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Lost Episodes 5: 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.



Mixed-up Mother Goose



  Prod No: 8206-0??
  Filmed: August-September 1955
  Broadcast: Jan 30, 1956
  Intro: Doreen, Bob Amsberry
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  With: Judy, Tommy, Dennis, Mary E., Bronson, Mike, Karen, Mark, Johnny, Cubby
  Song: Mixed-up Mother Goose (Unknown)


Synopsis: The Mouseketeers cut up commonly-known children’s nursery rhymes in the same way kids would have done on the playground.

Storyline: Jimmie appears singing a refrain of sorts, which he repeats after every Mouseketeer’s segment, then introduces each new Mouseketeer by name. The set consists of a cottage from which each Mouseketeer appears. The Mouseketeers are dressed as the nursery rhyme characters they talk about.

Jimmie (singing):

      Nursery rhymes, nursery rhymes,
      Crazy, mixed up nursery rhymes,
      Two for a nickel, five for a dime,
      C’mon let’s make up nursery rhymes!


Jimmie (speaking): Judy!

Judy: (playing an old, bent woman with cane, speaking in a mock English accent)

      There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
      But the shoe was too small by half.
      She needed more room, so she added-on
      A bedroom slipper and bath!


Jimmie (repeating refrain): Tommy!

Tommy: (in his outfit from Do-Mi-So)

      Little Boy Blue come blow your horn,
      The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn.
      Where is the boy who used to play?
      He’s blowing his horn with Harry James!


(Tommy lifts his horn to “play” Ciribiribin on his horn)

Jimmie (repeating refrain): Dennis and Mary!

Dennis Day and Mary Espinosa: (dressed as a storybook couple)

      Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater,
      Had a wife but couldn’t keep her.
      So, he wrapped her carefully
      Then he mailed her, C.O.D.!


Jimmie (repeating refrain): Bronson!

Bronson: (in wig, dressed as an old woman)

      Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
      To get her poor dog a bone.
      But when she got there, the cupboard was bare
      And so was the dog, doggone!


Jimmie (repeating refrain): Mmmmike!

Mike: (dressed in short pants holding a pie)

      Little Jack Horner sat in a corner,
      Eating a Christmas pie.
      He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum,
      And that’s pretty hot stuff because it was an apple pie!


Jimmie (repeating refrain): Karen!

Karen: (dressed as Little Bo Peep, holding a shepard’s crook)

      Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
      And can’t know where to find it.
      But leave it alone and they’ll come home
      And we’ll all have lamb chops!


Jimmie (repeating refrain): Mark!

Mark: (dressed in a Pussycat Polka outfit, holding a fiddle)

      Hey diddle-diddle,
      The cat and the fiddle,
      The cow jumped over the moon.
      He went right up to heaven— Holy Cow!






Jimmie (repeating refrain): Johnny!

Johnny: (dressed in the Humpty Dumpty outfit from Do-Mi-So)

      Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
      Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
      He fell on the head of a girl named Grace,
      And she wound up with egg on her face!


Jimmie (repeating refrain): Doreen!

Doreen: (as pictured above)

      Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
      Eating her curds and whey.
      Along came a spider and sat down beside her,
      And said: “Is this seat taken?”


Jimmie (repeating refrain): Cubby!

Cubby: (in tartan kilt and glengarry cap)

      My Bonnie lies over the ocean.
      My Bonnie lies over the sea.
      My Bonnie lies over the ocean.
      She won’t tell the truth to me!


Jimmie sings the final (thankfully) refrain.

Notes

  • This number uses the Mouseketune Special introduction with title card. Doreen gives the introduction: "And now the Mouseketeers present…" She is interrupted by Bob Amsberry who appears from behind the title card and starts doing animal noises. Doreen continues hurriedly and wide-eyed: "Mixed-up Mother Goose!" Kind of creepy, like a prequel to The Exorcist..
  • There doesn’t seem to be any reason for Bob’s animal noises or presence, so presumably he wrote the music and the dialogue.
  • This was a well-paced, enjoyable little number, leaving you wondering which Mouse you were going to see next, and giving each Mouse an opportunity to express a bit of his/her personality.
  • From the sound of the voices, Judy and Johnny may have been voiced-over. Incidentally, the silver-haired Judy today looks much better than the character she portrayed at twelve.
  • Of course, since Judy was a good actress and had a good speaking voice, she could easily have done a character voice for her own bit. Johnny was probably voiced over as he was wearing a mask.
  • The title card and the Mouseketeer mix suggest that this number may have predated color teams.
  • It looks like the studio got a lot of mileage out of the Pussycat Polka outfits.
  • Wearing a wig, we see Bronson’s forehead uncovered by her bangs for the first and only time. She looks very contemporary, and is almost unrecognizable! She says her lines with great poise for a seven year-old.





The Village Blacksmith



  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: Aug-Oct 1955
  Broadcast: January 23, 1956                        
  Intro: Bronson
  Lead: Roy Williams, Bonni, Lonnie
  Dancers: Bronson, Mary Sartori, Mark, Dennis
  Song: The Village Blacksmith (G. George aft. Longfellow/P. Smith)  


Synopsis: A dance number. When the children come home from school, the village blacksmith knows it is time for fun and replaces his anvil with a small piano, and everybody boogies.

I am not kidding, that’s what they do.

Storyline: Note: In each case, directions left and right shall refer to camera left and right, that is, from the perspective of the camera or the viewer. (Thanks to Lonnie Burr for the tip)

The scene opens in front of the blacksmith shop as seen in the photograph. There are two large trees to the left and right of the shop. Roy, in blacksmith attire, to include mustache, stands in front of the open door of the shop hammering a horseshoe, making a rhythmic clang-clang which has been heard from the introduction. The music begins with a solo banjo with the rest of the band joining, as Jimmie (off camera) sings:

      Under a spreading chestnut tree
      The village smithy stands.
      The smith, a mighty man is he
      With large and sinewy hands.

      The children coming home from school
      Look in the open door.
      They love to see the flaming forge
      And hear the bellows roar!


Bonni, Mary, Bronson, Lonnie, Dennis and Mark enter from the left wearing late 1800’s clothing and carrying bundles of school books. The girls run into the shop to put down the books. The boys play leapfrog until they reach Roy at his anvil.

      The mighty blacksmith sees them there
      And knows his work is done.
      He’s happy now the school is out
      ‘Cause that’s when he has fun!


The girls reenter and all circle around the anvil watching Roy, then run off single file making a figure-eight around the tree to the right, then circle around the anvil with Mark standing to the left of the anvil and Bronson to the right. From left, Bonni, Dennis, Lonnie and Mary line up behind Roy.

      He wipes away the honest sweat;
      He’s done the best he can.
      Oh, he looks the whole world in the face
      And plays his old piano!

Roy stops his work. Mark and Bronson pick up hammers and begin hammering the anvil in sequence while Dennis, Mary, Lonnie and Bonni tilt in rhythm with arms outstretched (like doing the Freddy if you remember it).

The band begins playing a boogie beat. Roy picks up and sets down the anvil (it was a light one) to use it as a stool, brings out a small piano (used in Let’s Have Fun with Music) and begins “playing” eight to bar as the Mice sway and clap in rhythm.

Dance Sequence

As a piano plays the rhythm, the Mice continue clapping and swaying to the boogie beat, then shake their shoulders and go through a series of arm movements with arms raised. Bronson and Mark step back as Bonni and Dennis from the left, and Mary and Lonnie from the right do small, toed-in steps (sugar foot to formation), making a line in front of the others.

The four older Mice continue to sugar foot, first waving hands above their heads, then shaking their arms with elbows at the sides. Doing the same step, Bronson and Mark come forward, then split apart as Mary steps to the front. Mary does two high kicks with the right leg placed quickly down to the opposite side (kick passé lunges), then circles back to the line. Lonnie moves forward and does a Shorty George with snake legs (pointing fingers down with knees swaying) three times, with a hop step to a shim sham moving to a half break to move back to the line. Bronson steps forward and does the same kick passé lunge as Mary, but only once.





The six Mice do a flap step in a clump (moving all together), four counts to the right with arms at sides, four counts to the left with arms pushing down, four counts to the right with arms pushing up, then four counts to the left with arms pushing up. After the camera breaks away to Roy, Bonni steps forward and does two kicks with her right leg (developé kicks), landing facing her left side with left arm outstretched and feet pointed outwards.

Bonni steps back, backstroking her arms while Lonnie steps forward and joins her in the closed position. The couple do a quick jive step towards each other, then a flea hop jump spinning around, landing on a knee facing Roy. Getting up, Lonnie spins Bonni and the two move back in line while Mary and Dennis have paired and do a Lindy step from right to left across the floor.

Bonni and Lonnie step forward again and begin to do a swing-out with kicks (holding hands and swinging opposite the partner, then changing hands and again swinging in the opposite direction). They do a set of four with opposite hands swinging in the air, then join both hands and enter the closed position and swing each other clockwise, then do a set of four more swing-outs. Dennis and Mary, and Bronson and Mark similarly pair off and join Bonni and Lonnie in the combination.

At the end of the last swing-out, all six Mice break and run towards Roy, taking a knee with arms up and sparkle fingers as Roy smiles and the camera fades out.

Notes
  • There is nothing in the title, lyrics, costumes or period to suggest that The Village Blacksmith is a boogie number. The MMC is not above throwing you the occasional curve.
  • Lonnie and Mark wear the same hats, pants and shirts they wore in Painting Aunt Polly’s Fence.
  • In fact, the left tree was reused as the shade tree for picnic area in the Season Three Picnic Time with Linda Hughes and Don Grady. The right tree was used in Old MacDonald Had a Tree. Disney was cutting edge when it came to recycling, even in the 1950’s.
  • Bronson pulls a Karen: Bronson, wearing a gingham dress and bonnet, gives the standard Mouseketune Special introduction. She flubs the title slightly and looks at the camera, waiting for the director to cut the scene. She is apparently instructed to continue, which she does, then laughs and runs off. Her flub was understandably left in because it was really cute.
  • The number was probably done in late July or August 1955, as the Friendly Farmers team is still intact and Lonnie is still in the group, but Mark has replaced Tim Rooney. There would be no place to hide Tim in a couple’s dance.
  • Surprisingly, Mark acquits himself fairly well, meaning he’s not looking at the floor for his mark to stand. He does get in Lonnie and Bonni’s way near the end. This is probably his best musical number although it’s hard to say what’s in second place.
  • Bonni wears what looks like a pair of black high-top boots while Mary and Bronson wear their standard Mouseketeer Mary Janes. Likely, Bonni already owned a pair of dance shoes appropriate for the number.
  • Thanks again to Joanne Ainsworth for her assistance in describing the various dance sequences. Any errors are the result of my failure to listen.
  • Happy Birthday to Lonnie Burr this month! (May 31)









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