Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Beaver's Fortune 

Beaver's last penny from his allowance buys him a ticket from a sidewalk weight/fortune telling machine that predicts good luck for him, making him think that, as a result, he can beat up the school bully.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... June Cleaver
... Ward Cleaver
... Wally Cleaver
... Theodore Cleaver
... Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)
... Whitey Whitney
Bobby Mittelstaedt ... Charles Fredericks
Callen John Thomas Jr. ... Sonny Cartwright


After spending a morning at the five and dime, Beaver and Larry each spend their last penny to weigh themselves at a weight & fortune machine. Both Beaver and Larry believe Beaver hit the jackpot when Beaver's fortune says that this is his lucky day. When they later run into Sonny Cartwright, a boy a whole year older in the fifth grade and with who Larry had a shoving altercation previously at school, Larry starts a verbal altercation, but ends up getting Sonny to challenge Beaver to a fight instead, the fight scheduled for later that day. Larry's reasoning is that Beaver's luck will protect him. Beaver believes as such until Wally tells him that there is no such thing as luck. Asking his father a general question about luck with Ward providing an answer somewhat similar to Wally's, Beaver now believes luck will not protect him in the fight with Sonny. What will a now scared Beaver do, especially as Larry tells their friends about the fight? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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5 December 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ward is trying to find some savings bonds that he remembers stuffing into a book. Some of the titles he is looking through can be identified onscreen, including "The Life and Works of Sigmund Freud" (Volume 2), by Ernest Jones (published around 1954); and "I Love Her, That's Why", an autobiography by George Burns (1955). See more »


June Cleaver: I wish you would stop tucking things away in books. Do you know you left our marriage license in a book we loaned to the Rutherfords?
Ward Cleaver: Well don't you want them to know you were married?
June Cleaver: Yes but not when.
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References The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955) See more »

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Beaver & The Bully
30 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

It happened again!

In real life, "Larry Mondello" would have no friends and not deserve any. But in this TV series, he has the loyal "Beaver Cleaver" as his best friend, despite getting the Beaver in unnecessary trouble all the time. There have been a number of these stories this season (and last year) on LITB. Here, Larry tells a school bully that "Beaver could beat you up." Beaver's stunned. "Huh," he says. He wasn't even part of this conversation, started by Larry who was going to show up that bully but when push-came-to-shove, Larry predictably backed down and then tried to get the innocent third party - Beaver - involved. Now, the older bully and Beaver are scheduled for a 3 p.m. bout and Larry is pleased - some friend.

What happens? Does the bully back down? Does Beaver get pulverized? How do the parents react when they find out what's going on? A lot of these questions have predictable answers, but there are a few surprises along the way on this one (and I liked them). Good show, once again.

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