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Starring Jay North
Season 1 (CBS) (1959-60)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  James Beer
references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

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CBS Sundays 7:30-8:00pm Eastern (32 episodes)

1.1 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS GOES TO THE MOVIES aka "Innocent Fun" (pilot episode)
04-Oct-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 1
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by William D. Russell
Guest Cast:
Madge Blake ....... Mrs. Porter
Henry and Alice hire a babysitter for Dennis, so they can enjoy an evening away from home. But Dennis
has other ideas. He decides to go to a movie---alone. [JB]

 1.2 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND THE SIGNPOST
Written by
William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Guest Cast:
Eve McVeagh ....... Mrs. Purcell
Hal Baylor ........ Driver
Larry Blake ....... Operator
Dennis causes chaos after he changes a street sign. [JB].

1.3 [--] Dennis The Menace: THE FISHING TRIP
18-Oct-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 3
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Guest Cast:
Ronny Howard ...... Stewart
George Wilson and Henry Mitchell make plans to spend the entire day fishing---without Dennis. To keep Dennis
from learning of the proposed venture, Henry hides his fishin gear in the attic. [JB]

1.4 [--] Dennis The Menace: GRANDPA AND MISS CATHCART
25-Oct-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 4 (28Aug 60 Rerun CBS)
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Guest Cast:
James Bell ......... Grandpa
Robert B. Williams ... Mr. Dorfman
Dennis tries to fix his Grampa Perkins up with Miss Cathcart.
Grandpa Perkins pays the Mitchells a visit, assured by his daughter Alice there'll be no matchmaking. Too late,
he realizes he forgot to get the same promise from Dennis. [JB]
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1.5 [--] Dennis The Menace: INNOCENTS IN SPACE
01-Nov-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 5 (18Sep60 Rerun CBS)
Written by George Tibbles
Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Guest Cast:
Parley Baer ... Captain Blast
Richard Collier ... Sandy Loomis
TV's Captain Blast tells his young viewers to buy and fire toy space guns, and Dennis follows the captain's
instructions. Peering through his telescope, neighbor George Wilson sees a strange object and is convinced that
he has found a new satellite. [JB]
 
1.6 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS' GARDEN
08-Nov-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 6
Written by Hannibal Coons, Milton Pascal, and George Tibbles
Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Guest Cast:
Will Wright ........ Mr. Merrivale
Lillian Culver ..... Mrs. Schooner
Dennis mistakenly raises Mr. Wilson's expensive dahlia bulbs., while Mr. Wilson plants Dennis's sweet potatoes. [JB]

1.7 [--] Dennis The Menace: THE NEW NEIGHBORS
15-Nov-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 7
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Guest Cast:
Ralph Dumke .......... Mr. Burnley
Lewis Martin ......... Mr. Scott
Louise Lorimer ....... Mrs. Scott
Norman Leavittt ...... Mr. Ferris
Dennis helps Mr. Wilson sell a neighbor's house. [JB]

1.8 [--] Dennis The Menace: TENTING TONIGHT
22-Nov-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 8
Executive Producer: James Fonda
Produced and Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Written by Wm. Cowley and Peg Chantler
Guest Cast:
Dave Willock ...... Ted Melton
Jenna McMahon ..... Mrs. Melton [JB]
George Wilson lends Dennis and Tommy his camping equipment so that the boys can spend the night in a tent in the
Mitchell's yard. A sound effects record playing on a nearby hi-fi leads George to believe that the boys are in danger. [JB]

1.9 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS SELLS BOTTLES
29-Nov-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 9 (10Jul60 Rerun)
Written by Wm. Cowley, Peg Chantler, and Clifford Goldsmith
Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Guest Cast:
Helen Kleeb ....... Mrs. Holland
Hope Summers ...... Mrs. Burns
Ollie O'Toole ..... Mechanic
Ray Walker
Dennis scours the neighborhood collecting redeemable bottles so that he can have a budget just like his parents.
His new venture leaves a neighbor with an impression that the Mitchells are in financial difficulty. [JB]

 1.10 [--] Dennis The Menace: MR. WILSON'S AWARD
06-Dec-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 10
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Don Taylor
Guest Cast:
Arthur Space ...... Dr. Sinclair
Regina Gleason .... Mrs. Armstrong
Helen Kleeb ....... Mrs. Holland
Jay Strong ........ Howard
Misinterpeting his father's actions, Dennis thinks the Mitchells are moving to New York City and he spreads
the word around the neighborhood. [JB]

1.11 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND CHRISTMAS aka "The Christmas Story"
20-Dec-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 11
Written by Wm. Cowley and Peg Chantler
Directed by Don Taylor
Guest Cast:
Robert B. Williams ..... Mr. Dorfmanl
Alice Mitchell decides to hide their Christmas gifts, including the alarm clock Dennis is giving his father,
in the Wilson's house next door. [JB]

1.12 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND THE COWBOY
27-Dec-59 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 12
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Guest Cast:
Brad Johnson ...... Whip Crawford
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Webster
Eddie Marr ........ Art Barnes
Jack Daly ......... Reporter #1
Olan Soule ........ Reporter #2
Dennis wants to appear in the town pageant because the star is going to be Whip Crawford, his favorite TV cowboy. [JB]
(Synd. rerun Wed 3Nov 65 KMSP-9 (ABC) Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN 4:30 p.m. CST)

1.13 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS HAUNTS A HOUSE
03-Jan-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 13
Written by George Tibbles
Directed by Charles Barton
Guest Cast:
Maudie Prickett ... Madame Tina
Ronny Howard ...... Stewart
Mr. Wilson becomes suspicious when he hears noises caused by Dennis and his friends, who've set up their
clubhouse in a crawl space underneath his house. [JB]

1.14 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS' TREE HOUSE
10-Jan-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 14
Written by Wm. Cowley and Peg Chantler and Hannibal Coons
Directed by Charles Barton
Guest Cast:
Maurice Manson ..... Mr. Pomeroy
Byron Foulger ...... Mr. Timberlake
Lee Millar ......... Mr. Anderson
The birds at Mr.Wilson's feeding station are disturbed when Dennis builds a tree house nearby. [JB]
(Synd. rerun Fri. 5Nov 65 KMSP-9 (ABC) Mpls.-St.Paul, MN 4:30pm)

1.15 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND THE RARE COIN
17-Jan-60 CBS sUN / Prod. no. 15
Written by Wm. Cowley, Peggy Chantler, and Louella McFarlane
Directed by Don Taylor
Guest Cast:
Michael Fox ........ Hathaway
Mr. Wilson purchases a rare coin for $250, but Mrs. Wilson, without realizing what it is, lets Dennis take it to
use in a wishing well. [JB]

1.16 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND THE BIKE
24-Jan-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 16
Written by Wm. Cowley and Peg Chantler
Directed by Chas. Barton
Guest Cast:
Nesdon Booth ...... Sam
When his parents won't buy him a bicycle, Dennis attempts to get one on his own. [JB]

1.17 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND THE OPEN HOUSE
07-Feb-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 17
Teleplay by George. Tibbles Based on a Story by Cally Curtis
Directed by Don Taylor
Guest Cast:
Grandon Rhodes ...... Mr. Purdy
Elizabeth Talbot-Martin ... Mrs. Purdy
Dub Taylor .......... Opie Swanson
Loie Bridge ......... Olivia Swanson
The Mitchells are having an open house and are worried that Dennis may, somehow make trouble. [JB]

1.18 [--] Dennis the Menace: DENNIS AND THE DUCK
14-Feb-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 18
Executive Producer: James Fonda
Produced and Directed by William D. Russell
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
A box in which Dennis has collected snails to feed his new duck, overturns, and causes
further trouble for Mr. Wilson, Dennis' long suffering neighbor.
(UK: 22Aug60 ITV Granada, Mon 6:30pm)
Mr.Wilson's furious again. Dennis' new pet duck keeps escaping into his front yard. [JB]
(Delayed broadcast Sun 12Jun 60 KFBC-5 (All Networks) Cheyenne, WY 5:30 p.m. MDT)

1.19 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND THE SWING
21-Feb-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 19
Written by George Tibbles, Paul West, and David Schwartz
Directed by Chas. Barton
Dennis sees a photo of a swing that his mother had when she was a girl and determines to have one just like it. [JB]

1.20 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND THE DOG
28-Feb-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 20
Written by Phil Leslie
Directed by Chas. Barton
Guest Cast:
Charles Watts ...... Ballard Fillmore
Doreen Lang ........ Miss Chroma
Byron Foulger ...... Timberlake
Dennis cares for a dog named Charlie, who turns out to be quite an artist. [JB]

1.21 [--] Dennis The Menace: MR. WILSON'S SISTER
06-Mar-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 21
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Chas. Barton
Guest Cast:
Mary Adams ......... Helen Forbes
After being read "Treasure Island" by Mr. Wilson's sister, Helen Forbes, Dennis and Tommy become fascinated
with buried treasure. [JB]

1.22 [--] Dennis the Menace: DENNIS AND THE TV SET
13-Mar-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 22
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Charles Barton
cast:
JN, HA, GH, JK, SF, BB
Dub Taylor .............. Opie Swanson
Michael Webber .......... Jeff Ellwood
Synopsis:
When Dennis' parents refuse to buy him a TV set for his room, he finds a way of using Mr. Wilson's set by
remote control. The unsuspecting Mr. Wilson thinks his set has gone crazy.
(UK: 12May61 ITV A-R London, Fri 6:30 pm)

1.23 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS CREATES A HERO
20-Mar-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 23
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Chas. Barton
Guest Cast:
Charles Seel ..... Krinkle
Wade Cagle ....... Reporter
Dennis asks a reporter to write a story about his dad with hopes of getting his picture in the paper. [JB]

1.24 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS' PAPER DRIVE
10-Apr-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 24
Teleplay by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Story by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler, Arthur Marx, and Mannie Manheim
Directed by Chas. Barton
Guest Cast:
Nancy Evans ...... Sister
Helen Kleeb ...... Mrs. Holland
Mrs. Elkins will give a silver dollar to the boy who collects the most newspapers for the paper drive. Mr.Wilson
recognizes the coin as a collector's item. [JB]  

1.25 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND THE BEES
17-Apr-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 25
Written by Phil Leslie
Directed by Charles Barton
Guest Cast:
Nancy Evans ...... Sister
Will Wright ...... Mr. Merrivale
Dub Taylor ....... Opie
Addison Richards ... Stacey
Dennis and Tommy learn that Opie might have to move because his bees can't find honey. So the boys move Mr. Wilson's
flowers outside to attract the bees, and Dennis has a plan to attract even more. [JB]

1.26 [--] Dennis The Menace: ALICE'S BIRTHDAY
24-Apr-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 26
Written by George Tibbles
Directed by Charles Barton
Guest Cast:
Charles Lane ...... Finch
Molly Dodd ........ Mrs. Williams
Eleanor Audley .... Mrs. Pompton
Kathryn Card ...... Mrs. Biddy
Henry will be out of town on a business trip for Alice's Birthday, so he gives Dennis some money and tells him to
see that his mother has a nice day. [JB]

1.27 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS BECOMES A BABY SITTER
01-May-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 27
Teleplay by Hannibal Coons, Dick Wesson, William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Story by Hannibal Coons and Dick Wesson
Directed by Chas. Barton
Guest Cast:
Lomax Study ....... Monsieur Bouchet
Hanna Landy ....... Madame Bouchet
Mack Williams ..... Wainwright
Petit Michel ...... Michel
When Henry and George mistakenly both cancel their respective babysitters, Dennis and another little boy are left
alone to wreak havoc. [JB]

1.28 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS AND THE STARLINGS
08-May-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 28
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Chas. Barton
Guest Cast:
Forrest Lewis ..... Prince
Robert B. Williams ... Dorfman
Mr. Wilson has a bunch of starling in his tree and wants to get rid of them. In his attempt to help out, Dennis
only incites a new problem. [JB]

1.29 [--] Dennis The Menace: THE PARTY LINE
15-May-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 29
Written by William Cowley & Peggy Chantler, and George Tibbles
Directed by Charles Barton
Guest Cast:
June Dayton ....... Catherine Driscoll
Arthur Hanson ..... Ed Driscoll
Gregory Walcott ... Floyd
Morgan Jones ....... Joe
J. Edward McKinley ... Mr. Hall
The Driscolls are new neighbors, but problems arise because their phone is on the same line as the Mitchells. [JB]

1.30 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS BY PROXY
22-May-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 30
Written by George Tibbles
Directed by Charles Barton
Guest Cast:
Robt. B. Williams ... Dorfman
Ronny Howard ...... Stewart
Amy Douglas ....... Mrs. Toland
Hugh Sanders ...... Mr. Sanderson
After hearing that the city plans on tearing down the "Postman's Rest" in favor of a parking lot, Dennis and Tommy
offer him use of a private bench they plan to build. [JB]

1.31 [--] Dennis The Menace: DENNIS RUNS AWAY
29-May-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 31
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Wm. D. Russell
Guest Cast:
Harry Jackson ...... Officer Osborn
James Callahan ..... Officer Holt
Ned Wever .......... Chief Stewart
A lost Dennis is rescued by two policemen. Before long, its the police who needs to be rescued---from Dennis. [JB]
(Delayed broadcast Sun 12Jun 60 KKTV-11 (CBS) Colorado Springs, CO 5:30 p.m. MDT)

1.32 [--] Dennis The Menace: MISS CATHCART'S SUNSUIT
12-Jun-60 CBS Sun / Prod. no. 32
Written by William Cowley and Peggy Chantler
Directed by Norman Abbott
Guest Cast:
Robt. B. Williams ... Dorfman
Tyler Mc Vey ........ Mr. Carlson
Cyril Delevanti ..... Mr. Gibson
Dennis and Tommy try to sell Valentine's Day cards in the summer. [JB]
(Delayed broadcast Sun 12Jun 60 KLZ-7 (CBS) Denver, CO 7:30 p.m. MDT)

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