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Leave It to Beaver -- 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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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 »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Larry Mondello's sister, although talked about, is never shown. His father is shown in one episode when all the kids gather back stage after the school play when Larry played a hop toad.See more »
Quotes:
Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver:I wouldn't wanna do anything to hurt God. He's got enough trouble with the Russians and all.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dreamaniac (1986)See more »

FAQ

On what network[s] did Leave It To Beaver air?
Why does everyone call Theodore Cleaver "the Beaver"?
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48 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Still the Beaver after all these years., 27 October 2002
Author: Junker-2 from Wisconsin

It is easy to criticize "Leave it to Beaver" today for being an overly romanticized look at family life in the late 50s/early 60s. Because, well, it is an overly romanticized look at family in the late 50s/early 60s. But so what? This is a well written, well acted sitcom. I love it for the show that it is and I don't worry about the more realistic show it could have been.

Ward and June Cleaver are raising two sons: Wally and Theodore, who everyone calls by the nickname "Beaver." (To answer an earlier reviewer, the nickname came from older brother Wally who couldn't pronounce "Theodore" when his little brother was born, instead pronouncing it "Beaver.)

Beaver is definitely not a Bart Simpson, constantly making trouble and outwitting his dad. No, Beaver is a kid who gets into trouble usually because one of his friends (Larry, Richard or Gilbert) talks him into it. It is then usually up to Ward to help straighten the situation out and gently but firmly teach Beaver the lesson to be learned.

Wally and June are equally as important. Wally is the older brother we all wish we had. And who else but June could look so perfect while fixing up a batch of our favorite cookies?

One of the biggest reasons why the show was popular then and is still popular today, however, is the supporting cast. Eddie Haskell. ("And might I add Mrs. Cleaver, that is a lovely blouse you are wearing.") Fred Rutherford. ("See you in the salt mines, Ward.") Larry Mondello. Miss Landers. Mary Ellen Rogers. Gus the Fireman. All have endured for more than 40 years and become permanent fixtures in our pop culture.

Overly romanticized? Sure. But so what. Years from now when people have forgotten almost all of the sitcoms airing today, The Beaver will still be bringing smiles to our faces.



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