Wally falls hard for the pretty ticket taker at the movie theater. When he takes her out on a date, he finds she is not as nice as he thought.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Diane Sayer ...
Marlene Holmes
Dennis Richards ...
A.G. Vitanza ...


Wally is smitten by a pretty young lady named Marlene, who works the ticket counter at the movie theater. With some help from Eddie, Wally summons the courage to ask Marlene out. But on date night, Wally sees another side to the woman that makes him realize she's no "box office attraction." Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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28 February 1963 (USA)  »

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When Gilbert and Beaver go down to the Madison Theatre to spy on Wally as he tries to get a date with the box office attendant, they talk in front of a poster for the current attraction, "Island of Fear". At the bottom of the poster is the note, "A Saltair-Bundy Release". Saltair Avenue and Bundy Drive are mostly residential streets in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, California, West of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Bundy actually intersects with the winding Saltair at two different corners, one North the other South of Sunset Boulevard. It is likely a neighbourhood where some members of the Beaver production staff would have lived. See more »


Gilbert Bates: [standing on the sidewalk in front of a bar 'n' grill] Hey, Beaver, let's wait here awhile.
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: How come?
Gilbert Bates: To watch people come out. Some of 'em walk and talk real funny.
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: I don't think they're funny. I think they're sad.
Gilbert Bates: Yeah, I guess so. There's nothin' sadder than seein' old people try to be happy.
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Wally and the "Bad Girl'
1 March 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

This is my personal favorite of all "Leave It to Beaver" episodes; it puts the lie to popular notions that the series consisted only of sanitized, predictable fare. Wally has been admiring Marlene, the ticket girl at the movie theater box office, from afar. It's not hard to see why: a couple of years Wally's senior, Marlene has an air of sophistication and glamor. June is perturbed by Wally's fascination with this "older woman" with the platinum blonde hair (tellingly, she accidentally refers to Marlene as "Marilyn"!), but Ward wants to give her a chance. Meanwhile, Beaver and his pal Gilbert have discovered that Marlene is a hardened "woman of the world" who frequents beer joints! Wally is left to discover the hard way what sort of a person Marlene really is. His date with Marlene is a journey into the dark side of life, reminiscent of a film noir. The moment when Wally leaves the dingy bar, then emerges back into the comfort and peace of his home, is breathtaking: a superb piece of direction and cinematography. "Box Office Attraction" takes "Leave It to Beaver" into uncharted territory, pushing the thematic envelope and yet doing so with all the taste and class which were the hallmark of the series. Be sure not to miss this great episode!

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