Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Forgotten TV Shows: Spin and Marty



The Adventures of Spin and Marty was on for three years in the mid-fifties as part of THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB. The series was set at a western boys' camp.Tim Considine played Spin, a boy of poorer means. David Stollery played Marty, who came from a well to do family. Various Mouseketeers lent a land over time, especially Annette, the real crowd- pleaser. I can still sing this song. Each episode occupied about 25 minutes. It alternated with a couple of other series they did. Very enjoyable at the time when we all wanted to be cowboys or cowgirls.

14 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, Patti, I remember that as part of the old 'Mickey Mouse' show! By the time I started watching TV, it had long been over and was in re-runs, but I still remember it.

Anonymous said...

Not forgotten by me, or Cap'n Bob.

We were just talking about it when Annette died.

Jeff M. (on the geezer bus)

Anonymous said...

Just looked it up: according to Wikipedia the first season had 25 episodes that were 11 minutes long each.

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I thought that 25 minutes sounded awfully long. Wouldn't leave much time for the rest of MMC.

James Reasoner said...

This series was my favorite part of the Mickey Mouse Club. I seem to remember at least one tie-in juvenile novel based on it.

George said...

When I was a kid, I'd plan my TV watching time around SPIN & MARTY. Although the first episodes were only 11 minutes long, they were satisfying to a youngster in Niagara Falls.

Todd Mason said...

And those short-form series on the CLUB, among other things, paved the way for the psychedelia of the short-form series on THE BANANA SPLITS...

Oddly enough, they're web-series length.

Hmmm...this entry follows THE MEPHISTO WALTZ in Overlooked sequence, and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN on your blog...what are you suggesting about two teen boys, in isolated territory, far from most steadying influences...?

pattinase (abbott) said...

They were actually posted weeks apart so it's a long trend rather than a short one.

Bill Crider said...

Couldn't resist this on the MMC.

Richard R. said...

I'm with the gang, this series was swell. Favorite part of MMC, which I watched every afternoon after school. It was the only thing my parents allowed me to do BEFORE I did my homework.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I remember doing my homework right after dinner. I think they thought I needed a rest from it. Today's kids seem to have more homework than we did.

Yvette said...

I was in love with Tim Considine aka Spin. :) Spin and Marty was my favorite part of the Mickey Mouse Club too.

Cap'n Bob said...

I loved the first season, liked the second, and wished the third had been better. Alas, when Moochie started showing his moon face it spoiled my enjoyment of things. I have the first one on video tape and read the book Marty Markham that was the basis of the show. I believe it was Roy Barcroft's final acting job and there's an interesting story behind Harry Carey, Jr's participation. If I recall correctly (never a safe assumption)Marty's claim to fame later on was that he designed the Toyota Tercel. Yippeee-ay, yippeee-oh!

Anonymous said...

I liked the Spin and Marty series so much I wrote a web site about where they filmed it. http://cinchset.com/ranches.html