Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
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The Clothing Drive 

June sends Ward to the principal's office to explain to Mrs. Rayburn how three of his good suits got mixed in with the old clothing donation that won Beaver the grammar school's "Good Citizen" award...and tell her that he wants them back!


Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)


Joe Connelly (creator), Bob Mosher (creator) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Billingsley ... June Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont ... Ward Cleaver
Tony Dow ... Wally Cleaver
Jerry Mathers ... The Beaver
Doris Packer Doris Packer ... Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn
Ed Prentiss ... Mr. Bailey
Tim Matheson ... Michael Harmon (as Tim Matthieson)
John Yount John Yount ... Chuck (as Johnny Yount)


Beaver and his friends Mike and Chuck each believes he is a shoo-in to win the school's good citizen award, the winner who will receive a plaque and be featured with a photograph in the newspaper. They realize however that the award is dependent upon who brings in the most clothes for the school's clothing drive. As such, Beaver wants to donate as much of their clothes as possible, regardless if it is still in good condition for its current owner. June ends up sorting through their stuff and has everything for donation packed into a box for Beaver to take to school. But three of Ward's good suits that he had set aside to be taken to the cleaners end up falling next to the donation box. Not seeing the "clean and press" note Ward attached to the suits, Beaver assumes they are part of the donation. In large part because of the donation of the three suits, Beaver ends up winning the citizenship award. When Ward and June find out about what happened to the suits, they know they have to get... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

13 June 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Wally already graduated in an earlier episode (S6 - E36 The All-Night Party) he comes home from school with books in hand and still has to go to sports practice. See more »


References The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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Caution: the suits are in charge here
14 August 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Phew! What a stinker of an episode. The producers were right to hold this one back until the series's end and run it during the early summer break after what would have been May sweeps or whatever it was called in 1963. A friend of a friend of a friend obviously leaned on the producers to give their friends, a writer and director hitherto not seen in the credits of LITB, a shot a a story. What they turned out was as flat as Kansas, as plain Jane as the three suits at the center of the plot, and as uninspired as what I would imagine Mr. Bailey's classes must have been like at Grant Elementary. This fuss budget controls his class by tapping on the blackboard like an old-maid librarian. Beav and Mike appear to be the only breathing humans sitting in the classroom, the unfamiliar extras cowed into submission by the director, who must have threatened dismissal to anyone attempting to get himself noticed on screen. This one makes you long for the seasons of Miss Canfield and Miss Landers and for the delicious nastiness of creepy Judy Hensler.

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