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Leave It to Beaver

Leave It to Beaver's title screen from 1957 to 1958
Genre Sitcom
Created by Bob Mosher
Joe Connelly
Starring Barbara Billingsley
Hugh Beaumont
Tony Dow
Jerry Mathers
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 235 (including pilot)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS (season 1)
ABC (seasons 2-6)
Original run October 4, 1957June 20, 1963
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Leave It to Beaver is an iconic American television situation comedy about an idealized American family of the 1950s and early 1960s. It stars Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers ("as The Beaver", as the opening credits put it). Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Image File history File links Beavertitlea. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Bob Mosher (d. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hugh Beaumont, American actor, director, and Methodist minister, 1909-1982 Eugene Hugh Beaumont (February 16, 1909 - May 14, 1982) was an American actor, television director, and Methodist minister. ... Anthony (Tony) Lee Dow (born April 13, 1945 in Hollywood, California), is an American film producer, director and TV child actor of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Jerry Mathers (born June 2, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa), is an American television, film and stage actor, best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963), in which he starred as Ward and June Cleavers youngest son, Theodore Beaver Cleaver, a... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1957 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1962 in television, other events of 1963, 1964 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1963-64 American network television schedule. ... Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy that ran from 1957 to 1963. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or of a poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hugh Beaumont, American actor, director, and Methodist minister, 1909-1982 Eugene Hugh Beaumont (February 16, 1909 - May 14, 1982) was an American actor, television director, and Methodist minister. ... Anthony (Tony) Lee Dow (born April 13, 1945 in Hollywood, California), is an American film producer, director and TV child actor of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Jerry Mathers (born June 2, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa), is an American television, film and stage actor, best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963), in which he starred as Ward and June Cleavers youngest son, Theodore Beaver Cleaver, a...


CBS first aired the show on October 4, 1957, but decided to drop it within a year. ABC picked it up and ran it for another five years, from October 2, 1958 to June 20, 1963. It was produced by Gomalco Productions (1957-1961) and by Kayro Productions (1961-1963), and distributed by Revue Studios. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... October 2 is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Revue Studios was founded in 1943 by MCA to produce live shows. ...

Contents

Premise

The show is built around young Theodore Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) and the trouble he gets himself into while navigating his way through an often-incomprehensible, sometimes-illogical world. When he was a baby, his older brother Wally (Tony Dow) mispronounced "Theodore" as "Tweedor". Their firm-but-loving parents, Ward (Hugh Beaumont) and June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley), felt "Beaver" sounded better. Theodore Beaver Cleaver is a fictional character in the popular American television show Leave It to Beaver. ... Jerry Mathers (born June 2, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa), is an American television, film and stage actor, best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963), in which he starred as Ward and June Cleavers youngest son, Theodore Beaver Cleaver, a... Wally Cleaver is a fictional character, the older brother of Beaver Cleaver on the popular U.S. television show Leave It to Beaver. ... Anthony (Tony) Lee Dow (born April 13, 1945 in Hollywood, California), is an American film producer, director and TV child actor of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Hugh Beaumont Ward Cleaver is a fictional character played by actor Hugh Beaumont on the Leave It to Beaver situation comedy which ran on CBS from October 4, 1957 to 1958 and then on ABC from 1958 to June 20, 1963. ... Hugh Beaumont, American actor, director, and Methodist minister, 1909-1982 Eugene Hugh Beaumont (February 16, 1909 - May 14, 1982) was an American actor, television director, and Methodist minister. ... June Cleaver is a fictional character, the matriarch of the Cleaver clan on the US television series Leave It to Beaver. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Beaver's friends include the perpetually apple-munching Larry Mondello (Rusty Stevens) in the early seasons, and, later, Gilbert Bates (Stephen Talbot), as well as the old fireman, Gus (Burt Mustin). His sweet-natured-but-no-nonsense elementary school teachers are Miss Canfield (to whom Beaver declares his love in the episode entitled "Beaver's Crush") (Diane Brewster) and Miss Landers (Sue Randall); Mrs. Rayburn (Doris Packer) is the principal. In the early seasons, Beaver's nemesis in class is Judy Hensler (Jeri Weil). It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Leave It to Beaver. ... Robert Rusty Stevens (born November 25, 1948) is an American former actor, best known for his role as Larry Mondello, Theodore Cleavers perpetually-eating friend in the original Leave It to Beaver television series. ... Gilbert Bates is a major game character in the computer role-playing game, Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. ... Stephen Talbot, (born, Stephen Henderson Talbot on February 28, 1949, in Los Angeles, California, USA), is an American award-winning TV reporter, writer, and producer and TV child actor of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Burt Mustin (February 8, 1884 - January 28, 1977) was an American salesman and character actor born Burton Hill Mustin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Leave It to Beaver. ... Diane Brewster (1931-1991) was an American television actress most noted for her role as Samantha Crawford in the 1957 television series Maverick, a sophisticated western featuring James Garner and Jack Kelly. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Leave It to Beaver. ... Marion Burnside Randall, more commonly known as Sue Randall, (October 8, 1935 — October 26, 1984) was an American actress best known for her role as Miss Landers in Leave It to Beaver, in which she played Beavers grade-school teacher. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Leave It to Beaver. ... Doris Packer, real name Doris Edwards, (May 30, 1904 — March 31, 1979) was an American actress best known for her role as Mrs. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Leave It to Beaver. ... Jeri Warner Weil (born May 15, 1948 in California) is an American former actress, best known for her role as Judy Hensler, Theodore Cleavers brown-nosing and back-stabbing classmate in the original Leave It to Beaver television sit-com series. ...


Beaver's brother Wally is popular with both peers and adults, getting into trouble much less frequently. He letters in four sports and has little difficulty attracting girlfriends, among them Mary Ellen Rogers (Pamela Baird) and Julie Foster (Cheryl Holdridge). His pals include the awkward Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford (Frank Bank) and smart aleck Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond), the archetype of the two-faced wise guy, a braggart among his peers and an obsequious yes man to the adults he mocks behind their backs. Eddie often picks on the Beaver. A letterman, in U.S. sports, is a high school or college athlete who has met a specified level of participation on a varsity athletic team. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Leave It to Beaver. ... Pamela Baird (also credited as Pamela Beaird and Pamela Beard) is an American former actress, best known for her role as Mary Ellen Rogers, Wally Cleavers girlfriend in the original Leave It to Beaver television sit-com series. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Leave It to Beaver. ... Cheryl Holdridge (born June 20, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a United States actress. ... A character on the hit TV show Leave it to Beaver played by Frank Bank. ... Frank Bank (born April 12, 1942 in Los Angeles, California) is an American former actor, best known for his role as Clarence Lumpy Rutherford on TVs Leave It to Beaver. ... Actor Ken Osmond starred as Eddie Haskell in the original TV sitcom Leave It to Beaver Eddie Haskell (also known as Edward Clark Haskell) is a fictional character of the Leave It to Beaver television situation comedy which ran on CBS from October 4, 1957 to 1958 and then on... Ken Osmond (born June 7, 1943) is an American actor best known for his role of the fictional character Eddie Haskell on the original Leave It to Beaver television situation comedy which ran on CBS from October 4, 1957 to 1958 and then on ABC from 1958 to June 20... An archetype is a generic, idealized model of a person, object, or concept from which similar instances are derived, copied, patterned, or emulated. ... Yes man is a pejorative term (borrowed from the German Jasager) for a person who outwardly displays agreement with his superiors opinions in order to gain power or prestige. ...


The family lives in the fictional town of Mayfield. Beaver attends Grant Ave. Grammar School, and Wally, Mayfield High School (after graduating from Grant Ave. in season one).


Cast

The following is a list of actors who appeared in the original American television series Leave It to Beaver, alongside the character(s) they played. ...

Main characters

  • Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver. Billingsley has said that June Cleaver's wardrobe was more than a fashion statement.[citation needed] The pearl necklace hid neck shadows and high-heeled shoes were employed to offset the boys' growing height.
  • Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver. Before he made Ward Cleaver his acting trademark, Beaumont sometimes played villains in film and television. He directed a number of Leave It to Beaver episodes in the last two seasons, including the final one, the retrospective "Family Scrapbook".
  • Tony Dow as Wally Cleaver.
  • Jerry Mathers as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver. The casting directors noticed that Mathers was uneasy at the auditions and asked him where he'd rather be. Mathers replied that he'd rather be at camp. That boyish youthfulness got Mathers the part of Beaver.[citation needed]

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Supporting characters

  • Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell.
  • Diane Brewster as Miss Canfield (October 4, 1957 — March 21, 1958), Beaver's first teacher at Grant Ave. Grammar School, and later the school's principal. Brewster also played Miss Simms in the pilot episode.
  • Sue Randall as Miss Alice Landers (October 16, 1958 — June 20, 1963), Beaver's teacher, replacing Miss Canfield.
  • Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates (March 19, 1959 — June 6, 1963). Before settling in Mayfield, the Bates family traveled a lot due to Gilbert's father's work, and "Gil," as his father John Bates calls him, tends to make up stories about his family in order to get his classmates to accept him. In the episode "Beaver and Gilbert", Beaver and Gilbert become embroiled in a brawl on the Cleavers' front lawn, but eventually patch up their differences and become close friends.
  • Rusty Stevens as Larry Mondello. (November 22, 1957 — June 20, 1963)
  • Richard Correll as Richard Rickover. (April 30, 1960 — October 18, 1962)
  • Stanley Fafara as Hubert "Whitey" Whitney. (October 4, 1957 — June 6, 1963)
  • Jeri Weil as Judy Hensler. (October 4, 1957 — October 15, 1960)
  • Burt Mustin as Gus the fireman. (October 4, 1957 — February 24, 1962)
  • Frank Bank as Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford.
  • Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford, Lumpy's pompous, demanding father and Ward Cleaver's equally pompous, smug co-worker.
  • Buddy Hart as Chester Anderson.
  • Tiger Fafara as Tooey Brown. Tiger is Stanley's brother.
  • Pamela Baird as Mary Ellen Rogers (April 16, 1958 — June 20, 1963), Wally's first girlfriend.
  • Cheryl Holdridge as Julie Foster (January 7, 1961 — April 11, 1963), another of Wally's girlfriends

Ken Osmond (born June 7, 1943) is an American actor best known for his role of the fictional character Eddie Haskell on the original Leave It to Beaver television situation comedy which ran on CBS from October 4, 1957 to 1958 and then on ABC from 1958 to June 20... Actor Ken Osmond starred as Eddie Haskell in the original TV sitcom Leave It to Beaver Eddie Haskell (also known as Edward Clark Haskell) is a fictional character of the Leave It to Beaver television situation comedy which ran on CBS from October 4, 1957 to 1958 and then on... Diane Brewster (1931-1991) was an American television actress most noted for her role as Samantha Crawford in the 1957 television series Maverick, a sophisticated western featuring James Garner and Jack Kelly. ... Marion Burnside Randall, more commonly known as Sue Randall, (October 8, 1935 — October 26, 1984) was an American actress best known for her role as Miss Landers in Leave It to Beaver, in which she played Beavers grade-school teacher. ... Stephen Talbot, (born, Stephen Henderson Talbot on February 28, 1949, in Los Angeles, California, USA), is an American award-winning TV reporter, writer, and producer and TV child actor of the 1950s and 1960s. ... Robert Rusty Stevens (born November 25, 1948) is an American former actor, best known for his role as Larry Mondello, Theodore Cleavers perpetually-eating friend in the original Leave It to Beaver television series. ... Richard Correll, born 14 May 1948 in California, is a TV director sometimes credited as Rich Correll. ... Stanley Albert Fafara (September 20, 1949 — September 20, 2003) was an American actor, best known for his role as Whitey Whitney in the original Leave It to Beaver television series. ... Jeri Warner Weil (born May 15, 1948 in California) is an American former actress, best known for her role as Judy Hensler, Theodore Cleavers brown-nosing and back-stabbing classmate in the original Leave It to Beaver television sit-com series. ... Burt Mustin (February 8, 1884 - January 28, 1977) was an American salesman and character actor born Burton Hill Mustin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Frank Bank (born April 12, 1942 in Los Angeles, California) is an American former actor, best known for his role as Clarence Lumpy Rutherford on TVs Leave It to Beaver. ... A character on the hit TV show Leave it to Beaver played by Frank Bank. ... Richard Deacon (May 14, 1921 - August 8, 1984), born in Philadelphia, was a television and motion picture actor. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Leave It to Beaver. ... Pamela Baird (also credited as Pamela Beaird and Pamela Beard) is an American former actress, best known for her role as Mary Ellen Rogers, Wally Cleavers girlfriend in the original Leave It to Beaver television sit-com series. ... Cheryl Holdridge (born June 20, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a United States actress. ...

Cultural influence

Leave It to Beaver often aimed toward a moral lesson and is referenced even now as an emblem of simpler American times. Ward stated that his father "had a fine sense of values",[1] and if Ward himself sometimes seemed possessed of the gentility of a man of the cloth, it may have come from Beaumont's own background: he had become an ordained minister before he took up an acting career. June Cleaver, likewise, became a model of the archetypal suburban 1950s mother who wanted nothing more than to stay at home and take care of the family. Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ...


The show strongly promoted the importance of family. The recurring themes expounded parental expectations for children, while the moral messages stressed the importance of teaching children proper behavior. Proper parenting techniques and methods for resolving problems and achieving consensus were demonstrated.


Episodes

Main article: List of Leave It to Beaver episodes

The pilot episode, which aired on April 23, 1957, was titled It's a Small World.[2] It featured Max Showalter as Ward Cleaver, and Paul Sullivan as Wally Cleaver. TBS re-aired the pilot on Sunday, October 4, 1987, to commemorate the show's 30th anniversary. The following is a list of episodes for Leave It to Beaver. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Max Showalter (June 2, 1917 - July 30, 2000) was a film and television actor. ... WTBS is an American TV station, broadcast on channel 17 (DTV channel 20) in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


After another 234 episodes, Leave It to Beaver ceased first-run production.


Syndication

Reruns of the show became part of CBS affiliates' lineups in the mornings for several years to come. TBS showed it for many years in the late 1980s, and it currently airs on TV Land—where it has been shown since July 1998. Today, NBC Universal Television owns the syndication rights and all properties related to the series. TBS also stands for Tokyo Broadcasting System, a Japanese television network. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... NBC Universal Television (also known as NBC Universal Television Studio, NBC Universal Television Stations, NBC Universal Television Distribution, and NBC Universal International Television), is an American and global television production/distribution company and a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ...


Spinoffs

A made-for-television reunion movie, Still the Beaver, appeared in 1983. The main original cast appeared, except for Beaumont, who had died the previous year. Ward Cleaver was still a presence, however: the film's story used numerous flashbacks to the original show, as it followed young-adult Beaver's struggle to reconcile divorce and newly-minted single fatherhood, straining to cope by what his father might or might not have done, while facing the possibility of his widowed mother selling their childhood home. June Cleaver is later elected to the Mayfield City Council. // February 8 - Minipops premieres on Channel 4 in the UK. Though a ratings success, it is canceled after the first series due to heavy media criticism. ...


Its reception led to a new first-run, made-for-cable series, The New Leave It to Beaver (1985–1989), with Beaver and Lumpy Rutherford running Ward's old firm (where Lumpy's pompous, demanding father — played by Richard Deacon in the original series — had been the senior partner), Wally as a practicing attorney and expectant father, June having sold the old house to Beaver himself but living with him as a doting grandmother to Beaver's two small sons. Eddie Haskell runs his own contracting business and has a son, Freddie, who is every inch his father's son — right down to the dual-personality. The New Leave It to Beaver was a sequel to the 1950s sitcom, Leave it to Beaver. ... Richard Deacon (May 14, 1921 - August 8, 1984), born in Philadelphia, was a television and motion picture actor. ...


Feature film

1997's movie adaptation of the series starred Christopher McDonald as Ward, Janine Turner as June, Erik von Detten as Wally, and Cameron Finley as Beaver. It was panned by many critics, except for Roger Ebert, who gave it a three-star rating. It performed poorly at the box office, earning only $11,713,605. Barbara Billingsley, Ken Osmond, and Frank Bank made cameo appearances in the film. Leave It to Beaver is a 1997 film that is a remake of the classic TV series of the same name. ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... Christopher McDonald Christopher McDonald (born February 15, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actor. ... Janine Turner Janine Turner (born Janine Gauntt on December 6, 1962) is an American actress, best known for her starring role on General Hospital from 1982 to 1983 and the prime time television show Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995. ... Erik Thomas von Detten (born October 3, 1982) is an American actor. ... Cameron Finley (August 30, 1987 in Garland, Texas), American actor and former child actor. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Peter Jackson in The Fellowship of the Ring (top), The Two Towers (middle) and The Return of the King (bottom). ...


Musical theme

The show's playfully-bouncy theme tune, which became as much of a show trademark as Beaver's baseball cap or Eddie Haskell's false obsequiousness, was "The Toy Parade," composed by David Kahn, Melvyn Leonard, and Mort Greene. For the final season, however, the song was given a jazz-like arrangement by veteran composer/arranger Pete Rugolo. The lyrics to the theme song, which are not heard on the program, are: Pete Rugolo (born December 25, 1915) is an Italian-born composer and arranger. ...

Hey! Here they come with a rum-tee tum they're having a toy parade.
A tin giraffe with a fife and drum is leading the kewpie parade.
A gingham cat in a soldier's hat is waving a Chinese fan,
A plastic clown in a wedding gown is dancing with Raggedy Ann.
Fee fie fiddle dee dee they're crossing the living room floor
Fee fie fiddle dee dee they're up to the dining room door.
They call a halt for a choc'late malt or cookies and lemonade
Then off they go with a ho ho ho right back to their toy brigade.

House

The Cleavers moved from 485 Mapleton Drive to 211 Pine Street, both in Mayfield, for the start of season three. In 1969, the house was reused for another Universal-produced television hit, Marcus Welby, M.D. This house can still be seen at Universal Studios, though the original façade was replaced in 1988 for the following year's The 'Burbs and sits in storage elsewhere on the Universal lot. The façade was replaced again for the 1996 Leave it to Beaver movie. Marcus Welby, M.D. was a popular medical drama that aired on ABC from late September 1969 to May 1976. ... Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is one of the major American film studios. ... The Burbs is a 1989 black comedy directed by Joe Dante, starring, amongst others, Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, and Bruce Dern, and written by Dana Olsen The film pokes fun at suburban environments (particularly in the US), and their eccentric dwellers. ...


DVD releases

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released Seasons 1 and 2 of Leave It to Beaver on DVD Region 1. It is expected the remaining four seasons will follow. Universal Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Universal Studios Home Video or MCA/Universal Home Video) is a home video company founded in 1979. ...

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 39 November 22, 2005
The Complete Second Season 39 May 2, 2006
The Complete Third Season 39 TBA
The Complete Fourth Season 39 TBA
The Complete Fifth Season 39 TBA
The Complete Sixth Season 39 TBA

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Urban legends

In the mid 1970s, Mathers appeared on The Tomorrow Show hosted by Tom Snyder. Snyder pointed out that he hadn't worked for a long time and that there was rumor going around that he had been killed "in the war in Southeast Asia". Mathers replied that he had heard that rumor and that he had no idea how it got started. The earliest appearance of the story in print was in a student newspaper at the University of Kansas in 1972. The author later admitted that she had only heard the story from someone who had heard it a party in Omaha, Nebraska earlier that year. The paper printed a retraction, but by then the story had spread throughout the U.S. The story was later attributed to a member of a defunct Omaha comedy improv group whose hobby was concocting outrageous stories and then convincing people they were true. "Beaver died in Vietnam"[1] was a classic urban legend, memorable for its juxtaposition of idyllic 1950s imagery with the chaos and violence of the late 1960s. The Tomorrow Show was an American late-night television talk show hosted by Tom Snyder. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. ... An urban legend or urban myth is similar to a modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ...


Another urban legend was that actor Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell) became porn star John Holmes. Holmes took Osmond's name and did several movies satirically under the name "Eddie Haskell". It started because there was some facial resemblance between the two men, which porn distributors exploited by using the name Eddie Haskell in advertising Holmes's films. "It was a pain in my butt for eleven years," says Osmond,[citation needed] who brought a $25 million defamation suit against porn houses, producers and distributors. The suit went all the way to the California Supreme Court. The court ruled for Mr. Holmes, saying the name was protected as a satire. This case set a precedent in the matter, and is still referred to in other cases in California today.[3] John Curtis Holmes (August 8, 1944 – March 13, 1988) better known as John C. Holmes or Johnny Wadd (after the lead character in a series of related films), was one of the most famous male adult film stars of all time, appearing in about 2,500 adult loops, stag films...


References

  1. ^ Quote taken from the episode "The Broken Window"
  2. ^ http://www.geocities.com/alcus2/smallworld.html
  3. ^ Osmond v. EWAP, Inc. (March 28, 1984).

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