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For the final season, the song was given a jazz -like arrangement by the veteran composer and arranger Pete Rugolo. Though lyrics exist for the theme tune, an instrumental arrangement was used for the show's entire run.

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Occasionally, a few phrases from well-known musical compositions, such as Chopin 's " Funeral March " and " La Marseillaise ", the French national anthemwere quoted.

This CBS show required "wall-to-wall" music, a term for productions that utilize musical "tag" pieces between scenes as needed. While "The Toy Parade" theme was written for the show, incidental music was not. This is evident through the progression of the series, as the theme matured, the usual background music did not.

This is the equivalent of the "needle-drop" library of prerecorded music that is still prevalent today. This incidental music was likely a product of the CBS Television Orchestra and clearly sounds reminiscent of the early s, especially by Time setting[ edit ] The time setting of Leave It to Beaver is contemporary with its production—the late s and the early s. References to contemporary news issues or topics are infrequent.

Communism is mentioned in the episode "Water, Anyone? Contemporary cultural references are more frequent but not overwhelming. The show acknowledges the greaser subculture [21] and, in the last season, "The Twist"a popular song and dance craze of the early s. When Beaver appears on a TV show, not knowing it is being recorded to air another day, Gilbert compares the misunderstanding with "a Rod Serling Twilight Zone ".

The episode in which Beaver graduates from grammar school 8th grade is perhaps the only time a year is mentioned.

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June and Ward inspect the gift they have for Beaver's graduation and read the inscription, " Leave It to Beaver is set in the fictitious community of Mayfield and its environs. The principal setting is the Cleaver home. The Cleavers live in two houses over the series' run. However, they lived in another house prior to the start of the series. The new house stood on the Universal backlot.

The address of the first house is Mapleton sometimes Maple Drive, and the second at Pine Street. Mapleton Drive house[ edit ] Mapleton Drive house Surrounded by a picket fencethe Mapleton Drive house is two stories with a first floor kitchen, dining roomliving room and adjoining patioand at least three bedrooms on the second floor—one for the boys, one for the parents, and a guest room into which Beaver moves for a night. Pine Street house[ edit ] The Pine Street house consists of several rooms kitchen and laundry room, dining room, living room, den on the ground floor and at least three bedrooms on the second floor.

None of the furnishings from the Mapleton Drive house appear in the new house. An upholstered wing chair at the edge of the hearth in the living room is covered in a chinoiserie print.

Pine Street house in During the final episode at the Mapleton Drive house, the boys announce they are excited for the move as the new house will afford them their own separate bedrooms. Yet in subsequent episodes taking place at the Pine Street residence, the brothers apparently still share the same bedroom.

Even the arrangement of the furniture is nearly identical. After the move to Pine Street, the boys continue to attend the same schools, frequent the same hang-outs, and visit the same friends. The Pine Street house is in the vicinity of the Mapleton Drive house; in one episode, [32] Beaver and Larry walk to the Mapleton Drive house, uproot a small tree, and transport it to the Pine Street house in a wagon.

In the Pine Street house, Ward has a den near the main entry, which serves as a setting for many scenes. The garage at the Pine Street house is used less often as a setting for masculine get-togethers than the Mapleton Drive garage had been.

June and Ward's bedroom is seen for the first time in the Pine Street house. They have their own bath, sleep in twin beds and have a portable TV in the room. Themes and recurring elements[ edit ] Format and content[ edit ] Leave It to Beaver is light comedy drama with the underlying theme that proper behavior brings rewards while improper behavior entails undesirable consequences. The juvenile viewer finds amusement in Beaver's adventures while learning that certain behaviors and choices such as skipping school [33] or faking an illness in order to be the recipient of "loot" from parents and schoolmates [34] are wrong and invite reprimand.

The adult viewer enjoys Beaver's adventures while discovering tips for teaching children correct behavior and methods for successfully handling common childhood problems. Parents are reminded that children view the world from a different perspective and should not be expected to act like miniature adults.

The writers urged parents to serve as moral role models. Beaver or Wally or both get into a predicament they then try to get out of, and then face their parents for a lecture regarding the event. Lectures sometimes take the form of fables, [36] [37] with Ward allowing the boys to discover their moral meanings and applying those meanings to their lives. Occasionally, when offenses are serious, punishments such as being grounded [38] are dealt the miscreants.

The parents are sometimes shown debating the best approach to the situation. Other episodes especially in earlier seasons even reverse the formula, with Ward making a parenting mistake and having to figure out how to make up for it.

While the earlier seasons focus on Beaver's boyhood adventures, the later seasons give greater scope to Wally's high school life, dating, and part-time work. Several episodes follow Wally's acquisition of a driver's license and a car. The show's focus is consistently upon the children; June and Ward are depicted from one episode to the next as an untroubled, happily married couple. Themes[ edit ] Education, occupation, marriage, and family are presented in Leave It to Beaver as requisites for a happy and productive life.

While both boys consider prep-school educations — Wally at the Bellport Military Academy and Beaver at an eastern school called Fallbrook [40] — both remain at home and attend Mayfield High with their friends. School and homework are the bane of Beaver's existence. In "Beaver's Secret Life", the boy decides to become a writer in adulthood because "you don't have to go to school or know nothing You only have to make up adventures and get paid for it.

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Occupation is presented as important to the happy life with Ward representing the successful, college-educated, middle-class professional with a steady but obscure office job, and June, the competent and happy homemaker. When Beaver expresses interests in lower-class occupations such as garbage collectorhis parents squirm with embarrassment and discomfort. In contrast, the parents of Beaver's friend Larry Mondello are a husband frequently out of town on business and an exasperated wife struggling single-handedly to raise a son and sometimes depending on Ward to help discipline him.

The one episode dealing with divorce [44] shows it as having negative effects on children and family life. Religion is lightly touched upon in the series, if only as one of the pillars of traditional Americana. In a sprinkling of episodes, Beaver refers to having attended church earlier on a Sunday or referring to a lesson learned in Sunday School. Ward uses parables — some from the Bible — to impart wisdom to the boys after they've experienced a difficult situation.

He also often paraphrased from Greek fables to educate Wally and The Beaver about morality issues. June and Ward are keenly aware of their duty to impart traditional, but proven, middle-class family values to their boys. They do so by serving as examples in word and deed, rather than using punitive means. Ward and June are models of lates, conscientious parenting. Stay-at-home June maintains a loving, nurturing home and Ward consistently supervises the behavior and moral education of his sons.

While the series portrays the world through the eyes of a young boy, it sometimes dealt with controversial and adult subjects such as alcoholism and divorce. Her protection is frequently needed against the pernicious intrigues of Eddie Haskellwho engages in impulsive, selfish, disruptive, and malevolent schemes.

For crafty Eddie, each day is one more step toward the twilight of the adults, which will herald his ascension to neighborhood ruler. He sometimes finds himself punishing his sons for deeds he admits he committed as a child. Ward relates to the peer-pressure the boys sometimes face as when he defends them for wanting to view a horror movie with Eddie Haskell.

June objects, but Ward responds by telling her he saw hundreds of horror films as a boy and even had a subscription to Weird Tales. Ward often finds himself learning the most in the episode from something his sons, or sometimes his wife, do. Signature show elements[ edit ] Slang[ edit ] The show employs contemporary kid-slang extensively. Wally and Beaver both use "gyp" to swindle"mess around" to playand "hunka" meaning "hunk of" in relation to food portions such as "hunka cake" or "hunka milk".

The word "beef" was also used at times mostly by Wally over the course of the show's run, meaning "disagreement" as in contemporary hip-hop. Ward and June disapprove. Wally uses "sweat" to his mother's annoyance; she prefers "perspiration" and asks him not to use the slang words "flip" or "ape". Punishment[ edit ] Physical punishment looms large in the boys' imaginations, but such punishment is never seen. Though Ward tells Wally and Beaver he has never physically punished them, both boys remind their father of past incidents when he did.

In one episode, Beaver mentioned a time when he spilled ink on a rug and his father spanked him. In one episode, Larry begs, "Don't hit me! While Ward and June stress cleanliness, bathing, and good grooming ordering both boys to wash their faces, hands, and fingernails before dinnerboth boys generally prefer being unwashed and dressed in dirty clothes. In the premiere episode, [48] Wally and Beaver fake bathing by rumpling towels and tossing "turtle dirt" in the bathtub.

When Wally calls Beaver a "pig", Beaver moves into the guest room where he can be his own dirty, messy self without comment or criticism from others. Frightening shadows in the room force him back to his old bedroom and the safety of being with his brother. She is notorious among the show's fans for consistently being dressed as a party hostess, even when doing her housework or relaxing around the house. She wears stylish slacks about the house in a few early episodes, but for most of the series her wardrobe consists of simple but elegant dresses, suits, or skirts paired with blouses or sweaters and high-heeled pumps for shoes.

Many of her most attractive housefrocks were worn throughout the series' run. She wears a pearl necklace in almost every scene, even when gardening. June is thrilled when her sons are invited to cotillions and birthday parties but wrinkles her nose with disgust when they bring home wriggling earthworms or rain-soaked clothing. She was described by her husband in the series as a "former belle of East St. Now and then, she drives the family's Ford Fairlane if she has a specific errand.

Ward occasionally dries the dishes for her; at other times, she has to goad him to do minor chores or repairs around the house. June has occasional house help in the person of Minerva and in the later episodes a Mrs. Manners, who according to Beaver smells like gingerbread. June does not completely trust Ward's Uncle Billy because he fills her sons' heads with fancies of irresponsible living.

She often places Ward in a position where he must "explain" or apologize for his uncle. She is happily married with never a suggestion otherwise on the show.

Relatives[ edit ] In one episode, June has a sister named Peggy and an infant niece. She also has a spinster aunt named Martha Bronson Madge Kennedywho appears in a few episodes during the course of the series' run. No other relatives of hers appear on the show. June credits Martha with raising her, which suggests that June may have been a motherless child.

Though if this was so it is not said, when her mother died, as June tells a story of how she told a lie in school and her mother made her get up in front of the class and admit she lied.

In one episode she mentioned having lived with both of her biological parents as a child. Though Martha is a sweet, kindly woman, her "old maid" mindset irks the rugged Cleaver males. During one of her visits, she makes milk toast for breakfast and eggplant for dinner. In one episode, she buys Beaver a short-pants suit and insists he wear it to school.

In another episode, she presses her wish that Beaver attend a hoity-toity prep school on the east coastfar from home. Beaver was named after Martha's brother, Theodore. Martha gives Beaver Theodore's heirloom ring.

As a result, the writers and producers decided to make June a widow. June still lives in the same home Pine Street as the original series was set. She lives in the home with her son, Beaver now a businessman and co-owner of the Cleaver and Rutherford Co. The living arrangement began when Beaver was divorced from his wife, Kimberly, and Beaver was unemployed; it continued after Beaver found work at a business owned by Fred Rutherford and after Fred's death he and Lumpy formed their partnership.

June is a member of the Mayfield City Council. June has four grandchildren; in addition to Beaver's sons, Wally an attorney and his wife, Mary Ellen, have two children: Kelly 11 in and baby Kevin.

Kevin was born in and age-advanced to 3 years old.