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. He had but one fault: His penchant for mischief. 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 postal carrier George Wilson. Dennis worshiped Mr. Wilson, but the gruff old man overtly 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…
Season 1 Ep.05: Innocents in Space
Mr. Wilson gets a telescope and is convinced he spotted a missing satellite in space. What he actually spotted was a ping-pong ball that glows in the dark from Dennis’ pop gun that Dennis was shooting in the air to win a contest from a kids TV show called Captain Blast.
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.
Cast and Crew:
Jay North, Herbert Anderson and Gloria Henry
Creator: Sol Saks
Production Company: Darriell Productions, Screen Gems
Audio/Visual: mono, black & white and color
Date Release: 1964
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