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The misadventures of an eager but somewhat bumbling young actor who gets a job as a page at a television studio in Hollywood while trying to break into show business.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 18)

Mickey Rooney ... Mickey Mulligan / ... (34 episodes, 1954-1960)

John Hubbard ... Mr. Brown (25 episodes, 1954-1955)

Regis Toomey ... Joe Mulligan (24 episodes, 1954-1955)

Claire Carleton ... Nell Mulligan / ... (24 episodes, 1954-1955)

Joey Forman ... Freddy Devlin / ... (22 episodes, 1954-1960)

Carla Balenda ... Pat / ... (19 episodes, 1954-1955)

Series Directed by
Leslie H. Martinson (24 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Writing credits
Blake Edwards (33 episodes, 1954-1955)
Richard Quine (20 episodes, 1954-1955)
Benedict Freedman (17 episodes, 1954-1955)
John Fenton Murray (17 episodes, 1954-1955)
Harry Clork (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Sumner Arthur Long (2 episodes, 1954-1955)

Series Produced by
Joseph Santley .... producer (21 episodes, 1954-1955)
Maurice Duke .... executive producer (20 episodes, 1954-1955)
Mickey Rooney .... executive producer (20 episodes, 1954-1955)
James Bank .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Original Music by
Van Alexander (19 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Cinematography by
James Van Trees (14 episodes, 1954-1955)
Joseph F. Biroc (5 episodes, 1954)
Series Film Editing by
Jack Bachom (13 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Art Direction by
William Glasgow (9 episodes, 1954-1955)
Stephen Goosson (8 episodes, 1954)
Series Set Decoration by
Jack Mills (18 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Makeup Department
John G. Holden .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Production Management
Dewey Starkey .... production supervisor (18 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1954-1955)
Frank Baur .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1954)
Series Art Department
Josef Bernay .... property master (13 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound (18 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Damico .... clothes: Mr. Rooney (4 episodes, 1954)
Series Editorial Department
Marvin Coil .... supervising editor / supervising film editor (19 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Music Department
Van Alexander .... conducted by / conductor (14 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Other crew
Tony Roberts .... assistant to producer (19 episodes, 1954-1955)
Dorothy Aldrin .... script clerk (8 episodes, 1954-1955)
Gloria Morgan .... script clerk (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Marie Messinger .... script clerk (2 episodes, 1955)

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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Mickey Still Playing a Teenager, 25 February 2008
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

The 39 black and white half-hour episodes of "The Mickey Rooney Show" were originally broadcast from 1954-55 on NBC. The series was subtitled "Hey Mulligan", a reference to Rooney's character Mickey Mulligan.

This was Rooney's first and probably least known TV series and amazingly the perpetual child star (who was in his mid-30's) is still playing a teenager. Young Mulligan is a page working for a fictional television network and has acting aspirations; generally a reprise of his eager and fast-talking Andy Hardy character.

In 1954-55 much of America had yet to purchase their first television set and even relatively experienced viewers knew little about the inner working of the networks. So the segments of Mulligan at his day job would have had a certain novelty. Segments in which Mulligan attended acting classes in the evening (with Alan Mowbray as his teacher) and segments at home with his parents (played by Claire Carleton and Regis Toomey) supplemented the network page scenes.

The writing (Blake Edwards was chief writer) is not bad by early television standards but the show itself is more interesting as a curiosity than for the entertainment value of its content. Amazingly, it has been released on DVD.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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