Camp Runamuck

Camp Runamuck is an American sitcom which aired on NBC during the 1965-1966 television season.  The series was created and executive produced by David Swift, and aired for 26 episodes.

The series related the wacky goings-on at the titular boys’ summer camp, and at Camp Divine, its girls counterpart across the lake.  Runamuck was run by Commander Wivenhoe (Arch Johnson), a man who couldn’t stand kids, and senior counselor Spiffy (Dave Ketchum), his assistant of sorts.
Helping them out were counselor Pruett (Dave Madden), Doc Joslyn, and camp cook Malden (Mike Wagner).  Eulalia Divine (Hermione Baddeley) was the owner of the girls’ camp, which was run by chief counselor Mahalia May Gruenecker (Alice Nunn).  Nina Wayne (older sister of Carol) played Camp Divine’s curvaceous counselor Caprice Yeudleman.  The competitiveness between the two camps and the incidents and accidents that would normally occur at such summer camps – missing kids, people falling into the lake, food poisoning, and so on – formed the basis of most of the show’s plots.
The series was scheduled opposite CBS’s The Wild Wild West and ABC’s The Flintstones and struggled in the ratings.  The series was finally canceled in September 1966 after one season.
 Composer and bandleader Frank DeVol (who also wrote the series’ theme song) played the part of Doc Joslyn in the pilot episode but illness forced him to quit the role, and he was replaced by Leonard Stone for the actual series.  In April 1966, Dell Comics issued a Camp Runamuck comic book.  Some of the characters on that show were based on some of the names described in the song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” by Allan Sherman, including Joe Spivey.

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