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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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4   3   2   1  
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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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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Trivia

In the opening credits, the animated Dennis Mitchell spins around so fast & like an animated tornado, the hat changes from a fedora to a beanie cap & concludes with a fireman's hat. See more »

Goofs

The side of the Wilsons' house closest to the Mitchell residence has an architectural inconsistency between front and back views. When viewed from Elm Street, the Mitchells' driveway appears to directly border the outside wall of the Wilsons' living room. However, in all but season 2, there is a door in the living room that exits toward the Mitchell residence. Beyond that door is a fence, sometimes with a gate that exits into the corner of the Wilsons' front yard. Viewed from the front, that gate could not exist. It would come out into the corner of the Wilsons' yard where the front yard, living room and fence meet the edge of the Mitchells' driveway. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Dennis Mitchell: You're the best Mom in the whole world.
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Connections

Referenced in The Best of RiffTrax Shorts: Volume Two (2009) See more »

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Innocent little sitcom.
27 November 2016 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is a comedy show based on the comic strip, where a naive and inquisitive boy named Dennis Mitchell, dressed in overalls and carrying a slingshot in his pocket, tries to befriend everybody and help out with stuff, but always ends up in mischief or in a sea of misadventures - particular driving his neighbor, retired business machine salesman George Wilson, crazy.

It's a black and white show from the early 1950s to 1960s - probably a little dated today, but overall it's a funny little classic show that is full of that childhood innocence and some slapstick comedy. I used to watch it when I was a kid - a nice little show to pass the time. It's not the funniest or greatest sitcom I've seen, but its innocence and good old fashion comedy and dialog make it a family favorite.

Grade B-


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dennis the Menace 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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