8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Leave It To Beaver’
4. Cast Auditions
Tony Dow was cast in the show by fluke. He had no prior acting experience and no aspirations to become an actor. He was a Junior Olympics diving champion. In fact, he hadn’t even gone to the audition to get a part on the show — he was there to accompany a friend. The producers remembered him from the auditions when it came time to cast Beaver’s older brother, who was a high school jock, and the rest is history! When Jerry Mathers auditioned for the role of Theodore Cleaver, he showed up in a Cub Scout uniform. He won over the casting directors with his witty remarks like saying he had to “leave for his den meeting” and innocent candor which led to him being cast in the lead role.
3. Wally and the Beaver
The pilot episode which aired on April 23, 1957 was originally supposed to be called Wally and The Beaver. The name was changed on the advice of potential sponsor Remington Rand who advised against it because they thought viewers would think the show was a nature program and not a family sitcom. Another name that was in the mix was It’s a Small World — in fact the pilot aired under that title.