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Shout Factory Press Release: Dennis The Menace: Season One

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#1 of 4 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 20 2011 - 04:08 AM

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Fans of Classic Television Rejoice!

One of the Most Beloved Series from TV’s Golden Age Debuts on DVD for the First Time


Starring Jay North, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry,

Joseph Kearns and Sylvia Field

Fans Can Relive Wholesome Family Fun from the Entire First Season of

 Memorable TV Classic DENNIS THE MENACE in a 5-DVD Collectible Box Set

Brimming with All 32 Original Uncut Episodes and Exciting Bonus Content


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Jay North stars as the well meaning youngster Dennis Mitchell, who loves his dog Ruff and neighbor’s dog Freemont, can’t seem to avoid trouble. Whenever Dennis tries to help anyone, he always makes a mess of things.  Based on the long-running, popular comic strip by Hank Ketcham, the beloved classic television series Dennis the Menacechronicles the humorous misadventures of Dennis, as his youthful curiosity always managed to get him into heap of trouble, especially with his grumpy neighbor Mr. Wilson. Dennis’ parents Henry and Alice Mitchell were always on hand with love and patience but not necessarily the required supervision.  Starring Jay North, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, Joseph Kerns and Sylvia Field, Dennis the Menace celebrates the innocence and simple joy of suburban childhood from the 50s and 60s.  In addition to the Mitchells – Dennis, Henry and Alice – this iconic classic TV series featured an unforgettable supporting cast including Dennis’ pal and classmate Tommy Anderson and Margaret Wade, a neighborhood girl with a crush on Dennis.

On March 29, 2011, Shout! Factory, in association with Hank Ketcham Enterprises, will bring the long-awaited Dennis The MenaceSeason One 5-DVD box set to home entertainment shelves nationwide.  Boasting all 32 original uncut episodes from the complete first season (1959-1960), this highly collectible DVD set is packed with special bonus features including new interviews with cast members, archived radio interviews with Jeannie Russell and Gloria Henry, original TV show promo and a special bonus episode from The Donna Reed Show featuring Jay North as Dennis Mitchell and Joseph Kearns as Mr. Wilson.  A must-have for fans and collectors, Dennis The Menace: Season One DVD set is at $29.93 SRP. This DVD box set is now available to preorder at Amazon.comShoutFactoryStore.com, and other online retailers.

Originally created as a comic strip by the late Hank Ketcham in 1951, the Dennis The Menace comic strip has appeared in over 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries and 19 languages. The television sitcom Dennis The Menace, based on Ketcham’s comic strip, premiered on CBS Television in 1959 and has been part of the American cultural fabric ever since. Throughout the years the character has evolved into animated series, two feature films, as well as the face of the Dairy Queen Franchise.

In-Depth DVD Special Features

  • New Interviews with Jeannie Russell and Gloria Henry
  • Radio Interviews with Jeannie Russell and Gloria Henry
  • Bonus Episode: The Donna Reed Show featuring Jay North as Dennis Mitchell and Joseph Kearns as Mr. Wilson
  • Original Promos
About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer andGarson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.


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#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Mr. Ed

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Posted January 21 2011 - 08:34 AM

I have to say that I really appreciate Shout Factory.  Afterall, they gave us more seasons of All In The Family.  My first, perhaps selfish thought, about Dennis the Menace was; why that show when so many other shows could be continued through them.  Ok, so I was hasty.  Their name is on the lable so they can do whatever they wish.  So best of luck Dennis when your picture hits store shelves.  Now, for all of you old time radio wizards, I recall watching Dennis in glorious black and white, but was it  Harold Peary or Willard Watermanm (The Great Gildersleeve) who was a character actor on that show?  Please keep in mind I was 5 years old when this show aired and never saw a rerun!  So if I'm wrong about this how about a little credit for aging burned out brain cells.

#3 of 4 OFFLINE   BobO'Link



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Posted January 21 2011 - 09:38 AM

Originally Posted by Mr. Ed 

...but was it  Harold Peary or Willard Watermanm (The Great Gildersleeve) who was a character actor on that show?...

That would Willard Waterman. Harold Peary was a regular on the "Bloindie" TV series.

According to imdb Waterman had 9 appearances:

Dennis Sells Bottles (29 November 1959) - Mr. Quigley

Dennis by Proxy (22 May 1960) - Mr. Quigley
Dennis Learns to Whistle (4 December 1960) - Mr. Quigley
The Fifteen Foot Christmas Tree (24 December 1961) - Mr. Quigley
A Dog's Life (18 March 1962) - Mr. Quigley
Dennis and the Dodger (13 May 1962) - Mr. Quigley
John Wilson's Cushion (27 May 1962) - Mr. Quigley
Community Picnic (24 June 1962) - Mr. Quigley
My Uncle Ned (6 January 1963) - Mr. Quigley

I'm very much looking forward to this release!

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Theodore J. Mooney

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Posted January 24 2011 - 11:46 AM

For those who are fans of Jay North and the Dennis character ... you may want to check out The Lucy Show: The Official Fourth Season as Jay guest-starred in the "Lucy, the Robot" episode as the menacing nephew of Mr. Mooney. This one reunites Jay with former Dennis the Menace co-star, Gale Gordon (the second Mr. Wilson). This DVD set will be out on April 26th ... almost a month after the release of Dennis the Menace - Season 1. Just wanted to let you guys know. 

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