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Cast

Frank Bank (Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford)
Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver)
Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver)
Madge Blake (Mrs. Mondello)
Diane Brewster (Miss Canfield)
Richard Correll (Richard Rickover)
Richard Deacon (Fred Rutherford)
Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver)
Stanley Fafara (Whitey Whitney)
Tiger Fafara (Tooey)
Buddy Hart (Chester)
Jerry Mathers (Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver)
Burt Mustin (Gus)
Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskel)
Doris Packer (Mrs. Ravburn)
Sue Randall (Miss Landers)
Rusty Stevens (Larry Mondello)
Steven Talbot (Gilbert Bates)
Jeri Weil (Judy Hensler)

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Toy Parade Lyrics

The Leave It To Beaver TV theme song is based upon a children's tune called the Toy Parade written by Melvyn Leonard. The lyrics to that musical melody:

THE TOY PARADE

Here they come!
Here they come!

Hey! Here they come with a rum-tee-tum,
They're havin' a toy parade.
A tin giraffe with a fife and drum,
Is leading the goofy brigade.

A gingham cat in a soldier's hat,
Is waving a Chinese fan,
A plastic clown in a wedding gown,
Is dancing with Raggedy Ann.

Fee fi fiddle-dee-dee,
They're crossing the living room floor.
Fee fi fiddle-dee-dee,
They're up to the dining room door!

They call a halt for a choc'late malt,
or cookies or lemonade,
Then off they go with a ho ho ho,
Right back to the toy parade.

Here they Come!
Here they come!

(whistled verse)
(repeat 3rd verse)

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The 10 Neatest Episodes
by Vince Staten, written for Saturday Review and Satellite Orbit, May 1985

#153 "In the Soup" (May 6, 1961) The best of the 234 episodes. The situation is credible Ė Beaver climbs up on a billboard and falls in the ersatz soup bowl Ė but itís handled with such restraint and naturalness that it works.

Beaver and Whitey (Stanley Fafara) pass a new billboard advertising Zesto soup. On the billboard a woman is holding a large bowl of soup, with steam coming of the bowl. Whitey swears there is real soup in the bowl but Beaver way, Nah, itís just a billboard. Whitey dares Beaver to prove it isnít soup, so Beaver shinnies up the billboard. He peeps in the bowl and reports it is just a hose. But before he can climb back down, he falls into the bowl. After several unsuccessful attempts to climb out, he calls down to Whitey that he is trapped.

The firemen finally rescue Beaver, who has learned one of lifeís most valuable lessons: Donít take dares. And donít fall in billboard soup bowls.

Wards words of wisdom are: "As you go through life, try to improve yourself, not prove yourself." Ward tries to pass it off as a quote from some philosopher, but we all know that philosopherís last name was Cleaver

When people talk fondly of Leave It To Beaver, this is the episode everyone remembers.

 

#12 "Beaverís Short Pants" (Nov 22, 1957) Only an Aunt Martha could do to a kid what was done to Beaver in this episode.

When June goes to help out her sister Peggy, who has just had a baby, Aunt Martha (Madge Kennedy) arrives. She means well, but sheís a little, well, eccentric. (Ward says that whenever he is in the room with he feels like he should be apologizing for something.)

The first thing Aunt Martha does is buy Beaver a new Easter outfit: an Eton jacket, cap, knee-high socks and short pants. Not only that. She expects him to wear it to school. All is resolved without hurting Aunt Martha feelings: Beaver wears his short pants outfit out the door and then, with Wardís help, changes into normal school clothes in the garage.

Aunt Martha was a wonderful character. Itís a shame they didnít do more with her in the series. In one scene when Beaver is gulping his cereal, she warns him that heíll get curvature of the spine.

 

#63 "Wallyís Pug Nose" (Feb 5, 1959) Other episodes captured the childhood innocence that allow one to join a record club or agree to sell perfume, but this was the only one to tackle mail-order miracles cures. Wally thought a nose harness could rid him of his pug nose.

 

#77 "Found Money" (June 18, 1959) Larry Mondello is a scream in this one. Who but Larry would take money from his motherís sewing basket, toss it out the window and then tell Beaver a pilot was flying upside down and low over his house and it must have fallen out of his pockets? Beaver swallowed the story, or course.

 

#91 "Teacher Comes to Dinner" (Nov. 28, 1959) Only Leave It To Beaver explored the childhood fascination with school teachers. In this episode Larry, Whitey and Richard (Richard Correll) see Miss Landers in open-toed shoes and canít believe it because they didnít know she had toes.

 

#140 "The Big Fish Count" (Feb 18, 1961) Playing the big shot cost Eddie Haskell his part-time job. And he did it all just to impress Lumpy. This show offers insight into how low Eddie could stoop to get attention.

 

#231 "Wallyís Practical Joke" (May 23, 1963) If George Lucas didnít get the police car stunt for American Graffiti from this episode, he missed a great source of inspiration. In this one, Eddie and Wally get revenge on Lumpy by chaining his transmission to a tree.

 

#60 "Beaver Plays Hooky" (Jan. 22, 1959) What are the odds of a kid playing hooky and accidentally ending up on a television show? And that the kidís brother would be sick and home from school and see the show? Beaver, like many of us, could sin but once be the first to get caught.

 

#85 "Beaver Finds a Wallet" (April 23, 1960) This story has a bittersweet quality to it. Beaver, not known for his patience, waists 10 whole days, hoping to get possession of a wallet he found. On the last day a woman claims it. She promises a reward but never follows through on her promise, leaving Ward to restore Beaverís faith in adults.

 

#4 "Water, Anyone?" (Nov 15, 1957) Clifford Goldsmith, the man who created Henry Aldrich, co-authored this script with creators Joe Connelly and bob Mosher. Wily Beaver almost makes a killing in the retail water business after some workers cut the line. But Ward stops him before he can become a robber baron.

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Episode Listing

#1 Captain Jack
#2 The Black Eye
#3 Beaver gets Ďspelled
#4 Water, anyone?
#5 Wallyís girl trouble
#6: Part time genius
#7: New Neighbors
#8: The Haircut
#9: Brotherly Love
#10: The perfume salesmen
#11: The Clubhouse
#12: Beaverís short pants
#13: Beaverís crush
#14: Voodoo magic
#15: The paper route
#16: Party Invitation
#17: Lumpy Rutherford
#18: Child care
#19: The Bank account
#20: Lonesome Beaver
#21: The perfect father
#22: Cleaning up Beaver
#23: The state vs. Beaver
#24: Beaver and Poncho
#25: The broken window
#26: Train trip
#27: My brotherís Girl
#28: Next door Indians
#29: Music Lesson
#30: Tenting tonight
#31: Beaverís old friend
#32: Wallyís job
#33: New doctor
#34: Boarding school
#35: Beaverís bad day
#36: Beaverís poem
#37: Beaver and Henry
#38: Beaverís guest
#39: Cat out of the bag
#40: Wardís problem
#41: Beaver runs away
#42: Beaver and Chewy
#43: Lost Watch
#44: The pipe
#45: Wallyís present
#46: Her idol
#47: The grass is always greener
#48: Beaverís Hero
#49: Wallyís new suit
#50: The Shave
#51: The visiting aunt
#52: The tooth
#53: Beaverís ring
#54: Beaver gets adopted
#55: Eddieís girl
#56: The price of fame
#57: School play
#58: The boat builders
#59: The happy weekend
#60: Beaver plays hooky
#61: The garage painters
#62: Beaverís Pigeons
#63: Wally's pug nose
#64: The haunted house
#65: Wallyís haircomb
#66: Beaver and Gilbert
#67: The bus ride
#68: A horse named Nick

#69: Beaver says good-bye
#70: Beaverís newspaper
#71: Beaverís sweater
#72: Friendship
#73: The cookie fund
#74: Dance contest
#75: Forgotten Party
#76: Beaver the athlete
#77: Found Money
#78: Most Interesting Character
#79: School bus
#80: Beaverís tree
#81: Wallyís play
#82: Blind date committee
#83: Beaverís Fortune
#84: Beaver takes a walk
#85: Beaver finds a wallet
#86: Beaver takes a bath
#87: Beaverís prize
#88: Borrowed boat
#89: Beaverís Library book
#90: Baby picture
#91: Teacher comes to dinner
#92: Juneís birthday
#93: Pet fair
#94: Wallyís Election
#95: School sweater
#96: Beaver, the magician
#97: Beaver makes a loan
#98: Tire trouble
#99: Larry hides out
#100: Wallyís test
#101: Beaver and Andy
#102: Beaverís Dance
#103: The Hypnotist
#104: The Club
#105: Wally and Alma
#106: Wardís Baseball
#107: Beaverís Monkey
#108: Wallyís Orchid
#109: Beaverís bike
#110: Motherís day composition
#111: Beaver and Violet
#112: The spot removers
#113: Beaver, the model
#114: Wally, the Businessman
#115: Beaver and Ivanhoe
#116: Beaverís Team
#117: Last day of school
#118: Beaverís house guest
#119: Beaver becomes a hero
#120: Beaverís freckles
#121: Beaver wonít eat
#122: Beaverís big contest
#123: Wally, the lifeguard
#124: Beaverís IQ
#125: Beaver goes in business
#126: Wallyís glamour girl
#127: Eddieís double cross
#128: Miss Landerís Fiancťí
#129: Chuckieís new shoes
#130: Wardís Millions
#131: Teacherís daughter
#132: Beaver and Kenneth
#133: Beaverís accordion
#134: The dramatic club
#135: Uncle Billy
#136: Beaverís secret life
#137: Wallyís track meet
#138: Beaverís old buddy
#139: Beaverís tonsils
#140: The big fish count
#141: Motherís Helper
#142: Beaverís poster
#143: Wally and Dudley
#144: Beaver's report card
#145: Eddie spends the night
#146: Wallyís dream girl
#147: Mistaken identity
#148: The school picture
#149: Beaverís frogs
#150: Community chest
#151: Beaverís rat
#152: Kite day
#153: In the soup
#154: Juniorís fire chief
#155: Beaverís doll buggy
#156: Substitute father
#157: Wallyís weekend job
#158: Wallyís car
#159: One of the boys
#160: Beaverís first date
#161: Wallyís big date
#162: No time for baby-sitters
#163: Wally goes steady
#164: Beaverís birthday
#165: Beaver takes a drive
#166: Beaverís cat problem
#167: Weekend invitation
#168: Beaverís Ice Skates
#169: Beaverís English test
#170: Wallyís Chauffeur
#171: Farewell to Penny
#172: Wardís Golf clubs
#173: Beaverís electric trains
#174: Beaver and the Bunny
#175: Nobody loves me
#176: Beaverís Laundry
#177: Beaverís long night
#178: Beaverís jacket
#179: Beaverís fear
#180: Eddie quits school
#181: Three boys and a burro
#182: Wallyís stay at Lumpyís
#183: The younger brother
#184: Lumpyís car trouble
#185: Beaver the Baby-Sitter
#186: Beaverís typewriter
#187: Brother vs. Brother
#188: The merchant marine
#189: The yard birds
#190: Tennis, anyone
#191: Sweatshirt monsters
#192: A night in the woods
#193: Stocks and Bonds
#194: Long Distance call
#195: Untogetherness
#196: Wally license
#197: Wally buys a car
#198: Wallyís dinner date
#199: The clothing drive
#200: Beaverís autobiography
#201: The late edition
#202: Eddie, the businessman
#203: Beaverís football award
#204: Double date
#205: Beaver joins a record club
#206: Tell it to Ella
#207: Bachelor-at-large
#208: Beaver, the sheep dog
#209: Wallyís car accident
#210: Beaver, the hero
#211: The party spoiler
#212: The mustache
#213: The parking attendants
#214: More blessed to give
#215: Beaverís good deed
#216: The credit card
#217: Uncle Billyís visit
#218: Beaver on TV
#219: Box office attraction
#220: Beaver, the caddie
#221: Lumpyís scholarship
#222: The silent treatment
#223: Eddieís sweater
#224: Beaverís prep school
#225: Wally and the Fraternity
#226: The book report
#227: The poor loser
#228: Summer in Alaska
#229: Don Juan Beaver
#230: Beaverís graduation
#231: Wallyís practical joke
#232: The all night party
#233: Beaver sees America
#234: Family scrapbook

 

 

 

 

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