The Beverly Hillbillies: Season 5, Episode 12

The Gloria Swanson Story (30 Nov. 1966)

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Gloria Swanson and Drysdale are doing some business which involves her selling her house and some of her possessions and donating the proceeds to charity and she's moving East. When the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Milton Frome ...
Lawrence Chapman
George N. Neise ...
Mr Foley - Auctioneer
Leonard Bremen ...
1st Mover (as Lennie Bremen)
Frank Sully ...
2nd Mover
Man (as Daniel White)
Lenore Kingston ...
Ray Kellogg ...
Gate Guard


Gloria Swanson and Drysdale are doing some business which involves her selling her house and some of her possessions and donating the proceeds to charity and she's moving East. When the Clampetts read about her moving away,Jethro who heard a story that she's auctioning of her things think that she's broke and that she's being forced to sell her possessions Granny being a big fan is heart broken. They go to see her and try to life up her spirits by saying they like her movies and that they're still being shown in their hometown. Jed decides to ask Chapman to make a silent movie with Swanson in it. Written by

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Comedy | Family




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30 November 1966 (USA)  »

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Two years later, an almost identical story was scripted for The Lucy Show with Joan Crawford. See more »


References A Society Scandal (1924) See more »

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Gloria Swanson Makes a Silent Movie Comeback - in 1966!!
21 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Gloria Swanson Story" is one of the best ever BEVERLY HILLBILLIES episodes and one of the very best "movie star guesting on a hit sitcom" appearances. Through a newspaper article, the Clampetts learn one of the favorite silent stars, Gloria Swanson, is having an auction of most of her estate. What they don't know is she is moving east and the auction is for charity - they think Gloria has hit upon hard times and is down to her last dollar. When they learn Gloria lives not far away from their estate, they decide to visit the film icon and when they see her virtually empty home and meet the ever-glamorous star (apparently not noticing she is just a bit older now than in those beloved silents from the 1920's that still draw around-the-block crowds at the picture show back home in Bugtussle) they hit upon an idea to restore Gloria's finances - a comeback in movies - a SILENT movie that is.

La Swanson remains every inch the glamorous star here and looks like a million bucks in attractive fashions and while much of her time "as herself" requires her to merely be chic and charming, in the silent movie spoof "Passion's Plaything" she deliciously sends up her image of the siren of the DeMille era. Silent movie fans should especially cherish this satiric yet loving look at the early days of movies and for the chance to see Gloria in color and looking fabulous at 67. Just think if only the Clampetts had been in Beverly Hills back in 1950 - Norma Desmond could have made that Salome picture LOL!

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