How many people here knew about the Wisteria Lane tie-in to Desperate Housewives, with the Beav's house being there on the same street? Also on that street are the houses from Animal House, The Hardy Boys, Providence, and even The Munsters (which is carefully shot around and never seen on the show).
Great news indeed. "The Beav" and "The Wally" and "The Ward" on DVD at last!
Season One will include "Captain Jack" (which was the 1st ep. filmed; 2nd one aired). That's the episode where Wally & Beav send away for a pet alligator, and includes the funny scene where "Minerva" (the maid who we never ever see again) comes screaming up the basement stairs -- "Help! A monster! There's an alligator in the basement!"
Followed by Ward's skeptical -- "An alligator!!??"
"Capt. Jack" also marks the first time that a toilet was ever shown on TV. (Although they only let them show the "tank" part. The "bowl" was still way out of line, censorship-wise. )
I guess TV families like Ozzie & Harriet didn't even use the facilities. Amazing they weren't all 600 pounds apiece, from holding it IN all those years.
David L. -- Interesting tidbits re. the "Beaver House". I've never even HEARD of the show "Desperate Housewives". Is that a series which features comely matrons toting machine guns and bazookas, because they are "desperate"?
Did you also know -- That the Beaver house can be seen in the 1964 flick "Send Me No Flowers" (Doris Day/Rock Hudson)?
Plus: I think the house is the same one as featured in the Humphrey Bogart 1955 film "The Desperate Hours". (Must be something that ties "desperate" people to the house at 211 Pine Street in Mayfield, USA.)
It would be very nice if Universal would include the pilot show for LITB on the S.1 DVD set (called "It's A Small World", with Casey Adams). It's not very good, but it'd be nice to have for "completist" sake anyhow. (Like "Head Of The Family" is for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" DVDs; it, too, is pretty awful, but nice to have anyway.)
FYI -- The Season-One LITB DVD set will have 39 episodes in it. Each Beaver season had exactly that number. 234 eps. for 6 seasons, with a wholly-different opening credits' scene (and music) created for each season.
Funniest show from Season 1 (IMO): "The Haircut" (October 25, 1957). Beaver loses his haircut money and resorts to clipping his hair himself -- with disastrous (and funny) results. It appears they REALLY messed-up Jerry Mathers' head here. That stocking cap probably came in handy for Jerry in real life after the filming of that great episode.
[/b] Yes, I think all those "record club" songs and artists were "made up". At least I'm doubting that there was ever a real song entitled "You Drive Me Ape, You Big Gorilla!" or "Thump, Thump, Thump, My Heart Is Marching".
However, upon further LITB reflection -- There is an episode that has Mrs. Ward (er...Mrs. Cleaver that is ) singing "I'll Never Smile Again", as Wally comes into the room, and is in shock that his mom is ... (gasp!) ... singing in the middle of the day! Hopefully, that song's rights won't block the inclusion of that scene.
Leave it to Beaver is to my generation what Brady Bunch is to the next generation. It will be nice to see these episodes complete for the very first time. They've never been available complete, either over the air or on VHS.
There's also the episode ("Happy Weekend"), which aired 46 years ago today (Christmas Day 1958), which features Ward's musical talents, as he sings a chorus of "'Nita ... Juanita ... Ask thy soul if we should part..."
Followed by Beaver's admonition: "Gee, dad, why would you sing goofy songs like that?"
David VP, you're pulling my leg, right? You've never heard of Desperate Housewives, the current ABC hit starring Teri Hatcher (the "Lois" in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Marcia Cross (used to be crazy "Dr. Kimberly" on Melrose Place), Felicity Huffman ("Dana" on Sports Night), and sexy latin newcomer Eva Longoria? Let me not overlook Knots Landings' Nicolette Sheridan, who plays the slutty character on the show, and who recently caused an FCC controversy by promoting the show "in character" (a staged "commercial", mind you, with no actual body parts seen) on Monday Night Football by approaching an NFL player in the locker room before the game and dropping her towel and jumping naked into his arms...you didn't hear about THAT? It was all over the news.
Well, tonight's your chance to get into this excellent soap-type show that's full of intrigue and comedy and drama and (not surprisingly) sexy bits. ABC is re-running the pilot episode tonight at 9/8C. It starts off with a suicide and goes from there...with the character who killed herself narrating the action! Sounds strange, but trust me it's great television, some of the best stuff in years.
Here's a page devoted to the Beav's musical career. There's also a link that will play a clip from his single "Wind Up Toy". As far as my critique...um, my mother once said if you don't have anything good to say to someone then keep your mouth closed. Thanks for the advice mom!