Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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The Haunted House 

June lines up a dog-walking job for Beaver unaware that he and his friends believe that the owner of the dog is a witch who lives in a haunted house.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Miss Cooper
Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)


Beaver has just had a nightmare about a haunted castle filled with ghosts. He needs reassurance from Wally that haunted houses do not exist. Later, Beaver, through his mother, is offered a job walking a dog for 50-cents a day. Beaver is excited by his new job until he learns that the lady requesting his help is the one who lives in the old Cooper house. That house had sat empty for fifteen years, and Larry convinced Beaver that only a witch could live there. In reality, Miss Cooper has just returned to town to fix the place up before deciding what to do with it. Beaver tries to convince Wally or Larry to help him walk the dog - at least on the first day - but Beaver ends up at Miss Cooper's front door all by himself. Once he gets inside, will it be haunted by the witch of Miss Cooper as he expects? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family





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5 March 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Ward Cleaver: Well I'm afraid Miss Cooper that Beaver somehow has the uh idea that you're a witch.
Miss Cooper: Oh. Oh I see.
June Cleaver: He is imaginative.
Ward Cleaver: Yes but of course he'd have never got the idea at all except for all those weird monsters in the horror pictures.
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Could Have Been Much Funnier
22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beaver has a bad dream, yelling and everything and waking up everyone in the house. He dreamed he and Larry were being chased by ghosts. It's explained to him there are no such things as ghosts, but Beaver mentions the Cooper house down the street. The kids say it's haunted so, of course, Beaver believes that. Wally tells him he's a baby and "just go to sleep."

The next day Beaver and Larry are walking home from school and are stationed outside the Cooper mansion. A lady comes out and says "whoo hoo" to the boys, trying to get their attention. The boys think it's a witch and run off. That night, June gets a call from Mrs. Cooper (a woman who had been away but just returned to that house to clean it up and sell it) asking if Beaver would be interested in walking her dog for 50 cents a day. The deal is made but Beaver doesn't know until after the fact that it is the Cooper house, and now he's scared. Wally urges him to go ahead with the job or their dad is going to think he's a big baby.

With a box of cookies, Beaver bribes Larry to come with him the first day, but Larry runs off. Beaver makes it inside the house but doesn't do much better.

In the end, the lesson is not to judge people on rumors or even first impressions. That's a good lesson but the story wasn't as entertaining as it looked like it was going to be. They could have made this a very funny episode, but it didn't turn out that way.

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