Retronaut, very nice job on the Beaver site. You picked up several key scenes (Dabney House / Metzger's Field), that I had wondered about. A member of the cast had told me that they never filmed on location. I would have to disagree because there was the episode when Wally purchased his first car, I believe the dealership scene was on location. Also, when Beaver and Gilbert caddied, I suspect that was filmed on the golf course behind the studios (other side of the canal).
I have had the pleasure of knowing Hugh Beamont's wife, Kathy. She is in her upper 80's and lives in the area. I asked her if she ever went to the set of Leave It To Beaver and to my surprise she said, No! She is very sharp at her age and recently wrote her memories in a book called, The Mother of Me, where she shared some personal insights about family and Hugh.
My question to all of you is do you think there is ever going to be a possibility of coming up with behind the scenes photos of the Beaver show being shot on the soundstage? The sets of the Beaver home on the soundstage (at Universal) seem to be a mystery as far as having any behind the scenes photos showing how the home was constructed in the soundstage. I suspect Universal has a collection but would not release them except for a fee, and family members of the cast have some great behind the scenes photos tucked away in their private albums.
Thanks for listening and keep up the great work!