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THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB'S magical mix of entertainment was so captivating to television's first generation of children, watching it became a daily ritual. And so the first day of the show's second season, millions thrilled to the debut of a new adventure series, THE HARDY BOYS: THE MYSTERY OF THE APPLEGATE Treasure. All the cliff-hanging suspense unfolds right here, including the entire MICKEY MOUSE CLUB episode that introduced the series. Plus, you'll get clued in to the truth behind the novels' author Franklin W. Dixon, and you'll witness the reunion of Tim Considine (Frank Hardy) and Tommy Kirk (Joe Hardy) at the scene of the crime -- Stage 2 at the Disney Studio.
From the moment Thurl Ravenscroft intoned, "Gold doubloons and pieces of eight/ Handed down to Applegate," "The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure" became one of the best-loved serials on the The Mickey Mouse Club, second only to "The Adventures of Spin and Marty." Gifted young actors Tim Considine and Tommy Kirk make a believable pair of adolescent sleuths: Frank and Joe Hardy want to follow in the footsteps of their father, private detective Fenton Hardy. Summer vacation in the little town of Bayport seems boring until Frank and Joe run into Perry Robinson, a new kid in their neighborhood, who them leads into the search for the long-lost pirate treasure of local eccentric Silas Applegate. There's plenty of low-key daring-do, suitably sinister villains, misread clues, and wholesome comedy to keep young children (or grandchildren) occupied while Baby Boomers delight in recalling how they enjoyed the adventure in the mid-'50s.
The extras include the entire Mickey Mouse Club show from Oct. 1, 1956, when Considine and Kirk presented a preview of the new serial, and a short feature on how the Disney crew adapted the popular boys' books to television. Host Leonard Maltin conducts an agreeable interview with a disconcertingly aged Considine and Kirk. This Disney Treasure is a must-have for viewers who grew up during the '50s--or younger audiences who want discover the answer to the question, "Now where are those gold doubloons and pieces of eight?" (Rated G, suitable for ages 5 and older: mild violence) --Charles Solomon
This is the first of two Hardy Boys serials that originally appeared in "The Mickey Mouse Club". You will not get "The Mickey Mouse Club" on this DVD, just The Hardy Boys segments. In the mid 1990's the Disney Channel (cable tv) removed some of the MMC serials from the shows and created new half-hour shows of just those stories. New opening & closing titles were created for these new mini-series.
The then-famous song "Gold Doubloons & Pieces of Eight" introduces you to "The Mystery Of Applegate's Treasure". A serialized story loosely based on the first Hardy Boys book "The Tower Treasure".
Starring: Tim Considine (of Spin & Marty fame) as Frank Hardy. Tommy Kirk (Old Yeller & The Shaggy Dog) as Joe Hardy.
Purists will be disappointed that they are not getting the complete, unedited, hour-long "Mickey Mouse Club" shows that these ran in, but fans will still enjoy these re-edited episodes. However, Disney promises that the teaser episode (which was never included in the Disney Channel re-edited versions) will contain the entire hour long Mickey Mouse Club episode!
I grew up a child of the 1970's, and was riveted to "The Hardy Boys - The Mystery of The Applegate Treasure" in reruns of "The Micky Mouse Club" which were airing on a local station. I would tune in daily, and I think they only showed "The Hardy Boys" serial once a week (it was originally shown three times a week) and I still recall the stir of excitement which I felt when they skull and crossbones came on screen of the Hardy Boys introduction. By contrast, though I faithfully sat through "The Mickey Mouse Club" each day, it was always a little feeling of disappointment when the show aired without a "Hardy Boys" installment. Anyway, all this is one of the few of my early television memories which I have not been able to revisit until now (I don't have the Disney Channel).
Thanks to Leonard Maltin's always superb treatment, I can say that for me, revisiting the show after more than 30 years has not been a letdown in the slightest. Sure, the story is a bit on the simplistic side, but the fine acting and ultra-atmospheric sets (often at night) take me back not only to my childhood, but to an earnest time in the US when al-Qaeda wasn't a household word. It has been more fun for me to revisit this installment in Maltin's "Walt Disney Treasures" series perhaps than any other.
The extras are fun, though I wish there were more. It's great to see Considine and Kirk reunited after 50 years and it's nice that they seem to genuinely get along so well.
I remember "Spin and Marty" which was decent (and also fun to revisit in another Maltin DVD set), but when it comes to the MMC serials, it is this one which I will always remember most fondly, and which to me holds up the best.
This Hardy Boys has the Disney flair and was adapted it to the small screen well. It barely dates itself, a showcase of a project well done
The masters recording of this collection are clean and crisp, cleaner than most older shows and movies I have seen lately . Disney has made sure of it being great for the treasures collection
I remember watching this and not missing a day when It was on. I like the 80's Hardy Boys too, but this one is done better.
The extra stuff on the DVD is the intro episode of the Hardy Boys from the MMC, Showing how Disney transfered the book into Disney TV show and an all new interview with the actors who played the Hardy Boys
All I hope is that Disney soon will release the second Spin & marty, Annette and Hardy Boys serials from the MMC, the rest of Swamp Fox episodes, all of Texas John Slaughter...and place their first season of Disney's Zorro from their movie club to the general public
So detect this collection for your home video library, NOW
This volume in the Disney Treasures series features the first of two serials from the Mickey Mouse Club about the Hardy Boys.
Frank and Joe are looking for some excitement in their summer. They're disappointed when their dad is too busy with his own case to find a mystery for them to solve together.
But mystery seems to find them anyway. The new kid in town, Perry Robinson, is in trouble. He's spent some time in reform school and the natural suspect when tools in the neighborhood disappear. Even more mysterious is the old gold coin he's found.
The coin resurrects the rumors in town of treasure. Old Mr. Applegate is rumored to have once had a fortune in pirate gold. He claims it was stolen years ago. Is this a piece of the treasure? If so, where is the rest of it?
When wave six of the Disney Treasures was announced, this was the one I was looking forward to the most. After all, I've been a Hardy Boys fan for years. I must admit I had a hard time getting into the series. For starters, the boys were younger then I expects. I'm used to the late teens of the series and here they seemed early teens. Plus, the story starts rather slowly. However, once it got going, I enjoyed it.
This two disc set contains all 19 of the eleven minute episodes that contain the story. They are shown in their original black and white, but look and sound good for being 50 years old. Additionally, we get the entire Mickey Mouse Club episode that introduced this series. It's best to watch this last since it spoils some major events of the story. In the way of extras, we get a documentary that discusses the path it took to get the characters from the page to the small screen and a modern interview with stars Tim Considine and Tommy Kirk.
This series isn't perfect, but I enjoyed getting to watch the Disney take on these well known and loved characters.
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