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"The Beverly Hillbillies" The Gloria Swanson Story (1966)

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Original Air Date:
30 November 1966 (Season 5, Episode 12)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Buddy Ebsen ... Jed Clampett

Irene Ryan ... Daisy Moses

Donna Douglas ... Elly May Clampett

Max Baer Jr. ... Jethro Bodine

Gloria Swanson ... Herself

Raymond Bailey ... Milburn Drysdale

Nancy Kulp ... Jane Hathaway

Milton Frome ... Lawrence Chapman

George N. Neise ... Mr Foley - Auctioneer
Leonard Bremen ... 1st Mover (as Lennie Bremen)

Frank Sully ... 2nd Mover

Dan White ... Man (as Daniel White)
Lenore Kingston ... Woman
Ray Kellogg ... Gate Guard

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joseph Depew 
Writing credits
Paul Henning (created by)

Paul Henning (written by)

Mark Tuttle  writer

Produced by
Joseph Depew .... associate producer
Paul Henning .... producer
Al Simon .... executive producer
Mark Tuttle .... producer
Original Music by
Curt Massey 
Cinematography by
Harry L. Wolf (director of photography) (as Harry Wolf)
Film Editing by
Robert M. Leeds 
Casting by
Bill Tinsman 
Art Direction by
Walter McKeegan 
Set Decoration by
Armor E. Goetten  (as Armor Goetten)
Makeup Department
Frances Sperry .... hair stylist
Roy Stork .... makeup artist
Production Management
George King .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas F. Kelly .... assistant director
Art Department
Joe Montenaro .... property master
Sound Department
C.J. 'Mickey' Emerson .... sound recordist
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound mixer (as Hugh McDowell)
Bernard F. Pincus .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Robert Cole .... special effects (as Bob Cole)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arvard Wooden .... key grip
Gary R. Wostak .... chief electrician (as Ray Wostak)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Platt .... costumer (as Bill Platt)
Opal Vils .... costumer (as Opal Lucus)
Editorial Department
Robert Freedman .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Lester Flatt .... musician: theme
Paul Henning .... composer: theme music
Dave Kahn .... music coordinator
Jerry Scoggins .... singer: theme tune
Earl Scruggs .... musician: theme
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Other crew
Ulla Bourne .... script supervisor
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. [us] (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Henning  created by

Produced by
Martin Ransohoff .... executive producer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director
Charles Bail .... stunt double: Max Baer, Jr.
Dick Durock .... stunt double: Max Baer Jr (1967-1971)
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The title refers to screen legend Gloria Swanson who started in the silent era and made her biggest cultural impact in Sunset Blvd. (1950) as faded star Norma Desmond.See more »
Movie Connections:
References A Society Scandal (1924)See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Gloria Swanson Makes a Silent Movie Comeback - in 1966!!, 21 April 2009
Author: HarlowMGM from United States

"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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