Captain Jack the Gator - Pet alligator seen on episode
# 2 "Captain Jack" (October 4, 1957) on the sitcom LEAVE IT TO
When the Cleaver brothers, Wally (Tony Dow) and Theodore "Beaver" (Jerry
Mathers) saw an advertisement in the back of Robot Man of Mars comic book
featuring a genuine Florida alligator for only $2.50, they sent away for one.
But when a tiny baby alligator arrived instead of a full grown one as they had
expected, the Cleaver boys were disappointed but still enchanted with their new
For a time they hid the baby alligator in the
toilet tank of their bedroom
bathroom. But they soon realized they couldn't keep the alligator a secret from
their parents and confessed their deed.
Wally and the Beaver eventually gave the growing gator to an alligator farm
owned by Captain Jack (Edgar Buchanan) who had earlier given the boys advice on
how to feed and care for their pet.
Consequently, in appreciation, of his kind efforts, the boys had named their
gator Captain Jack. In a subsequent gesture of kindness, Jack (the human) told
the boys that their pet would be well cared for and that they would be given
lifetime visitation rights to see their pet at the alligator farm.
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