(Bought it on eBay.)
It's the original 1955 pilot episode of Disney's Spin and Marty serial. The long lost and never before seen Martin Markham Goes to the Dell was scrapped at the last minute and never made it onto the Mickey Mouse Club. Let's have a look!
Marty: Just as I thought...a dirty old farm. Tell the driver to hang a 180, Perkins. Let's blow this pop stand!
Perkins: But Master Martin, I have explicit orders from your grandmum to see to it that you are enrolled here at the Shady Dell. I'm certain that once you meet Mr. & Mrs. Ettline and the other boys, you'll change your mind and agree to give it a go. Pip pip...cheerio and all that rot!
I did it for a reason -
What if the Dell had resembled a 21st century dance palace - a spotlessly clean and modern facility complete with light show, video wallpaper, optimized acoustics, and a state-of-the-art sound system?
What if "Spin".....
.....turned out to be this dude!
Scans courtesy Jerre Slaybaugh collection:
Ten seconds gave you just enough time to meet somebody new
and introduce yourself. Ten seconds was time enough to ask for a dance, ask for a phone number, or ask for a date. How would it have changed things for you
if you had been deprived of the ten seconds that became available every two-and-a-half minutes?
Let's not forget the all important sense of smell.
Think about it. How would the look, sound, and smell of that imaginary Dell have affected your experience of the place and your memories of it?
If you could do it all over again, would you trade the Dell as it actually was for the new and improved, hi-tech version that I described?
A state-of-the-art, digitally remastered, designer Dell?
Be careful what you wish for, Dell rats!
As Dr. Miles J. Bennell intoned in Invasion of the Body Snatchers,
"I don't want any part of it."
Have a Shady day!