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Leave It to Beaver: Season 6: Episode 39 -- June uncovers a long-forgotten scrapbook and calls Ward and the boys in to see. The family reminisces over events from previous episodes.

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
4 October 1957 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A wonderful mix of nostalgia and relevance See more (61 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 119)

Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver (235 episodes, 1957-1963)

Jerry Mathers ... Theodore Cleaver (235 episodes, 1957-1963)

Hugh Beaumont ... Ward Cleaver (234 episodes, 1957-1963)

Tony Dow ... Wally Cleaver (234 episodes, 1957-1963)

Ken Osmond ... Eddie Haskell (96 episodes, 1957-1963)
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Series Directed by
Norman Tokar (93 episodes, 1957-1960)
David Butler (58 episodes, 1959-1963)
Norman Abbott (43 episodes, 1960-1962)
Hugh Beaumont (23 episodes, 1960-1963)
Earl Bellamy (4 episodes, 1960-1963)
Gene Reynolds (3 episodes, 1960)
Charles F. Haas (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
Anton Leader (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jeffrey Hayden (2 episodes, 1962)
 
Series Writing credits
Joe Connelly (235 episodes, 1957-1963)
Bob Mosher (235 episodes, 1957-1963)
Dick Conway (72 episodes, 1958-1963)
Roland MacLane (72 episodes, 1958-1963)
Bob Ross (13 episodes, 1958-1962)
George Tibbles (12 episodes, 1958-1961)
Katherine Albert (12 episodes, 1959-1963)
Dale Eunson (12 episodes, 1959-1963)
Mathilde Ferro (10 episodes, 1959-1963)
Theodore Ferro (10 episodes, 1959-1963)
Joseph Hoffman (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Bill Manhoff (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
Mel Diamond (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ben Gershman (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Fran Van Hartsveldt (3 episodes, 1958)
Phil Leslie (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Hendrik Vollaerts (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
John Whedon (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Richard Baer (2 episodes, 1958)
Ed James (2 episodes, 1958)
Arthur Kober (2 episodes, 1960)
Kenneth A. Enochs (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
Wilton Schiller (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
Lou Breslow (2 episodes, 1961)
Allan Manings (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Hugh Beaumont (1 episode, 1959)

Series Produced by
Joe Connelly .... producer (234 episodes, 1957-1963)
Bob Mosher .... producer (234 episodes, 1957-1963)
Daniel A. Nathan .... associate producer (21 episodes, 1957-1958)
Harry Ackerman .... executive producer (20 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Original Music by
Pete Rugolo (28 episodes, 1962-1963)
Paul J. Smith (26 episodes, 1962-1963)

Dave Kahn (unknown episodes)
Joseph Weiss (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Mack Stengler (142 episodes, 1958-1962)
Jack MacKenzie (42 episodes, 1962-1963)
William A. Sickner (38 episodes, 1957-1959)
Fred Mandl (6 episodes, 1962)
Ray Rennahan (3 episodes, 1958)
Ray Flin (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert Seiter (111 episodes, 1959-1963)
Richard Belding (90 episodes, 1957-1960)
Eugene Pendleton (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Marsh Hendry (7 episodes, 1957-1958)
Roy V. Livingston (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Stanford Tischler (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Danny B. Landres (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Bud S. Isaacs (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Art Direction by
John Meehan (159 episodes, 1957-1962)
Frank Arrigo (24 episodes, 1962-1963)
Alexander A. Mayer (18 episodes, 1961-1962)
John J. Lloyd (12 episodes, 1958-1963)
George Patrick (5 episodes, 1958-1963)
Arthur Lonergan (5 episodes, 1960)
Howard E. Johnson (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
Russell Kimball (3 episodes, 1963)
Loyd S. Papez (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
 
Series Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (111 episodes, 1960-1963)
Ralph Sylos (104 episodes, 1957-1963)
James Redd (85 episodes, 1958-1963)
James M. Walters Sr. (14 episodes, 1958-1963)
Perry Murdock (13 episodes, 1961-1963)
Julia Heron (6 episodes, 1961-1963)
George Milo (5 episodes, 1957)
Robert C. Bradfield (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Glen Daniels (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Costume Design by
De De Johnson (1 episode, 1960)

Constance Edney (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (235 episodes, 1957-1963)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (227 episodes, 1957-1963)
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1959-1961)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director / first assistant director (193 episodes, 1958-1963)
Will Sheldon .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1958)
Hilton A. Green .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1957-1958)
John Pommer .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ronald R. Rondell .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957)
James H. Brown .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958)
Frank Fox .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Sound Department
William H. Lynch .... sound (171 episodes, 1958-1963)
Sam Caylor .... sound effects editor (56 episodes, 1961-1962)
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (41 episodes, 1957-1958)
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (7 episodes, 1958-1963)
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Lyle Cain .... sound (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
Howard Fogetti .... sound (2 episodes, 1960)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... key grip (2 episodes, 1957)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (235 episodes, 1957-1963)
De De Johnson .... dresses: Miss Billingsley (18 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head / editorial supervisor (128 episodes, 1960-1963)
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor (107 episodes, 1957-1960)
 
Series Music Department
Jack Wadsworth .... music supervisor (66 episodes, 1960-1962)
Michael F. Johnson .... music supervisor (50 episodes, 1959-1960)
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (43 episodes, 1957-1963)
Frederick Herbert .... music supervisor (36 episodes, 1958-1959)
Joseph E. Romero .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1958)
Frank Morriss .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1960-1961)

Mort Greene .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
Melvyn Lenard .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Richard Michaels .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1960)
 

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30 min | USA:30 min (234 episodes)
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Trivia:
The pilot of the show, "It's a Small World", was first broadcast on April 23, 1957 on a syndicated anthology series, Studio 57. It did not have a laugh track or the opening a closing theme. It never aired within the series itself.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Willet:Mr. Whitney?
Hubert 'Whitey' Whitney:Who, me?
Mr. Willet:Yes. I spoke to you yesterday about making faces at Miss Hensler, didn't I?
Hubert 'Whitey' Whitney:I'm not making faces Mr. Willet. I just can't help laughing when I look at her.
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On what network[s] did Leave It To Beaver air?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful mix of nostalgia and relevance, 2 February 2011
Author: narnia4 from United States

Leave it to Beaver has been somewhat maligned for representing an idealized, almost utopian view of the 1950's (although half the episodes aired in the next decade) where everyone is in his place... the sons go to the school dances and participate in sports and take the girls out on nice, proper dates (as well as always addressing their father as "sir"), the father goes to work and comes back to read the paper, and the wife is in, you guessed it, the kitchen. Among certain circles "June Cleaver" is seen as a dirty name.

If you watch the series, however, the show is much more than its reputation. Ward and June Cleaver are not the perfect parents, they are merely very good parents. It almost should be remembered that the world is seen through the eyes of Beaver Cleaver, the show's star. Keeping that in mind, it shouldn't be a surprise that we rarely see the parents argue (and also why we never learn what Ward's job actually is) and the world in general is seen as a pretty friendly place. The family system is very idealized and it's refreshing to watch. The show has a nostalgic vibe no matter what the age of the viewer (my father was a toddler when it aired and I can still feel nostalgic about it) because it does idealize values that are still cherished by people all over the world- decency, honesty, responsibility, family... the Cleavers are great with all these things just about every episode. It's also a very comfortable show... it isn't aiming for laughs that will put you on the floor laughing, but it will consistently get a chuckle out of people.

Because the Cleavers are idealized, some may see the show as "dated" because the 21st century has a more cynical approach to family. This is not to say that television that strives to show a realistic family situation is bad or wrong, only that showing an idealized version of the family isn't wrong either. What is often overlooked, however, is that many issues are addressed throughout the series run. Some things that may have been more acceptable in that era are frowned upon in LitB, and serious issues are dealt with throughout the series. Racism, alcoholism, divorce, and more that would surprise those who know the show only be reputation. Very often other children would talk about their father beating them (something Ward absolutely never did... not even spankings), and although these lines are often played for laughs there is a definite somber tone as well. And as a younger person watching the show, I see the same basic social issues being dealt with by Beaver and his brother Wally as kids and even adults deal with today. The things that Beaver or Wally do wrong every week (the show has one basic formula, but it works well) may seem small and petty in comparison to what many of us have done, but many of the same principles are involved in the reasons behind the wrong actions and the solutions. So in this way, Leave it to Beaver is both tremendously old-fashioned and relevant to any culture in which humans are involved.

As far as specifics about the cast, they're all iconic characters with the nasty, conniving Eddie Haskell being one of the greatest TV character ever. Ward's wisdom is always a nice treat, and I believe that June Cleaver has more depth and strength than she's given credit for (there are a few times when you wonder who wears the pants in the family!). One of the biggest drawbacks of the show is the older Beaver in the later seasons. He's still saying the same lines that are supposed to be cute and innocent, the problem is Mathers wasn't cute and innocent anymore, he was a teenager. That's partly why the show finally ended with the cast moving on to different things.

So all in all, it's a show that I can't recommend enough.

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