"It's a Small World" is the pilot episode from the iconic American television series Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963). The pilot was first televised April 23, 1957 on Studio '57 without a laugh track nor the series' well known theme song, The Toy Parade. It never aired as an episode within the series. It was televised again in October 2007 as part of TV Land's 50th anniversary celebration of Leave It to Beaver. It was released to DVD, 2005. The series proper made its CBS debut several months later on October 4, 1957 with the episode, "Beaver Gets 'Spelled".
Casey Adams (aka Max Showalter) and Barbara Billingsley appear in the pilot as archetypal suburban couple, Ward and June Cleaver with Paul Sullivan and Jerry Mathers as their sons Wally Cleaver and Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver respectively. Hugh Beaumont would appear in the series proper as Ward Cleaver (rather than Adams) while the role of Wally went to Tony Dow after Sullivan experienced a growth spurt on the eve of series' production. Diane Brewster appears as Miss Simms, a secretary, with Richard Deacon as Mr. Baxter, Miss Simms' boss. Brewster and Deacon would find roles in the series proper as Miss Canfield, Beaver's second grade teacher, and Fred Rutherford, Ward's co-worker. Joseph Kearns appears as milk company executive, Fred Crowley, and would later appear as Mr. Wilson in the sitcom, Dennis the Menace. Harry Shearer plays Frankie Bennett, a mischievous boy who leads Wally and Beaver astray while Tommy Randall plays Frankie's pal. Other cast members include Russ Thorson as Man with Milk Bottles, Leonard Bremen as Milk Bar Operator, Tim Graham as Doc, and Virginia Carroll as Nurse. Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher wrote the teleplay with Jerry Hopper directing the episode. Richard Lewis produced the episode. The pilot was a single camera, black-and-white, full-screen, half-hour episode filmed at Republic Studios and the Universal backlot. With some modifications, the façade of the Cleaver house in the pilot became that of the Cleaver house in the first two seasons of the series. Some decorative elements (like the curtains in the boys' bedroom) would be retained for the series proper.
Wally and Beaver want a new bicycle. Frankie Bennett, a mischievous boy, tells them new bikes can be had a local dairy in exchange for 1,000 bottle caps from the company's products. The boys collect the bottle caps, but, in attempting to redeem them, learn they've been duped. Ward takes pity on the boys and buys them a bicycle.
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