The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show


Production Set Stills: Talent Round-up Day

The TRU day set was the most frequently seen background during the show's original run. Like all MMC sets the original design was done by Art Director Bruce Bushman. Endlessly variable in configuration, it contained enough common elements to be easily recognizable to the young viewers. The photo here shows the expanded second season layout from the original first-season version, as it appeared for filming that year's TRU roll call number.


The Full Picture (very large)


This roll call number was filmed July 19, 1956 and broadcast every Friday for the second season. Note the livery stable between the Milk Bar and train station; during the first season it doubled as a fire house on ACH Day.

The props and cutouts were reshuffled for each new talent act. Buildings like the express office appeared, changed positions, and disappeared from week to week, perhaps appropriately for the ghost town of Dry Gulch.


Set stills like these were made for the property department, and were not intended for release as publicity photos. Most set stills are devoid of cast and crew; the photographer was only concerned with capturing the appearance of the stage and the presence of people in the frame was a matter of indifference.





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