Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Sneaky Frankie Bennett tells Beaver that he can win a new bicycle by entering a popular television show's Franklin Milk bottle cap contest; but Beaver and big brother, Wally, cause quite a ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver
Max Showalter ... Ward Cleaver (as Casey Adams)
Jerry Mathers ... Theodore Cleaver
Paul Sullivan Paul Sullivan ... Wally Cleaver
Richard Deacon ... Mr. Baxter
Diane Brewster ... Miss Simms
Joseph Kearns ... Mr. Fred Crowley (as Joe Kearns)
Russell Thorson ... Man with Milk Bottles (as Russ Thorson)
Leonard Bremen ... Milk Bar Proprietor (as Lennie Bremen)
Harry Shearer ... Frankie Bennett
Tommy Randall Tommy Randall ... Frankie's Friend
Tim Graham ... Doc
Virginia Carroll ... Nurse


Sneaky Frankie Bennett tells Beaver that he can win a new bicycle by entering a popular television show's Franklin Milk bottle cap contest; but Beaver and big brother, Wally, cause quite a commotion at the milk company's office when no one there seems to know anything about a contest after the boys show up to claim their prize pulling a wagon loaded with a thousand bottle caps. Written by shepherd1138

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

23 April 1957 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Revue Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Paul Sullivan appeared only in the pilot as Wally Cleaver. Tony Dow appeared in the series proper as Wally for all the episodes. This was because Sullivan had grown too tall in between pilot and series. See more »


June Cleaver: Ward, can you see any possible use for Franklin Milk bottle caps?
Ward Cleaver: Yeah. To hold the Franklin Milk in the Franklin Milk bottles.
June Cleaver: The boys have got a whole dishpan of them upstairs. They've been collecting them all week.
Ward Cleaver: It's nothing to be alarmed about. In my day, the collecting instinct was strong in every American boy worth his salt. I'm happy to see it has survived television, child psychology and the inroads of progressive education.
June Cleaver: I think I'm going to ask them why they're collecting those...
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Wow, What A Shock!
16 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was the pilot episode of this television series. Thank goodness they made some major changes before the actual first season began because there were some actors who needed to be replaced. Meanwhile, what a shock to see some of the show's regulars as other people on this episode. For instance: Ward Cleaver is played by Casey Adams. He's all right. He's kind of goofy-looking but he wasn't as bad as I would have guess after I first saw him. I don't say he could have done as good a job as Hugh Beaumont, but he was acceptable. June Cleaver had a different longer hairstyle and looked actually prettier with it. However, when she kissed Casey on the lips right off the bat, I felt she was cheating on Beaumont! I was offended. Beaver - still Jerry Mathers - was a tiny bit smaller than what we saw on the first season, but basically the same kid and character. Wally - this was the weirdest and worst aspect of the pilot. Unlike Tony Dow's character, this kid (Paul Sullivan) wasn't as nice as Dow, calling Beaver "stupid" right off the bat and not having the wholesome appealing personality of Dow, although he did treat the Beaver better as the episode went on. Two of Wally's friends are pictured, and they are greasy-looking punks. They make Eddie Haskell appear likable. They were never seen in the series - another smart move.

Beaver and his brother then go to the Franklin Milk Company to cash in bottle caps for a bicycle that one of Wally's friends said he saw on a TV program, sponsored by the milk. (The mean kid just made up the story, he said, to get rid of "that creep Beaver who is always hanging around." Who's the secretary: one of Beaver's teachers in the show (Diane Brewster, who in here is "Miss Simms"). She calls out the boss, "Mr. Baxter." Who's the boss? Richard Deacon, alias "Fred Rutherford" the famous nerd-neighbor of the Cleavers and Lumpy's father. Here, he is somebody totally different. Other notes: Beaver called Ward "daddy," which he never did to Beaumont; Casey is seen smoking a cigarette a few times, something Beaumont never did. After all this happened and my shock wore off, I enjoyed the story which was the typical nice one with a happy ending that almost brought a tear to my face. At least the writers were the same, but this show was still a shock!

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