Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
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The Party Line 

New neighbors, the Driscolls, share a party telephone line with the Mitchells, which causes problems for both families.


Charles Barton


Peggy Chantler Dick (as Peggy Chantler), William Cowley | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Jay North ... Dennis Mitchell
Herbert Anderson ... Henry Mitchell
Gloria Henry ... Alice Mitchell
Joseph Kearns ... George Wilson (credit only)
Billy Booth ... Tommy Anderson
June Dayton ... Catherine Driscoll
Arthur Hanson ... Ed Driscoll
Gregory Walcott ... Floyd
Morgan Jones ... Joe
J. Edward McKinley ... Mr. Hall


New neighbors, the Driscolls, share a party telephone line with the Mitchells, which causes problems for both families.

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Comedy | Family



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Release Date:

15 May 1960 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


If the interior of the Driscoll's new home is familiar, it should be: it's the interior of the Wilson home, without the furniture. Also, the outside of the house reveals it's Tommy's. See more »


When unloading the stove from the truck, one of the movers sets out the furniture dolly twice. See more »

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A likable slice of nostalgia straight from the suburbs of television...
10 August 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

This early episode of "Dennis the Menace" doesn't feature Joseph Kearns' uproariously fussy Mr. Wilson, yet it features some remarkably funny writing and--in its own simple way--hearkens back to long-ago days of childhood when just spending the day on the block with your friends brought forth adventures all their own. The Mitchells are getting new neighbors down the street, but Dennis and his pals (an uncredited Ron Howard among them) have already gotten into the empty house via the telephone man and have kept themselves busy by making constant phone calls on the line. Meanwhile, Dennis' even-tempered father (the calm and attractive Herbert Anderson), fed up with all the yakking on his party line, decides to get uncharacteristically aggressive and in no uncertain terms tell the phone-hog off--unfortunately, when he does, it's now his new neighbor sharing the connection! Scenes of Jay North's Dennis innocently bothering the moving men are not cluttered up with cheap jokes or slapstick; Dennis behaves the way any typical, curious kid would (and no one seems to mind him). Only near the end, when Dennis is shown to be wiser than his years, does the rote family-formula show through. Otherwise, a carefree, breezy day in the lives of some likable people...and when Anderson quietly stands up to his boss (who insists that Mitchell apologize to his neighbor), the care with which this is handled is rather extraordinary.

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