Leave It to Beaver: The Paper Route (1957)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In order to afford new bicycles, Beaver (Jerry Mathers) and Wally (Tony Dow) take up a paper route. Thanks to a series of misunderstandings, the boys' parents Ward (Hugh Beaumont) and June (Barbara Billingsley) end up delivering the papers themselves -- and nearly get Beav and Wally fired in the process! This is the first Leave It to Beaver episode to feature a pre-credit "preview" without Hugh Beaumont's narration (a device that would be abandoned after the series' first season). And incidentally, the actor playing Mr. Merkel is former child star Jackie Kelk, best known as Homer on the old Henry Aldrich radio show.