The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show
This site is dedicated to the original Mickey Mouse Club Show of the 1950's, the first television show for, by, and about kids. But first the commercial: (*ahem*)
News and Updates
November 15th, 2014
A website visitor requested two different first season Fun with Music Day video clips be shown when possible. Since one of these is very short, both are included with this update. The first is Orange in the Orchard and the second the slightly oddball Humphrey Hop......
November 1st, 2014
A request for showing the second season Fun with Music Day roll call is honored for this month's opening feature video......
October 15th, 2014
October 1st, 2014
Were parents allowed on the MMC set? At least one was as yet another special page for an MMC set still photo shows..... The lead-off video this month is a second season Fun with Music Day skit called Switzerland......
September 15th, 2014
Be sure to check out Lonnie Burr's official website for some news and photos of his recent Disney Legends award..... Here's another special page for an MMC set still photo..... The mid-month video is a second season Guest Star Day with the Firehouse 5 + 2......
September 1st, 2014
Here's something that hasn't been done on this website for awhile, a special page covering an MMC set still photo. It includes a brief video clip in a format new to this site.... The lead-off video is from a first season Guest Star Day with The Sons of the Pioneers......
August 16th, 2014
August 9th, 2014
Well, someone finally got around to telling your webmaster there was a problem viewing the feature clip; thanks to Dan in Los Angeles it's now fixed. ..... Dan has also provided a link to a YouTube clip of Cheryl Holdridge playing "Betty" in an unsold TV pilot for a live-action Archie Andrews sitcom. (Be warned, this has some commercials)......
August 2nd, 2014
July 25th, 2014
July 21st, 2014
July 19th, 2014
July 15th, 2014
July 14, 2014
On Friday, July 18, Lonnie Burr will be honored at the Disneyana Fan Club's Disney Legends Award Luncheon from 12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Anaheim, 12021 Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA. (If you know the area, until very recently this was a Crowne Plaza hotel). Lonnie will be interviewed, and after the luncheon, there's an autograph session and sale of Lonnie's updated memoir The Accidental Mouseketeer, photographs, and DVDs for DisneyanaMania attendees and friends..... Also, please help inaugurate Lonnie's new Roll Call GuestBook. The previous one was lost when the company hosting it just vanished one day......
July 9, 2014
Some dates to remember for those who will be in Southern California late next week: First up on July 17th at the Disneyland Hotel is the Disneyana Fan Club's Thirty Years of Ears luncheon that will include a silent auction to benefit A Minor Consideration. Rumor has it there will also be a brief Mouseketeer performance or two, and a group panel. Check the link for registration form and a list of Guests of Honor..... Later that weekend The Hollywood Show will host a mini MMC reunion at the Westin LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on July 19th and 20th. Several Mouseketeers are scheduled to appear to meet with fans, sign autographs and take photos.....
July 1, 2014
Serial actor Glen Graber's profile has been added with unique photos and information about Adventure in Dairyland...... The lead off video this month is from a second season travel serial English Correspondant that focuses on scouting.....
June 17, 2014
Whoops! Your webmaster got his signals crossed; only one Red Team Mouseketeer is to be awarded Disney Legend status come July 18th. Apologies for any confusion created by this misunderstanding...... The mid-month video is from a first season Circus Day featuring some female acrobats.....
June 1, 2014
From Troy Lewis with The Hollywood Show comes word of a MMC reunion at the Westin LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on July 19th and 20th. Bobby Burgess , Cubby O'Brien, Karen Pendleton, Sharon Baird, Sherry Alberoni, Tommy Cole, Steve Stevens, and Tommy Kirk are all scheduled to appear to meet with fans, sign autographs and take photos..... The lead-off video this month is a first season Guest Star Day featuring the original performers from Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Revue.....
May 15, 2014
Electric guitars were vastly outnumbered by accordions as a favored instrument for kids to play during the mid 1950's, but that would soon change as this first season video of some teenage talent winners shows......
May 5, 2014
Cartoonist and illustrator Dan Cunningham has just posted a Q & A session with Lonnie Burr on the occasion of the re-release of The Accidental Mouseketeer. Dan's interview with Lonnie covers a lot of ground and ends with his echoing Stu Shostok's call for the remaining core group of mice to be inducted as Disney Legends in 2015......
May 1, 2014
May marks eight years on the web for this site; many thanks to all the folks who have contributed information, photos, and videos over the years..... Speaking of videos, the feature video is again a special request from the first season, this time an Anything Can Happen Day number.....
April 15, 2014
Craig Adams has written a well-researched and very informative article on Bob Amsberry and Ginny Tyler's early days in radio and television (Thanks to Marcia again) ..... The feature video is a special request for a first season Guest Star Day.....
April 8, 2014
Long-time website contributer Marcia from Kansas has pointed out this interesting video of the MMC Circus from November 1955. Uploaded by the legendary Dave Oneal of the Extinct Attractions Club, it features intermittant glimpses of Mouseketeers amongst the circus wagons, parades, and animal acts..... The feature video has been uploaded to YouTube in honor of Darlene's 73rd Birthday.....
April 1, 2014
March 15, 2014
March 1, 2014
Though it was not the first Disney or even MMC use of this theme, there's a simple charm about this month's lead-off video ......
February 24th, 2014
February 1, 2014
Brrr! Winter dreams, of milder climes and gentler times, takes us to the Land of Me-Oh-My......
January 19, 2014
January 1, 2014
Happy New Year! Some YouTube clips related to Mouseketeers and the Mickey Mouse Club have made a reappearence after a brief hiatus; for video tributes to Doreen Tracey and Lonnie Burr click on their names, while you can watch Nancy Abbate sing by clicking on her name as well..... Let's start the new year with both musical numbers from the skit Sweet Shoppe Rock......
December 16, 2013
Mouseketeer Lonnie Burr has updated his website, give it a visit..... The pages for the Anything Can Happen Day programs have been updated for the first and second seasons..... It's cold and snowy where your webmaster lives, a perfect day for going Strollin' by the Beach......
December 2, 2013
November 30, 2013
November 20th, 2013
Diane Disney Miller, elder daughter of Walt Disney, passed away yesterday of complications resulting from a fall......
November 15th, 2013
The Fun with Music Day pages for musical numbers and skits for the first, second, and third season have been updated..... Feeling a bit disappointed with the dating scene? Here's someone else with the Blind Date blues......
November 1st, 2013
October 17th, 2013
October 15th, 2013
Circus Day performer Kumar of India has passed away after a long career in show business. Video of his performance is sadly unavailable; one Mouseketeer recalls his act as being the most amazing ever shown on the MMC (thanks to RichardF)...... For the mid-month video here's an episode from Further Adventures of Spin and Marty......
October 1st, 2013
A long-time contributor to this site had a special request for the feature video, a clip not shown on here before, featuring the Lennon Sisters in their second appearence on the show......
September 15th, 2013
Those who enjoy equine activities might like these first season four-legged visitors to the show......
September 1st, 2013
For the lead-off video this month here's a first season guest star presenting his version of Fractured Fairy Tales with cello accompaniment......
August 15th, 2013
August 1st, 2013
July 15th, 2013
Back in 2008 MMC guest star Ralph Heid contacted your webmaster looking for a video clip of his 1956 performance. Unfortunately one wasn't available then, but last year a copy came this way and is now our mid-month feature......
July 7th, 2013
July 3rd, 2013
The Disney Studio rededicated one of it's sound stages on June 24th to Annette Funicello in a ceremony hosted by CEO Bob Iger. Many of her former colleagues were there (video) with one delightful surprise being the inclusion of Darlene Gillespie..... Two website visitors have independently written in about Jimmie Dodd's guitar (which incidently figures into our feature video). Mark Josephs of the Tenor Guitar Foundation informs us Jimmie played a four string tenor guitar tuned CGDA, the same tuning as his Mousegetar, while from Mac Birch comes a link on the origin of Jimmie's guitar.....
June 1st, 2013
Only one update this month, as your webmaster will be travelling in Southern California the latter half of June..... Another special request for the monthly video, a first season Fun with Music Day number featuring Tommy Cole and Darlene Gillespie singing Do-Mi-So......
May 15th, 2013
May 1st, 2013
May marks seven years on the web for this site, with last month bringing nearly seven million hits and delivering over 200 gigabytes of photos, videos, and information (equal to about 100 DVD's) to website visitors..... A few updates to the Other Magazines page, including one with more rope twirling by Johnny Crawford, come courtesy of Marcia from Kansas..... By special request the monthly video is an odd little first season Fun with Music Day number featuring Tommy Cole, Nancy Abbate and a trio of Mousekegirls......
April 25, 2013
April 22, 2013
April 16th, 2013
April 14, 2013
April 12, 2013
April 8, 2013
April 1st, 2013
March 18th, 2013
March 1st, 2013
Several of the magazine pages have been updated with new material (here, here and here), largely courtesy of Marcia from Kansas..... Apologies to users of the Chrome browser about the MP3 audio files on some of the pages. Apparently that browser automatically starts playing them when the page is visited..... For the monthly video, here's the complete version of a Fun with Music Day skit from the second season featuring nearly all the Mouseketeers......
February 15th, 2013
The video links page has been updated to include some more clips of Mickey Mouse Club clips from around the internet.... For our own mid-month video, here's a charming little Anything Can Happen Day show from the first season featuring the Mouseketeers playing a game......
February 3rd, 2013
Magician Bill Chaudet, who with his first wife appeared as Circus Day act The Chaudets twice during the first season, passed away last month at age 91. Read Kerry Ross' tribute to his friend and mentor in Daily Variety......
February 1st, 2013
For those using a Mac or other Apple products who are having problems viewing video clips on this site, try installing Flip4Mac. It's free and available at Macupate or by going to Flip4Mac's website (Thanks to Rick O'Leary)...... There were a lot of "givens" to Mouseketeer performances, and one illustrated by our lead-off feature video is when the producers needed a female prat fall they inevitably turned to Doreen Tracey.....
January 15, 2013
The Disney Studio created roughly 266 hours of programming for the original Mickey Mouse Club, however it's anyone's guess how much of it survives. Much of what is accesible today exists in fragmentary form. Two such short excerpts have been combined for the mid-month feature video.
January 4, 2013
Author and Mouseketeer (though Disney's CEO winces everytime he hears this) J. J. Solari features in a new memoir by Los Angeles radio personality Dave Hull. In between his dancing and writing careers J. J. performed as a shill for Dave Hull's Lovelines radio program during the seventies. The book even has a full page photo of J. J. counselling a fellow author.....
January 1, 2013
Happy New Year! Speaking of Biden and the Fiscal Cliff, here's a complete second season Fun with Music Day skit, hearkening back to depression-era tramps and railroad cops.
December 28, 2012
December 15, 2012
Disney Historian and author Jim Korkis has written up some interview notes from earlier this month with four Mouseketeers..... Jim Hill's website reports that CalArts has a new special collection on the Mickey Mouse Club built around papers and effects from the estates of Jimmie Dodd and Ruth Carrell (thanks to Mark Hickson)...... The mid-month video feature is a first season reprise of songs from the 1946 Disney film Song of the South
December 8, 2012
December 1, 2012
Lonnie Burr has some photos from Bonnie Lynn Fields memorial service on his Anything Can Happen page..... When Disney released the first week of the The Mickey Mouse Club on DVD in 2005, it included five parts of the ten part serial What I Want To Be. For this month's opening video we pick up with part six......
November 17, 2012
November 15, 2012
For the mid-month video a Fun with Music Day number called Old MacDonald from the first season.....
November 1, 2012
The serial page for Corky and White Shadow has been given a minor facelift, but a lady named Sandy prevented a full revision. When first setting up this page the serial's production was ascribed to October 1955 for circumstantial reasons. Upon encountering a published source that placed the filming in June 1955, the page was changed to reflect that assertion. Now new evidence has caused a reversion to the original date.... And along those lines this month's opening feature video is the Introduction to Corky and White Shadow.....
October 15, 2012
October 1, 2012
This month's opening feature video is the last half of a third season Fun with Music Day. It is a somewhat controversial piece today, but not at the time it was made (1957), and no disrespect is intended by showing Japanese Cinderella.....
September 15, 2012
A trbute site to many actors of the 1950's and 60's has a page of screen captures from some of Cheryl Holdridge's many post-MMC television appearences (thanks to Marcia from Kansas)..... The mid-month feature video is a first season Guest Star Day with the Sons of the Pioneers.....
September 1, 2012
A new section has been added to the website, where visitors can upload their own MMC related photos. Called the Gallery, everybody can view the photos, but you'll have to register to upload your own. Registration is on the honor system to start; fill out the required fields and you'll be instantly activated. For the "Full Name" field, do NOT put your real name (unless you want). This field will become the title of your personal album. For the email field, put a valid email, it will not be displayed. Webmaster reserves the right to delete any inappropriate photos
August 15, 2012
For Annette fans, a link to an ever changing collection of photos of her and co-stars (thanks to Richard F)..... Another third season Fun with Music Day skit for the mid-month feature video, starring a little dynamo who turns seventy tomorrow.....
August 1, 2012
A special request for this month's feature video, a third season Fun with Music Day skit whose star turns sixty-six today.....
July 31, 2012
Goodbye to Fern Persons, who was absolutley marvelous as farm wife Mrs McCandles in the serial Adventure in Dairyland. A superb actress who continued to find work long past the usual retirement age, she was also a union officer and tireless voice for the working person.
July 17, 2012
Ginny Tyler, who as the "Disneyland Storyteller" on KTTW Channel 11 in Southern California hosted live 15 minute segments for the 1962-63 syndicated Mickey Mouse Club, passed away July 13 at age 86.
July 15, 2012
Some updated information and a couple of new photos for Ruth Carrell (photos courtesy of Gary Miller)..... Two more Mouseketeers who turn 70 this month are highlighted in the mid-month feature video, a second season Fun with Music Day number.....
July 11, 2012
July 7, 2012
July 1, 2012
There are a few new photos on the Cast, Other Mags and 'Teen pages (the last two courtesy of Marcia from Kansas)..... The feature video this month is a third season Fun with Music Day skit with Don Grady......
June 28, 2012
June 15, 2012
The profiles for Canadian Mouseketeer Ronnie Steiner and show creator Hal Adelquist have been updated with a few new photos and some information (thanks to Greg Brown for the latter)..... Hard to believe this little red-haired girl is turning seventy, but Nancy Abbate is still as cute as when she filmed this mid-month Fun with Music Day video with Tommy Cole......
June 1, 2012
The 1995 made-for-TV movie of Annette's memoirs is now available on YouTube. Website visitor Ron F. has put together a playlist for it..... A new photo and some updated information for songwriter and studio nurse Hazel George..... For a different looking Jimmie Dodd check out these screen captures from one of his film roles (thanks to Marcia from Kansas).....And for the more familiar Jimmie watch this video clip from a first season Fun with Music Day.....
May 15, 2012
For the mid-month update, a video clip from a first season Guest Star Day with Carla Alberghetti.....
May 1, 2012
Disney Historian Jim Korkis has written an overview of the I'm No Fool animated shorts created for the Mickey Mouse Club..... To celebrate six years on the web, there are two feature videos, each one a complete serial episode. From the first season comes the San Juan Expedition and from the second season the beginning of Adventure in Dairyland.....
April 17, 2012
Apologies for the late update..... the mid-month feature video is another second season Fun with Music number.....
April 10, 2012
April 1, 2012
A new interview with Lonnie Burr and former Disney imagineer Mark Hickson has appeared on the latter's website..... A few new photos and some corrections to the Guest Stars, Circus Acts, Talent Winners, and first season Fun with Music pages..... For our lead-off feature video this month here's a little second season gem by Darlene.....
March 29, 2012
March 15, 2012
March 1, 2012
February 16, 2012
A website devoted to the music of sixties Beach movies has full pages for both Annette and talent winner Donna Loren (thanks to Richard F)..... Your webmaster confuses holiday seasons with a haunting number from a Fun With Music Day episode......
February 1, 2012
Listen to a recent blog radio interview with Sherry Alberoni as she discusses her MMC career and later charity work (thanks to Marcia from Kansas)..... What could possibly be better than hearing Darlene Gillespie sing? How about watching all four Gillespie sisters perform on Talent Roundup Day......
January 23, 2012
David Keeler, who has contributed many original Mouseketeer and Talent Winner photos to this website, has a side hobby to his career as a press photographer. He maintains a blog on vintage TV show crew jackets..... Serial actor Glen Graber (Adventure in Dairyland) has generously provided bright clean scans to replace the tattered images formerly on the American Dairy Association's pamphlet page.
January 17, 2012
It appears the feature video is not displaying properly in some browsers. Internet Explorer seems to work best with it for now.
January 15, 2012
From website contributor Richard F. comes another interesting Annette fan site link; this one is really comprehensive, with pages of photos, discography. book and article reviews, and more. For the mid-month video there's a rare clip of the Mouseketeers dancing in various styles while Leo Damiani and the Burbank Symphony Orchestra play live on the set. .
January 1, 2012
Happy New Year! We'll start the new year with the second half of a first season Guest Star Day video clip.
December 16, 2011
For the holiday season here's a full Talent Roundup Day performance for the mid-month video clip. Its features an original first year Mouseketeer returning as a second season talent winner.
December 12, 2011
December 1, 2011
There was nothing controversial about the Mickey Mouse Club when it first aired, but times change and this month's video clip features performances that might now be considered bad form.
November 15, 2011
The mid-month video has Hank Penny return for the second part of his Guest Star Day appearence with the Blue Team Mouseketeers.
November 1, 2011
Disney actor George Ferrante (stage name Brand Stirling) is the subject of a new page at the Spin and Marty website Cinch and Set..... The late actress Irish McCalla (Sheena) was on the 1960 tour to Australia with the Mouseketeers. This page (scroll down after clicking the link) from a site devoted to Tarzan and Sheena recounts some of her experiences with them and has a couple of photos (thanks to Marcia from Kansas)..... Though its been featured here before the second season Talent Roundup introduction and roll call return by special request.
October 15, 2011
Attention Spin and Marty fans: Disney historian and author Don Peri is hosting a live discussion with Tim Considine and David Stollery about their experiences filming the epic serial on November 12 at the theater of the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. For more details, visit the museum's website.... Something different for the feature video, an entire serial episode. Not from the long dramatic serials, but one of the near-forgotten short documentary serials that deserves to be remembered....
October 3, 2011
October 1, 2011
Two neat links: Todd James Pierce has a photo article about A Clown and Mouseketeers in the Magic Kingdom, and from the Disney Family Museum comes a short piece on the Mouseketeer performance at Yuba City in February 1956 (thanks to Marcia from Kansas for both).... From Richard F. comes this Annette fan page with some rare photos of her.... Gary Miller sent a neat photo of Ruth Carrell and Jimmie Dodd performing for US airmen in China during WWII.... The Crew page finally gets its own photo.... Darlene and her Troupe de Hobo do the Tramp Ballet.
September 15, 2011
An interesting page from talent winner Bobby Crawford's website may be seen here (thanks to Richard F).... For the mid-month feature video, a second season talent roundup sisters and little brother trio.
September 1, 2011
Through the generosity of serial actor Glen Graber the Adventure in Dairyland page has been updated with many new photos including candid shots never published before.... As a nod to those who enjoyed Sooty his page has been updated with a videoclip of the introductary song used for the second season.... For the feature video here's a quick little number from the third season.
August 15, 2011
There was a lot of entertaining and interesting material on the Mickey Mouse Club, and then there was this first season Guest Star Day.
August 9, 2011
Now your webmaster isn't much for dolls and such but MMC fan Sandi had a really cute idea.
August 5, 2011
August 1, 2011
Did Disney film a MMC serial in color? Apparently so, as serial actor Glen Graber explains in an email... A birthday tribute to Karen Pendleton has her singing Gershwin in this feature video. In so much as your webmaster has a philosophy of life this song expresses it.
July 15, 2011
Disney historian Bill Cotter and Lonnie Burr have teamed up to help Glen Holt replace photos and memoribilia Annette lost in the fire that destroyed her Encino home in April..... Speaking of Lonnie, he just completed recording a Disney podcast today with Nancy Abbate and Cubby O'Brien, and will soon do a radio interview and appear in a film documentary for Annette's Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. More details as they become known.... And speaking of Annette, she makes a rare Guest Star Day appearence with other Mouseketeers and the Firehouse 5 +2 in this feature video.
July 12, 2011
For collectors of MMC costumes there's an unusual offering on eBay... a chance to own spats once worn by Bob Amsberry for his performance as Bob-O the Clown with the Mickey Mouse Club Circus at Disneyland.
July 1, 2011
Her official website has an update on Annette and Glen Holt's plans in the wake of the fire that destroyed their home..... The profile for Art Director Bruce Bushman has been updated with photos and information courtesy of his son Chris..... A first season Fun With Music feature combines charming interplay between Annette and Jimmie with a musical number that goes "thud".
June 15, 2011
June 1, 2011
The profile for Darlene Gillespie has been updated and expanded with new photos, information, and a recording of one of her non-Disney songs. (To play the latter you may need to use IE for your browser)..... Some of the magazine pages in the Media section have been updated, thanks to contributions by Marcia from Kansas..... A special request for the feature video: the singing Smith Sisters appear for a third season Talent Roundup Day..... This will be the last update for a while as your webmaster is moving from Dairyland to the Chesapeake.
May 24, 2011
May 21, 2011
Mouseketeer Cubby O'Brien was recently interviewed by Sam Tweedle on the website Pop Culture Addict. He shares candid thoughts and opinions about some of his former colleagues, both at Disney and in after years.
May 15, 2011
May 7, 2011
May 6, 2011
Disney historian Don Peri has published a new book through the University Press of Mississipi entitled Working with Disney: Interviews with Animators, Producers, and Artists. Among those interviewed are Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, and Lou Debney, whose many Disney credits include associate producer of the Mickey Mouse Club.
May 5, 2011
If anyone has knowledge about the existence of a transcript for the Opening Day Ceremonies at Disneyland (July 17, 1955) please get in contact.
May 1, 2011
April 21, 2011
April 15, 2011
If you haven't seen it recently, be sure to check out the Cinch and Set site. Webmaster Kurt has done a terrific job exploring the physical locations and researching the background stories of the Spin and Marty series...... The taxman has been paid, springtime is here, so let's go to a ball game!
April 7, 2011
April 1, 2011
March 15, 2011
Mouseketeer Mike Smith's profile has been updated with some new photos and information from a former dancing partner.... A special request for the mid-month video update, a first season Talent Roundup Day featuring a trick horse and a dancing cowgirl.
March 11, 2011
March 1, 2011
February 17, 2011
February 15, 2011
The Firehouse 5 + 2 make a return to Guest Star Day in this video from a second season show.
February 11, 2011
Retired Disney animator Bill Justice, who created the opening sequences of the Mickey Mouse Club, passed away yesterday in Santa Monica, CA at the age of 97. In a follow-up article Lonnie Burr mentions another contribution Bill Justice made to our favorite show.
February 1, 2011
January 27, 2011
January 15, 2011
Disney television historian Bill Cotter has kindly loaded three Mousekartoon introductions to YouTube. Look for them on the embedded videoclips page.... Cliff Edwards and six Mouseketeers sing, dance, and play ukuleles for the mid-month feature video.
January 4, 2011
January 1, 2011
Happy New Year! Professional singer and actress Pamela Beaird helps us kick off 2011 with a couple of songs from her Talent Roundup appearence in 1956.