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Leave It to Beaver: The Cast Reunites to Remember the Classic TV Show

Leave It to BeaverSome of the surviving members of Leave It to Beaver recently reunited at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles.

Those attending were Frank Bank (Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford), Jerry Mathers (Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver), Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver) and Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell). Barbara Billingsley (mother June Cleaver), who is now 94 years old, was not present.

Matt Hurwitz was the event’s moderator. The actors discussed being cast on the show and their recollections of filming it. They also talked about the late Hugh Beaumont (dad Ward Cleaver), Richard Deacon (Lumpy’s father), and directors Norman Tokar and Norman Abbott.

Dow recalled that, when the Still the Beaver reunion movie was being prepared, they tried to find Robert “Rusty” Stevens, who played Beaver’s pudgy friend Larry Mondello. When the detective they hired went to his home, his wife answered. She wasn’t sure that her husband was who the detective was looking for since he’d never told her he’d been on the show.

Leave It to BeaverThe founders of Shout Factory, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, were also on hand. The gathering was held in part to promote the release of Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series on DVD. The set contains 37 discs that hold all 234 episodes as well as hours of additional features like the rare pilot, a conversation with composer Dave Kahn, and recollections by Mathers, Dow, Billingsley, Osmond, and Bank.

In addition, the set will include several two-hour audio interviews with members of the cast, courtesy of our friend Stu Shostak and his Internet radio program, Stu’s Show.

What do you think? Are you a fan of Leave It to Beaver? What are your favorite episodes from this beloved show?

 

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Karen Criswell July 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

My husband and I watch “Leave it to Beaver” every morning with breakfast before he leaves for work. Friends gave us the complete DVD series and we are just finishing the last disc this week! We also enjoy watching the original TV “Superman’s” series, surprisingly enough where we also found the actor playing “Beaver’s Dad” being rescued from a storage vault and receiving a “Citizen of the Year Award.”
We love the classic TV series’s because they show good family:
relationships, morals, actually spending quality time time and patience teaching right from wrong, explaining issues, discipline, and eating meals together as a family! All the things that could help our families and society today! Clean! Wholesome! Quality TV! :)

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Pearlie Baptist March 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I think that Wally was the perfect brother. I love all the shows. Wally was always there for this brother advising him about his parents and that Eddie. Gilbert and Larry got Beaver into so much trouble. So did Eddie, because Beaver listened to his advise. There was time that Eddie showed a good side of himself and I like those times. I watch Leave It to Beaver on 26.3 every week day morning at 7am. I love this show and I like seeing the shows over and over again. I am glad that they are shown on TV now. I did not realize that these guys were my age when I watched the show when I was younger. I am 67 years old. Thanks to the writers, the actors and shows.

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Debi Cummins November 30, 2013 at 2:28 am

I PVR the series and watch one every morning with my coffee before work and I just love it, and many mornings shed a tear! I am so addicted!

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