The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show


Fun with Music Day: Mouseketeer Musical Skits

The table below contains all known Mouseketeer Fun With Music Day skits appearing during the second season of the original Mickey Mouse Club, by order of broadcast. If you find that your favorite number doesn't appear here, it might have been on Anything Can Happen Day. When this season's skits had an intro it was usually done in voiceover by newsreel announcer Hal Gibney.

Storylines and dialogue writing credits for the skits may be assumed to be Sid MIller, Tom Adair, Larry Orenstein, and to a lesser extent Ray Brenner. Song credits are listed in parantheses. Where available, images and video links have been provided from the actual show. For some of the shows there is no picture or information available. Only original broadcast appearences are listed; reruns are excluded. Note that some musical numbers or photos might be incorrectly assigned to a particular show. While all shows are listed, the songs and other 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. Quite a few photos, descriptions, and cast lists come courtesy of Rick from Dallas (RfD).

  Season 2   (1956-57)  
Amusement Park
  Prod No: 8206-072
  Filmed: July 5, 1956
  Broadcast: Oct 1, 1956
  Lead: Darlene Gillespie, Bobby Burgess
  Quartet: The Mellomen (voiceover)
  With: Charley, Lonnie, Larry, Dennis, Jay-Jay
  Song: All Alone at Coney Island (Tom Adair/Buddy Baker)
Shooting gallery operator Darlene laments her single condition until Bobby shows up. The Mellomen provide singing voices for the four guys (Lonnie, Larry, Jay-Jay, and Dennis) who serve as targets in the gallery.

The second season opener was a surprise for touching on teen romance and even more so for celebrating a non-Disney amusement park. Director Sid Miller, usually a perfectionist, allowed footage of Darlene being overcome by the giggles while Bobby registers impaitence to stand at the opening of the second scene.
The Malt Shop
  Prod No: 8206-0??
  Filmed: May-June 1956
  Broadcast: Oct 8, 1956
  Lead: Jimmie, Cubby
  Dancers: Darlene, Bobby, Sharon, Lonnie, Doreen, Jay-Jay
  Specialty: Eileen, Karen
  With: Ensemble
  Song: Sweet Shop Rock (Jimmie Dodd)
  Song: Hey Cubby Boy (Jimmie Dodd)

Jimmie and the kids bop to the first song, then Cubby plays his drums to pay his soda fountain bill.

Terrific staging and choreography, and the kid's own feel for the music, made this a real treat. A good example of what the show might have become, but didn't. Introduces two elements common to other skits this season: Bob's Sweet Shoppe, with Bob Amsberry as the elderly sodajerk, and the choreography built around three or four couples. There would be no more character or story type dancing as in the first season.
Western Band  
  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: May-Aug 1956
  Broadcast: Oct 15, 1956
  Lead: Doreen, Jimmie
  Solo: Margene, Lonnie, Larry, Bobby, Jay-Jay
  With: Sharon, Darlene, Dennis, Charley
  Song: Roll Up the Rug (Tom Adair/Gil George/Paul Smith)
  Song: Banjo Joe (Tom Adair/Gil George/Paul Smith)

Jimmie pairs up couples at a western dance circa 1910; there's square dancing and the four boys demonstrate their moves. Later Lonnie and Dennis compete for Doreen, who favors the latter.

It seems apparent producer Bill Walsh "front-loaded" the MMC schedule for FWM days with eight strong shows in a row. Thereafter the quality of skits became more hit or miss, a couple of good shows alternating with some weak efforts.
The Sound Effects Department  
  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: May-Aug 1956
  Broadcast: Oct 22, 1956
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  Singers: Eileen, Darlene, Doreen, Jay-Jay, Dennis
  With: Ensemble
  Song: The Train (Martin Schwab/Cliff Edwards)
  Song: Overture to the Light Cavalry (von Suppé)

A true ensemble piece, with just about everyone getting in on the action. The kids wander into the Sound Effects room and try out the equipment, the sort of foray that got the Rooney boys canned in the first season. Later Jimmie leads the Mouseketeer's Sound Effects Orchestra in a rendition of a von Suppé overture.

A frequently shown number on highlight shows, the first song had lyrics by Cliff Edwards, who often performed on the MMC. The soundtrack for the second number came from a 1930's Mickey Mouse cartoon.
The Music Room aka Ireland  
  Prod No: 8206-062
  Filmed: May 16, 1956
  Broadcast: Oct 29, 1956
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd, Cheryl, Bobby, Roy Williams
  Solo: Darlene Gillespie, Tommy Cole
  Dancers: Sharon, Lonnie, Annette, Larry, Doreen, Jay-Jay
  With: Ensemble
  Song: The Leprechaun with the Flute (Sid Miller/Tom Adair)
  Song: Erin Dear Erin (W. R. Furlong)

Starts off in the Mousekamusic room with Jimmie as teacher and Cheryl reading the lesson, then goes to a 19th Century Irish village for songs by Darlene and Tommy. Bobby plays a rather demonic and oversized leprechaun, while Roy is a gruff shillelagh shop owner.

Walt Disney's personal likes were well-known to his creative staff. They indulged him with this bit of blarney, which works in spite of the limp storyline. Tommy sang a late 19th Century ballad by an Irish immigrant to Australia. The Music Room set would be used for several other FWM, ACH, and GS Day shows.
Day's End  
  Prod No: 8206-069
  Filmed: July 3, 1956
  Broadcast: Nov 5, 1956
  Solo: Darlene
  Lead: Bobby, Doreen, Roy Williams
  With: Lonnie, Margene, Larry, Bob Amsberry
  Song: Hop Scotch Hop (Tom Adair/Jimmie Dodd/Ed Penner)
  Song: Heavenly Father (Jimmie Dodd)

The mice teach Doreen how to play Hop Scotch Hop, assisted by Bob Amsberry, before lamplighter Roy chases them home. Darlene then sings an evening hymn alone in her bedroom.

This day's show illustrates how very simple storylines and effects could make for successful numbers, simply by highlighting the talent and appeal of the performers. Tom Adair added a topical reference to what felt like one of the 1940's radio shows he used to write, while Darlene did a beautiful job with Jimmie Dodd's non-denominational evensong.
Get Acquainted Calypso  
  Prod No: 8206-061
  Filmed: May 14, 1956
  Broadcast: Nov 12, 1956
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  Solo: Bobby, Tommy, Lonnie, Doreen
  Bits: Dennis, Cubby, Roy
  With: Ensemble
  Song: Get Acquainted Calypso (Sid Miller/Tom Adair)
  Song: Misc traditional songs in Calypso style

Captain Roy delivers tourists Lonnie, Bobby, Tommy, Doreen, Eileen, and Cheryl to Trinidad, where banana seller Dennis is worried about his business. Jimmie and the locals help everyone get acquainted through calypso music.

The US was swept by a brief mini-craze for calypso music during 1956, which gave rise to this show and another in the third season. Though the cast was ethnically-challenged, the quality of musical arrangements, choreography, and performers ensured the skit's success despite some atrocious puns.
The Tramps  
  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: June-Aug 1956
  Broadcast: Nov 19, 1956
  Lead: Karen, Darlene
  Bits: Roy, Cubby, Eileen, Bobby,
  With: Sharon, Larry, Dennis, Bob Amsberry
  Song: Bidin' My Time (Gershwin/Gershwin)
  Song: Tramp Ballet (Sid Miller)

Roy wakes Karen, so she and Cubby can sing while the other tramps are led by Darlene in the Tramp Ballet. Bob Amsberry plays a sour role as a railway cop who pours out the tramps' soup. Eileen does a take off on her jumping bit in Sweetshop Rock, while Darlene slips and sprawls head first on the stage but jumps back up and keeps going.
An odd storyline for the MMC, which usually avoided satire and social commentary. Odd too the choice of Gershwin's celebration of idleness, a distinct counterpoint to the Doddisms. Nevertheless, Karen performed the song beautifully, and the third season would also feature a "tramp" show.
Paris  
  Prod No: 8206-00?
  Filmed: August 1956
  Broadcast: Nov 26, 1956
  Solo: Darlene, Jimmie
  Duet: Annette, Bobby
  Trio: Bob Amsberry, Tommy, Lonnie
  With: Margene, Jay-Jay,
  Song: Bon Jour Paree (Tom Adair/Frances Jeffords Adair)
  Song: Annette (Jimmie Dodd)

There is no information or photos available for the first number, sung by Darlene. The second had Annette as a painter's ballerina come to life. Jimmie sings his song in praise of her as Bobby joins Annette for a pas de deux. Tommy, Bob Amsberry, and Lonnie as a trio of French waiters are amusing.

Studio publicity had said the MMC's new season would highlight individual Mouseketeers, which essentially meant just Annette and Darlene. The latter was the mainstay for musical numbers but Annette's serial committments limited her FWM Day appearences.
Switzerland  
  Prod No: 8206-065
  Filmed: July 6, 1956
  Broadcast: Dec 3, 1956
  Lead: Jimmie, Roberta Shore, Cubby, Karen, Doreen
  Dancers: Sharon, Lonnie, Darlene, Larry, Cheryl, Jay-Jay, Bobby
  With: Margene, Charley, Dennis
  Song: Edelweiss Polka (Gyldmark/Skaarup/Tom Adair)
  Song: Let Me Hear You Yodel (Unknown)

Jimmie shows the music room class some Edelweiss, and the scene dissolves to Cubby and Karen as the little figures in a weather house. The older kids do the Edelweiss Polka, then Roberta Shore appears to teach everyone how to yodel.

The first number was also shown during the serial Adventure in Dairyland. Polka is a Czech word meaning a Polish girl, and the polka dance comes from that country. However, Walt Disney loved Switzerland, so a tune by Danish composers was given English lyrics and cast as a "Swiss" polka, with the kids wearing Bavarian costumes.
Holiday in Hawaii  
  Prod No: 8206-078
  Filmed: Aug 14, 1956
  Broadcast: Dec 10, 1956
  Lead: Jimmie, Sherry
  Solo: Darlene, Charley, Eileen, Tommy
  Duet: Cubby and Karen
  With: Ensemble
  Song: Dance Me a Story (Larry Orenstein/Ray Brenner)
  Song: Holiday in Hawaii (Larry Orenstein/Ray Brenner)

Starts off in the Mousekamusic class room with Jimmie giving a ukelele lesson, then dissolves to Hawaii where some mice are natives and others are tourists.

Walt Disney showed up for photos, but wasn't in the filming. Sherry wore a long black wig and did the hula dancing. The part she played wasn't identified as her in the script, and possibly was meant for a guest star. Coincidently this is the first FWM day filming in which Sherry took part though she had previously done two ACH Day serials.
Westward Ho!  
  Prod No: 8206-075
  Filmed: Aug 30, 1956
  Broadcast: Dec 17, 1956
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd
  Solo: Darlene, Doreen, Karen, Cubby, Tommy
  With: Bobby, Lonnie, Eileen, Margene, Jay-Jay, Sharon
  Song: Westward Ho, the Wagons! (Tom Blackburn/George Bruns)
  Song: Pioneer's Prayer (Gil George/Paul Smith)

Promotional skit to publicize the Disney movie Westward Ho, the Wagons, released the same week, which featured Karen, Doreen, Tommy, Cubby, and serial actors David Stollery and George Ferrante (Brand Stirling).

Its likely this featured clips from the movie, as was done with the ACH Day show about Cubby called "A Day in the Life of a Mouseketeer".
Land-of-Me-Oh-My  
  Prod No: 8206-081
  Filmed: Sep 6, 1956
  Broadcast: Dec 24, 1956
  Lead: Pamela Beaird
  Solo: Jay-Jay, Bobby, Eileen
  Dancers: Sharon, Lonnie, Margene, Larry, Cheryl, Dennis
  With: Sherry
  Song: In the Land of Me Oh My (Iris Burton Miller/Sid Miller)
  Song: Pop Goes the Weasel (trad/arr. & new lyrics Sid Miller)

Guest star Pamela tells the girls about her dream, in which she dances with Bobby then loses him, while the other mice try to get her to smile.

Pamela Beaird was already a professional singer and actress when she did this FWM skit and a TRU Day as well. The title song was co-written by Sid Miller's first wife, who later became a well-known talent agent. Sid Miller gave the entire dream sequence a look and sound evocative of 1939-40. Perhaps out of deference to the guest star, this was the only FWM skit this season without either Darlene or Doreen.
Basketball Ballet  
  Prod No: 8206-0??
  Filmed: Jul-Sep 1956
  Broadcast: Dec 31, 1956
  Girls: Darlene, Doreen, Margene, Cheryl, Sharon
  Boys: Bobby, Lonnie, Larry, Jay-Jay, Dennis
  With: Eileen (at gym piano)
  Song: Unknown
  Song: Problem Such As This (Sid Miller/Larry Orenstein)

The boys' basketball team and girls' ballet club vie for use of the gym.

The second song was an entertaining pre-Title IX number, one of the best staged pieces of the second season. The first song is unknown, but may have been another Larry Orenstein number called It Never Rains In California.
An Evening with Darlene  
  Prod No: 8206-085
  Filmed: Sep 21, 1956
  Broadcast: Feb 4, 1957
  Lead: Darlene Gillespie
  With: Ensemble
  Song: Where Is My Song? (Larry Orenstein/Ray Brenner)
  Song: Sometimes I'm Happy (Irving Caesar/Vincent Youmans)

At the skit's opening Darlene also sang a few lines from a jazzy version of One Song, from Snow White. The skit takes place in her bedroom, going to a dream sequence in which she portrays Ed Sullivan, Red Skeleton, and herself performing on Sullivan's show. She also did brief bits as Marilyn Monroe and Jimmy Durante.

Darlene drove everyone on the set nuts with her Ed Sullivan imitations, which one Mousketeer said "she did incessantly, all day, every day". What ABC may have thought about a skit built around carictures of two of its most successful CBS competitors isn't known.
1925 Sweetshop  
  Prod No: 8206-076
  Filmed: Aug 24, 1956
  Broadcast: Feb 11, 1957
  Lead: Bob Amsberry
  Dancers: Margene, Lonnie, Eileen, Larry, Sharon, Bobby, Doreen, Dennis
  With: Darlene, Cheryl (biddies)
  Song: Nineteen Twenty-Five (George Bruns/Tom Adair)
  Song: Polka-Dot Waltz (Gil George/Paul Smith)

The skit starts in Bob's Sweet Shoppe in 1955, then has flashbacks to 1925 and 1895 for the songs. Margene as a flapper, and Bob Amsberry waltzing with Doreen are highlights.

The whole point of the skit was each generation has its own music that seems "too wild" to their parent's generation. It also was a convienent device for including the sort of music with which Walt Disney and his Music Department felt most comfortable.
Scribbletown  
  Prod No: 8206-084
  Filmed: Sep 14, 1956
  Broadcast: Feb 18, 1957
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd, Roy Williams
  With: Cubby, Sherry, unknown others
  Song: Scribble Town (Ray Brenner)
  Song: The Hat Song (Larry Orenstein/Ray Brenner)

Not much more information on this skit than what can be gleaned from the two set stills shown here; the second song is only a guess.
Fun with Fish  
  Prod No: 8206-086
  Filmed: Oct 8, 1956
  Broadcast: Apr 15, 1957
  Lead: Bobby, Lonnie, Larry, Jay-Jay, Sharon, Karen, Sherry
  Bits: Dennis, Tommy, Cubby, Cheryl, Doreen
  With: Annette, Margene, Charley, Roy
  Song: Sometimes There Just Ain't No Fish (Hoagy Carmichael)
  Song: A Whale of a Sailor (Larry Orenstein/Ray Brenner)

A swinging jazz dance number by the three guys was the highlight. The other part was a song by the three younger girls while fishing from the pier. It's not known which came first in the skit.

This was the last FWM skit filmed this season. The boys' number was a parody of A Whale of a Tale in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1955).
Horseless Carriage  
  Prod No: 8206-082
  Filmed: Sep 13, 1956
  Broadcast: Apr 22, 1957
  Lead: Jimmie Dodd, Jay-Jay, Darlene
  Bits: Cheryl, Eileen, Sharon, Bobby, Sherry
  Band: Larry, Bob, Cubby, Dennis, Tommy, Charley
  With: Lonnie, Doreen, Roy, Karen, Margene
  Song: Horseless Carriage (Larry Orenstein)
  Song: Herman's German Band (Larry Orenstein)

Jay-Jay has a new horseless carriage, but after it malfunctions he has to supply the horsepower himself. His friends enjoy being entertained by Herman's German Band and its vocalist Darlene.

JJ Solari says he remembers singing the title song. There's some question about the authorship of the other song, which I've credited here to Larry Orenstein. It may have been an old vaudeville or music hall staple updated for the MMC.
County Fair  
  Prod No: 8206-080
  Filmed: Aug 29, 1956
  Broadcast: Apr 29, 1957
  Lead: Doreen, Bobby, Jimmie Dodd
  Solo: Bob Amsberry, Darlene, Tommy, Cheryl
  With: Sharon, Jay-Jay, Larry, Eileen, Lonnie
  Bits: Sherry, Charley, Karen, Cubby
  Song: Lulu (Ray Brenner)
  Song: Going to the County Fair (Ray Brenner)

The mice take their pig Lulu Belle to the county fair. Darlene, Jimmie, and Bob play judges.

This wasn't broadcast until eight months after it was filmed, which may indicate how producer Bill Walsh felt about it. Judging by the script it was pretty cheesy. The sole photo available from this is a set still, showing a large plastic pig. Hopefully this was a stand-in for the real pig, and not "Lulu-Belle" herself.

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