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    wheelrchair

    [1]Nov 27, 2005
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    I know this is just a show, Why did Larry always talk Beaver into doing things that would get him in trouble.
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    crazyrhythm

    [2]Nov 28, 2005
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    I suppose you could call Larry a device that was used to advance the plot.
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    Mad_Buck

    [3]Dec 1, 2005
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    If you've ever seen Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor you might notice the actor who played Larry in that film. He plays one of the screaming, no-necked monkeys (Liz Taylor's words to describe her sister-in-law's children).
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    missingky

    [4]Dec 30, 2005
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    I like Larry. No one ever poked fun at his weight or at Theodore for being his friend. I do not think Judy made fun of them in that way. Maybe it was because she was somewhat of a chunk herself.

    Doesn't anyone find it odd that the kids very rarely spent a full day at home? I know they were town kids but the town and city kids I knew way back when were not permitted to run the streets even in the 1950s!
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    chelimina

    [5]Feb 24, 2006
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    wheelrchair wrote:
    I know this is just a show, Why did Larry always talk Beaver into doing things that would get him in trouble.


    ALL of Beaver's main friends got him into trouble. After Larry, it was Gilbert. And, when it wasn't either of them, leave it to Wally and Eddie...
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    Mad_Buck

    [6]Feb 24, 2006
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    chelimina wrote:
    wheelrchair wrote:
    I know this is just a show, Why did Larry always talk Beaver into doing things that would get him in trouble.


    ALL of Beaver's main friends got him into trouble. After Larry, it was Gilbert. And, when it wasn't either of them, leave it to Wally and Eddie...


    Gilbert seemed to be the worst. He was the one who talked Beaver into climbing into that coffee cup on the billboard.
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    pretzelbox5

    [7]Feb 26, 2006
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    Mad_Buck wrote:
    chelimina wrote:
    wheelrchair wrote:
    I know this is just a show, Why did Larry always talk Beaver into doing things that would get him in trouble.


    ALL of Beaver's main friends got him into trouble. After Larry, it was Gilbert. And, when it wasn't either of them, leave it to Wally and Eddie...


    Gilbert seemed to be the worst. He was the one who talked Beaver into climbing into that coffee cup on the billboard.


    That wasn't Gilbert, that was Whitey.

    I actually thought that Gilbert was the better friend to Beaver (compared to Larry).
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    crazyrhythm

    [8]Mar 2, 2006
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    Don't forget about Richard.
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    Mad_Buck

    [9]Mar 6, 2006
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    crazyrhythm wrote:
    Don't forget about Richard.


    Richard was the most obnoxious of the bunch. He was a junior Eddie Haskell.
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    alless626

    [10]Sep 22, 2006
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    Larry Mondello is my absolute favourite of all Beaver's companions. He is the most emotionally available friend with which Beaver shares a relationship, and he is the sweetest and most vulnerable. These two remind me of puppies, tumbling and tussling together, always strictly in play. There is never any truly mean behaviour between them.

    Gilbert and Richard seem to be much less sweet and innocent than Larry. Larry and Beaver experience misunderstandings, but there is always a deep affection and childlike innocence in their mishaps together.

     Larry and Beaver are true friends. After Larry, no one is like that with Beaver again. Larry was a sweetie and a delightfully innocent boy. And, a really good chum.

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    TVGord

    [11]Sep 23, 2006
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    missingky wrote:
    Doesn't anyone find it odd that the kids very rarely spent a full day at home? I know they were town kids but the town and city kids I knew way back when were not permitted to run the streets even in the 1950s!

    I grew up in the sixties (albeit in Canada) and we roamed the streets plenty (not at night, though).  Summers with my friends, it was all:

    Me: What'd you have for supper last night?

    Mike: Hamburgers and Pepsi.

    Me:  You wanna go to the store?

    Mike: 'kay.

    Then we'd go down to the corner store and buy penny-candy (which was already three cents by then!) and then we'd each retreat to our homes with our own loot. 

    Then, about fifteen minutes later...

    (ring ring ring)

    Me:  You wanna go to the store?

    Greg: 'kay.

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    TasForMayor

    [12]Sep 25, 2006
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    Ha, yep summertime was the best time to take a trip to the candy store. By the time I came along, there was no such thing as "penny" candy anymore

    Well, I guess the boys would have gotten bored staying indoors all the time and who would've watched the show if that's all they did all day?  You've gotta' get the Beave out so's he can git in a little adventure here and there; he's gotta' do somethin' all day.

    Edited on 09/25/2006 8:54am
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    calicow

    [13]Oct 18, 2006
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    Mad_Buck wrote:
    crazyrhythm wrote:
    Don't forget about Richard.


    Richard was the most obnoxious of the bunch. He was a junior Eddie Haskell.

    I know. Of all of Beaver's friends Richard was my least favorite. At least with Larry they were both young enough to not know any better.
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    kopeckee

    [14]Oct 26, 2006
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    I wonder why Larry left the show?
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    crazyrhythm

    [15]Nov 12, 2006
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    kopeckee wrote:
    I wonder why Larry left the show?

    The Cleaver family moved.
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    TVGord

    [16]Nov 23, 2006
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    missingky wrote:
    Doesn't anyone find it odd that the kids very rarely spent a full day at home? I know they were town kids but the town and city kids I knew way back when were not permitted to run the streets even in the 1950s!

    I grew up in a small town like the one where the Cleavers lived and I can tell you we'd be out and away from home quite a lot, especially in the summertime.  The difference between then and now, I think, is that back then, we were expected to stay out of trouble and we knew any kind of serious trouble-making would not be tolerated.  Today, it seems as though too many parents take it for granted their kids are going to get into some kind of trouble, and there are minor (if any) repercussions.  (Sheesh, I never thought I'd become one of those 40-somethings who says "these kids today..."  ;-D

    Edited on 11/23/2006 12:25pm
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    TVGord

    [17]Nov 23, 2006
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    Oops, sorry, I just realized I just posted the same sort of post that's at the top of this page.  Another sign of age!  Repeating myself!  :-D
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    chelimina

    [18]Dec 6, 2006
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    crazyrhythm wrote:
    kopeckee wrote:
    I wonder why Larry left the show?

    The Cleaver family moved.


    True, but Wally kept his same friends....Eddie Haskell was on throughout the series.
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    crazyrhythm

    [19]Dec 6, 2006
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    You're right. Sitcoms have never been too concerned with continuity.
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    patrickstarfan

    [20]Jan 7, 2007
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    Larry is an awsome character. Long Live Larry!
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