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Gee Wally, That’s Swell! Behind The Scenes With Leave It To Beaver - Page 40
The Finale: A Trend-Setting Sendoff: "Leave It To Beaver" was one of the first TV shows to have a series finale during the very last episode. In fact, it was the very first sitcom to do so. The only TV show that had done a similar, flashback-based episode to end a series was “Howdy Doody,” a sketch-based puppet show, in 1960.
Gee Wally, That’s Swell! Behind The Scenes With Leave It To Beaver - Page 35
Before taking the roll as Ward Cleaver, Hugh Beaumont was an ordained minister for the Methodist Church. In fact, one of the reasons he got into show business in the first place was because he was not making enough money as a minister.
Gee Wally, That’s Swell! Behind The Scenes With Leave It To Beaver - Page 51
Playing the character of Eddie Haskell, who was Wally Cleaver’s best friend, Ken Osmond auditioned and was hired for one episode. The writers/producers, however, were impressed with his performance and chemistry with the cast, and decided to keep him on for all six seasons.