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Lost Episodes 6: 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.



Get Busy



  Prod No: 8206-0??
  Filmed: June-July 1955
  Broadcast: Dec 12, 1955
  Intro: Tim
  Lead: Jimmie, Roy
  With: Mary S., Bonni, Bronson, Dennis, Lonnie, Tim
  Song: Get Busy (Jimmie Dodd/Tom Adair)


Synopsis: A song about how kids can help their parents by doing their chores. Six Mice plus Jimmie provide a verse for each day of the week. Jimmie does the lead and each Mouseketeer gets to solo a verse. A bit different among FWM numbers in that it is almost exclusively singing.

Storyline: Spotlight opens on Jimmie, standing in front of the curtains and moving towards the camera. Jimmie sings and does a tap of sorts:

      If you want to have a happy day,
      Get busy!
      There is more to life
      Than games and play
      Get Busy!


      The moment you open your eyes
      To greet the morning sun
      Don’t lie in bed,
      Just rise up
      And just get to doing
      What’s gotta be done!


      Be a helpful lass
      Or a helpful lad,
      Get Busy!
      Lend a helping hand
      To mom and dad
      Get Busy!


The spotlight follows Jimmie as he steps right to where the Mice are seated on stools with hands wrapped around their knees. From left: Mary, Dennis, Bonni, Lonnie, Bronson, and Tim. Jimmie seats himself on an empty stool at the end of the row as the Mice join in the song.

(all)

      A little work
      Won’t hurt you, friend.
      So, don’t get in a tizzy.
      Come on, pitch in with a happy grin,
      And let’s get busy!


Camera on Mary, singing:

      On a Saturday Morning
      When there is no school,
      You can apply The Golden Rule
      After your dad to his work has gone—


[Cut to Roy pushing a lawnmower towards the camera.]

All the Mice clap in rhythm, then shout together:

      Mow the lawn!

[If you want to know the cadence of the Mouseke-clapping, think of the introduction to Rock Around the Clock, while omitting four o’clock. I.e., One, two, three o’clock, Rock! or something like that.]

Camera on Dennis, singing:

      On Sunday morning, as general rule
      Before you go to Sunday School
      As soon as you are up and fed—


[Cut to Roy struggling with a pillow case and blanket.]

All the Mice clap in rhythm, then shout together:

      Make your bed!

Camera on Bonni, singing:

      On Monday morning when
      You rise and shine
      You wake up grinning, feeling fine
      Go to the closet, get a broom—


[Cut to Roy sweeping the floor with a lobby broom and dust pan.]

All the Mice clap in rhythm, then shout together:

      Clean your room!

Camera on Lonnie, singing:

      On Tuesday evening
      As your dinner is through
      You want to thank Mom for the wonderful stew
      After you’ve told her that it was delicious—


[Cut to Roy sitting cross-legged on the floor, drying dishes then tossing them aside.]

All the Mice clap in rhythm, then shout together:

      Wipe the dishes!





Camera on Bronson, singing:

      When it gets to be Wednesday in the p.m.
      Before you play with Kate or Clem
      If you want to bring a smile
      To your mother’s face—


[Cut to Roy hurriedly working a feather duster.]

All the Mice clap in rhythm, then shout together:

      Dust the place!

Camera on Tim, singing:

      On Thursday evening when you go to bed
      Even though you’re feeling like a sleepy head
      Look around your room
      Before you start to doze—


[Cut to Roy picking up a bunch of clothes from the floor.]

All the Mice clap in rhythm, then shout together:

      Pick up your clothes!

Camera on Jimmie, seated on the last stool, singing:

      On Friday, that’s the nicest day of all
      The weekends here,
      You’re gonna play some ball
      Well, okay pal before you go outdoors—


[Cut to Roy juggling the broom, dustpan, pillow, blanket, clothes, dish towel and lawnmower.]

All the Mice clap in rhythm, then shout together:

      Do your chores!

As the music comes to a finale and the tempo changes, the Mouseketeers get off their stools and begin to strut towards the camera, grouping together so that all six of their faces fill the final frame.

      A little work
      Won’t hurt you, friend.
      So, don’t get in a tizzy.
      Come on, pitch in with a happy grin,
      And let’s-
      Get-
      Busy!


Notes

  • Tim gives the standard Mouseketune Special Introduction standing in front of a Title Card with “Get Busy” written over a bee hive.
  • Roy really reveals his background as a cartoon story man with his short segments seemingly speeded up and lasting no more than two seconds. Good cartoons are made of split-second timing like this.
  • One thing Get Busy demonstrates is that a viable number can be made at low cost by good writing, good cast, strong story and imaginative production.
  • Although a low-budget number with no dancing, backgrounds or props, this number works because it allows each Mouseketeer an opportunity to solo and express a bit of his/her personality. This includes a number of Mice we don’t usually get to hear sing.
  • The number almost doesn’t work because of Tim Rooney’s deer in the headlights expression. Also, during the final shot, Lonnie has to subtly guide him with hands on shoulders to his spot for the camera. Tim looks for all the world like Andy Hardy explaining to Judge Hardy that he crashed the family car.
  • As shown by her brief vocals in Pecos Bill, Let’s Have Fun with Music and here, Mary Sartori could really sing. She ranks with Ron Steiner at the top of the underused Mouseketeer list.





Roy at the Dike



  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: Jul-Aug 1955
  Broadcast: November 21, 1955                        
  Intro: None
  Lead: Jimmie, Roy
  With: Mary S., Bonni, Bronson, Dennis, Mark, Lee
  Song: Roy at the Dike (Clippity-Clop) (Marcellino/Amsberry)


Synopsis: The story of the Little Dutch Boy who saved the Netherlands as told by the Mouseketeers.

Storyline: The scene opens with the camera on a rotating windmill (anyone remember Van de Kamp’s bakeries?). The camera pulls back to show a mesa-shaped earthen berm with rows of tulips to the right and in the foreground. Jimmie is tending a milk cart loaded with a pair of large milk cans. The Mouseketeers gather around the cart, waiting for Jimmie to fill their pitchers with a ladle. Busy city-street type music plays in the background.

The girl Mice are wearing Dutch caps and long skirts with bodices and aprons. The boys and men are wearing Fiddler’s caps with short double-breasted coats and floppy ties. Everyone is wearing wooden shoes.

As Mark leaves the cart, he balances his pitcher on his head to everyone’s delight. Mary seems to think this is silly and walks off in a huff with her hand on hip. Jimmie pushes the cart off-camera then returns with the large book from Old MacDonald. The music changes to a slow three-quarter time and Jimmie sings as he pages through the book:

      The great dikes of Holland
      Hold back the sea
      The dikes do a big job
      For you and me.

      For if the dike breaks,
      Then the sea would pour in
      And we’d have to repair
      All the damage again.


The Mice enter, the boys from the right, the girls from the left. The Mice and Jimmie sing the refrain together and the Mice do a clog dance as they sing:

      Clippity clop, clop
      Clippity clop, clop
      Go the wooden shoes

      Clippity clop, clop
      Clippity clop, clop
      Help chase away the blues


[The Mice do a very basic clog dance, and all that can be said is that they skip off their heels with toes facing upwards, click their shoes, and take short steps in time with the music. Seems you can only do so much in wooden shoes.]

The Mice then sing alone:

      We’re singing and dancing
      With shoes of wood,
      But one little boy
      Also wishes he could.

      He has to stand watch—
      And keep his eyes peeled
      To see that the leaks
      In the dikes are all sealed.

As the Mice repeat the clippity-clop refrain, Roy enters and paces by the dike while the Mouseketeers exit.

Jimmie sings off-camera:

      But one lovely day
      Something happened, you see
      A hole in the dike
      Almost let in the sea.

      The boy with great haste
      Used his head then his hand;
      With but one little finger
      He saved our dear land.


As Roy stands by the dike, a hole in the dike begins spurting water. Roy’s face lights up as he gets an idea: he raises his pinkie finger and plugs it in the hole. Roy then leans back with the same satisfied smile as when he completes a drawing.

Jimmie continues:

      He plugged up the hole
      In the dike as he should
      Because he had promised
      That he always would.

      He kept a calm head
      And that showed him the way
      To save all the Hollanders
      On that fine day.






Somehow the water stops and Roy removes his finger. He is then surrounded by the Mouseketeers who regale him with wrapped gifts as he places his arms around Bonni and Bronson.

      The crowd gave a cheer,
      To their shoulders, he went
      And presents galore
      To the young man were sent.

      I thank you, he said,
      On his lips was a grin,
      But when they looked back,
      There was water again.


The Mice look back at the dike and withdraw in horror as the water begins spurting out again.

      “Quick,” cried the mayor,
      The boy gave a leap
      And with his small finger
      He stopped up the leak.


With a flourish, Roy readies his pinkie, and again stops up the leak, leading the Mice to crowd around him again and celebrate.

      And for all I know,
      Perhaps this very day,
      The boy is still sitting there,
      Some Dutch folk say.


The camera shifts and Jimmie appears in the foreground still reading from his book. The camera pulls back and the six Mice continue to clog left and right, holding hands in front of Roy as they repeat the clippity-clop refrain. As the music is ending, they split into two groups of three, and exit left and right. The camera shifts again to Jimmie who doffs his hat and smiles as the number ends.

Notes
  • The story of the Boy at the Dike is purportedly unknown in the Netherlands, and traceable to a snippet in Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates by American author Mary Mapes Dodge.
  • "Holland" is the name for two provinces of the country that is internationally known as the Netherlands, and the American tendency to use the terms interchangeably has always been a mild annoyance to the people of that country.
  • The Mickey Mouse Club is cutting edge again, with Jimmie pushing a milk cart a decade before Fiddler on the Roof.
  • Although Roy at the Dike was not an exceptional number, it was certainly no worse than Pussycat Polka, The Little Cow, or several other numbers that made it into syndication. Just the same, the very simple clogging was not worth retaining a dance consultant.
  • An aspect of this number is that the Mice simply play a group of anonymous Dutch children. The camera is focused on the entire stage so the viewer cannot distinguish one Mouse from another. Mary Sartori does do some subtle individual acting by her body language as she huffily walks away from Mark. Ironically, this may have been the number’s most memorable individual performance.









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