Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)

The Black Box 

The Shady Rest is in danger and does not know it. A special government camera falls from a plane and lands on the Shady Rest. The camera includes an exploding device which can be activated by remote control.


Richard L. Bare


Paul Henning (created by), Jay Sommers | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Bea Benaderet ... Kate Bradley
Edgar Buchanan ... Uncle Joe Carson
Jeannine Riley ... Billie Jo Bradley
Pat Woodell ... Bobbie Jo Bradley (credit only)
Linda Henning ... Betty Jo Bradley (as Linda Kaye)
Smiley Burnette ... Charley Pratt
Rufe Davis ... Floyd Smoot
Fred Clark ... General Elmer Loomis
Richard Erdman ... Colonel Millbank
Frank Cady ... Sam Drucker
Jack Bannon ... Technical Sergeant


Kate and the family's annual spring cleaning regimen coincides with the US Air Force doing maneuvers over the valley. Part of those maneuvers, which the public is not aware, includes testing out a new high powered camera, which looks like an ordinary black box with wires coming out of it. It is set to explode twelve hours after any unauthorized removal from the aircraft just in case the camera gets into enemy hands. Less than adept Colonel Millbank, who is flying the aircraft in question, accidentally loses the camera in flight, it landing on the Shady Rest property. While Millbank and his commanding officer, General Elmer Loomis, search for the camera, the hoarders among the Bradley family want to keep this new find, despite they being in the process of throwing everything else out and despite they not knowing what it is. The question becomes whether the Air Force can find the camera, or whether Kate and the family will dispose of it safely before it blows up. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

6 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Per the title a black box is a technical term for a device or system or object when it is viewed primarily in terms of its input and output characteristics or the recorder installed on every commercial airliner use in the investigation of a crash. 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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