Bob Hope saved Jerry Mathers' life

The two worked on a dangerous movie in 1955.

Sometimes it feels like every Beaver story has already been told. After all, that show happened long ago, and the actors were only alive to do a finite number of interesting things. They were all interviewed endlessly, so they had plenty of time to tell their best stories. 

But Beaver still has some surprises for us. The show and its cast still have some stories yet to be told. The thrill of discovering a new fold in the lore and the legend is unmatched.

Especially by 2015, one would assume that Mathers had already told all his best stories. Leave It to Beaver had, by that point, been in re-runs for fifty years, and it seemed like Mathers was never too far away from the limelight. Sure, he took lengthy breaks from acting, but the boy who was Beaver was never too shy about giving an interview or releasing a biography. So, it seemed like Mathers would be fresh out of anecdotes when he was interviewed by the Bristol Herald Courier in 2015. 

However, that very same profile piece revealed a great story. One time, Bob Hope saved Jerry Mathers from dying in a fire.

Few might recall the cameo performance a very young Mathers made in the 1955 film The Seven Little Foys.

"Bob played Eddie Foy, an American Vaudevillian actor, and I was one of his sons," Mathers later recalled.

As the real-life story goes, shortly after Christmas 1903, Foy was performing at Chicago's Iroquois Theatre when a fire erupted. He tried his best to calm the panicking audience but to no avail. The accident was later recreated in the 1955 film by setting the stage curtain on fire with gasoline.

"But they used too much," said Mathers. "The actors and extras began running out the door. I was up on a scaffold behind the stage and the flames were getting close."

That's when Old Ski Nose saved the day.

"Bob climbed a ladder to get me," Mathers recalled. 

Two years later, the young lad would make his debut in Leave It to Beaver, where he appeared in each of the show's 235 episodes.

Watch Leave It to Beaver on MeTV!

Weekdays at 8 & 8:30 AM, Sundays at 1 & 1:30 PM

*available in most MeTV markets
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Close

17 Comments

Cougar90 3 months ago
A new title for Bob Hope. Action Hero!
top_cat_james_1 3 months ago
Mathers also appeared in Hope's "That Certain Feeling" (1956), where Ski-Nose played a cartoonist.
I saw it on TV back in the mid-Eighties, and haven't seen it aired since. C'mon, TCM!
top_cat_james_1 9 days ago
This comment has been removed.
Runeshaper 3 months ago
Way to go Bob Hope! He was a hero that day.

Side Note: The Seven Little Foys was a GREAT film!
Tresix Runeshaper 3 months ago
Billy Gray of “Father Knows Best” fame was also in that movie. He plays Dot’s eldest son. There’s a scene where the boy gets busted peeking into the showgirls’ dressing room. Eddie gives the son a slap across the face. “I think I’m supposed to do that.” Eddie says, “But I guess no matter how hard I hit you, it’s not gonna stop you from growing up.” “Well, you came darn near close!” The son responds while rubbing his cheek.
Runeshaper Tresix 3 months ago
hahahaha that's GREAT!
Tresix Runeshaper 3 months ago
I don’t know how “Foy” ended up becoming “Dot”.
LoveMETV22 3 months ago
" Sometimes it feels like every Beaver story has already been told."
----------------------------------------------------------------
It does feel that way. Wonder though if Jerry Mathers has other moments he would share with
MeTV Staff. He has done several promos for the network. Hopefully the relationship or connection is still there between Weigel and Mr. Mathers. It always makes for interesting articles.
Load previous comments
WGH LoveMETV22 9 days ago
I don't mind people like that. Sometimes they're just lonely people I don't need a formum like this to have some sort of relationship with other people.
LoveMETV22 WGH 9 days ago
I'm guessing you're referring to the post about Stephen Talbot/ or my message to Pacificsun?
Although not quite clear the point you're trying to make?
Although your comment/point (" I don't need a formum like this to have some sort of relationship with other people."), isn't quite clear, meaning I'm not sure of its intent, or are you trying to imply something? Not meant disrespectfully, it's just not clear.
LoveMETV22 WGH 9 days ago
People like who?
LoveMETV22 WGH 9 days ago
If it's the supposed Stephen Talbot, there have been a few users/visitors over time that have come on to this forum/website/ or however one wishes to phrase it, claiming or trying to represent themself as the actual celebrity. That is extremely unlikely, and it's more a sickness.

There was a user a time back claiming to be Kami Cotler from the "Waltons" again most likely a poser. If those individuals are trying to fill a void in their lives, it's unfortunate. I know Weigel doesn't need to do anything about it , unless it becomes a problem, but it's really sad those individuals chhose this website to fufill their need. Oh well that's life I guess.
GOOSEYGOOSE9 3 months ago
Bob hope had rescued jerry mathers
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?