha (Sherry). Half the cast play tourists and the other half their native hosts, but it’s almost impossible to tell who’s who on a black & white television.

Storyline: The scene opens in the Mouseketeer Music Classroom with Jimmie (wearing glasses) standing in front of the class wearing a lei and holding a ukulele.

Jimmie: "All right boys and girls, when you see this ukulele, what place to you think of?"

Mice (together): "Hawaii!!"

Jimmie: "That’s right boys and girls, only in Hawaii they pronounce it: Ha-vi-ee!"

Mice (together): "Ha-vi-ee!"

Jimmie: "Great!! Here it is! Now a ukulele is tuned: G-C-E-A!" (plunks strings) "And it’s real easy to play! Now, who knows what a hula is?"

Darlene: "I do Jimmie. A hula is a kind of dance."

Dennis: "I thought it was a song."

Jimmie: "You’re both right!" (starts strumming) "It’s the same thing! In Hawaii, they dance a song!"

(As Jimmie strums, the camera pushes into a tight shot of Jimmie’s hands playing the uke and dissolves into a scene on a beach in Hawaii: an idyllic representation of an undeveloped Waikiki. The set consists of a thatched hut at the far left with a wicker counter in front. The center is a grassy hill overlooking the ocean which is set up as a gathering place.)

(The background is a painted ocean with a bay curving around at the right. Grass huts and wooden canoes are on the beach in the distance. There is a large wooden canoe at the center, just behind the luau seating. In most of the number, the Mice are seated lengthwise across the scene. From left: Karen, Cubby, Dennis, Larry, Eileen, Margene, Bobby, Sherry, Jimmie [at center], Doreen, Charley, Darlene, Jay-Jay, Sharon, Lonnie, Cheryl, Tommy.)

Part 1

Everyone is seated as noted as Karen and Cubby enter from the right. Cubby beats a small drum set on the wicker counter and announces: "Arloha!"

Arloha (Sherry) enters wearing a black wig, black top and black grass skirt, and begins dancing the hula as an off-stage chorus sing:

      Dance me a story
      Lovely flower of Hawaii
      There’s a tender little story
      In your hula, hula dance


      Every movement has a meaning
      Every finger says a word
      With your hand you sing a serenade
      As sweet as any bird


      Oh, the language of Hawaii
      Is the language of romance
      I can hear the island calling
      Every time I see you dance


      So, dance us a story
      Lovely flower of Hawaii
      How you thrill me with the magic
      Of your hula, hula dance


The music slows and Sherry bows to signify the ending (pau).

As the Mice applaud, the tempo picks up as Arloha depicts in hula the story that each native Mouseketeer sings:

Charley: Tell about the boy, fishing in the sea, in a tiny boat, off of Waikiki—

Darlene: Tell about the storm, blowing from the north, tiny little boat, blowing back and forth—

Eileen: Tell about the girl, sweet wahini maid, waiting on the beach; tell the way she prayed—

Tommy: Tell about the prayer, tiny little word, whispered to the storm, still the prayer was heard—

Cubby and Karen: Tell about the hut, filled with children’s laughter, kani and wahini, happy ever after— (music slows)

All Mouseketeers:

      Dance me a story
      Lovely flower of Hawaii
      How you thrill me with the magic
      Of your hula, hula dance


Arloha does a final bow with her head and hand to signify the ending (pau).

Part 2 (Yes, there was a commercial)

Same scene, but the sky is now darkened and the Mouseketeers are sitting down at a luau in full swing. The opening shot is a roast pig on a huge platter, which Roy carries in and places in front of Cheryl, Lonnie and Tommy at the right. Karen brings a platter to Cubby for Arloha, Cubby begins passing the plate to the right.

Jimmie: "Kids, did you ever have such fun in your whole life??!!"

Charley: "These Hawaiian ribs are wonderful!"

Doreen (assertively): "I’m going to come to Hawaii every year for a holiday!"

Cubby, standing behind the wicker counter begins playing a drum vamp as the music rises and the song, Holiday in Hawaii begins. Arloha rises and begins to do a rhythmic dance with the bamboo rattle sticks (pu’ili). Karen follows her, dancing, followed by Darlene.

Jimmie: Mmmmmm…. Mmmm….

Mouseketeers: EE-Yuh, EE-Yuh!!! (Two Times)

Jimmie:

      Take a boat, take a boat
      Take a floaty little boat
      To an Island in the sea
      To an isle, to an isle,
      To a pineyappe isle
      With a tall, tall palm, palm tree


      By the tree, by the tree,
      By the palmy-almy tree
      Where the ukuleles strum


      What a treat, what a treat
      What a Wicky-Wacky treat
      As you beat on a coconut—
      Beat on a coconut drum!






(Cubby plays a beat on coconuts painted to resemble heads)

      And that’s why….

All:

      Every Day is a holiday in Hawaii!
      Every Day is a holiday in Hawaii!


(As Cubby continues to beat drums)

Jimmie: Mmmmmm…. Mmmm….

Mouseketeers: Yuh, Yuh, Yuh!!! !!! (Two Times)

Darlene: (Steps forward, joining the dance and singing)

      Take a dip, take a dip
      Take a flippy-ippy dip
      In the bay so bright and blue
      In the bay where the fish
      All the finny, finny fish
      Try hard to be caught by you!


Karen:

      On the beach, on the beach
      On the dandy, sandy beach
      All the boys wear goofy shirts


Cubby:

      Girlie girls everywhere
      Wearing orchids in their hair
      And they all wear hula…
(drums)
      All wear hula skirts!!


Jimmie: And that’s why—

All:

      Every Day is a holiday in Hawaii!
      Every Day is a holiday in Hawaii!


Jimmie leads Sherry, Karen and Darlene to the right, they sit by Roy as he is eating

Jimmie: Mmmm-mm…

Roy: Yuh-yuh-yuh!!

Jimmie: Mmmm-mm…

Roy: Yuh-yuh!!

Jimmie (as he moves to the right by Lonnie, Cheryl and Tommy):

      Say, if you’d like to go
      Where the wild flowers grow
      There’s a valley ‘cross the bay
      No one says that you can’t
      Take a little sugar plant
      And just raise cane all day!!!


Lonnie, Cheryl and Tommy (with heaped plates of food in front of them):

      And if you like to eat
      Then you really have a treat
      And they call it a luau…
      Oh, the foods really good
      You’ll find on every plate
      A great big barbecued
(drumbeat)
      Pig as big as a cow!!!!


All: WOW!!!!!

(All rise holding arms over head as the camera moves back to a group shot, with the girls all coming forward to dance the hula)

Jimmie: And that’s why—

All:

      EVERY DAY IS A HOLIDAY IN HAWAII!
      EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE TO SAY ALOHAAAAA….


Jimmie: Even though we have to say Alohaaaaaa… which simply means…

All: THERE AIN’T NO MO-HAAAA!!!!! (Fade out)



Notes
  • Initially, thanks to Lonnie Burr for making his personal copy of the script available for public viewing. It made my life a lot easier.
  • With only 17 Mouseketeers in Season 2, seven less than the previous year, ensemble numbers like this were more organized and gave each Mouse a chance to participate.
  • Annette must have been away doing some serial or other.
  • I had considered retaining a hula instructor to interpret Sherry’s dance as narrated by the Mouseketeers. Then I realized what a waste of time it would be since the Mice were already doing the translation.
  • Hip movement is obviously of prime importance in doing the hula, which is a polite way of saying that some of the Mouske-girls looked better doing the hula than others. Primarily Margene and Doreen.
  • Although it was filmed in the studio, some of the Aloha spirit seems to have rubbed off on this number as it was noticeably more fun and relaxed than the other Music Around the World FWM numbers.
  • Again, the premise was that half of the Mice were the native hosts, and the other half tourists. The six Mice that coached Sherry in her dance were all natives, but it was difficult to make a distinction in Black & White. The makeup shows more of a difference in the color photo with Walt.
  • I can’t imagine why this number has never been made available to the public, unless people could be disappointed that Walt doesn’t appear?
  • Of course, there is no “R” sound in the Hawaiian language, so I wonder who came up with Arloha? I’m betting someone had the bad sense to call her “Aloha” and someone else figured they had to change it, albeit poorly.
  • I’m glad Charley liked the ribs. I sometimes wonder what happened to the pig Don Underhill was holding.





TRU: The Steiner Brothers



  Prod No: 8220-028
  Filmed: July 1956
  Broadcast: October 5, 1956
  With: Eileen, Cubby, Annette, Lonnie, Sharon, Dennis, Cheryl, Jay-Jay, Jimmie, and Roy.


Synopsis: The Steiner Brothers perform segments of their nightclub act for the Mouseketeers. “Mouseke-Grad” Ron Steiner returns with his brothers for the first Talent Roundup of the Second Season, although little mention is made of Ron’s Mouseketeer status, and there is no verbal interaction between Ron and any of the Mice. None of the Mice introduce the brothers as discovered talents.

Storyline:

Part 1

The camera opens on a poster on the wall of the Blacksmith Shop. Annette, Eileen and Sharon enter from right. Lonnie, Cubby and Dennis enter from left. Eileen reads: "WANTED! THE STEINER BROTHERS. Caution: will dance to any music!"

Annette follows: "The Steiner Brothers capture every town where they’re dancing!"

Jimmie adds: "And they’re real musical desperados!"

Jay-Jay runs in from the right: "Look out everyone! Here come the Steiner Brothers!"

The three Steiner Brothers saunter in from the right, like gunfighters. They are dressed in black slacks, white tuxedo shirts, and black cowboy hats. They have both hands on the buckles of their gun belts.

Roy Steiner (the oldest and tallest) does a quick tap step and shakes hands with Lonnie: "I’m Roy."

Ron Steiner (in the middle, age-wise and standing between his two brothers): "I’m Ronnie." He does a flap step leaning back and steps forward to shake hands with Dennis.

Rob Steiner (the youngest and shortest): "I’m Robert!" Does a hop-over to shake hands with Cubby.

As a trio, the brothers continue to saunter towards the closed door of the Blacksmith Shop, hands on buckles, then turn in unison towards the camera.

Jimmie: "Dry Gulch is all yours, Steiner Brothers! Take Over!"

The brothers unbuckle their gun belts and hand them to the boy-Mice. The three eye each other, then the band breaks into fast paced tap music. The brothers begin a quick-paced, Gene Kelly-esque, tap number, going from a flap step, turn to a shuffle step with ball changes, clapping as they shuffle and step back. They do a set of trenches (knees bent), then a Charleston, then sugar foot to a shorty-George (twice), do time-steps to a buffalo, turn and trot off through the door of the Blacksmith Shop.

They leave the Mousketeers applauding and cheering as in that often-seen reaction shot of Eileen, Jimmie, Sharon, Jay-Jay, and Cubby by a slatted fence (which was shot separately, incidentally).

Part 2: (No commercial)

The brothers reappear through the doors of the Blacksmith Shop, this time wearing white dinner jackets, straw hats and holding bamboo canes. They begin a slow soft shoe tap to Strollin’ by the Beach (later used in the Season 3 FWM Day, A Day at the Beach).

The boys start with a front, then a back Essence (shuffle step to a backstep, ball change to a flap step), go to time steps, then flap steps, then a march turn, going to shuffle steps, then time steps again to a jump turn, to a crossing shuffle and lifting their hats at the finish.

Part 3: (After the commercial)

The Mousketeers, now joined by Cheryl, are gathered in front of the Blacksmith Shop with Jimmie in the middle.

Jimmie: "Well, the Steiner Brothers have captured Dry Gulch!"

Sharon: "Yeah, they sure have taken over the town!"

Roy (entering from left): "Look out! Here they come now!"

The brothers return through the door, this time wearing black dinner jackets and carrying a trombone, sax and trumpet as props. More generic tap music plays as Roy goes into a fast shuffle step, followed by his brothers. The boys do a series of trenches (back scraping step) in four directions, go back to timing steps, then another set of three trenches, Roy goes into a modified wing with a toe stand, followed by Ron doing a wing with arms rotating, followed by Rob doing his signature jumps in the air, then back to flap steps.

Part 4:

The brothers finish to the applause and cheering of the Mouseketeers who gather around them. Jimmie steps behind Ronnie and puts his hand on his shoulder.

Ron says as he looks to both sides: "Thanks, Mouseketeers! It sure is good to see all my old friends again!"







Jimmie: "Well, it’s nice to see you too, Ronnie! Boy, and since being a Mouseketeer, you’ve gone on to do big things with your two brothers! But remember, you’ll always be a Mouseke-Graduate! And now, Ronnie, time to say..."

(Jimmie places the Mortarboard with ears on the head of Ron who has the sense to fasten the strap under his chin prior to the last dance).

      You’re a grad!

(Jimmie leads, with the Mice following)

      A Mouseke-grad!
      Aren’t you glad?!
      That you’re a grad!
      So, it’s hip-hooray for Ronnie,
      Good luck and fare thee well!
      Wherever you go, we want you to know,
      We think that you are swell!

(Ronnie shakes hands with Lonnie and Jay-Jay, simultaneously)

      You’re a grad!
      A Mouseke-grad!
      Aren’t you glad?!
      That you’re a grad!
      Hip Hooray!!!


The band plays a fast version of Jimmie’s Mouseke-grad song. The boys go into a series of Gene Kelly-esque toes and heels, then to side balance steps, then Roy does a series of essences, dropping down to one arm with legs out, then switching. Ron (wearing the Mouseke mortarboard) does a series of three mid-air splits, then Rob quickly drops to the floor on one hand, and does a “coffee grinder” (similar to break dancing) as the brothers finish to the cheers of the Mouseketeers.

Notes

  • Thanks again to my dance consultant Joanne Gervais Ainsworth who described the steps to me. I have no idea what I wrote.
  • The brothers’ four-part appearance was about eight minutes long, probably exceeding Ron’s total screen time as a Mouseketeer.
  • Of course, Ron’s performance still begs the question why the producers hired a dancer of his caliber and never featured him in a dance. This was easily the most polished and professional Talent Roundup performance I’ve seen, on a level well above the baton twirlers and accordion players.
  • Is it my imagination, or were Lonnie and Sharon looking admiringly at their former colleague?
  • Is it also my imagination, or was Cheryl looking at Ron with some interest? Not out of the question since Ron was the best-looking of the brothers. Make sure you spell my name right on the check, Ron.
  • The Mouseke-grad song was only used twice: for Ron and Mary Sartori. I personally think that Jimmie would like to have had more of his old Mouseketeers back, but the show just ran out of episodes.
  • Jimmie’s comments to Ron were not an exaggeration. The Steiner Brothers were regulars on the night club circuit, played Las Vegas and Reno, and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
  • Of course, the Brothers were from Winnipeg. Ron says, and Darlene confirms, that neither knew the other was Canadian until years later when Darlene played an engagement with them.
  • I found it very curious that there was no mention that Ron was a Mouseketeer until nearly the end of the set. I don’t think Ron had enough screen time for any of the viewers to recognize him as a Mouseketeer. And not wearing mouse-ears didn’t help.
  • Also curious was the Brothers walking-in and introducing themselves to the Mouseketeers. Roy and Rob participated in the Mickey Mouse Club Circus the previous Christmas and had a free pass to Disneyland every time Ron performed. Per Ron, they enjoyed that.
  • Perhaps not too curious is the fact that Ron appeared on the first Talent Roundup of the Second Season. I think that the producers were sending an indirect message to the viewers acknowledging that many of Mouseketeers weren’t back, but don’t worry, they’re doing fine—like Ronnie. Not necessarily true, of course.
  • Finally, thanks too, to Ron, for being a great source of information as well as a friend.








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