8 minor mistakes and tiny errors made in 'Leave it to Beaver'

We're a little worried about the Beaver messin' these little details up.

From 1957 to 1963, Leave It to Beaver painted an ideal world, where the beds are always made, the faces are always smiling and everything always turns out all right in the end.

However, even in a perfect world, we know by Beaver's prime example, we all make mistakes every now and again. The time has come today to look at the cracks in the walls of the Cleavers' lovely home.

Below, we've found tiny errors you likely overlooked while following Beaver's pint-sized adventures. From technical discrepancies to missteps in character details, these are some of the few bumps we could find in Leave It to Beaver's otherwise smooth sailing storylines.

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1. The age difference between Wally and Beaver changes.

When Leave It to Beaver starts, it's established that Wally is 12 years old and in the 8th grade. Beaver is "almost 8" and in the second grade. But somewhere in those six seasons, while Beaver aged at a normal pace, Wally's growth seemed to slow. By the final season, Wally is a senior in high school (which puts him five years down the road), and Beaver is graduating 8th grade (6 years past his second grade start). The math seems a little off, but who's counting?

2. A car gets towed that's clearly the Cleavers' car from the opening credits.

For the episode "The Parking Attendants," Wally and Eddie are serving as valets, and Eddie parks a car that is supposed to belong to Mr. Rutherford in a tow zone. When the car gets towed later in the episode, it has the exact same license plate as the car we always see parked in the Cleavers' driveway in the opening credits. Unless there's some offscreen car theft occurring, we're guessing they just hoped we wouldn't notice.

3. June's using an old calendar.

June Cleaver's picture-perfect home is invoked any time someone wants to call to mind the good old days, but it seems in at least one episode, June was running her family home off a past-due calendar. In "The Poor Loser," the 1963 episode opens up with a shot of June marking this calendar, but unless the episode happens to be arbitrarily set two years prior in 1961, the days are off to reflect to correct episode year. It's a nitpick, but hey, it could also explain why Beaver and Wally's ages can't be kept straight!

4. Eddie messes up his favorite author's name. Twice.

In the episode "Summer in Alaska," Eddie gets a summer job working on a fishing boat in Alaska, thanks to his uncle's connections. While he's boasting about all he knows about the open sea, Eddie twice references the book Two Years Before the Mast, citing the author as Charles Dana. The actual author's name was Richard Henry Dana Jr.

5. June mixes up authors, too.

But Eddie isn't the only one who gets his pop culture mixed up. In "Beaver Sees America," June Cleaver is looking over the itinerary for Beaver's upcoming trip and she notes aloud that he'll be visiting Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. This is cool, June insists, because that's where Scarlett O'Hara was born. But the character from Gone With the Wind actually wasn't born there. Instead, it was the author of the novel Gone With the Wind who June is thinking of, Margaret Mitchell. She wasn't born on Peachtree Street, either, but it is where she reportedly wrote her famous story.

We can hardly blame June, though—it's not like there was a '50s equivalent of Google to double-check!

6. You can see a string attached to the bee Beaver swats.

Here's one you may have picked up on. In "The Silent Treatment," there's a great shot of Beaver outside painting a door, when a bee starts zooming around his face. Look closely at the string and you can definitely see the nylon string the bee was attached to.

7. Record players didn't work like that, Beaver.

This minor mistake is a technicality that record fans likely chuckled about back in the day. For the episode "The Party Spoiler," Beaver's playing lots of pranks during a party Wally throws because he's feeling left out. The grand finale is a prank involving a interrupter Beaver plants on the record player to start and stop the music and make sure the dance party never really gets going.

Beaver puts the interrupter in the plug of the record player, suggesting the technology worked by cutting the power source. Yet the music stops and starts in the right place very quickly. Record players back then would've required at least some time for the belt to get the record up to the right speed, so while the effect in the episode is awesome, it requires a bit of a stretch of the imagination.

8. These girls can't help but laugh with Beaver, too.

There's a slightly vicious episode of Leave It to Beaver where a girl named Shirley decides she's going to start calling Beaver "Sheep Dog." The insult shakes Beaver up, especially since Shirley's best friends are always there to back her up by laughing at Beaver and making it worse.

When Beaver finally decides to call Shirley a name back, the girls playing her best friends are accidentally shown laughing at Beaver's remarks before they cut to the part where they console their now-crying friend. It's a minor goof, but also proof that kids can be so cruel, even in Beaver's ideal world!

 
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Madvinmryk 25 days ago
I suspect there are a lot of these editing errors through the LITB years, but in Season 1 episode 15 (the party) the opening scene in the brothers’ bedroom, the shots of Beaver looking for his other shoe has a couple of books on the floor near the dresser but the shots including Wally who is looking for his arithmetic book have no books in that location, happening several times in the scene? of course indicating that it wasn’t a continual conversation.
MrHaney 1 month ago
Mr. Haskell's name is George, but in the episode where Eddie goes home in a huff but is scared to stay in his house by himself, Ward calls Mr. Haskell "Frank" on the phone.
In the episode where Uncle Billy is getting a shave and the barbers are making odd faces at each other because they know Uncle Billy is telling lies, Beaver sees this and relays it to Ward. Beaver says "They were laughing at him without using their faces" I have always thought that was an error because they WERE using their faces. I think Jerry Mathers meant to say: "They were laughing at him without using their voices." Or "They were laughing at him without using their mouths." That is my take on the matter.
RobinOrlowski 3 months ago
There were only 3 networks back then, limited broadcast hours, not everybody did have a tv--so I'm sure most of this was inconsequential.
RetroT 4 months ago
Here's a minor critique of the critique: #7. The record players on the set of LITB would not have belts. They had idler wheels. Yes, with an idler wheel, there would still be drag when the record started back up, but not because of a belt. Belt-driven turntables started to be sold in the U.S. in the late 60s as component units, but even then, portable record players and consoles still used idler-driven turntables into the 70s.
1960sRule 5 months ago
During the Season 5 intro, June Cleaver comes out the front door carrying a full pitcher of an ice beverge and glasses on a tray. If you look closely, while June moves on the porch, the beverage and ice in the pitcher move around; however, the beverage and ice in each of the glasses does not move at all.
EveningSkye 1960sRule 2 months ago
And WHO opened and CLOSED the front door for her?
SoCalTVFan 6 months ago
You really need to remove--or at least clarify--#5 because, as @TBH711 correctly pointed out, June was talking figuratively about where Scarlett O'Hara was born, i.e., she came out of Margaret Mitchell's brain while the author lived on Peachtree Street.
thingmaker67 10 months ago
I always wonder, why do Wally and Beaver totally stare down the car that passes them in the closing credits? Like, "hey you want a piece of us?!"
TBH711 11 months ago
June was talking about Scarlet being born on Peachtree because that IS where her character was born and written into life. When an idea is Born someplace that means that is where it was thought up.

Steve jobs gave birth to APPLE in a garage in his home.

The old saying “where did you birth a story like that” means where did you come up with that idea?
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digiminer 12 months ago
Anybody notice? in Leave it to Beaver, season 3 episode 38, at the start of the episode, while the boys are cleaning out the lockers, someone throws a pistol into the trash bin. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the episode.
Paul5647 10 months ago
Yep, I noticed, was taken aback, and then realized that it was a toy gun. Still, you have to wonder why kids would bring a toy gun to school. There wouldn't be time to play anything at recess using it.
KZADad 13 months ago
Another one not mentioned here: Eddie Haskell's dad George Haskell was prominent in season 1, then disappeared for several seasons. He later came back in the episode where Eddie spent the night, but was called Frank Haskell. They later realized their mistake, and in future episodes was George Haskell again.
KZADad 13 months ago
Error in the article. Beaver's age also gets adjusted in the series. Beaver's grade advances 6 years (2nd grade to 8th grade), but Wally's grade advances only 4 (8th to 12th). The adjustment happens between seasons 4 and 5. Beaver is never in the 6th grade! He goes directly from 5th to 7th. And Wally gets "held back", repeating his Jr. year. The actors were only 3 years apart in real life, so this adjustment was probably needed to keep their ages believable in later seasons.
LavenderLady KZADad 4 months ago
Beaver went to Grant Avenue Grammar School with grades K to 6. He was in 6th grade. Sixth graders have a graduation ceremony and get a certificate like a diploma. In "Leave It to Beaver" Beaver's Graduation (TV Episode 1963) Beaver worries that he won't graduate with his grammar school class when he doesn't find his diploma while he and Gilbert are snooping around in Principal Mrs. Rayburn's office. It wasn't in the stack and he finds out later it wasn't there as Mrs. Rayburn had set it aside with the other few diplomas for students who would be on stage helping with the graduation ceremony. Beaver was one of those students. Wally did not fail his junior year of high school. If he was failing classes, he wouldn't have been allowed to play football in the fall or run track in the spring. In an early episode of the show when Beaver and Wally are discussing a note that Beaver brought home and was afraid to show his parents, he and Wally discuss Beaver being "spelled" as Beaver says meaning expelled. Wally said he would have to do something terrible for that to happen. During the bathroom chat, it comes to light that Wally had to repeat a grade and I think it was first grade. If Wally is 6 years older than Beaver, he would have been in 1st grade when Beaver was a baby. Maybe June was so busy caring for a baby that she didn't have the time to check Wally's homework each evening and perhaps he struggled. We don't know the circumstances since Beaver was shown in 2nd grade with Miss Canfield when the series starts; however, we did see a Beaver baby picture in one episode.
Draupadi913 14 months ago
In season 6 (the last season), episode 34, Beaver is graduating from grammar school (8th grade). Yet, in episode 38, he’s still in grammar school. What gives?
TMiles5247 15 months ago
You forgot about the car changing in the middle of the opening credits. The very first time you see outside the house, you can see. very briefly, the car in the drive. This car has vents in the trunk, making it a rear engine vehicle. Possible a Corvair. But when the family go out to the car, it is different.
TMiles5247 TMiles5247 15 months ago
This is in season one only
zman47240 TMiles5247 15 months ago
I believe the studio that produced LITB was contracted to use mainly Chrysler vehicles.
Taconix TMiles5247 3 months ago
Ward drives a 1957 Ford Fairlane or Custom in the 1st & 2nd seasons. In season 3 he switched to 4 door Plymouth Furys for the rest of the show. Also in seasons 3 and 4 he has a 1960 Savoy & Belevedere.
EveningSkye TMiles5247 2 months ago
Season one opening HAS NO vehicle, just writing in cement
RebeccaCarroll 15 months ago
I'm watching the whole series. Some odd things I have noticed. 1. In one episode, they get their newspaper in the evening; in the next episode, they get it in the morning. 2. They never show June and Ward's bedroom. 3. Miss Landers is Beaver's teacher for a few years in a row. 4. Beaver's chunky friend (forgot his name) disappears from the series.
In Season 6, episode 14, I just saw June and Ward's bedroom. First time I've seen it. They have twin beds and a tv in the room.
zman47240 RebeccaCarroll 15 months ago
Larry was Beavers friend who disappeared.
Carly601 RebeccaCarroll 12 months ago
When I was growing up we got a morning and an evening newspaper - the Washington Post and the Evening Star
Paul5647 RebeccaCarroll 10 months ago
Judy disappeared also and was replaces by Penny. I did hear that they were forcing the young girl who played Judy to bind her breasts to make her look younger. The girl would have none of that and left the show.
Per Internet, according to Barbara Billingsley (in her TV Archive interview), Larry Mondello's character was written out because of his overly ambitious stage mother causing grief with the producers. Rusty Stevens reprised his role of Larry Mondello in the 1983 reunion telemovie, Still the Beaver.
C2Cigars 17 months ago
The opening of Season 4. June comes out of the front door carrying a tray of drinks. She's using both hands to hold the tray, but the door appears to open and close itself.
EveningSkye C2Cigars 2 months ago
That was season FIVE
JillBaeder0 20 months ago
In the opening sequence when they are pulling out of the driveway, it's clear the rear window of the car has been removed. I suspect they did this because of glare and reflections.
crazchad24 23 months ago
In one episode can't remember outside in the front porch of the house you can see the microphone shadow of them recording beaver and his brother I believe funny.
MadMadMadWorld 23 months ago
#7 left out another mistake after the power is suddenly cut off! After the power is off from playing somewhere, the tone arm would not begin exactly where it was when the power was restored! The arm would pick up, go to the end grooves, and then move back to the start of the record and play at the beginning of the record!
I think you are incorrect about that.
MadMadMadWorld 23 months ago
#7, the famous intermittent record player gag is one of my favorite LITB bits! The shot of Lumpy "dancing" by himself in a close-up, just as the player stops again, is the funniest pic of him I've seen of him in the entire series! A very funny and well-done episode, "The Party Spoiler" aired on Dec. 27, 1962 *. I wish we could return to 1961-62, when I was a young kid and got up at 5am to see those great rocket launches in the new space race to land a man on the Moon, and return him safely to Earth, "before the decade is out."
* https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0630310
One of Lumpy's pic, but not the exact one I mentioned above with his reaction after the player stopped again! Still, a funny pic of him (Frank Bank).
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