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.
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Season 1 Ep.22: Duke Steals a Wife
Jed and Duke are feeling poorly, so Jed asks Granny to make some Spring Tonic for them. Granny tells Jed she can make the tonic, but it won’t help because what they need is female company. Jed thinks Granny is speaking nonsense and says he isn’t interested. Meanwhile, Mrs. Drysdale is preparing for her dog Claude’s wedding to a Parisian poodle. She is waiting for Mlle. Denise, the owner of Claude’s bride, to arrive. But she mistakenly arrives at the Clampett mansion, and Jed takes interest in the beautiful stranger, while Duke runs off with her dog Colette. Jed fixes himself up to impress Mlle. Denise: shaving and combing his hair, and his family teases him about it. At Claude’s wedding ceremony, Duke shows up, upsetting Mrs. Drysdale. After he is returned to the Clampett mansion, Duke howls in agony and Colette runs to him. Jed continues to spruce himself up by shining his shoes, and the family continues to tease. Mrs. Drysdale calls to demand Colette’s return to Claude. As Elly is about to take her back, Jed comes downstairs all dressed up, saying he’ll take the dog back so she can decide which dog she wants, just like how he decided who he wanted.
Reason of the public domain status: Never registered in the Library of Congress
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 the OK Oil Company for $25 Million, Cousin Pearl convinces Jed he should move his family to Beverly Hills. So Jed, along with his gorgeous daughter Elly May, feisty mother-in-law Granny, and half-witted nephew Jethro, all head to this new land inhabited by movie stars and the well-off. Jed and his family get to Beverly Hills, and their money goes into the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills, with President Mr. Drysdale. For the nine years the clan is in Beverly Hills, all kinds of things happen. They try to get their beautiful daughter Elly May married. Their nephew Jethro gets a high education, highest in the family – he completes school through the sixth grade. Granny has her fights with Mrs. Drysdale and gets romanced by various men. And Jed takes hold of a movie studio. They travel to New York, Washington, and England. They make silent movies. And they make a few good friends.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Ralph Levy
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas and Irene Ryan
Original Air Date: 1962
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