Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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Most Interesting Character 

Beaver has to write a school paper about the most interesting character he has ever met. He decides to make it about Ward, but has a hard time deciding what to write.

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Joe Connelly (creator), Bob Mosher (creator) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont ... Ward Cleaver
Tony Dow ... Wally Cleaver
Jerry Mathers ... The Beaver
Sue Randall ... Miss Alice Landers
Robert 'Rusty' Stevens ... Larry Mondello (as Rusty Stevens)
Jeri Weil ... Judy Hensler
Stanley Fafara ... Whitey Whitney

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The Cleavers are still in the process of trying to sell their house, while looking for another one to buy. The offers they receive seem to be more interesting than worthwhile, while the boys are tired about having to keep their room tidy for prospective buyers. Meanwhile, Miss Landers has assigned a 100-word composition assignment on the topic "The Most Interesting Character I Have Ever Known", the class having the weekend to complete the assignment. Judy Hensler mentions that she is going to write about her father, but the story of him being a big game hunter in Africa seems to be more fantasy than reality. As Beaver contemplates who he will write about, Ward isn't immediately on his list as he sees Ward as not being like Judy's "big game hunter" father. Beaver does decide to write about Ward, but after trying to get ideas about what to write, even from Ward himself, Beaver finds it difficult to make the composition interesting from his young perspective, or even from Wally's ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family

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Last episode on the original set. See more »

Goofs

June is at the house while the Real Estate Agent is showing the house. However, a Real Estate Agent would not allow the Home Owner to be in the house at the time of looking at the house. See more »

Quotes

Larry Mondello: Does a comma count as a word?
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Nice Ending To Season
6 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The kids in Miss Landers class are given the weekend assignment to write about "The Most Interesting Character I Have Known." The guys don't have a clue who they'll write about but Judy says she is going to write about her father who once shot 50 elephants in Africa. "I'll get an 'A' on my paper, too," she says...and the boys all make sour faces.

At home, Ward asks the boys what their plans are for the weekend. Beaver answers, "Only Wally makes plans. I do just do what comes along to do." Wow, that's a very honest answer of how little kids view their spare time.

Beaver does mention the 100-word composition he has to write, and inadvertently winds up hurting his dad's feelings. Wally sees this and suggests Beaver write about his Dad, because he would like it. He tells his dad, and Ward is now happy. Meanwhile, Ward and June continue to look for a new house. "The ultimate in suburban living," sounds good to June.

Beaver follows his dad around, trying to get information for his assignment. He wants exciting things to report, like World War II stories, but isn't having much success. He finally goes in for lunch tells his dad, "Tell me if you do anything interesting."

Later, Beaver reads what he has written to Wally. It's incredibly boring and inane. "Boy is this stuff corny," says Wally. "It sounds dumb." Beaver doesn't argue. "I didn't write it dumb," he says. "It just came out dumb."

Wally encourages his brother to embellish the boring composition. He winds up writing it for Beaver....and it's wild and hilarious. However, Beaver knows it's all baloney and doesn't want to hand that in. Later, June gives him good advice.

The last four minutes of this is terrific. The composition will bring tears to your eyes; Ward also announces they've sold the house and are moving, and Beaver makes a very profound statement about what a house you've lived in all your life means to you.

There is no word still about a third season being issued on DVD. I just hope it happens.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1959 (USA) See more »

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Gomalco Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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