Dennis the Menace

CBS (ended 1963)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 38

    Aunt Emma Visits the Wilsons

    Aired 7/7/63

  • S 4 : Ep 37

    A Man Among Men

    Aired 6/16/63

  • S 4 : Ep 36

    First Editions

    Aired 6/9/63

  • S 4 : Ep 35

    Listen to the Mockingbird

    Aired 6/2/63

  • S 4 : Ep 34

    The Lucky Rabbit's Foot

    Aired 5/26/63

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jay North

    Dennis Mitchell

  • Herbert Anderson

    Henry Mitchell

  • Gloria Henry

    Alice Mitchell

  • Joseph Kearns

    George Wilson (seasons 1-3)

  • Gale Gordon

    John Wilson (seasons 3-4)

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  • This is the 1959 CBS live-action situation comedy based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham. Dennis is portrayed as the helpful menace that always seemed to cause chaos. Dennis Mitchell lived at 627 Elm Street with his parents, Henry and Alice. Next door was his best friend, Mr. Wilson (though the feeling was, certainly, not mutual). Dennis always was around to help Mr. Wilson whether he wanted the help or not. The allure of the series was to see how Dennis would unintentionally mess things up for Mr. Wilson. The series lasted four seasons, but, perhaps, could have lasted longer. Joseph Kearns, the actor who portrayed Mr. George Wilson, died during the show's third season. This left a huge void that even veteran actor Gale Gordon (Mr. John Wilson) couldn't fill. He was introduced toward the end of the third season, and the series was cancelled the following year. Main Title Theme Song "Dennis the Menace" by Irving Friedman CBS Broadcast History October 4, 1959 - September 22, 1963 ---- Sundays ---- 7:30 - 8:00 P.M. Nielsen Ratings - Top 30 Season 1 (1959-60) 16 (26.0) Season 2 (1960-61) 11 (26.1) Season 3 (1961-62) 17 (23.8) Season 4 (1962-63) Not In Top 30 First Telecast: October 4, 1959 Last Telecast: July 7, 1963 Episodes: 146 black-and-white episodesmoreless

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Dennis: Heeelllloooo Mr. Wilson!

    Notes (30)

    • The opening sequence features a tornado with a gun in its holster wearing a fireman's hat knocking over a ladder and spilling paint.

    • Sylvia Field, Irene Tedrow, and Billy Booth make their first appearances in this episode.

    • Robert B. Williams, Mary Wickes, and Jeannie Russell make their first appearances in this episode.

    • This is the only episode in which Dennis' Grandpa actually appears. He is talked about throughout the series but does not appear in any other episodes.

    • Willard Waterman makes his first appearance in this episode.

    • This is the only episode in which Tommy Anderson's father actually appears. He is talked about throughout the series but does not appear in any other episodes.

    • Charles Seel makes his first appearance in this episode.

    • Charles Lane makes his first appearance in this episode.

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    Trivia (17)

    • This goof is in reference to the design of the Wilsons' house. Throughout the series, on the outside of the house, there are two windows on each side of the front door. On the inside of the house, there is no window by the front door. The window is around the corner and to the left, and it is a little bigger than the one by the door as seen from the outside of the house. The house design on the inside doesn't match up to the design on the outside.

    • This episode is somewhat unusual in that it ends without the dilemma the characters are facing ever being solved. The viewers are left to assume everything is straightened out by the next show.

    • In this episode, Mr. Timberlake is played by Byron Foulger. In later episodes, Mr. Timberlake is played by Maurice Manson who plays Mr. Pomeroy in this episode.

    • An 1895 silver dollar is the rarest United States issue. It would have been worth many times the $600.00 value put on it - most likely $6,000.00 or more. In 2011, it is worth, in the lowest grade, over $100,000.

    • Dennis stands on Mr. Wilson's front porch and talks to Mr. Wilson who is looking out his upstairs window. This is impossible considering all of the upstairs windows are on the roof of the house. It is unlikely Dennis could hear much less see Mr. Wilson if he is standing on the porch and Mr. Wilson is upstairs by his window.

    • When Dennis is brought into the police station, Sgt. Mooney has no idea who he is. However, in episodes that aired before this one, he knows both Dennis and his parents.

    • In this episode, Mr. Wilson, initially, doesn't know how to whistle. However, in "Dennis and the Starlings," Mr. Wilson whistles just before he slams his front door.

    • In this episode, Dennis and Henry talk about Dennis taking care of a pet for an obligation. Henry mentions that Dennis used have a turtle but makes no mention of the bird Dennis got in "Dennis and the Good Example" or the frog that has appeared in many previous episodes.

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  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Me like this

    By Raven77, Dec 12, 2013

  • The on-going adventures of a cute little, blond-haired boy named Dennis. Wonderful show, reflecting the times and the simplicity of life and its problems. No drugs or filthy language back then; more about losing something or confounding Mr. Wilson!

    By aerospacemajor, Nov 21, 2007

  • Eh..Ok

    By supastarz, Sep 25, 2005

  • Not as good as the cartoon.

    By YamataDragon, Feb 03, 2006

  • 18, 24, 36, hike!

    By jgibson222, Jul 08, 2008