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The Wonderful World of Disney

Season 5 1958 - 1959

  • 1958-10-02T23:00:00-05:00 on ABC (US)
  • 60 mins
  • 1 day, 2 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • Animation, Children, Family

Walt Disney, one of Hollywood's most ambitious producers, was first approached to do television in 1950, when The Coca-Cola Company offered him a one-hour special. The one hour special, "One Hour in Wonderland," aired December 25, 1950 on NBC and garnered 90% of the television viewing audience. A second special, "The Walt Disney Christmas Special," aired December 25, 1951 on CBS. When Walt had drawn up plans for a theme park, known as Disneyland, he found a hard time obtaining funding; critics, including Walt's brother Roy, thought that it was unfeasible and that it would be a fiasco. At the same time, the ABC television network offered him a deal for a television anthology series. Walt wouldn't agree to it unless they put up partial financing for Disneyland (a term that had kept CBS and NBC from signing with him). ABC agreed, and also paid him $50,000 per program, an exorbitant sum for the time. The show, titled Disneyland, premiered on October 27, 1954 and was an immediate success. The program showcased original works from the Disney Studios. Cartoons, documentaries, educational shorts, all were shown to a captive worldwide audience. Variety was the key to its success, as it kept most of what it did fresh, multi-cultural and constantly changing its entertainment.

26 episodes

5x01 The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca

  • Season Premiere

    1958-10-02T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

Wherever this man went--there was trouble. Death stalked him at every turn. Elfego Baca is "The man who couldn't be killed!" Incredible...but every astounding incident actually happened.

5x02 The Pigeon That Worked a Miracle

  • 1958-10-09T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

This is a story of a young boy who raises pigeons. This boy can't walk and is in a wheelchair. One day, the life of one of the pigeons was in jeopardy from a cat and the boy shows his courage and loyalty by getting up from his wheelchair and walking to save the pigeon's life.

5x07 Ambush at Laredo

  • 1958-11-13T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

This is Part 2 of ""The Tales of Texas John Slaughter"". It begins when Frank Davis is out on bail, and since he cannot be trusted, Captain Cooper sends Slaughter and Ben Jenkins to keep an eye on him.

5x12 From All of Us to All of You

  • 1958-12-18T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Jiminy Cricket, the show's special Christmas guest, tells viewers that he has arranged a visit to the North Pole to see Santa's Workshop (as seen in a classic short cartoon). The show continues with clips from various short cartoons and features.

5x14 Noik

  • 1959-01-15T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

5x20 The Adventures of Chip 'N Dale

  • 1959-02-26T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

This is a compilation of several theatrical cartoon shorts starring Chip and Dale. It is tied together by an original song in which the two chipmunks introduce the individual shorts.

5x25 The Wetback Hound

  • 1959-04-23T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Originally released as a 20-minute short subject in 1957, Disney's Oscar-winning The Wetback Hound was expanded to 48 minutes for this Walt Disney Presents TV presentation. The titular hound is Paco, descended from a long and distinguished line of lion-hunting dogs. But much to the dismay of his master, a Mexican barber, Paco is all too easily distracted by other animals whenever he goes out on a hunt. Cowboy star Rex Allen provides the folksy narration for this gentle, laid-back nature study. The ""new"" footage of The Wetback Hound was trimmed for its 1962 rebroadcast to accommodate a lenghty promo for the upcoming Disney theatrical feature Big Red; 4 years later, the same thing happened so that Disney could advertise its new release Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N