Friday, March 7, 2014

Easter eggs

A great article discussing the stock photo of "Mayfield," as well as a great close-up on Mrs. Canfield's letter to Ward.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Actors, union settle suit over foreign royalties -- Ken Osmond

Actors, union settle suit over foreign royalties

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY (AP) – 11 hours ago
LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for the Screen Actors Guild and the actor who played Eddie Haskell on "Leave It to Beaver" have reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit over the distribution of millions of dollars in foreign royalties to actors.
Attorneys for the union and actor Ken Osmond filed the agreement for a judge's approval on Monday.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Management Lessons from Leave It to Beaver

Management Lessons from Leave It to Beaver

BY FC Expert Blogger John BaldoniTue Jul 13, 2010

It was my grandmother who introduced me to the Beaver.

While I cannot recall the specifics of a single episode from the times I watched with her, I do recall a black and white image of a toothy kid with a winsome smile who always seemed to be get into a pickle of one sort or another either with his good natured older brother Wally or one of his friends. His parents, June and Ward, were always understanding. And that’s about all you need to know about one of early television’s most popular shows, Leave It to Beaver, which ran for six seasons from 1957 to 1963.

Over the decades I have seen the show in reruns a few times since and always found the episodes while corny to be worth watching for their down to earth simplicity and heartwarming charm. So much so I looked up a few quotes from the show and found that they just might provide some insights to managers seeking to keep their teams on an even keel.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Video of the box set

Complete LITB set

My Shout Factory set just arrived and all I can say is that this is a quality set, there are more special features than even advertised (the 15 minute US Treasury spot plugging savings bonds is great), and Shout did an excellent job with this one. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tom Shales revisits 'Leave It to Beaver' (1957-1963) on box set

By Tom Shales
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
On this matter, there's bound to be little middle ground. The prospect either appeals or appalls: all six seasons, all 234 episodes, of the primordial sitcom "Leave It to Beaver" available, as of Tuesday, in a boxed set of 37 DVDs, selling for just short of 200 bucks.

"Leave It to Beaver," which ran from 1957 until 1963, was one of the strangest, sweetest, most distinctive domestic sitcoms of television's celebrated Golden Age. The age wasn't golden because of its sitcoms -- or its crime shows, doctor shows or what-have-you's. It was golden for the live and later taped dramas that aired with amazing frequency in network prime time. But while the drama anthologies were the gourmet delicacies of the cuisine, the episodic genre shows -- westerns, crime capers, comedies -- were the meat and potatoes.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Classic Hollywood: 'Leave It to Beaver'

By Susan King, Los Angeles Times

June 30, 2010

The beloved family sitcom that will forever live in reruns is out this week on DVD. The actors who played Wally, Beaver Cleaver, Lumpy and Eddie recall it fondly.

Jerry Mathers doesn't want to give anyone the wrong impression; he loved working as a child actor. But he didn't like the audition process. So when it came time for one of his last interviews for the role of the irrepressible Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver on the beloved sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," he told the producers that he'd rather be at his first Cub Scout meeting.

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