How a Glass of Water Got ‘Leave It to Beaver’ Star Jerry Mathers Noticed by Alfred Hitchcock

Jerry Mathers, center, in a scene from 'Leave It to Beaver,' 1958
Jerry Mathers, center, in a scene from ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ 1958 | CBS through Getty Images

Before he broke heavily on television classics Leave it to the beaver, the star of the show Jerry Mathers had played in a handful of programs during his childhood television, including The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Lux Video Theater, and General Electric Theater.

During one such program, Master Suspense noticed himself the children’s actor known to the rest of the country as the Beaver.

This is the movie Hitchcock Mathers features.

Jerry Mathers started acting at a young age

Jerry Mathers in 1960
Jerry Mathers in 1960 | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

The actor reminded a child of the face American Television Archive in 2006 as a result of acting at an early age.

“It’s kind of an interesting story, I have to admit,” Mather began.

His parents, Mather explained, were not rich people; his father was a coachman and his mother a homemaster. When his mother was out shopping for Mathers for his upcoming birthday, a model professor noticed him.

“A woman came up to [his mother] and said, ‘Your little boy looks like the family in our catalog. Would it be possible for him to be a model for our catalog? ‘ ”He remembered.

His mother, when he was at first skeptical about this stranger and her offer, was convinced, according to the actor, when the catalog scout said, “’We could pay him and he could all his clothes. My mother said, ‘You know, maybe he could do that.’ So that’s how I started. “

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Jerry Mathers
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As a result of his modeling career, Mathers became more and more known and began acting in the early mid-1950s popular television series.

“I was doing a show called Lux Video Theater, which was not a mixed show; it was more dramatic, ”he said. “And at that time, even the trading products were alive. I had made some films before that, like the one with my sister, This is my love, and several other small parts, but no major parts in film. ”

A glass of water replaced the film Mathers the Hitchcock

It was while Mathers was working on a live television program that the young actor caught the eye of British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, who had come forward to trade live for his previous film.

The children’s actor’s thirst was a friend to him that awful day, as he explained.

“I had done my part [on the program] and my mother said I came back off stage, ”he said. “I was in another view past that one, so instead of taking me back to the dressing room, they stood me there. They had my mother there so I wouldn’t make a noise or anything. They had one of those drinking fountains, like bottled water, with the little paper cups in the back of the stage. ”

Jerry Mathers, center, with Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Trouble With Harry'
Jerry Mathers, center, with Alfred Hitchcock ‘s team’ The Trouble With Harry ‘| Silver Screen / Getty Images Collection

He explained that the water machine was right behind the stage and the audience could see it. He was thirsty and asked his mother to get him a cup of water.

“So I pulled on my mum’s skirt and said, ‘I want a drink of water. ‘”Mocking his mother, Mathers remembered she replied,’” Shh, shh, don’t talk! You will get water afterwards! ‘And I believe Alfred Hitchcock was standing over there preparing to do this commercial.’

Hitchcock suggested for Mathers to come to him. “It made me come over and my mum knew it was Alfred Hitchcock. So he got the water for me very quietly and gave it to me. “

Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock | Baron / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

It is clear that Mathers had greatly influenced the English director to later remember him for a role in his upcoming film, The trouble with Harry. Within a week, the actor said, he was called to Paramount, where he was taken to watch Hitchcock, and was hired on the spot.

Years later, Mathers said, Hitchcock would always stop by to see him on the Universal /Beavers set when the director was working on a The Alfred Hitchcock Presents program.

“I would see him around the lottery and he would always come to me, I would see this big Rolls-Royce,” he said. “He always had a chauffeur and he would always pull up, the window would go down and so he would go out and say [imitating Hitchcock’s voice], ‘Oh, hello Mr. Mathers. ‘

“And that put me off. Because of everyone else, I was either Beaver or Jerry. The only one I mentioned was Mr. Mothers. ‘”

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