The Clampetts head to England to visit the castle Jed inherited. Misunderstandings abound, from Jethro mistaking San Fransisco for London, to the impounding of Granny's medical supplies, to the real intentions of the elderly chemist.

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Hugh Dempster ...
Cholmondeley
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The Clampetts leave Beverly Hills for England to check out their new castle. They stop first in San Francisco, where Jethro, using all of his learning from his sixth grade education, points out all of the London landmarks. (He thinks the Golden Gate Bridge is London Bridge.) On the flight over Jethro gets into trouble, since he is the self appointed Royal Taster, he insists on sampling the airline's food before it's served. Once they land in England they drive around London (where everybody is driving on the wrong side of the road, much to Granny's consternation), before splitting up; Jethro to go see the Queen, while Granny heads to a chemist's shop to replace her medical supplies (impounded by Customs). Naturally the chemist doesn't understand what Granny wants and begins to quote Shakespeare's Sonnets, which makes Granny swoon. When Jethro and Elly May return they all head off for their castle. Written by Dionysius Exiguus

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13 September 1967 (USA)  »

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The English are somewhat famous for the way they pronounce certain words and names. That is why the character named "Cholmondeley" is pronounced as "Chumley". See more »

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One of the Funniest
15 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

The Clampetts go to England. This led to the series of utterly dull episodes of the Clampetts around that castle and drawn out episode after episode about Jethro fighting the war of the roses.

It must have just been easier to film around that castle, I guess.

If they had tried to film the Clampetts at different locales around England, I guess the dialects, especially if they were cockney, would have been too difficult for the Clampetts to comprehend, they couldn't grasp mainsteam Americanized words to begin with that weren't in the country bumpkin jargon.

But this one episode is always too priceless to me. The setups are as usual corny, but I guess the performers and the misunderstandings are what are so funny.

First, Jed is given some currency, 25 pounds, the man tells him.

Jed holds the money for a bit, waves it up and down and Granny approaches.

"What's that, Jed?" "Supposed to be 25 pounds," he replies, "but whoever weighed it must have had his thumb on the scale." From there, Granny enters the apothecary. The druggist, brilliantly played by Alan Napier (Alfred the butler from the Batman TV show).

She says for him to fill up her medical bag with the usual stuff.

Frog warts, lizard gizzard and so on. Her usual mountain remedies.

Well, of course the first thing Napier thinks about is Shakespeare's witches dialogue, so he begins.

"Eye of newt, wing of bat, . . . " Granny is finally impressed with a druggist! (For those who don't know, a running joke on the show was Granny's disdain for Beverly Hills druggists, insisting they knew nothing about 'real' medicine and she called the drug stores nothing but what-not shops) Napier referred to the recital as a sonnet, Granny misunderstands and must think a sonnet is the list itself.

So she asks for more sonnets.

Again, quite naturally, Napier goes into the romantic verses.

"How shall I love thee? Let me compare thee to a summer day." Granny turns to Jed.

"Jed, I think this guy's sweet on me." She then asks for more sonnets.

Napier again delivers. The contrast in short Irene Ryan and tall Alan Napier is hilarious to observe.

"Jed, you better not leave me alone with him." "Kind of a bold rascal, ain't he?" Jed replies.

Granny then asks for a whole mess of sonnets.

Napier delivers.

"Why don't you take a walk, Jed?" Unbelievable. Episode ends with Jed having to carry Granny out of the drug store.

Truth be told, any less than intelligent American character could have engaged in the same mistake with the English druggist, but how would they have gotten there? Only Granny, a mountain doctor with her remedies, could have entered it.

Again, it is a shame there aren't more episodes of the Clampetts on London streets like this, cuz they are the better ones.

Better than that castle.


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