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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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4 October 1957 (USA) See more »
The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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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)

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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Ward made at least four references to having attended high school in Shaker Heights, a town located between Mayfield and Cleveland, rendering yet another suggestion that Mayfield was most likely in Ohio.See more »
June Cleaver:Eddie seems to know a lot about the law.
Wally Cleaver:Yeah, he told his father, in three years he's going over the wall.
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34 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
The "Facts of Life" of Family Sitcoms, 21 November 2001
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

"Leave It to Beaver" (1957-1963) is a family show set in the suburban town of Mayfield that focuses on the Cleaver family: Ward (Hugh Beaumont), father and accountant; June (Barbara Billingsley), wife and stay-at-home Mom; and their two boys, Wally (Tony Dow) a teenager, and their youngest, Theodore, better known to everyone as "Beaver" (Jerry Mathers). While television of the 1950s and '60s had its share of family shows during its black and white age, including "Father Knows Best" with Robert Young and Jane Wyatt; "The Donna Reed Show" (with Donna Reed and Carl Betz); "Dennis the Menace" (starring Jay North); and later, the long running series, "My Three Sons" (1960-1972) with Fred MacMurray, it seemed unlikely that "Leave It to Beaver" would become the one sit-com to survive and continue to air on television, whether locally or on cable, decades after its concluding episode in 1963. The aforementioned family comedy shows had its share of reruns before slowly disappearing to Limbo, replaced by newer programs to its Color- oriented viewers, but this innocent black and white show which was done on film and not on video tape and to date never colorized to attract younger viewers, still entertains as is. "Leave It to Beaver" geared to its younger viewers when first aired, but today, the children who loved it back then are either adults or grandparents currently sharing their TV memories with their young ones. And the tradition continues.

Like most long-running shows, this one lasting six seasons, the earlier episodes are the best, mixing comedy, charm and well scripted dialog. It's obvious that the writer or writers who developed this program had fond memories of what it's like being a child, for that many of the show's characters, mainly children, could easily be identified by someone we at one time had know in our youth, one character in particular being Judy Henson, the school's pony tailed tattle-tale, teacher's pet and know-it-all. Beaver's closest friend during the first couple of seasons was the chubby Larry Mondello, while Wally's pals were Chester, Tooey and the conniving Eddie Haskell. Over the years, characters have come and gone, but the writers managed to find new friends for Beaver while they kept and expanded the Eddie Haskell character, played to perfection by Ken Osmond, one of the most memorable and "smooth" characters created and developed. Along the way, Chester and Tooey were just phased out, and a new character, Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford (Frank Bank) stepped in. At first, Lumpy was the neighborhood bully who hounded Wally and the Beav, to eventually became one of Wally's closest friends.

With each passing season viewers got to see the show's new opening, watching the boys growing and maturing to young adults by season six. During the final season, the instrumental theme song remained the same, though jazzed for its final season (1962- 63). By then, Beaver, the central titled character has turned 14, losing his innocent and boyish charm and becoming least interesting character. With the writers sensing this, the scripts placed Beaver in support in several episodes while stories revolved around more on Wally and his friends. There were even segments in which either Lumpy or Eddie would have almost an entire episode, but when Beaver became the central character, it lacked something, becoming mediocre episodes. By mid season, Beaver would start becoming more interested in girls. After 235 episodes, the Cleaver family went into retirement.

The amazing aspect about this program is the development of its characters, not only the central ones but the supporting crew. Aside from Ken Osmond's ever so polite Eddie, who's well mannered in front of the adults and a "big mouth, wise guy" to his pals, there's Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford, Lumpy's father; the charming Sue Randall as Miss Landers, Beaver's teacher; Burt Mustin as Gus, the fireman; Beaver's other friends including Stanley Fafara as Whitey Whitney, who appeared occasionally through the show's six seasons; Stephen Talbot as Gilbert, and Richard Correll as Richard Rickover. The show might have its share of contradiction, there was a Violet Rutherford, Fred's daughter/ Lumpy's sister, who disappeared, leaving Lumpy the Rutherfordf's only "offspring," while Gilbert Bates introduced as the only child of his widowed father, to suddenly have a mother and sister in later episodes who never appear.

Aside this being a comedy show, "Leave It to Beaver" does take time out for some tender moments. In almost every episode, after either Wally or the Beav, or both, get tangled up with problems, whether it be their fault or not, there is usually a good father to son(s) lecture, along with the moral lesson to what's occurred. One in particular line recited by Ward (Hugh Beaumont) to his wife, June, that stands out is, "The way to get your children's love is to first earn their respect." Occasionally mother June would have her moment of truth with her boys as well, giving them the lesson, value and facts of life, something currently missing in today's TV family sitcoms. And even when the parents are in the wrong, this is one of those rare cases in which the TV Dad or Mom will come out and admit it, showing its viewers that even the parents aren't perfect, but they do what's best for their children as well as learning from their own mistakes.

There are many classic episodes, the one hailed the best where Beaver gets trapped in a billboard soup bowl. Regardless of its age, "Leave It to Beaver" is harmless fun, good family viewing. There was even a 1983 reunion show, "Still the Beaver," along with a new up-to-date series, "The New Leave It to Beaver" (1985-1989). While it's good seeing those familiar faces again, a little older and slightly wiser, but minus the deceased Hugh Beaumont, who is sorely missed, nothing comes close to this original series.

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