The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show


Anything Can Happen Day: Programs

The table below contains all known Wednesday programs (except cartoons) shown during the third 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. Guest Star Day now overlapped with Anything Can Happen Day, so a few of these shows feature outside performers.

Storylines and dialogue writing credits for the shows are not known for certain. Though its likely Tom Adair, Sid Miller, and Lee Chaney wrote most, others may have been involved as well. Only original broadcast appearences are listed; reruns are excluded. 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 3   (1957-58)  
  Van Nuys HS ROTC Drill Team  
  Oct 2, 1957  
  Lead: Cubby O'Brien  
  With: Van Nuys HS ROTC Drill Team  

  The first half is straight-forward drill, the second has Cubby trying to masquerade as a rifleman. This was filmed at the Burbank Studio just one month before it was broadcast. According to squad member Robert Dunn, Annette did a can-can dance for the team that was either not filmed or was dropped during editing.
  Mousekapreview #1: Perri  
  Oct 9, 1957  
  Host: Annette  

  This had Annette hosting scenes from the first "True Life Fantasy", about a female pine squirrel called Perri. Disney tried to deflect criticism of anthropomorphism and scene-staging in some of its earlier True Life Adventure films by using this oxymoronic new genre description.
  Angels in Pigtails #1  
  Oct 16, 1957  
  Hosts: Annette,  
  With: Oberkirchen Children's Choir  

  A mainly female choir founded in 1949 in then West Germany, the group performed three songs in German, then both German and English choruses of their trademark hit Happy Wanderer. Annette introduced teen spokesman Karleen Reinhekamp, who described the songs.
  Mousekapreview #2: Perri  
  Oct 23, 1957  
  Host: Annette  

  No, this isn't a misprint, they really did rerun this feature two weeks after its original broadcast. The rest of the day's show was different, so it was not a true rerun, but Walt Disney's lack of interest in the future of the Mickey Mouse Club is quite evident in this scheduling decision.
  Mousekatour to England with Annette: Punch and Judy Show  
  Oct 30, 1957  
  Host: Annette  
  Lead: Robbie Serpell  

  The short travelogue English Correspondent had originally been created by Perce Pearce for the show's first season, and was returned for the second with new episodes. For the third though, the series was retitled and given a US based hosting and narration by Annette. Robbie Serpell, who had replaced original host Dirk Metzger, continued to be the in-country lead.
  Mousekarequest #1: Cooking with Minnie Mouse  
  Nov 6, 1957  
  Intro: Linda, Bonnie, Karen  
  With: Jimmie & Ruth Dodd, Bobby, Darlene, Doreen, Nancy, Annette  

  With the budget cut in half and key personnel and equipment reassigned to Zorro, recycled material from earlier seasons was used to fill up the schedule. A new musical intro was filmed with the younger third season girls posing as switchboard operators. This was one of the first season's best numbers, but it was still a rerun.
  Mousekarequest #2: When I Grow Up  
  Nov 13, 1957  
  Intro: Linda, Bonnie, Karen  
  Lead: Darlene Gillespie  

  Another terrific number from the first season, recycled to fill out the budget-impacted schedule.
  Mousekatour to England with Annette: Madame Tussaud's  
  Nov 20, 1957  
  Host: Annette  
  Lead: Robbie Serpell  

  This episode in the third series of the renamed English Correspondent travelogue has Robbie Serpell visiting the famous wax musuem of Madame Tussaud. The photo here shows him looking at the head of Prime Minister Anthony Eden which had apparently come unstuck during the previous year's Suez Crisis.
  Mousekarequest #3: Gee It's Hard to be Eight  
  Dec 4, 1957  
  Intro: Linda, Bonnie, Karen  
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd, Karen Pendleton  
  With: Ensemble  

  Another recycled bit, this time from a first season Talent Roundup Day. Karen performed a song by Bob Amsberry and Muzzy Marcellino called Gee It's Hard to be Eight. Photo is from the third season lead-in to these reruns.
  Mousekatour to England with Annette: Pet's Corner  
  Dec 11, 1957  
  Host: Annette  
  Lead: Robbie Serpell  

  Another episode in the third series of the renamed English Correspondent travelogue.
  Mousekapreview #3: Old Yeller  
  Dec 16, 1957  
  Host: Annette  

  Preview of the soon to be released Disney live-action drama with Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran.
  Angels in Pigtails - Christmas  
  Dec 25, 1957  
  Hosts: Annette,  
  With: Oberkirchen Children's Choir  

  This was likely filmed at the same time as their first appearence on the show.
  Mousekarequest #4: Hi to You  
  Dec 26, 1958  
  Intro: Linda, Bonnie, Karen  
  With: Ensemble  

  Another recycled bit from the first season, this was actually shown on a Thursday, but is included here since it doesn't fit anywhere else.
  Mousekarequest #5: The Shoe Song  
  Jan 1, 1958  
  Intro: Linda, Bonnie, Karen  
  With: Ensemble  

  Another recycled song from the first season.
  Mousekarequest #6: I'm a British Grenadier  
  Jan 8, 1958  
  Intro: Linda, Bonnie, Karen  
  Lead: Bob Amsberry  
  With: Doreen, Darlene, Bronson, Lonnie, Johnny, Roy  

  Recycled first season number has a Bob Amsberry-Muzzy Marcellino comical song and a delightful little bit of muggery from Doreen.
  Mousekarequest #7: The Green Grass Grows All Around  
  Jan 15, 1958  
  Intro: Linda, Bonnie, Karen  
  Lead: Jimmie, Roy  
  Solo: Bobby, Bonni, Don  
  With: Karen, Cubby, Sharon, Darlene, Doreen, Mark, Dennis  

  Recycled two-part number from a first season Fun with Music Day.
  Mousekatour to England with Annette: Household Cavalry  
  Jan 22, 1958  
  Host: Annette  
  Lead: Robbie Serpell  

  Another episode in the third series of the renamed English Correspondent travelogue.
  Mousekarequest #8: Ten Little Indians  
  Jan 29, 1958  
  Intro: Linda, Bonnie, Karen  
  Lead: Jimmie, Annette  
  With: Roy, Ensemble  

  Recycled two-part number from a first season Fun with Music Day.
  Mousekapreview #4: Snow White  
  Feb 5, 1958  
  Host: Annette  

  Promotional show for a re-release of the Disney animated film.
  Mousekapreview #5: The Light in the Forest  
  Feb 19, 1958  
  Host: Annette  

  Promotional show for the forthcoming release of the Disney live-action film.
  Carol Lynley  
  Feb 26, 1958  
  Lead: Carol Lynley  
  With: Annette, Darlene, Doreen  

  Promotional show for the forthcoming Disney film The Light in the Forest, this had fifteen year old female lead Carol Lynley discusing modeling and screen kisses with the Mouseketeers. Annette took over the narration for the preview scenes. Carol, on-screen for only a minute, was obviously getting paid much more than a strongbox of Mouseka-treasures.
  Fess Parker and Tim Considine  
  Mar 5, 1958  
  Lead: Fess Parker, Tim Considine  
  With: Unknown  

  Almost certainly promotional pieces for The Light in the Forest and Old Yeller.
  Mousekarequest #9: George Keller's Feline Fantastics  
  Mar 12, 1958  
  Intro: Linda, Bonnie, Karen  

  Recycled Circus Day show from the first season.
  Mousekapreview #6: White Wilderness  
  Mar 26, 1958  
  Host: Annette  

  Promotional show for the forthcoming release of the Disney True Life Adventure film.

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