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Release Date:
26 September 1962 (USA) See more »
Fun fills swanky Beverly Hills as the Clampetts take the polish off the city slickers. In color. (season five)
A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 186)

Buddy Ebsen ... Jed Clampett (274 episodes, 1962-1971)

Irene Ryan ... Daisy Moses / ... (274 episodes, 1962-1971)

Donna Douglas ... Elly May Clampett (274 episodes, 1962-1971)

Max Baer Jr. ... Jethro Bodine / ... (274 episodes, 1962-1971)

Raymond Bailey ... Milburn Drysdale (247 episodes, 1962-1971)

Nancy Kulp ... Jane Hathaway (246 episodes, 1962-1971)

Series Directed by
Joseph Depew (145 episodes, 1963-1969)
Richard Whorf (67 episodes, 1962-1964)
Robert M. Leeds (50 episodes, 1969-1971)
Guy Scarpitta (8 episodes, 1966-1969)
Ralph Levy (3 episodes, 1962-1968)
Series Writing credits
Paul Henning (274 episodes, 1962-1971)
Mark Tuttle (127 episodes, 1963-1968)
Dick Wesson (61 episodes, 1963-1971)
Buddy Atkinson (52 episodes, 1966-1969)
Deborah Haber (17 episodes, 1967-1968)
Phil Shuken (12 episodes, 1962-1963)
Ronny Pearlman (10 episodes, 1965-1967)
Gene Thompson (4 episodes, 1968)
Eric Freiwald (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Schaefer (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jay Sommers (2 episodes, 1963)
Lou Huston (2 episodes, 1968-1969)

Series Produced by
Paul Henning .... producer / executive producer (273 episodes, 1962-1971)
Al Simon .... executive producer (273 episodes, 1962-1971)
Joseph Depew .... associate producer (237 episodes, 1963-1971)
Mark Tuttle .... associate producer / producer (62 episodes, 1962-1968)
Buddy Atkinson .... producer (26 episodes, 1968-1969)

Martin Ransohoff .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Curt Massey (199 episodes, 1964-1971)
Perry Botkin Sr. (67 episodes, 1962-1964)
Series Cinematography by
Harry L. Wolf (235 episodes, 1963-1971)
Lester Shorr (36 episodes, 1962-1963)
Henry Freulich (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Film Editing by
Robert M. Leeds (116 episodes, 1964-1969)
Ralph Schoenfeld (54 episodes, 1964-1971)
Dann Cahn (28 episodes, 1963-1964)
Stanley Frazen (17 episodes, 1962-1963)
Jerry Young (17 episodes, 1962-1963)
Richard Greer (11 episodes, 1967-1969)
George R. Rohrs (9 episodes, 1964-1965)
Lynn Harrison (9 episodes, 1965-1967)
Douglas Hines (7 episodes, 1962-1964)
Michael Brown (2 episodes, 1968)
Series Casting by
Bill Tinsman (198 episodes, 1964-1971)
Kerwin Coughlin (72 episodes, 1962-1964)
Edward F. Rhine (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
Series Art Direction by
Walter McKeegan (201 episodes, 1964-1971)
Howard Campbell (71 episodes, 1962-1964)
Series Set Decoration by
Armor E. Goetten (179 episodes, 1962-1968)
Dorcy Howard (84 episodes, 1964-1971)
Steven Potter (8 episodes, 1965)
Series Makeup Department
Frances Sperry .... hair stylist (270 episodes, 1962-1971)
Roy Stork .... makeup artist (133 episodes, 1966-1971)
John Sylvester .... makeup artist (105 episodes, 1962-1965)
Ernie Young .... makeup artist (33 episodes, 1962-1966)
Series Production Management
George King .... production supervisor (222 episodes, 1963-1970)
Robert Freedman .... post-production supervisor (83 episodes, 1967-1971)
Bill Tinsman .... production manager (36 episodes, 1962-1963)
Russ Tinsley .... post-production supervisor (13 episodes, 1968-1971)
Foster H. Phinney .... unit production manager (9 episodes, 1971)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Foster H. Phinney .... assistant director (123 episodes, 1966-1971)
Thomas F. Kelly .... assistant director (84 episodes, 1963-1967)
Frank Mayer .... assistant director (35 episodes, 1962-1963)
Joseph Depew .... assistant director (32 episodes, 1963-1964)

Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Joe Montenaro .... property master (236 episodes, 1963-1971)
Charles Chicetti .... property master (29 episodes, 1962-1963)
Vinnie Vecchio .... property master (7 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Sound Department
C.J. 'Mickey' Emerson .... sound recordist / sound mixer (242 episodes, 1963-1971)
Bernard F. Pincus .... sound editor (232 episodes, 1963-1971)
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound mixer (134 episodes, 1963-1966)
Lodge Cunningham .... sound mixer / sound recordist (95 episodes, 1966-1970)
George J. Eppich .... sound editor (33 episodes, 1962-1963)
Karl Zint .... sound mixer (16 episodes, 1962-1963)
Robert Pettis .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1970)
Series Special Effects by
Robert Cole .... special effects (167 episodes, 1965-1971)
Larry Chapman .... special effects (87 episodes, 1963-1965)
Series Stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt double: Irene Ryan / stunt double (20 episodes, 1963-1970)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Irene Ryan (2 episodes, 1965-1967)

Dick Durock .... stunt double: Max Baer Jr (unknown episodes, 1967-1971)
Charles Bail .... stunt double: Max Baer, Jr. (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Arvard Wooden .... key grip (234 episodes, 1963-1971)
Gary R. Wostak .... chief electrician (210 episodes, 1963-1970)
James Lloyd .... key grip (37 episodes, 1962-1963)
James V. King .... camera operator (36 episodes, 1962-1963)
George Marquenie .... chief electrician / electrician (36 episodes, 1962-1963)
Al Ledbetter .... chief electrician (24 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Opal Vils .... costumer / costumes (266 episodes, 1962-1971)
William Platt .... costumer (144 episodes, 1964-1969)
John S. Perry .... costumer / costumes (49 episodes, 1969-1971)
Roz Lytle .... costumer (3 episodes, 1962)
Richard Selzer .... fashion costumes (3 episodes, 1964)
Series Editorial Department
Robert Freedman .... editorial coordinator / post-production coordinator (174 episodes, 1962-1969)
Series Music Department
Dave Kahn .... music coordinator (272 episodes, 1962-1971)
Paul Henning .... composer: theme music / composer: theme song (268 episodes, 1962-1971)
Lester Flatt .... musician: theme / musician: theme song / ... (267 episodes, 1962-1971)
Earl Scruggs .... musician: theme / musician: theme song / ... (266 episodes, 1962-1971)
Jerry Scoggins .... singer: theme tune / singer: theme song (261 episodes, 1962-1971)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (242 episodes, 1962-1971)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (35 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (3 episodes, 1969)
Series Other crew
Ulla Bourne .... script supervisor (247 episodes, 1963-1971)
Frank Inn .... animals furnished by (228 episodes, 1963-1971)
Dick Wesson .... script consultant (49 episodes, 1969-1971)
Mai Santacroce .... script supervisor (18 episodes, 1962-1963)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. / animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle (10 episodes, 1964-1970)
George Barris .... car designer / production assistant (4 episodes, 1962-1968)
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1963)
Ted Langwell .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1970-1971)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mornin' Beverly Hillbillies" - USA (daytime version title)
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30 min (274 episodes) | Argentina:30 min
Black and White (1962-1965) | Color (1965-1971)
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Buddy Ebsen occasionally mentioned silent movie actor names, Francis X. Bushman a few times during the nine season run. He mentioned late western cowboy, Tom Mix's name in the series' debut, "The Beverly Hillbillies: The Clampetts Strike Oil (#1.1)" (1962).See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the Closing Credits of season one's Thanksgiving episode, immediate link: "The Beverly Hillbillies: Elly's First Date (#1.9)" (1962), a grounds keeper is clearly and easily visible, walking towards a filming camera on the right side. He is carrying a rake and wearing a white armless (tank-top) shirt. He abruptly changes his path and looks deeply shocked, when he realized he was accidentally being filmed, apparently. He then immediately ran off the film of the camera screen, to the right of the film screen.See more »
Granny:Vittles!See more »
Movie Connections:
The Ballad of Jed ClampettSee more »


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38 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious culture clash comedy revolves around integrity of Jed, 25 April 2006
Author: roghache from Canada

This is a hilarious 1960's comedy that I grew up with and still never tire of every time I chance to encounter it in re runs. It surely stands among the best of its genre. The series revolves around the sidesplitting culture clash that ensues when the country bumpkin Clampett family moves to Beverly Hills after father, Jed Clampett, stumbles upon oil on his land and becomes a multi millionaire. The rest of the family joining him at their new Beverly Hills mansion include Jed's mother-in-law Granny, pretty daughter Elly May, and nephew Jethro Bodine.

The Clampetts are of course...something they enter this alien world, where their mansion has every luxury imaginable including a cement pond. The superstitious & feisty Granny makes certain her kin always have lots of vittles, especially such delicacies as hog jowls and possum belly. She hangs out her shingle for the purpose of imparting her unique brand of down home doctoring & dentistry, and firmly believes that the South won (or at least is winning) the Civil War. Much of her time is spent chasing her great nephew, Jethro, out of her kitchen with a broom, trying to curtail his endless appetite. The dim witted Jethro is a scheming would be playboy, who's all proud that he graduated sixth grade and can cipher. Jed's sweet, innocent, & beautiful daughter, Elly May, has a penchant for critters, including a pet chimpanzee named Bessie. Granny is terrified that Elly's destined to become an old maid, as alas, she's still unwed at the ripe old age of eighteen. Much of Granny's energy is put into seeking out suitable beaux, although any courtin' & sparkin' in the Clampett parlour must be suitably chaperoned (or rather, cheered on) by spying through the closed door's keyhole.

The gem of the series is Jed, around whose unfailing integrity this ongoing saga revolves. He always seems blissfully unaware that he's wealthy, feels and acts no differently than he did back in the hills, and treats everyone the same (whether rich or poor). He gives generously to country folk and city slickers alike, is equally kind to both neighbours and total strangers...all the while dealing with the crazy antics of both Granny and Jethro and seeing to the lovely & rich Elly's various suitors, not all of whom have the most honourable of intentions. As another commented, if only everyone was like Jed Clampett!

In dramatic contrast to these hillbillies are the wealthy and status conscious Beverly Hills citizenry, as personified by Jed's banker, Mr. Drysdale, whose life revolves around maintaining the favour of his bank's main customer, Mr. Clampett, and protecting that thirty million dollars (or whatever the figure). His wife, Mrs. Drysdale, is a superficial & snooty dame who comes into frequent conflict with her neighbour, Granny. Jane Hathaway is Mr. Drysdale's very properly spinsterish but man hunting and bird watching secretary. She is the constant victim of her boss's greedy schemes and actually becomes quite a genuine friend to the Clampetts.

The actors are all stellar in their roles...Irene Ryan (Granny), Donna Douglas (Elly May), Max Baer Jr. (Jethro), Raymond Bailey (Mr. Drysdale), Nancy Kulp (Miss Hathaway), and especially the wonderful Buddy Ebsen (Jed).

It's a hilarious and side splitting romp, each episode funnier than the last. Through it all, Jed's integrity and honesty always shine through. The humble and good hearted neighbourliness of the Clampetts stands in sharp contrast to their affluent environment. It's Jed Clampett's desire for the simple pleasures of home, family, friends, and hard honest work versus Milburn Drysdale's blatant materialism. Every viewer realizes that, despite all the absurdity and the utterly ridiculous scenarios, the Clampetts know exactly what's important in life and that this family of uprooted hillbillies has a real life lesson to teach us all.

If only there were more TV shows like it today! Alas, our society has become far too sophisticated for its own good.

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