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Camp Runamuck (1965-66)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Rina Fox, Robert Leszczak
GregRobillard (Ep #1) D. L. Bruin (a.k.a. Lindy Davis) 
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CAMP RUNAMUCK
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Runamuck productions
Screen Gems, inc. a division of Columbia Pictures

for
NBC (Fridays 7:30 pm EST)
Created and Produced by David Swift

US Comedy series 1965-66 26 episodes x 30 min color
Starring:
Arch Johnson as Commander Wivenhoe
Dave Ketchum as Senior Counselor Spiffy
Dave Madden as Counselor Pruett
Leonard Stone as Counselor Doc Joslyn (Frank de Vol in pilot)
Mike Wagner as Counselor Malden, the camp cook

Alice Nunn as Mahala May Gruenecker
Nina Wayne as Caprice Yeudleman
Hermione Baddeley as Eulalia Divine
Beverly Adams as Counselor Nadine
Carol Anderson as Counselor Ivy

George Dunn as The Sheriff
Lindy Davis as Everett (Child Genius)(eps #1-#7) (see Feedback below)

Premise:
The antics of the counselors of the slipshodly run "Camp Runamuck
Summer Boys Camp
" and the impeccably run "Camp Divine Girls Camp"
which are just across the lake from each other.
Vaguely inspired by 'The Happiest Days of Your Life'.

Dave Ketchum had previously appeared in
'I'm Dickens--He's Fenster' 1962-63 32 episodes x 30 min
co-starring John Astin, Heyday productions for ABC

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NBC Fridays 7:30 pm Eastern

 1.1 [--] Camp Runamuck: WHO STOLE MY BATHTUB? (pilot)
Screen Gems prod
17Sep65 NBC Fri
written & directed by David Swift
Guest cast:
Hermoine Baddeley ... Eulalia Divine
Frank DeVol ......... Doc Joslyn (only episode)

1.2 [--] Camp Runamuck: RABBITS OF THE WORLD UNITE [verified -RL]
Screen Gems prod no. 4102
24Sep65 NBC Fri
written & directed by David Swift
Guest cast:
Forrest Lewis ....... Mayor Apperson
George Dunn ......... Sheriff (recurring)
Del Moore ........... 1st Hunter
Dort Clark .......... 2nd Hunter
Art Stewart ......... Golfer
Synopsis:
Wivenhoe wants to join the golf club, unaware that the club's chairman
is the uncle of Mahala May, his archenemy from Camp Divine. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Mahala May of Camp Devine and Commander Wivenhoe of Camp Runamuck have a
huge falling out. However,when the Commander tries to get into a very exclusive
golf club, he discovers that the vote rests with Mahala May's father. The Commander
must now apologize to Mahala May. He's so desperate to make amends, he even
commits his camp crew to appear in bunny costumes for the girls' camp's pageant. [RL]

1.3 [--] Camp Runamuck: FRATERNIZE
Screen Gems prod
01Oct65 NBC Fri
written by David Swift
directed by Robert Rosenbaum
Guest cast:
Lindy Davis ......... Evertt
Frederic Downs
Frances Rey
Synopsis:
Camp Divine is off limits, and Wivenhoe tries to keep it that way. [RF]

1.4 [--] Camp Runamuck:
I'M IN LUV WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL LIMPID EYES, BUT I CAN'T MARRY YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE A COW
Screen Gems prod no. 4103
08Oct65 NBC Fri
written & directed by David Swift
Guest cast:
Maidie Norman
Ralph Roberts
Synopsis:
To improve the camp's food, Spiffy buys fresh beef a live cow. [RF]

1.5 [--] Camp Runamuck: SAY, YOU'RE A BLEEDER AREN'T YOU?" TOM ASKED CUTTINGLY
Screen Gems prod no. 4100
15Oct65 NBC Fri
written by David Swift
directed by Hal March
Synopsis:
Wivenhoe isn't happy with the way Doc is treating his cold. [RF]

1.6 [--] Camp Runamuck: THEY'RE NOT MAKING HURRICANES LIKE THEY USED TO
Screen Gems prod no. 4101
22Oct65 NBC Fri
written by David Swift
directed by Howard Duff
Guest cast:
Charles Seel
Lindy Davis ......... Everett (recurring)
Synopsis:
Rumors of a hurricane set the camp whirling. [RF]

1.7 [--] Camp Runamuck: TURTLE? [verified -RL] (see attached script cover- below)
Screen Gems prod no. 4116
29Oct65 NBC Fri
written by Bob Rodgers and Sid Mandel
Directed by Robert Rosenbaum
Guest cast
Jeanne Arnold ........ Diana
Robert Q. Lewis ....... Rabbi Gordon
Frederic Downs ........ Mr. Glefky
Michael St. Clair ..... Father John
Eddie Rosson .......... Norton (recurring)
Synopsis 1:
Wivenhoe hires a photographer to help him develop the camp's image. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Camp attendance is way down. In fact, there are only 7 boys in camp, so the
counselor decide to conjure up a new camp brochure. However, on the same day
that new fun pictures of the camp are to be taken, the boys' pet turtle dies.
Thus, any fun pictures of happy, smiling boys is definitely not in the cards.
However, the counselor indulge the boys in their grief, and even hire a Rabbi
(game show host/raconteur Robert Q.Lewis) to offer a "mock" turtle funeral
service. [RL]

1.8 [--] Camp Runamuck: SLAUGHTER
05Nov65 NBC Fri
written & directed by David Swift
Synopsis 1:
During a storm, the counselors have Mitty-like fantasies. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The staff finally has a day off, but all of their plans to relax are dampened
when torrential rain begins falling. They are all confined to their tents where
they get on each others nerves. Finally, they split up and become engrossed in
reading and daydreaming. [RL]

1.9 [--] Camp Runamuck: TODAY IS PARENT'S DAY
12Nov65 NBC Fri
written & directed by David Swift
prod no. 4108
Guest cast:
Virginia Gregg ...... Mrs. Radibble
Synopsis:
While the boys are away, the counselors will play poker. [RF]

1.10 [--] Camp Runamuck: MASQUERADE
19Nov65 NBC Fri
written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
directed by Howard Duff
Synopsis:
Wivenhoe proposes money-saving changes in the camp diet. [RF]

1.11 [--] Camp Runamuck: SPIFFY QUITS [Part 1] [verified -RL]
Screen Gems prod no. 4107A
26Nov65 NBC Fri
Written by Bob Rodgers and Sid Mandel
Directed by David Swift
Guest cast:
Edward Everett Horton
Reginald Owen
Synopsis:
When the washing machine in the girls' camp breaks down, the guys take on THE GIRLS'
laundry as well as their own. Because of the extra work and general abuse by the
Runamuck crew, Spiffy develops "camp fatigue" and decides to quit. [RL]

1.12 [--] Camp Runamuck: SPIFFY QUITS [Part 2]
Screen Gems prod no. 4107B
03Dec65 NBC Fri
written & directed by David Swift
Guest cast:
Edward Everett Horton
Reginald Owen

1.13 [--] Camp Runamuck: SOAPSUDS
Screen Gems prod no. 4124
10Dec65 NBC Fri
written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
directed by Robert Rosenbaum
Guest cast:
George Dunn ........ the Sheriff (recurring)
Hollis Morrison
Carol Anderson ..... Ivy
Synopsis:
The girls play sick, hoping to get the Runamuck gang to do their work. [RF]

1.14 [--] Camp Runamuck: THE NEW SWIMMING POOL
Screen Gems prod no. 4123
24Dec65 NBC Fri
written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
Directed by Robert Rosenbaum
Guest cast:
George Dunn ......... the Sheriff (recurring)
Beverly Adams ....... Nadine
Synopsis:
The Camp Divine girls wonder why they are barred from Runamuck's new
swimming pool. [RF]

1.15 [--] Camp Runamuck: WIVENHOE'S NEW CAR
Screen Gems prod no. 4120
31Dec65 NBC Fri
written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
directed by Howard Duff
Guest cast:
Eddie Rosson ........ Norton
William Benedict
Mason Curry
Sarah Selby
Chet Stratton
Synopsis:
Wivenhoe is ecstatic today's the day he picks up his new car. [RF]

1.16 [--] Camp Runamuck: TOMBOY [verified -RL]
Screen Gems prod no. 4114
07Jan66 NBC Fri
written by David Swift and Ann Marcus
Directed by Hal March
Guest cast
Maureen McCormick ..... Maureen
Anne Bellamy .......... Mrs. Sullivan
Lawrence Haddon ....... Mr. Sullivan
Lindsay Workman ....... Commissioner
Mike Wagner ........... Malden
Eddie Rosson .......... Norton (recurring)
Synopsis 1:
Tomboy Maureen is determined to join the boys at Camp Runamuck. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Maureen Sullivan (portrayed by a young Maureen McCormack, later MARCIA, MARCIA,
MARCIA on the BRADY BUNCH) is very unhappy in Camp Devine (the girls' camp).
She loves baseball and all of the other activities at Camp Runamuck, and decides
that SHE wants to be a boy. So, she pretends to BE a boy named Charlie, steals
the boys' clothes off of the clothesline, and proceeds to excel at all of the boys'
activities UNTIL Camp Devine discovers her missing. She is then returned to the
girls' camp, but she won't give up and crashes the boys' camp repeatedly. [RL]

1.17 [--] Camp Runamuck: LOOK OUT, HERE COMES ARNIE
Screen Gems prod
14Jan66 NBC Fri
Written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
Directed by Howard Duff
Guest cast:
Michael Jackson .... Arnold Benedict
George Dunn ........ Sheriff (recurring)
Synopsis:
Wivenhoe hires camp troubleshooter Arnold Benedict to clear up
the mess at Runamuck. [TA]

1.18 [--] Camp Runamuck: DIET
Screen Gems prod
28Jan66 NBC Fri
written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
Directed by Robert Rosenbaum
Synopsis:
Wivenhoe announces his diet strategy. [RF]

1.19 [--] Camp Runamuck: AIR CONDITIONER
Screen Gems prod no. 4125
04Feb66 NBC Fri
written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
Directed by Robert Rosenbaum
Guest cast:
Gil Lamb
Synopsis:
The girls at Camp Divine zero in on Pruett's new air conditioner. [RF]

1.20 [--] Camp Runamuck: FOOD POISONING
Screen Gems prod
11Feb66 NBC Fri
written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
Directed by Howard Duff
Guest cast:
Joe Yore ............ Charlie
Synopsis:
Pruett thinks he's poisoned after eating Malden's mushroom soufflé. [RF]

1.21 [--] Camp Runamuck: BUILDING
Screen Gems prod
25Feb66 NBC Fri
written by David Swift
Directed by Robert Rosenbaum
Synopsis:
After snacking at Camp Divine, the men plan to skip out on chore duty. [RF]

1.22 [--] Camp Runamuck: TERMITES [verified -RL]
Screen Gems prod no. 4127
04Mar66 NBC Fri (Network rerun 19Aug66)
written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
directed by Charles T. Barton
Guest cast:
George Dunn ........ Sheriff (recurring)
Ned Glass .......... Mendroni
Synopsis:
Wivenhoe thinks he can reduce Runamuck's expenses by making Spiffy,
Doc and Pruett shareholders in the camp. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Camp Runamuck's counselors have cause for concern when their shares of stock in the camp
are threatened by a very vicious infestation of termites. The professional exterminator
wants $4500 to do the job, so the boys decide to tackle the task themselves - and of course,
disaster ensues. [RL]

1.23 [--] Camp Runamuck: PEACE (aka The Day Spiffy Invented Peace)
Screen Gems prod
18Mar66 NBC Fri
written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
directed by Howard Duff
Guest cast:
Henry Corden
Hollis Morrison
Synopsis:
An Oriental philosophy helps Spiffy make peace with the women. [RF]

1.24 [--] Camp Runamuck: MALDEN FALLS IN LOVE
Screen Gems prod. no. 4130
25Mar66 NBC Fri
Written by William Freedman & Ben Gershman
Directed by David Butler
Guest cast:
Joanie Larson ....... Felicia
Monty Margetts
Synopsis:
The love bug bit Malden but it's his cooking that's suffering. [RF]

1.25 [--] Camp Runamuck: SENIOR CITIZENS
Screen Gems prod. no. 4126
08Apr66 NBC Fri
Written by Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel
Directed by Howard Duff
Guest Cast:
Peter Leeds ......... Jensen
Whit Bissell ........ Gibbons
Dick Balduzzi ....... Elliott
George Dunn ......... Sheriff (recurring)
Burt Mustin
Lillian Bronson
Thomas Jackson
Synopsis:
Wivenhoe turns Runamuck into a home for the elderly. [RF]

1.26 [--] Camp Runamuck: COMMANDER FOR A DAY (final episode)
Screen Gems prod. no. 4128
15Apr66 NBC Fri (12Aug66)
Written by William Freedman & Ben Gershman
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Guest cast:
George Dunn ......... Sheriff (recurring)
Michael Shea ........ Gerald Hefflefinger
Jackie Jones ........ Joey
Bobby Horan ......... Mike
Synopsis:
Wivenhoe side-steps a mutiny at the camp by letting the youngsters elect
their own acting commander. [RF]
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Summer Reruns on NBC Fridays
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[--] 12Aug66 rerun of "Commander for a Day" (first aired 15Apr66)
[--] 19Aug66 rerun of "Termites" (first aired 04Mar66)

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"I couldn't help noticing one glaring omission with your " Camp Runamuck"
site.... There was kid who starred on the show for the first seven or so
episodes before the suits decided to take the show "in another direction"
(Think Shark Jumping)..
....... The character's name was Everett. He was a kid genius; builder of
rocket backpacks, etc.
Kid's name was Lindy Davis. He worked a lot during the sixties and seventies.
I know all this useless trivia because I am that kid..... Although few folks
call me "Lindy" these days.
Just in case you're interested, I go by D. L. Bruin (My friends call me Bear)
I'm a novelist/artist/raconteur. My second novel is published by Buccaneer
Press and is available online and by special order from any bookstore. It's
titled: "Ten Percent- A Hollywood Tale". It's a black comedy/Hollywood morality
Tale about a talent agent who discovers one of her stars (Her Golden Goose)
is the serial killer currently being hunted by the LAPD.... And what she does
to protect her Ten Percent. There are 11 chapters online at the link below.
D. L. Bruin (a.k.a. Lindy Davis) <SirRptishs@aol.com> (September 2003)

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