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 20: Jed Throws a Wingding
Pearl gets a letter from two old flames who used to fight over her hand, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. After reading some of the letter, Jed figures that the engagement they talk about in the letter is for Pearl to choose which one she wants to marry. However, Lester and Earl have since married two glamorous city women, and the engagement they speak of is a gig in Hollywood. Gladys and Louise, Lester and Earl’s wives, are jealous, and go to see Pearl ahead of time, posing as make-up sales girls, but see Elly May mistakenly. The wives stay at the beauty parlor during the wingding the Clampetts throw, and when Lester and Earl ask about the engagement, Pearl turns them down, not wanting to break them up. Lester and Earl leave to get their wives, and when they return, they come back with the “make-up sales girls,” who Jed warned Pearl about them marrying. Pearl sees them, and says how her two former beaus had to settle for second best.
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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