The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show


Anything Can Happen Day: Second Season Programs

The table below contains all known Anything Can Happen Day programs shown during the second season of the original Mickey Mouse Club, by order of broadcast. If you find that your favorite episode doesn't appear here, it might have been on Fun With Music Day. As with the first season this day of the week was tilted towards promotion of Disneyland though with a more educational slant. It was also used to push then current Disney film releases, so once more photos and clips of these programs are rare among official DVD and video offerings.

Storylines and dialogue writing credits for the shows are not known for certain. The main writer was probably Ray Darby, though Sid Miller and Tom Adair may have been involved as well. Only original broadcast appearences are listed; reruns are excluded. Note that some photos might be incorrectly assigned to a particular show. While all shows are listed, the credits for them are incomplete.

Most of the information below was extracted from original research done by Bill Cotter, however, any errors of fact or mistakes in interpretation are my own.

  Season 2   (1956-57)  
Fun With a Camera #1
  Prod No: 8210-???
  Filmed: April-May 1956
  Broadcast: Oct 3, 1956
  Lead: Earl Theisen
  Host: Eileen Diamond
  With: Kevin Corcoran, Sherry Alberoni, Jack Jackman
Five-part occasional series with photographer Earl Theisen from Look magazine teaching the kids how to use a camera. Filmed on location at various sites including the San Diego Zoo and Disneyland. Jack was not a Mouseketeer, but was used for two ACH Day series. He was likely the son of Bob Jackman, then head of the Disney Music Department.
Fun With a Camera #2
  Prod No: 8210-???
  Filmed: April-May 1956
  Broadcast: Oct 10, 1956
  Lead: Earl Theisen
  Host: Eileen Diamond
  With: Kevin Corcoran, Sherry Alberoni, Jack Jackman

This series was shot on film without sound. Voiceover narration by Eileen and sound effects were added later in the studio, as was commentary by Earl Theisen. There were no titles, theme song, credits, or continuity between episodes. It was just a barebones newsreel style feature that was inexpensive and quick to make.
Rookie Fireman #1  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: June 1956
  Broadcast: Oct 17, 1956
  Lead: Walt Disney, LAFD Personnel
  With: Eileen, Sherry, Charley, Jack

Another educational series, this followed four kids as they trained to be rookie firemen. Walt Disney himself hosted this series. Filmed at the Disneyland Firehouse and at local Fire Department training facilities. Because of the physical exertions required the kids replaced their "ears", slacks, skirts, and dress shoes with helmets, jeans and sneakers instead.
Fun With a Camera #3  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: April-May 1956
  Broadcast: Oct 24, 1956
  Lead: Earl Theisen
  Host: Eileen Diamond
  With: Kevin Corcoran, Sherry Alberoni, Jack Jackman

This series was Kevin Corcoran's first Disney work. Throughout it he is referred to as "Kevin". He wouldn't be tagged with the nickname "Moochie" until after June 1956 when he did the serial Adventure in Dairyland. His work on that serial interrupted the filming of this series, which resumed in July 1956.
Rookie Fireman #2  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: June 1956
  Broadcast: Nov 2, 1956
  Lead: Walt Disney, LAFD Personnel
  With: Eileen, Sherry, Charley, Jack Jackman

For the second episode of this series the kids trained with an LAFD Ladder company, learning the team work necessary for handling the hoses. Charley Laney was used for this series because while a bit weak in dancing skills he was a strong athletic kid. It's to the producers credit that they not only used Sherry and Eileen but had them doing the same tough work as the boys.
Mouskapreview #1: Secrets of Life  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: August 26, 1956 (preview intro)
  Broadcast: Nov 7, 1956
  Lead: None
  With: Ensemble

Promotional show for a Disney nature film, Secrets of Life. Mouseka-Previews in the second season had a short musical variety introduction, with song and storyline by Sid Miller. They also likely had a Mouseketeer narrator.
Disneyland Holiday #1: Fantasyland  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: 1956
  Broadcast: Nov 14, 1956
  Lead: None
  With: Unknown

First of a promotional series about Disneyland, sort of a commercial within the commercial that constituted the Mickey Mouse Club. This was likely narrated by Hal Gibney, the voice of the newsreel. No other information available.
A Day in the Life of a Mouseketeer  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: August 1956
  Broadcast: Nov 21, 1956
  Lead: Cubby O'Brien
  With: Tom Mahoney, Jean Seaman, Iron Eyes Cody

Cubby was a popular Mouseketeers in terms of fan mail received, and also had a fine sense of comic acting. He made a good choice to show the viewing audience what being a Mouseketeer was like. The last half was a promotion for the film Westward Ho, the Wagons. Teacher Jean Seaman was able to take part in this show since it was filmed in summer when the Mouseketeers were out of school.
Fun With a Camera #4  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: July 1956
  Broadcast: Nov 28, 1956
  Lead: Earl Theisen
  Host: Eileen Diamond
  With: Kevin Corcoran, Sherry Alberoni, Jack Jackman

The fourth episode of this series took place at Disneyland, and as might be suspected was more about the attractions and rides than taking photos.
Disneyland Holiday #2: Tomorrowland  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: 1956
  Broadcast: Dec 5th, 1956
  Lead: None
  With: Unknown

Another in the series of Disneyland promotion shows.
Art Class  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Dec 12, 1956
  Lead: Duke Art, Jr
  With: Unknown

This may have been originally planned as a Guest Star Day show with actor Duke Art playing a sculptor. He was a veteran of The Colgate Comedy Hour and other television variety shows in the early fifties.
Fun With a Camera #5  
  Prod No: 8210-00?
  Filmed: July 1956
  Broadcast: Dec 19, 1956
  Lead: Earl Theisen
  Host: Eileen Diamond
  With: Kevin Corcoran, Sherry Alberoni, Jack Jackman

The final episode of this series took place at the San Diego Zoo. Sherry's status during the spring of 1956 is somewhat of a puzzle. TV Guide, which covered the MMC auditions that season, didn't list her as one of the six winners. Aside from this series and Rookie Fireman she didn't appear in any other segments of the show until mid-August 1956, when she began to take part in FWM Day skits.
Disneyland Holiday #3: Frontierland  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: 1956
  Broadcast: Dec 26, 1956
  Lead: None
  With: Unknown

Surprisingly, the final episode in the series of Disneyland promotion shows. Why Adventureland didn't have an episode is unknown.
Rookie Fireman #3  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: June 1956
  Broadcast: Jan 2, 1957
  Lead: Walt Disney, LAFD Personnel
  With: Eileen, Sherry, Charley, Jack Jackman

The final episode of this series had the kids complete their training and receive certificates from an LAFD battalion chief.
Gadget Tree and What Am I #2  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: 1955
  Broadcast: Feb 6, 1957
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  With: Unknown

Two short first season ACH Day features were reused in what was otherwise a new show. So far as is known this was the first time feature content from an earlier season, was recycled, as opposed to a full rerun. The gap in time from the previous listing was due to reruns being shown through most of January.
Mousekepreview #2: Cinderella  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: August 23, 1956 (preview intro)
  Broadcast: Feb 13, 1957
  Lead: Unknown
  With: Unknown

Promotional show for the re-release of the 1950 Disney animated feature.
Robert Lamouret #2  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed:
  Broadcast: Feb 20, 1957
  Lead: Robert Lamouret
  With: Ensemble

Another of Sid Miller's out-of-work friends, Robert Lamouret (1915-1969) had played the same nightclub circuit as Sid and Donald O'Conner. His act for the show included using an early version of Donald Duck as a manic sidekick. His "Donal" was incoherent since Lamouret's heavy French accent precluded any effective ventriloquism.
Dr Kirk  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: 1956
  Broadcast: April 17, 1957
  Lead: Dr Kirk
  With: Unknown

Dr Kirk was a meteorologist; no other information available about this show. The date gap from the previous show was due to reruns all during March and early April 1957.
Gymnastics  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: 1956
  Broadcast: April 27, 1957
  Lead: Unknown
  With: Unknown

Not much information available about this show. It was listed as an exhibition of the sport presumably by someone other than the Mouseketeers, though Charley Laney whose background included gymnastics may have taken part.
Mouska-Preview #3: Johnny Tremain  
  Prod No: 8210-0??
  Filmed: August 23, 1956 (preview intro)
  Broadcast: May 1, 1957
  Lead: Hal Stalmaster
  With: Unknown

Promotional show for the Disney live-action film, Johnny Tremain (1956). The second photo is from a Chicago publicity tour the Mouseketeers took with Hal Stalmaster in early July 1957, not from the broadcast.

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