Set a spell and enjoy the country charm and humorous appeal of the Clampett clan, stars of the highest-rated half-hour show in TV history.
Premiering in 1962, “The Beverly Hillbillies” sprang onto the American landscape like bubblin’ crude, turning into television’s number one show faster than any sitcom in history. A supreme television classic, this CBS-TV folklore favorite ran for nine years and still holds the record for TV’s highest-rated half hour.
The Beverly Hillbillies
Episode 19: Elly’s Animals
Pearl is setting up to give singing, yodeling, and piano lessons to the people of Beverly Hills. Duke is having problems with Pearl’s yodeling because it hurts his ears, so he runs into the Drysdale yard, howling. Mrs. Drysdale, tired of the Clampetts, calls the dogcatcher to get Duke and presses charges against Pearl for disturbing the peace with her yodeling. When police arrive, Pearl invites an officer in for a music lesson, and he ends up enjoying himself. After they leave, Jane drives up with Elly and a car-full of dogs that she got from the pound after getting Duke out. But after all of Elly’s dogs get settled, one of them scares Jethrine, and Elly says she’ll take them for a swim. As she does this, Pearl starts yodeling, causing the dogs to howl and Mrs. Drysdale to file another complaint. When the same cops arrive, the other one comes to tell Elly she has to keep the dogs quiet, but after seeing Jed’s beautiful daughter, forgets what he was supposed to do. When the cops leave, Granny becomes the newest person to complain to Elly about her dogs, after a big one digs a hole that is her size.
Jed Clampett and kin, a poor Ozark Hillbilly family, were barely surviving until one lucky day. Jed while hunting for food in his swamp missed his target and struck the ground with his shot. Up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude, Oil that is, Black Gold, Texas Tea. After selling his swamp to… More the OK Oil Company for $25 Million, Cousin Pearl convinces Jed he should move his family to Beverly Hills.
Uncle Jed, Elly May, Granny, and Jethro bring their outrageous backwoods antics to Southern Californny in this hilarious CBS comedy series from 1962-71. As the oil-rich Clampetts struggle to make sense of modern city living, Milburn Drysdale lives in constant fear of these simple mountain folk withdrawing their $25 million from his Beverly Hills bank.
Cast and Crew:
* Buddy Ebsen – Jed Clampett
* Irene Ryan – Granny
* Donna Douglas – Elly May Clampett
* Max Baer Jr – Jethro Bodine
# Writers: Paul Henning
# Director: Ralph Levy
Production Company: Filmways Television
Original Air Date: 26 September 1962
Audio & Video: Mono – Black and White
Additional details in: IMDB
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