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Mickey Mouse Club

The Mickey Mouse Club TV show was originally conceived as a way to promote and  raise funds for Walt Disney's new Disneyland theme park which opened in July 1955. The TV show ran from October 1955 to September 1959. It featured singing and dancing by the "Mouseketeers" and various guest stars, along with  Disney cartoons and serials. It aired daily with a different theme each day of the week:

Monday - Fun With Music Day
Tuesday - Guest Star Day
Wednesday - Anything Can Happen Day
Thursday - Circus Day
Friday - Talent Round-Up Day

Regular guest stars included comedian Morey Amsterdam, Disneyland entertainers such as the Golden Horseshoe Revue and Julius Sumner Miller as "Professor Wonderful".

Although it ran for only four years, the Mickey Mouse Club remains one of the best remembered shows of its era, if not of all time. An attempt was made to revive the show in 1977 with the short-lived New Mickey Mouse Club. In 1989, Disney tried again with The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (or MMC) on the Disney cable TV channel. This show ran until 1994 and was notable as a training ground for pop stars such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and J C Chasez (in the group *nSync).

The Serials

The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955-56)
    Starring David Stollery & Tim Considine.

San Juan River Expedition (1955-56)
    Narrated by Alvy Moore

Corky and White Shadow (1955-56)
    Sttarring Darlene Gillespie, Buddy Ebsen, Lloyd Corrigan, Buzz Henry & Richard Powers. 

The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of Applegate Treasure (1956-57)
    Starring Tim Considine & Tommy Kirk

The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of Ghost Farm (1956-57)
    Starring Tim Considine & Tommy Kirk.

The Boys of the Western Sea (1956-57)
    Starring Norwegian actors dubbed by various Mouseketeers. 

The Secret of Mystery Lake (1956-57)
    Starring George Fenneman, Gloria Marshall, Bogue Bell & R.P. Alexander.

Border Collie (1957-58)
    Starring Bobby Evans & Arthur N. Allen.

The Adventures of Clint and Mac (1957-58)
    Starring Neil Wolfe & Jonathan Bailey.

Annette (1957-58)
    Starring Annette Funicello, Tim Considine & David Stollery.

The Mouseketeers

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