Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)

There's No Business with Show Business 

A man with more schemes than Uncle Joe visits the Shady Rest. The circus owner has run out of money for his troupe, and he plans a way for them to stay at the Shady Rest without paying.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Pat Woodell ...
Betty Jo Bradley (as Linda Kaye)
George O'Hanlon ...
Harry Harmon
Mary Sills
Mr. Haley
Baron Munchin
Jerry Catron ...
Max (as Jack Catron)
Ron Rogers ...
Fireater (as Roy Rogers)


After their latest traveling salesman guest manages to sneak out of the hotel without paying his bill, Kate and Uncle Joe learn that there is a guidebook for traveling salesmen on how to get out of paying their bills at certain hotels, Uncle Joe's name sprinkled liberally throughout the document as the key to doing so at the Shady Rest, with Kate's name mentioned as the person to avoid at all cost. What they don't know is that there is a similar guidebook for people in the entertainment industry, one such book in the hands of Harry Harmon, the owner/operator of a traveling circus, which currently has no business and thus no money. Harry not only plans on coming and going to the Shady Rest without paying his bill, but also having his entire troupe of about a dozen performers stay at the hotel and eat the meals provided instead of the five circus members who will officially check into the hotel, again without any of them paying a cent. It may be easy for them to pull the wool over Uncle... Written by Huggo

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15 June 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based upon the song "There's No Business Like Show Business" by Irving Berlin from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." See more »


References Annie Get Your Gun (1950) See more »


Petticoat Junction
Written by Curt Massey & Paul Henning
Performed by Curt Massey
[Series theme song played during the opening titles and credits]
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