Darlene Gillespie was originally seen as the "star" of The Mickey Mouse Club. However the kids of America crowned their own star- Annette Funicello. So Walt Disney rushed to get her into movies- the first of which was The Shaggy Dog alongside Fred MacMurray and Tommy Kirk. It would be the first of many films teaming Annette with Tommy Kirk, who would play her boyfriend in most of them. All three would eventually become Disney Legends- Fred MacMurray in 1987, Annette Funicello in 1992 and Tommy Kirk in 2006.