Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
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Miss Cathcart's Sunsuit 

Dennis and Tommy try and sell Valentine's day cards in July to buy swim fins. However, it isn't long before chaos hits the neighborhood as it causes problems for Miss Cathcart, Mr. Dorfman,... See full summary »

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Mr. Dorfman (as Robert B. Williams)
Tyler McVey ...
Mr. Carlson
Cyril Delevanti ...
Mr. Gibson
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Dennis and Tommy try and sell Valentine's day cards in July to buy swim fins. However, it isn't long before chaos hits the neighborhood as it causes problems for Miss Cathcart, Mr. Dorfman, Mr. Wilson and even the gardener Mr. Carlson. There also ends up being a run on Valentine's day cards in July. Mr. Wilson buys the rest of Dennis' cards hoping to avoid any more trouble but it ends up with Mr. Wilson in trouble with the police as they think he was the one responsible for all the trouble with the Valentine's day cards. Written by Chris Morrow(morrowman2@yahoo.com)

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12 June 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Another enjoyable slice of yesteryear set in mythical American neighborhood...
26 April 2017 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Pint-sized Dennis Mitchell and freckle-faced friend Tommy innocently cause more chaos in their suburban bubble: seems some old Valentine's Day cards they rescued from the trash have everyone in the neighborhood suddenly feeling romantic--except for neighbor George Wilson, who gets caught in the fray. Hank Ketcham's popular daily comic strip was complimented by this television version, particularly by the well-chosen leads and talented supporting players. Crack comedy writers Peggy Chantler Dick and William Cowley penned this episode from season one, which is surprisingly heavy on narrative. Joseph Kearns as Wilson--who appears to be batching it this time out--is once again an irrepressible windbag, warning everyone to steer clear of Dennis and his scheme to sell Valentines at ten-cents a pop (the show would lose much of its comedic vitality after his death in the third season). Mary Wickes is very funny as a man-hungry spinster setting traps for the postman and a gardener, but this is really little Jay North's show. North takes a troublesome character and makes him likable--no small feat; he isn't malicious, precocious or impudent, while his responses and reactions to frustrated grown-ups are genuine and charming (he's an ordinary kid, not a ham or a nuisance). This episode also features small roles for Cyril Delevanti and an uncredited Sue Lyon, both of whom would co-star in John Huston's "The Night of the Iguana" four years later.


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