Saturday, June 2, 2012
Gee whiz, Wally, June 2 is the Beaver’s birthday. Jerry Mathers is 64 today. … Two little known facts: 1) Mathers was the first child actor ever to make a deal to get a percentage of the merchandising revenue from a television show. “Leave It to Beaver” still generates merchandise revenue today. 2) The TV series is unique in 1950s sitcom history for its extraordinary number of bathroom scenes. The bedroom of the Beaver and his brother Wally has an adjoining bathroom, and, from the very beginning of the series, scene after scene is set in the bathroom. In fact, one early episode, "Child Care," is set almost entirely in that bathroom. The Beav also flees to the bathroom countless times to escape his brother when he's angry, slamming the door to express his emotions.