New Release: Dennis the Menace Season 1 DVD

Dennis the Menace TV show sceneThe 1960s TV show Dennis the Menace, about the classic loveable bad boy, debuted on DVD for the first time on March 29, 2011, from Shout! Factory. Dennis the Menace: Season One contains all 32 original uncut episodes in a five-DVD boxed set priced at $29.93.

The family television series, which aired from 1959 to 1963, stars Jay North as Dennis, Herbert Anderson and Gloria Henry as his parents and Joseph Kearns as the always bothered neighbor Mr. Wilson in his last acting role.

The live-action adaptation of the comic strip by Hank Ketchum, Dennis the Menace told stories of the overall-wearing boy who can’t seem to stay out of mischief. Although well-meaning, all his attempts to help turn into trouble, mostly on poor Mr. Wilson. Dennis worshipped his neighbor, but the gruff old man didn’t return the admiration. But Mrs. Wilson (Sylvia Field) saw Dennis as a surrogate grandson.

The DVD includes these special features:

  • new interviews with actress Jeannie Russell, who appeared in 28 episodes, and Henry
  • archived radio interviews with Russell and Henry
  • episode of The Donna Reed Show featuring North as Dennis and Kearns as Mr. Wilson
  • and original promos.

This was the first time this live-action Dennis the Menace adaptation is on DVD, but the character’s not a stranger to the format. The Dennis the Menace cartoon, animated movie and live-action films, including 1993’s Dennis the Menace starring Walter Matthau, are all already on disc.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.