Just the Facts....


Who picked Jeannie to play Margaret? She was chosen at the suggestion of Jay North to be his nemesis playmate. She appeared in 31 of the series' 146 episodes over the four-year run of the show.

The Dennis the Menace cartoon was named after the real Dennis, son of Hank and Alice Ketcham. Apparently, there was an incident concerning the four-year-old’s nap-time and the chaos he wrought in his bedroom rather than snoozing. His provoked mother stormed into Hank’s studio exclaiming, “Your son is a menace!” The cartoonist made an immediate connection, and drew a panel about a rambunctious, lovable boy, full of joyful mischief.

Joseph Kearns died in 1962, Sara Seegar in 1990 both of a brain hemorrhage, Herbert Anderson in 1994 of stroke complications, Irene Tedrow in 1995 of a stroke, Willard Waterman in 1995 of bone-marrow disease, Gale Gordon in 1995 of cancer, Sylvia Field of a stroke in 1998, and Billy Booth in 2006 of liver disease. Jay, Gloria, and Jeanne are the cast's sole survivors.

The Mitchell's house was constructed between 1934 and 1935 for the movie Party Wire. It was later moved and became well-known as the home of the Stone family on The Donna Reed Show in 1958, before becoming the home of the Mitchell family in 1959. 

The show had 18 writers over its 4-year run, including Hank Ketcham with 146 episodes written, Phil Lesley with 42, and Keith Fowler with 32. William Cowley wrote 29, Peggy Chantler contributed 28, and Budd Grossman with 26 episodes written.

DtM was filmed with a single camera and a laugh track was used with no studio audience.

"In the early days of TV, comedies were shot in front of live studio audiences and were performed as short plays. In the 1940's and 50's that began to change and closed sets were used. This gave the director the ability for multiple takes and different shots and angles.

However, it inhibited the instant feedback of the live audience. TV executives feared that without the prompting of audience laughter, the home viewer would cease to react, as well. Thus, the laugh track or canned laughter was created to prompt the viewers at home". ---from OMG facts

One of Kurt Russell's earliest appearances, but un-credited, on television was in Season 4, Episode 119: "Wilson's Second Childhood". (photo at right)

Mel Blanc stars as City Pound worker Leo Trinkle in Season 2, Episode 48: "Miss Cathcart's Friend". He, of course, was the voice of a huge cast of animated characters for Warner Bros.

Jay North called Joe Kearns "Uncle Joe", and said in the KTLA interview that he felt he was a "good natured, good hearted individual".

Mr. (George) Wilson was retired from a Pittsburgh store as manager of the Women's Wear Department. In "Out of Retirement", we learn that he was employed by the Cramer Business Machines Company, and Mr. Cramer wanted him back for his management and executive skills, again in Pittsburgh. In the DtM comic strip, he was (is) a retired postman.

By 1962, 25 - 30 million viewers were tuning-in each week to watch the show. (CBS)

Hillsdale had two newspapers: The Daily Chronicle, who had Mr. Krinkie as its editor, and The Gazette, which was a weekly.

Jay North's great-great grandfather was the Scottish poet Robert Burns.

According to the Nielsen Ratings, DtM was ranked #11 in Season 3, 1961-62

There are some sites out there that do not check their facts, then don't list a Contact link to report errors. One points out the Wilson home, which also hosted the BlondieI Dream of Jeannie and Father Knows Best series, and says the "six-decades old house...." Not true, since the original house burned-down in the fires of 1970!