Dennis the Menace

Synopsis: Everyone's favorite kid from the comics is back. When his parents have to go out of town, he stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): Nick Castle
Production: Warner Home Video
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Hey, Mr. Wilson!

Mr. Wilson.

Mr. Wilson?

Mr. Wilson?

Poor old Mr. Wilson must be so sick.

No wonder he ain't up.


His heart sounds like

our washing machine!

Oh, no.

He's growing extra skin.

His tongue's very ugly...

and blue and spotty.


He feels warm.

He has a temperature.

I know what you need.

You need an aspirin.

Don't you ever come back!

Do you hear me?


Starting part time will give you a chance

to ease back into it.

I mean, managing shopping malls

can't be much more difficult...

than managing Dennis.

Where have you been?



I was at Mr. Wilson's house.

And, boy, is he sick.

He's got a fever, and he's burning up.

I better call Martha.

You didn't bother him, did you?

No, but I gave him an aspirin.

And he don't like them any better than me.

You shouldn't visit people

so early in the morning.

That's the only time I know for sure

they'll be home.

Hello, George. Alice Mitchell.

Are you feeling all right?

Dennis said that you...

Feeling all right!

Your son just shot an aspirin

down my throat with a slingshot!

I'm very sorry.

You better talk to him!

We'll talk to him.

When I was a child,

none of this would have been tolerated!

'Bye. 'Bye.


Did you shoot an aspirin

into Mr. Wilson's mouth?

I didn't want him to bite off my fingers

with his big, fake teeth.

Those things are sharp!

George said Dennis shot an aspirin

into his mouth with a slingshot.

What slingshot?

- Do you have a slingshot?

- I'm not sure.

Give it to me.

Mr. Wilson is very angry with you.

I thought he was sick.

I was only trying to help.

You go sit in the corner

and think about what you've done.

- For how long?

- Until you're sorry.

Oh, good. I'm sorry now.

He can't sit in the corner.

I have to take him

to Margaret Wade's house.

Margaret's house!

I didn't do anything bad enough

to deserve to go to her house.

She's a lunatic. I'll go crazy.

She tortures me.

She's mean. She's ugly. She doesn't share!

I arranged with Mrs. Wade for you

to go to their house while I work.

Are you serious?

You can't spend the summer

unsupervised. You're out of school.

I'll go back.

Your mother made arrangements.

That's it! I don't want any arguments.

My life is falling apart.

Hello, George.

Let me take that off your hands. Sorry.


I'm sorry about this morning.

I won't mince words, Mitchell.

Your kid is driving me nuts.

- I'll talk to him again.

- Maybe it isn't talk that he needs.

When my dad had something important

to tell me, he told me with his belt.

That's not how I deal with my son,

Mr. Wilson.

However you deal with him...

he hasn't learned you don't shoot

an aspirin down a fellow's throat!

- Mr. Wilson, he's five.

- When I was five, I had some respect.

You were probably an exceptional boy.

In 1925, I was not the exception,

I was the rule.

I'll make sure

Dennis doesn't come by anymore.

Careful how you say it.

I don't want everybody to think

I'm a child-hater or an ogre.

I'm a reasonable man

who expects reasonable treatment...

from his neighbors and their children.

I was with the post office

for more than 43 years, and never once...

I'm running a little late.

I'll come by after work

and we can continue the conversation.

There's nothing to continue.

I've said my piece. We'll leave it at that.

The boy cannot come over here

unless he behaves himself.

He won't be over at all.

Now don't make me out to be a grump.

I didn't say "never." I said...

I really have to go.

Well, now, don't...

Have a good day.

He's out of school now.

He can't spend all his free time here.

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Hank Ketcham

Henry King Ketcham (March 14, 1920 – June 1, 2001), better known as Hank Ketcham, was an American cartoonist who created the Dennis the Menace comic strip, writing and drawing it from 1951 to 1994, when he retired from drawing the daily cartoon and took up painting full-time in his home studio. In 1953, he received the Reuben Award for the strip, which continues today in the hands of other artists. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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