Leave It to Beaver: Season 1, Episode 11

Beaver's Short Pants (13 Dec. 1957)

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Beaver suffers the consequences when June's beloved Aunt Martha comes to stay at the Cleavers and sends him to school dressed in her idea of what a young boy should wear to school...an old-fashioned suit with short pants and cap.


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Robert 'Rusty' Stevens ...
Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)


While June is away helping her sister Peggy with her new baby, June's Aunt Martha comes to stay with the three Cleaver males, much to Ward's chagrin as Aunt Martha even makes him feel like he's doing something wrong all the time. Ward and June both believe Aunt Martha's ways old-fashioned, but June doesn't want Ward undermining her authority during her stay. The boys even vow to their mom that they won't make any trouble for Aunt Martha. Upon seeing him, Aunt Martha believes Beaver - or Theodore she she calls him - doesn't dress like a little boy should, and thus takes him shopping for what she considers proper clothing: a suit with short pants, long stockings, bow tie and formal cap. Beaver feels embarrassed wearing his new clothes, and Wally feels embarrassed for him. Beaver isn't looking forward to school on Monday, when Aunt Martha wants him to wear his new clothes. At school, Beaver does whatever he can to prevent the other kids from seeing his new ensemble, especially the most ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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13 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Mr. Bloomgarden: Did you start this fight, Beaver?
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: No sir, my pants did.
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A father's love
22 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We always thought Ward was uptight. This is my favorite episode. Ward side steps the old lady and puts beaver in normal clothes. Beaver kisses his father before he goes off to school. I can only hope jerry mathers I looks back on this episode with fondness. A son kissing a father was not the norm on television back then when in reality most sons kissed their fathers especially in the Mediterranean cultures. Though a hokey show, it would hit the mark occasionally with a good human interest story. May Ward and June rest in peace along with Fred, lumpy, And whitey.... Show was on at a time when the public was a little more innocent.

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