Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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The Dramatic Club 

Beaver balks at playing the lead in his school play 'The Little Dutch Boy' when his role includes kissing his co-star...the little Dutch girl!



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Episode complete credited cast:
June Cleaver
Miss Alice Landers
Gilbert Bates
Karen Sue Trent ...
Penny Woods
Keith Taylor ...
Richard Rickover (as Richard Correll)
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Prescott (as Katharine Warren)
Betty Lynn Budzak ...
Victoria Bennett


When Ward and June want Beaver to get more involved in school activities, Beaver decides on trying out for the dramatic club, which will be performing a play of Miss Landers' choosing. He figures playing a tree in the kindergarten play was a good grounding for whatever the fifth grade production. Not only does Beaver make it into the club, but he is chosen to play the lead in "The Little Dutch Boy". Miss Landers chose Beaver for the lead in part because she felt he was the most mature of the boys to handle what could be considered the most controversial scene, controversial at least for a fifth grader. Beaver works hard on learning his lines until he gets to that controversial scene: when the Little Dutch Boy kisses the Little Dutch Girl named Gretchen. Beaver is adamant that he won't do it, not wanting to kiss any girl for fear of being laughed at, especially by the other boys. Speaking to Ward, Wally and Victoria Bennett (who is playing Gretchen) gives Beaver three different ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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11 March 1961 (USA)  »

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A teacher tells Miss Landers that she had Gilbert's dad as a student. It was revealed in episode "Beaver and Gilbert," that Gilbert was "the new kid" suggesting he had just moved to "Mayfield." See more »


Wally Cleaver: [Beaver gets the lead in a school play, then learns he has to kiss a girl in the story. He agrees, on condition that his family won't attend. After the play, the questioning:] What happened when you kissed Vicky?
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: Well, nothin'. I kissed her, then I climbed out of the castle window, and that was all.
Ward Cleaver: Well, now, then, that wasn't so bad after all, was it son?
Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver: No. But I don't think I'll ever get to where I enjoy it as much as Wally does.
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