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Lost Episodes 3: Selected "Fun with Music Day" 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 some rare first season Fun with Music Day shows. None of these shows are 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, photos to illustrate them may not be available. Song recordings where present are from Mickey Mouse Club records, not from the original episodes.



Mickey Mouse Mambo



  Prod No: 8206-021
  Filmed: Jun-Jul 1955
  Broadcast: Nov 28, 1955
  Intro: Bronson
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd, Roy Williams
  Band: Pietro Deiro Jr, Bob Amsberry, George Bruns
  With: Bonni, Mary S, Lonnie, Dennis, Bronson, Tim
  Song: Mickey Mouse Mambo (Dodd/arr P. Deiro Jr)


Synopsis: This is a music and dance-only number taking place at the docks of a Caribbean port. The Mouseketeers dance to the music provided by an unlikely looking Caribbean band.

Storyline: The scene opens at the docks of the Vodoo (sic) Banana Company at an unnamed port in the Caribbean. There are a number of barrels and boxes in the foreground, from which the band emerges doing a mambo step to the front of the Banana Company building.

The band consists of Jimmie Dodd on piano, Roy Williams on flute, Bob Amsberry on trumpet, George Bruns on bass, Pietro Deiro, Jr. on maracas, and Jimmy MacDonald (ed note: thanks to Lonnie Burr for id of latter) on wood blocks. Jimmie in an indefinite Spanish accent yells: Ole, ole. Aqui amigos, arriba! The six dance forward and congregate at the front of the building as shown in the photo. Roy dances like he’s kicking a football.

The song begins and Jimmie sings:

      Who’s the leader of the club
      That’s made for you and me?
      (Band) Uh!
      M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! Uh!

      Hey there, Hi there, Ho there
      Join our hospitality
      (Band) Uh!
      M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! Uh!

      Mickey Mouse—Mambo!
      Mickey Mouse—Mambo!
      Forever let us hold our banner high!
      High! High! High! High!

      Come along and sing a song
      And join the jamboree! (Pause)
      M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! Uh!


On stage, Pietro repeatedly hits Roy in the midsection with his maracas on the off-beat, much to Roy’s displeasure.

At the request to join the jamboree, Jimmie looks over his shoulder, and the Mice, dressed in loose fitting cotton clothes and straw hats, come dancing in. First Lonnie, doing a mambo front step, followed by Dennis who dips Bronson, who does a leg kick. Then Mary who does a very fast and limber mambo side step in the center of the set, then Bonni who dances to the right foreground and begins doing the limbo. Tim appears, shaking his hips left and right as he walks forward, and not much else.



      Mickey Mouse Club
      Mickey Mouse Club
      Hey amigos
      Do the Mambo!


Jimmie begins going through the cadenced spoken words of the March used in the show’s introduction: We’ll do things and we’ll go places…





      Mickey Mouse Mambo
      Is the thing for you and me
      (Ensemble) Uh!
      M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E! Uh!


Bonni gets up from her limbo, then begins a mambo step, center stage with her back to the camera. Mary then dances around the back of the group of Mice to the band and grabs a very bewildered looking Roy. In the meantime, the Mice have formed a circle and are dancing around the stage, counter-clockwise, linking hands. Mary links hands with Roy on his left, and Dennis to his right. As the circle speeds up, Roy is thrown out of the scene, stage right.

Shift camera. Roy has been thrown through the hull of a docked boat, leaving a large, Roy-shaped hole, as might be expected from a cartoonist. Roy, ruffled and bruised, limps out of the Roy-shaped hole, still playing his flute and rejoins the Mice still dancing in a mambo circle, oblivious to Roy’s accident.

      No one is a stranger
      We’re as friendly as can be!
      Uh!
      M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

      Mickey Mouse—Mambo!
      Mickey Mouse—Mambo!
      Forever let us hold our banner high!
      High! High! High! High!

      We are all amigos
      And we’re one big family!
      No?
      M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

      Mickey Mouse—Mambo!
      Mickey Mouse—Mambo!
      Olé!


The Mice dancing in the mambo circle begin peeling off, exiting the set one by one stage right, followed by the band one by one, with Jimmie at the end holding his arm out as the scene closes.

Notes

  • In the introduction Bronson is in her ears outfit as opposed to top hat and tails.
  • This is the same Mouseketeer team as in Friendly Farmers
  • Although the leads would ostensibly be Jimmie and Roy, the strongest performances were from Mary, Bonni and Lonnie, whose brisk and rhythmic dancing keeps the number focused musically and visually.
  • The gleeful look on Mary’s face while she dances in the circle holding Roy’s hand is indescribable. Mary, in fact, with her lithe, limber body movements center camera, is probably the most memorable part of the number
  • The adult band member on woodblocks (white shirt in photo) has now, courtesy of Lonnie Burr, been identified as Jimmy MacDonald, longtime sound effects man for the studio.
  • Mambo is both a dance and musical genre from Cuba; Pietro Deiro Jr (1913-1999) was an Italian-American composer-musician.
  • Most of the Mice are wearing straw hats except for Bonni who is wearing some type of black nautical cap. They all have strands of straw in their teeth.
  • If you remember the Sy? Si! routine that Jack Benny and Mel Blanc used to do then you have an idea how Jimmie’s accent sounds





Mousekedance



  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: Aug-Oct 1955
  Broadcast: Feb 6, 1956                        
  Intro: None
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  With: Bonni Kern, Bobby Burgess, Lonnie Burr, Annette, Mary Sartori, Don Underhill
  Song: Mousekedance (Jimmie Dodd)


Synopsis:This is a malt shop dance which starts when Jimmie drops a nickel in the jukebox to play his newest record: Mousekedance. The three dance couples are: Annette and Lonnie, Mary Sartori and Don, Bonni and Bobby. The girls are dressed in satin party dresses, the boys in coats and ties. A dance number with just enough dialogue and song to hold it together, it is one of the fastest and most complex dances of the First Season.

Storyline: The scene opens at a malt shop counter with a cut-out figure of a Dutch girl stage right of the counter. There is a jukebox stage right of the Dutch girl. Don and Mary sit at a table at the right of the screen. Lonnie and Annette are doing a slow foxtrot at the left of the screen to low level music playing. Jimmie, dressed as a soda jerk, glides around the dancing Lonnie and Annette to deliver a tray of ice cream sodas to Don and Mary.

Don (sotto voce): Oh yeah, Bonni said something about another show with Bobby….

Jimmie: There you are, the crazy, mixed-up special of the house!! For the queen… (places soda before Mary) …and the king (places soda before Don).

Mary: Thank you!

Don: Thank you very much!

Mary: Jimmie, you make the best sodas in the whole world!

Jimmie: Why, thank you!

(Bobby and Bonni enter from left) Both: Hi Jimmie!!!

Jimmie: (Turns stage left facing Bonni and Bobby) Hi!!! Don’t you look sharp! Where’ve you been?

Bonni: To the show!

Jimmie: Did you have a good time?

Both: Yeah!!

Bobby: We saw Lady and the Tramp!

Jimmie: Well, of course you had a good time! Hey, how would you like to hear the latest record? Just came in!

Bobby: That would be neat!

Rest: Yeah!!!!

Jimmie: This one’s on me! [Jimmie walks stage right and puts a nickel in the jukebox which dings like an old pay phone. Fanfare erupts on the stage and the number starts. Jimmie moves stage left to the center of the counter. Bonni and Bobby do a jazz strut to their positions stage left; Annette and Lonnie take similar positions stage right; Mary and Don move to the counter, flanking Jimmie.]

Jimmie sings:

      The Mousekedance is not a tango,
      A bolero, a fandango
      The Mousekedance is not a bunny hop
      A foxtrot, samba, blues or bop

      The Mousekedance is not a waltz by Strauss,
      It’s espoused by the followers of
      Mickey Mouse


[Note: the signature combination of the dance begins as the boy puts out his right palm facing upwards, as if he was asking the girl to give him five. The girl puts down her right palm (diagonally) with an audible slap and theboy turns both hands over. Then both boy and girl face each other and place their hands atop their heads, then both turn at the waist, looking at the camera, opening their hands to resemble mouse-ears. The couple then face each other, enter the closed position, do a Lindy quick-step back and forth (ball changes), then swing opposite each other with the girl’s left hand in the boy’s right hand, then return to the closed position with the boy’s right hand around the girl’s waist. Both begin a swing turn with the boy’s left hand and girl’s right hand pointed upwards (jazz hand). The song only plays once, then the remainder of the dance is instrumental. Note also the use of the word “espoused,” and that polka has been changed to samba, differing from the record version.]

Having moved stage left, Bonni and Bobby spin, snap their fingers and shake their arms to the music. Annette and Lonnie do the same, stage right. All four walk stage center, towards the opposite couple. Lonnie puts out his right hand to Bonni, and Bobby to Annette, then all place their hands on head, turn, and waive their “ears,” in a formation with Bonni and Lonnie standing, the others kneeling. All four spin in place with hands on head, break, then begin to dance.





The two couples do a pair of side-by-side quick-steps diagonal to the counter, then Annette and Bonni break off from their partners, link arms, and begin to swing each other stage-center. They change male partners, go through the above-referenced combination twice, then rejoin their original partner. The four form a line in front of the others and begin clapping in unison, turning left, right, left, right.

      The Mousekedance is really very simple
      Just take a bit of every dance you know
      Mix them together and give three cheers
      and the most important part of all—
      wiggle your ears

      Thank your lucky stars you’ve got the chance
      to do the Mousekedance


All four Mice take four steps forward, bend forward, and wave their hands at their ears at “wiggle your ears.” The four then step back moving their arms in and out while Mary and Don move forward stage-center doing a polka hop-step (bringing knees up), then the other couples move forward even with them and all six begin a Charleston with arms swinging. Mary and Don remain stage-center and go thru the combination while the others step back and begin a Charleston (arms at sides) in place.

Mary and Don step back, then Bonni and Bobby do a polka spin around the floor, followed by Annette and Lonnie doing a quick-step forward and back twice across the floor.

All six step forward, forming a line, clapping their hands in rhythm, then form a train, each placing hands on the hips of the Mouse in front, facing stage left. Then the boys do a jump-lift to move the girls stage right, put out their hands to begin the combination again, after which all move in a clockwise circle, switching hands to waist (or shoulder) with opposite hand to the ear.

All repeat the combination once, and as Bonni and Bobby continue to dance in front of Jimmie, Lonnie, then Don, quickly cross the floor offering the opposite girl his hand (Don to Annette, Lonnie to Mary). In sequence, each couple moves their hands to the ears, with Bonni and Bobby offering hands to Jimmie. All six Mice begin the combination again, ended by a heel stomp three times in place. Then all six Mice plus Jimmie move forward, turn, then go back across the floor. The Mice again begin to swing in pairs in a clockwise circle, then form a circle with the girls rotating partners like a square dance, ending with Bonni and Bobby rejoining, Lonnie joining Mary and Don joining Annette.

The music heightens, with the Mice continuing their dance in a clockwise circle, jazz hands up. At this point, Jimmie grabs the cut-out of the Dutch girl as his partner and begins swinging her with the Mice like another couple. The number ends with Jimmie falling to the floor, laughing, and the Mice gathering around him yelling “Jimmie!”

Notes
  • Special thanks to Joanne Gervais Ainsworth for her assistance in describing and explaining the dance movements. She noted that the choreography appears to be similar to Bob Fosse’s work for Broadway’s The Pajama Game in 1954, with mixed elements of various different dances.
  • Mousekedance is fast-moving and entertaining with complex dance patterns that leave the viewer breathless. It probably ranks among the best first season Fun with Music Numbers. It should have been in syndication.
  • Mousekedance represents a transition from the season one numbers that combined all levels of dancers and is a forerunner of the season two numbers using small groups of paired, experienced, dancers doing faster, more complicated steps.
  • Director Dik Darley deserves credit for the production and pacing of this number: there is not a wasted second. He used imaginative camera angles: from the floor when the Mice moved forward making it look like the viewer was in the middle of the action; from above when the Mice were dancing in a circle to give a sense of movement.
  • Burch Mann Holtzman also deserves credit for the choreography and importantly, her choice of personnel (along with Dik Darley). Mary and Bonni were not as recognized as the Red Team girls, but were excellent dancers, so the focus was on the dancers as a team as opposed to personalities. Similarly, arranger Buddy Baker provided a fast, brass-based score that really drove the dance
  • The website photo was something of a “publicity shot” taken after the shoot. The “feet” seemingly painted on the floor next to Jimmie belong to the Dutch girl cutout Jimmie used as a partner.
  • Don’s “conversation” with Mary at the beginning was obviously supposed to be just “background” talk which was unintentionally picked up by the mic.









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