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Christmas in Hooterville 

The Clampetts return to Hooterville to celebrate Christmas. Mr. Drysdale, convinced that Mr. Clampett intends to move all of his money to Mr. Drucker's bank, drives to Hooterville to stop him.


Ralph Levy


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Episode credited cast:
Buddy Ebsen ... Jed Clampett
Irene Ryan ... Daisy Moses
Donna Douglas ... Elly May Clampett
Max Baer Jr. ... Jethro Bodine
Raymond Bailey ... Milburn Drysdale
Nancy Kulp ... Jane Hathaway
Edgar Buchanan ... Uncle Joe Carson
Linda Henning ... Betty Jo Bradley Elliott (as Linda Kaye Henning)
Mike Minor ... Steve Elliott
Lori Saunders ... Bobbie Jo Bradley
Meredith MacRae ... Billie Jo Bradley
Frank Cady ... Sam Drucker
Tom Lester ... Eb Dawson
Percy Helton ... Homer Cratchit
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno The Bear ... Fairchild


The Clampetts return to Hooterville to celebrate Christmas. Mr. Drysdale, convinced that Mr. Clampett intends to move all of his money to Mr. Drucker's bank, drives to Hooterville to stop him.

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Plot Keywords:

christmas episode | christmas | See All (2) »


Comedy | Family





Release Date:

25 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas in Hooterville See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Television See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The footage of the decorated Cannonball is from the Petticoat Junction episode "Cannonball Christmas" (1963). That's why those scenes are in black and white. See more »


Mr. Drysdale never accepts the collect call from Miss Jane but they continue the phone conversation as if he had. See more »


Homer Cratchit: [waving a $20 bill under Mr. Drysdale's nose] He's coming to. Miss Hathaway always said a twenty would do it.
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References Petticoat Junction (1963) See more »

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The 6th Petticoat Junction crossover episode
5 May 2016 | by jivers01See all my reviews

A frequently surreal yarn with a flashback, a nightmare dream sequence, a nod to "A Christmas Carol", and some man-in-bear-suit shenanigans. In the previous episode, Jethro was set to marry both Bradley sisters. This conflict is "resolved" by lazy writing. Jethro simply hides out at home while the rest of the family goes to Hooterville. For some reason, Drysdale is staying with Jethro at the mansion. The only funny bit is of him waking up next to their pet bear. In a mockery of marriage, the bear beats him to the bathroom as Drysdale complains like a henpecked husband. At the bank we see "A Christmas Carol" inspired scenes of a whip- wielding Drysdale behaving like Scrooge. He faints after hearing Jed is putting money in the Hooterville bank. He dreams that Sam Drucker has become his boss. Upon awakening he has a change of heart and generously gives everyone the day off.

Meanwhile in Hooterville, we see a flashback from the previous episode of the bear eating Sam's letter to Granny. She thinks Sam was going to propose to her but never finished reading the letter. Elly is sort of dating Eb Dawson (the only Green Acres cast member in the episode). He has a crush on her but Elly is reluctant. As Justice of the Peace, Sam Drucker tells Elly he'd be "happy to marry her" when she decides. Granny overhears this and thinks he's proposing to Elly. Granny goes overboard with a makeover and shows up dressed like a little girl in 1900s-type garb and a wig.

Steve Elliott (Mike Minor) croons a wistful, romantic song that has nothing to do with Christmas and everyone sings a carol together on the train (exterior shots are stock footage from another episode). The Jethro segment and Drysdale's frantic drive to Hooterville (with the bear in the truck) are story threads left hanging. An ambitious episode with a lot going on during this packed half-hour story. Enjoyable on a nostalgic level but nothing all that funny or memorable occurs.

The next episode, "Drysdale and Friend" continues the bear road-trip story with appearances by Sam Drucker and Fred Ziffel.

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