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(1962–1971)

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Series creator Paul Henning got the idea for the show while on a trip through the South in 1959, visiting Civil War sites with his mother-in-law. He wondered what it would be like to take someone from the rural South in the Civil War era and put them down in the middle of a modern, sophisticated community. Originally it was to have been set in New York, but because of cost considerations the setting was changed to Beverly Hills.
Rose to number one in the ratings quicker than any other show within the first three weeks since its debut, in television history. This is a feat that is still unmatched to this day. It remained number one for two years. The very first eight episodes that aired following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (on Friday, November 22nd, 1963, during a Dallas, Texas, motorcade ride along with Governor, John Connally) were (and to some still are) the most watched half-hour shows in TV history. The eight IMDb immediate links are The Beverly Hillbillies: Turkey Day (1963). The Beverly Hillbillies: The Garden Party (1963). The Beverly Hillbillies: Elly Needs a Maw (1963). The Beverly Hillbillies: The Clampetts Get Culture (1963). The Beverly Hillbillies: Christmas at the Clampetts (1963). The Beverly Hillbillies: A Man for Elly (1964). The Beverly Hillbillies: The Giant Jackrabbit (1964). The Beverly Hillbillies: The Girl from Home (1964).
The entire first season (all 36 episodes) as well as the first 19 episodes of the second season are the only episodes in the public domain. The 20th episode of season two came to the end of the series are still under copyright protection. These 55 episodes ended up in the public domain because CBS, having bought the rights to the series shortly after its cancellation, neglected to renew their copyrights. As a result, these episodes have been unofficially released on home video and DVD on many low-budget labels. In many video prints of the public domain episodes, the original and much-loved theme music has been replaced by generic music due to copyright issues.
During the early years of the show, rumors persisted that Irene Ryan was actually younger than Donna Douglas, but wore extensive makeup as Granny. Ryan was born in 1902 and Douglas was born in 1933. Ryan was 31 years older than Douglas. Buddy Ebsen later joked after the "Beverly Hillbillies" family members had ended how could anyone could believe such a naive thing.
Veteran character actress and voice artist Bea Benaderet was first considered for the role of Granny. Revisions in the character were made so that she would be more like "Mammy Yokum" in Al Capp's "Li'l Abner" cartoon strip. Benaderet was too large and "busty" to fit that image. It was reportedly that Bea Benaderet, herself suggested Irene Ryan for the role, who by all accounts came in and "blew everyone away" with a wonderful screen test, which still survives today and is included as an extra on the DVD set.
John Wayne made a cameo appearance on The Beverly Hillbillies: The Indians Are Coming (1967), Wednesday, February 1st, 1967, to be exact. When asked how he wanted to be paid, he is best remembered answering back with: "Give me a fifth of bourbon - that'll square it."
Buddy Ebsen was offered the role of Jed Clampett on the strength of his playing a similar role in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).
The mansion in Beverly Hills where the Clampetts lived was actually the Kirkeby mansion in Bel Air.
Widower, Jed Clampett's late wife's first and maiden name was Rose Ellen.
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Buddy Ebsen had seriously considered retiring from show business permanently, before filming and production began on their debuting together of The Beverly Hillbillies: The Clampetts Strike Oil (1962), in December of 1961.
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(Saturday, June 13th, 2015) The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) has 13 episodes that were ranked in the Top 100 Nielsen Rated Shows of all time according to web site Zap2it.com.
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The 1971 cancellation of the series, by Fred Silverman resulted from CBS' desire to erase its image as a "rural network." In the process, two other rural shows (including Green Acres (1965) and Petticoat Junction (1963)) were canceled at the very same time. The general feeling was that "CBS canceled every show with a tree in it". Even though the shows were still popular overall with viewers, they didn't appeal to the younger urban audience advertisers wanted.
The show's opening theme song, was sang by Jerry Scoggins, was #44 on the charts in 1962. Jerry's first name appears as Jethro Scoggins during the closing credits.
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Jed Clampett was originally written as an extremely naive hick, but Buddy Ebsen would only agree to take the role if it was re-written; Jed might be uneducated, but he wasn't foolish. The character of Jethro was written as someone to give a majority of the "dumb" lines.
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Just before the fourth season got underway, Mrs. Kirkeby apparently broke the agreement her late husband had made with Filmways Productions because the mansion's address was leaked. It caused an endless stream of tourists to come to the mansion, looking for Jed and Granny. Filmways was not allowed to film the mansion's exterior or any long shots of the mansion grounds after that.
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The Clampett's truck was a 1921 Oldsmobile. It was lent by Cousin Pearl when the family moved to California.
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At the end of the opening credits you can see Jed start to point out something to the others towards camera left. In the network broadcasts, the camera changes to show that Jed is pointing to a billboard for Kellogg's Corn Flakes, the sponsor of the show. As the car drives past it, the theme song continues, changing to the then current slogan "K-E-Double L-O-Double Good. Kellogg's best to you".
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Louis Nye, he had character role "Sonny", Mrs. Drysdale's son, was only eight years younger than actress, Harriet E. MacGibbon, that portrayed his mother, "Mrs. Drysdale".
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The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)'s pilot episode release date debut of _"The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) {The Clampetts Strike Oil (#1.1)_, by sheerest coincidence, was also actress, Donna Douglas's 29th birthday. Donna Douglas's popularity and fame rose with her character role of "Elly May Clampett" and wearing blue jeans a majority of the time, at home.
Sonny's real name was Adonis.
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On Wednesday, June 29th, 1966 the Dutch broadcasting station NCRV aired what they claimed to be the last episode. With the absence of the Internet, facts like these were hard to verify by the viewers. From 1973 to 1974 the NCRV aired the unaired episodes in the Netherlands.
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After Donna Douglas aka "Elly May Clampett" life loss on Thursday, January 1st, 2015, Max Baer Jr. with two character roles of "Jethro Bodine" (and twin sister, "Jethrene Bodine", in season one only) is the last surviving star (of the family members)' extremely popular and humorous series.
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During season one, Max Baer Jr. occasionally played a double role, of Jethro and his twin sister, Jethrine Bodine. Actress, Linda Henning, daughter of series creator, Paul Henning, Jethrine Bodine' voice.
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The mansion is located at 750 Bel Air Drive in Los Angeles. It used to contain a swimming pool in the back right of the lot, but the pool and surroundings have been razed.
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An agreement was made between Filmways Productions and Arnold Kirkeby to film the exterior of the Kirkeby mansion. The agreement stipulated that the grounds had to be cleaned up after filming, and the address of the Kirkeby mansion was never to be divulged to the public.
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As well as serving as animal trainer, Frank Inn actually provided the animals used on the show as Elly May Clampett's "critters".
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When the show debuted on Wednesday, September 26th, 1962, Jed Clampett's fortune was given as $25,000,000. After adjusting for inflation, this amount would be equivalent to $195,000,000 in 2014. At the end of the show's run the fortune had climbed another $100,000,000, which would now be equivalent to $583,000,000.
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The Clampetts' bloodhound name was Duke.
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Sonny was Margaret Drysdale's son from a previous marriage. His actual last name was never revealed and he was always known as Sonny Drysdale.
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Milburn Drysdale's bank was the fictitious Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills, no doubt borrowed from the actual Commerce Bank in Kansas City, Missouri, contiguously located next to Independence, Missouri which was show creator Paul Henning's childhood home.
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Jethro Bodine, and his twin sister Jethrine father's name (in season 1 only) is Fred Bodine.
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The names of Elly May Clampett's two pet chimpanzees were Skipper and Bessie.
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Margaret Drysdale's father's name is Lowell Fahrquar.
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Season 9's episode, The Beverly Hillbillies: The Clampetts Meet Robert Audubon Getty Crockett (1971) revealed that the Clampett's hail from Limestone, Tennessee, and not the Ozarks as previously assumed. Granny is an ardent admirer of Daniel Boone; and comes from "Boone country", which is basically the same area as WW1 hero, Sergeant, Alvin C. York.
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After the first season aired, a Levi-Strauss executive was quoted as saying that "Donna Douglas had done more for the sale of blue jeans in one year than cowboys and done in a hundred."
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During the last six seasons, as the current weekly episode concluded, and Jerry Scoggins sang the closing tune, "Ellie May Clampett", actress, Donna Douglas friendly spoke off screen, saying "Thanks, and we'll be back, next week at this same time and same channel.", just as the Closing Credits were nearing the final ten seconds, and just before a commercial break started, of the next show.
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Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 were 250 Wednesdays. Season 9 was 24 Tuesdays.
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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 (1962).
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