The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

Ghost Town, U.S.A. 

The Bradys and Alice begin their trek to Grand Canyon. But a stop at a ghost town turns out to be a detour, after a demented prospector locks everyone in the jail, thinking they plan to steal his (non-existant) gold claim.


Oscar Rudolph


Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Howard Leeds




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Reed ... Mike Brady
Florence Henderson ... Carol Brady
Ann B. Davis ... Alice Nelson
Maureen McCormick ... Marcia Brady
Eve Plumb ... Jan Brady
Susan Olsen ... Cindy Brady
Barry Williams ... Greg Brady
Christopher Knight ... Peter Brady
Mike Lookinland ... Bobby Brady
Jim Backus ... Zaccariah T. Brown
Hoke Howell ... Gas Station Attendant


The kids and Alice are in excited anticipation about the big surprise Mike and Carol are bringing home. The material part of the surprise is sitting in the driveway: a camper trailer. The other part of the surprise is that they will be taking it on vacation to the Grand Canyon. On the start of their trip, the family decides instead of heading for a campground for the first night, they, based on information from a pump jockey at a gas station stop, will head to Cactus Creek, a deserted ghost town, once a gold mining town, where they will set up for the night. After arriving at Cactus Creek and setting up camp, they find the town is as interesting as they had hoped, but it isn't as deserted as they believed. They are met by Zaccariah T. Brown, who has many a fanciful story of the gold rush days. Underneath Zaccariah's friendly exterior, the family will ultimately learn that he has plans for them that they would rather he didn't carry out based on what he believes their reason for being ... Written by Huggo

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The ghost town set is exactly the same as the set on Gilligan's Island during the dream sequence where Emily the duck is being chased. Gilligan played the Sheriff in the dream. Jim Backus played an identical character in the dream sequence as he does in this episode. See more »


Bobby Brady: Geez, I can't wait to get started. Grand Canyon! Wow!
Mike Brady: Well, it's not just the canyon, Bob. Now we can learn all about the Indian tribes that live there like the Havasupai, the Hopi, the Hualapai, the Navajo.
Peter Brady: How'd they get such strange names?
Mike Brady: Well, each name means something, Pete. Like Havasupai, for instance, means "Great People of Blue-Green Running Water."
Bobby Brady: How about my name, Dad? Does Bobby mean anything?
Peter Brady: Yeah. It means little man with great, big running mouth!
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Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Dolly Morse
Performed by Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland & Susan Olsen
Sung in the car while the Brady family drives to the ghost town
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17 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Arizona, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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