Leave It to Larry

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Leave It to Larry
Written by J.E. McKillop
Starring Eddie Albert
Ed Begley, Sr.
Betty Kean
Glenn Walken
Lydia Schaeffer
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes Unknown
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBS
Picture format Black and white
Original release October 14, 1952 – 1953

Leave It to Larry is a 1952-1953 CBS sitcom starring Eddie Albert (1906–2005) as Larry Tucker, a shoe salesman who lives with his own family in the residence of his employer and father-in-law, Mr. Koppel, played by Ed Begley, Sr. (1901–1970).[1] (Begley was cast as the father-in-law despite being only five years older than Albert.)

Joining Albert and Begley on the short-lived series were Betty Kean (1915–1986) as wife Amy Tucker; Glenn Walken (born 1945) as 7-year-old Stevie Tucker; and Lydia Schaffer in her only acting role, as daughter Harriet Tucker.[1]

The program aired five years before Jerry Mathers starred in the similarly titled Leave It to Beaver, originally on CBS and later ABC. Leave It to Beaver also had a character named “Larry" – Larry Mondello, played by Rusty Stevens, the son of Margaret Mondello, played by character actress Madge Blake.[2]

Leave It to Larry aired on Tuesday at 8 p.m. before The Red Buttons Show on CBS and opposite Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater on NBC. In the 1953-1954 season, The Gene Autry Show replaced Leave it to Larry on the CBS schedule, and Red Buttons yielded to the long-running The Red Skelton Show.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Leave It to Larry". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Colella, The Leave It to Beaver Guide to Life: wholesome wisdom from the Cleavers! Running Press, 2006. (ISBN 0762427736), (ISBN 9780762427734)
  3. ^ Alex McNeil, ‘'Total Television, appendix