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Dennis Mitchell Jay North, the havoc-wreaking boy with a heart of gold, is back for a whole new season of well-meaning destruction and chaos. When he isn’t torturously irritating crotchety Mr. Wilson Joseph Kearns, Dennis tries to do good by his loving parents, Henry Herbert Anderson and Alice Gloria Henry. Accompanying Dennis through his misadventures are his right-hand boy, Tommy Billy Booth, and his nemesis-in-a-dress, Margaret Jeannie Russell. Season Two highlights include Dennis running away from home, raising a yard-destroying gopher, stirring up mischief with a Ouija board, entering a soapbox derby and going camping with Henry and Mr. Wilson.
Based on the weekly comic strip by Hank Ketcham, this staple of classic television ran on CBS from 1959 1963. Here for the first time on DVD are all 38 uncut episodes from the complete second season!
The first season of Dennis the Menace, a black-and-white sitcom based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham that ran on CBS from 1959 to 1960, featured an energetic, curious young boy who was simply a magnet for mischief. Dennis Jay North is essentially a good boy who always wants to be right in the middle of whatever's going on in his suburban neighborhood and has an insatiable desire to "help" his friends and neighbors. His loving, but exasperated parents Gloria Henry and Herbert Anderson never seem quite able to anticipate what kind of trouble Dennis might get into next, but one can bet that it will probably have something to do with their grouchy neighbor Mr. Wilson Joseph Kearns. Whether it's planting flowers, pouring a concrete walk, camping out in the backyard, finding a buyer for a neighbor's house, or talking on the neighborhood telephone party line, Dennis always seems to inadvertently make a mess of things. In some ways, this sitcom is surprisingly timeless in its portrayal of a young boy and his abundant energy and overwhelming sense of curiosity, but details like the prevalence of cap guns and shooting games in Dennis's play, firecrackers tossed casually into the garbage and incinerator, and the stereotypical portrayal of a "woman's role" are startling reminders of how much has changed since the late 1950s and early 1960s. Bonus features include a 2010 interview with Henry and Jeannie Russell Margaret about everything from casting to the weekly shooting schedule and various troubles on the set; a 2007 audio-only radio interview with Henry and Russell; the 1960 Donna Reed Show episode "Donna Decorates," which guest-starred Dennis the Menace; and the original show promo, credits, and commercials. --Tami Horiuchi