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Dennis the Menace 

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Television episodes built around the same sorts of incidents found in Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip.
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1963   1962   1961   1960   1959  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Herbert Anderson ...  Henry Mitchell 146 episodes, 1959-1963
Jay North ...  Dennis Mitchell 146 episodes, 1959-1963
Gloria Henry ...  Alice Mitchell 146 episodes, 1959-1963
Billy Booth ...  Tommy Anderson 111 episodes, 1959-1963
Joseph Kearns ...  George Wilson 102 episodes, 1959-1962
Sylvia Field ...  Martha Wilson 90 episodes, 1959-1962
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Storyline

The live-action adaptation of the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. Dennis Mitchell was a loveable young boy, dressed in overalls and carrying a slingshot in his pocket. Everywhere he went, Dennis' wide-eyed curiosity, well-meaning attempts to help out, and his simply being a normal, red-blooded American boy growing up always seemed to lead to trouble. Usually on the receiving end was Dennis' next-door neighbor, retired business machine salesman George Wilson. Dennis worshiped Mr. Wilson, but he usually displayed a less-than-cordial attitude around the young lad. Mr. Wilson's wife, Martha, adored Dennis and saw him as a surrogate grandson (since the Wilsons never had any children). Dennis' long-suffering parents were Henry (an engineer) and Alice (a stay-at-home mother). Episodes revolved around Dennis' adventures and the trouble that usually followed. Also involved in the fun were Dennis' friends Tommy, Margaret, and Seymour. During the final year of the show, Mr. Wilson's ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Family

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daniel el travieso See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (146 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As explained by Gloria Henry, in an interview for the first season DVD set, only the series debut, Dennis the Menace: Dennis Goes to the Movies (1959), depicted Dennis Mitchell, as he intentionally got into mischief (by secretly sneaking out of the house at night and misleading the babysitter, wondering where he may be). For the rest of the series, any misadventures caused by Dennis were always the result of his earnestness, or despite Dennis' good intentions, but never misbehavior. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series, the outside design of the Wilson's house shows 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 to the left and bigger than the one by the door seen on the outside. The house design on the inside doesn't match up to outside design. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
George Wilson: Oh, Great Scott!
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A Fun-Spirited Series With A Worthy Child Star
31 July 2018 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Starring Jay North as Dennis, this comedy series dealt with the daily adventures of a young boy. Dennis is a whirling dervish of enthusiasm. He is not a bad kid, just the personification of boyishness. He likes slingshots, baseball, frogs, camping, toy guns, etc.

Most of the episodes concern Dennis' interactions with his next door neighbor, Mr. Wilson (Joseph Kearns), his antagonist. While Dennis genuinely likes Mr. Wilson, Mr. Wilson is ambivalent about the young boy's charms. Wilson is the perfect foil, being someone who likes order and quiet. His hobbies include gardening and bird watching. And he loves public recognition. Dennis' very nature threatens the orderliness of Wilson's world.

This series might be seen as a one joke comedy, but no more so than "Bewitched" was a one trick series. North is a fine child actor who really embodies the Dennis character. Despite the naïve carelessness of Dennis, the episodes often resulted in Dennis saving the day or somehow aiding Mr. Wilson.

After the death of Kearns in the middle of season three, the show's formula altered slightly. Those who think Kearn's acting was over the top might prefer Gale Gordon, who stepped in for the remainder of the series.


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