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The 'Beverly Hillbillies' at 50 -- how would Jethro vote in 2012?
Fox News ^ | September 26, 2012 | Robert Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2012 8:17:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Fifty years ago today CBS introduced a new TV series that sharply divided American cultural opinion. Critics and intellectuals hated it, and it became for them a symbol of how far television had fallen since the so-called “golden age” of live, New York-based programs in the early days of the medium. Most everybody else felt differently, however.

The show became an instant hit of mammoth proportions. It spent its first two seasons at the very top of the Nielsen ratings. At its peak, it was being watched by 60 million viewers per week. As late as 1982, eleven years after it had left the air at the end of its ninth season, nine of this show’s episodes could still be found on the list of the top fifty highest-rated broadcasts of all time, alongside Super Bowls, blockbuster miniseries, and special event programming. "The Beverly Hillbillies" was, without question, one of the most popular television series in the history of American television.

In the first episode, aired on September 26, 1962, we were introduced to Jed Clampett, his mother-in-law Granny, his daughter Elly May, and cousin Jethro, all poor mountaineers scraping out a happy but subsistence living in some remote location in the Ozarks.

The now-classic opening theme song elegantly sums up the premise of the show. Jed shoots at what he hopes will be the evening’s meal, but misses. His errant bullet pricks the surface of the rich American soil, and oil (“black gold, Texas tea”) commences gushing out of the ground. With his new found riches, his cousin Pearl convinces him that “Californy is the place you oughta be” (in the pithiest phrasing of American Manifest Destiny since “Go West, Young Man”), so he loads up three generations of his family and moves to Beverly Hills...

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TOPICS: History; Politics; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 2012; beverlyhillbillies; beverlyhills; clampett; ellymay; granny; jed; jethro; obama; romney; television
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1 posted on 09/26/2012 8:17:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can you imagine what CNN would do for 60 million viewers a week? MSNBHeeHaw? CBS Evening News?


2 posted on 09/26/2012 8:21:28 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He changed his name to Methro and married a stripper.


3 posted on 09/26/2012 8:26:52 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ok, time to confess... how many of you can still sing the entire theme song?
I can.


4 posted on 09/26/2012 8:27:29 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jethro the educated tho stupid one would have voted for Obama because he thinks he is going to give him a new car.

The rest would vote for Romney.


5 posted on 09/26/2012 8:29:17 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
republican of course... they ALL believed in hard work
6 posted on 09/26/2012 8:29:40 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: irishtenor

Are you kidding?

Elly May helped my voice change.


7 posted on 09/26/2012 8:30:22 PM PDT by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Saw “I Want to Live!” a movie from the late 50s earlier this month. Raymond Bailey played a prison warden.
8 posted on 09/26/2012 8:33:00 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Double-Naught spy just might go for the Double Naught Dumb@ss


9 posted on 09/26/2012 8:33:19 PM PDT by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Fierce Defender of the 2nd Amendment:

Romney supporter

10 posted on 09/26/2012 8:35:23 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Please correct me if I'm wrong but I'd have more faith
in these folk in DC rather than either political party.
JMHO

11 posted on 09/26/2012 8:35:44 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As a double-naught spy, Jethro would naturally be appalled at Obama’s foreign policy ineptness, and cast his lot with Mr. Drys...I mean Mr. Romney.

Ellie May, on the other hand, still donates to PETA, but otherwise remains a staunch conservative after the incident when femi-Nazis mistook her use of the double-barreled slingshot as a sign of support.


12 posted on 09/26/2012 8:35:44 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Subsequent enviro-wacko regulations would have precluded Jed from further drilling thereby forcing him to declare bankruptcy, resulting in his BH mansion with the cement pond being eventually foreclosed upon by Mr. Drydsdale.

Ellie Mae would eventually move in with Miss Hathaway, while Jethro would become a substitute NFL referee.

Jed votes for Romney over the Negro, and Granny, well........

It makes me sick to my stomach just to think about it.

13 posted on 09/26/2012 8:37:44 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: digger48

I was a little younger than you, I guess. It was “I dream of Jeanie” for me...
I do remember watching the Beverly Hillbillies, but when it came out, I was in 3rd grade.


14 posted on 09/26/2012 8:38:00 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Beverly Hillbillies was an awesome show, and is still better than anything made today. And not to mention, the music was great. See Flatt and Scruggs in this video at 2:20.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGdv10AMj6Q


15 posted on 09/26/2012 8:42:06 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know this is all in fun, but it is a symptom of where our nation is today too. Freepers are informed. But the fact that Fox has to have an article like this is pretty sad.


16 posted on 09/26/2012 8:44:47 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: irishtenor
“Ok, time to confess... how many of you can still sing the entire theme song?
I can.”

The best TV show ever made of course.

17 posted on 09/26/2012 8:44:59 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Critics and intellectuals hated it, and it became for them a symbol of how far television had fallen since the so-called “golden age” of live, New York-based programs in the early days of the medium.

And, the dreck of "reality TV" had not come to life. Now, we TRULY know how far television has fallen!

18 posted on 09/26/2012 8:46:24 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Slyfox

Wheeeeeeeeel Doggie!


19 posted on 09/26/2012 8:49:08 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
“Ok, time to confess... how many of you can still sing the entire theme song? I can.”

I got my kids to sing the theme song long before they ever saw the show. :)
20 posted on 09/26/2012 8:49:47 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: Blogger

Funny thing is, I liked the show, but I never had any idea that it was as popular as the article states. I guess, back then, the networks still had some profit motive.


21 posted on 09/26/2012 8:49:57 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: bigbob

“As a double-naught spy, Jethro would naturally be appalled at Obama’s foreign policy ineptness, and cast his lot with Mr. Drys...I mean Mr. Romney.”

Well, he was educated clear to the sixth grade...and could do his ciphering like all get out.


22 posted on 09/26/2012 8:50:32 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: Liberty Valance

I'd trust these guys before the BHO choom gang.

23 posted on 09/26/2012 8:54:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: hole_n_one
” while Jethro would become a substitute NFL referee.”

That is funny!
And I could easily have seen that being in an episode, would have fit perfectly!

24 posted on 09/26/2012 8:55:13 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jethro would go with the republicans because liberal girls all look like Miss Jane.


25 posted on 09/26/2012 8:55:19 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: irishtenor
Of course! But also the “Ballad of Paladin”
26 posted on 09/26/2012 8:55:24 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So what were the nine top rated episodes? I’m sure one of them was Granny and the Kangaroo.


27 posted on 09/26/2012 8:57:20 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe that today is Donna Douglas’ birthday and she is 79.


28 posted on 09/26/2012 8:58:18 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
Rereading it, I feel bad about the Ellie Mae comment.

Rather than having her move in with Miss Hathaway, she should have gotten the slot on the Fox News Channel that Bill O'Reilly currently has while Hathaway sits next to Scarborough on MSNBC's Morning Idiot. show.

29 posted on 09/26/2012 9:01:19 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: ConservativeStatement

Indeed he was the warden in that movie. We used to crank call him at home ( yeah, I know) he was in the Laguna Beach, CA white pages.


30 posted on 09/26/2012 9:01:58 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: higgmeister

No, but we had a girl in the neighborhood whose name was Boone, and her dad looked just like Richard Boone.


31 posted on 09/26/2012 9:05:08 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Raymond Bailey also played Jimmy Stewart’s shrink at the mental asylum in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

http://faculty.cua.edu/johnsong/hitchcock/images/stills/vertigo/psychiatr-vert.jpg


32 posted on 09/26/2012 9:05:16 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In the first episode, aired on September 26, 1962, we were introduced to Jed Clampett, his mother-in-law Granny, his daughter Elly May, and cousin Jethro, all poor mountaineers scraping out a happy but subsistence living in some remote location in the Ozarks.

During the last 4 years of that show I was attending college in the Ozarks. There were lots of families living a self sufficiently on land homesteaded generations ago. They grew their own food heated with wood and had no need for full time work, they were free.

Then the politicians came up with a plan to give them free stuff but the stuff had to be paid for with property taxes. The taxes got raised so high that that it took a full time job to pay them. Trouble was, there weren't that many full time jobs to go around. So most of those families lost their land and had to go the cities and live on welfare in public housing. Didn't take long for them to figure out that they got more welfare if they weren't married so the families broke up.

Oh and their land, it got sold on the Courthouse steps for back taxes. The auction notices were put on the bulletin boards so naturally it was the courthouse crowd who got most of it.

33 posted on 09/26/2012 9:05:33 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again")
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To: hole_n_one
I think Ellie Mae would have been a cheerleader while Jethro was a ref. And she would have ended up in on a play eventually!
34 posted on 09/26/2012 9:06:07 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The kinfolk said “Jed, move away from there!”


35 posted on 09/26/2012 9:06:13 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: Kirkwood

Interestingly enough, Nancy Kulp/”Miss Jane” later ran for political office as a Democrat and Republican Buddy Ebsen/”Uncle Jed” campaigned against her. If memory serves me correctly, she lost the election to her opponent.


36 posted on 09/26/2012 9:09:48 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The alternate version of the Beverly Hillbillies theme song.
37 posted on 09/26/2012 9:11:41 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Defiant

Two of my favorite episodes dealt with that particular scenario-

“Jethro’s First Love”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7MAe9sMN60

“Chickadee Returns”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKlKhAIgORI&feature=related


38 posted on 09/26/2012 9:14:59 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
American network television created an aesthetic of denial and escape in the 1960s; "The Beverly Hillbillies" elevated it to an art form.

And it was highly preferable to the partisan Marxist propaganda we're endlessly fed on the tube today. The author is a J-school indoctrinated PC windbag.

The realities of that era were hard enough to bear. Castro had won his civil war and Che Guevara was herding intellectuals and opposition politicians "to the wall" daily where they were mercilessly shot in cold blood.

I remember spending a couple of days on the Hillbillies set in Hollywood in my job as TV columnist. I guess I'm not an intellectual -- I knew the show was going to be a huge hit. The American public needed escape from the frightening realities of the Cold War.

I enjoyed a breakfast interview with Buddy Ebsen at Brown Derby and dinner with Irene Ryan at Chasen's. I horsed around with Donna Douglas and Max Baer Jr. and the rest of the cast on the set, and flew home with some great column fodder. "Hillbillies" was just the kind of diversion the country needed at that moment.

In another flashback to that time I remember standing in front of a bank of 20 or so clacking teletype machines waiting for news about the flotilla of Russian warships headed toward Cuba during the Missile Crisis. Would Kennedy stand firm? Would Khrushchev waver? Or would nuclear bombs start raining down any moment? It was the most terrifying hour of my life, wondering about my wife and family and how the world might change at any moment.

In those days we got "reality" in big doses, undiluted. And we didn't get it from Hollywood TV shows.

39 posted on 09/26/2012 9:17:02 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Bernard Marx

Wow. You should write a book. I went to school with Buddy Ebsen’s kids in Newport. You could always see him playing solitaire at his kitchen table in Balboa Island


40 posted on 09/26/2012 9:26:08 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: Bernard Marx

I was a 2 year old toddler in Santa Ana at the time, but I enjoyed the show later on. A true classic.


41 posted on 09/26/2012 9:27:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Bernard Marx

I remember having my dad fill the Ford station wagon with canned food and blankets one night during the missile crisis. We were almost headed to Arizona but the newscasters advised the traffic very heavy out of Los Angeles. Yes, we got reality in big doses in those days.


42 posted on 09/26/2012 9:30:09 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.u)
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To: ReformationFan
Interestingly enough, Nancy Kulp/”Miss Jane” later ran for political office as a Democrat and Republican Buddy Ebsen/"Uncle Jed" campaigned against her. If memory serves me correctly, she lost the election to her opponent.

The liberal commie b!tch got trounced AFTER Buddy Ebsen took out a full-page ad in the L.A. Times telling everyone what a nanny-state-do-gooder she was and how she held up production of the show for days because she was unhappy with this or that. God Bless Buddy for doing everything he could to keep the commie whore as far from a voting seat as possible.

43 posted on 09/26/2012 9:48:40 PM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: Henchster

Hell yeah.I remember that.


44 posted on 09/26/2012 9:59:15 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Henchster

Great story. Thanks. And I agree, God bless Buddy.

It’s fascinating to me that a supporting cast member would have the influence to hold up shooting for days and still keep her job. I can understood studio execs putting up with that kind of behavior from a Marilyn Monroe-type lead star but from Nancy Kulp? :?


45 posted on 09/26/2012 10:01:49 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Bernard Marx

Fascinating story. Where Ebsen, Baer and Misses Ryan and Douglas as nice off-screen as they were on-screen? The ultimate appeal of the show was the fact that the characters were all nice and unpretentious which is why the American heartland loved them while the snooty critics hated them. In a way, the Mrs. Drysdale character probably resembled their real-life critics.

I loved shows like this that the whole family could watch, they didn’t preach at their viewers and they provided some badly need relief from the stress of their times. Shows like “The Beverly Hillbillies”, “Green Acres”, “Gilligan’s Island”, “Get Smart”, etc., live on because they provided folks with the unpretentious entertainment they needed and still needed.


46 posted on 09/26/2012 10:11:32 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: irishtenor

Me too...although I never really liked the show.


47 posted on 09/26/2012 10:20:25 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I heard they are going to adapt a new version of the show, but this time incorporating Muslims:

Come listen to a story ’bout a man named Ahmed
Poor Bedouin barely kept his family fed.
Then one day- he was shootin’ at some Jews
When up through the ground comes a bubblin’ ooze
Oil that is… Saudi soda.... Persian Perrier

Now the first thing ya know, Ahmed’s a millionaire
Kin folk said: Ahmed, Move away from there!
said: Californy is the place that you’d do fair
So the loaded up their camel and they moved to BelAir
swimmin pools…movie stars…...Jews....
The Bel Airabs! -From Saturday Night Live, circa 1979

48 posted on 09/26/2012 10:24:44 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Except for maybe Gilligan’s Island.....


49 posted on 09/26/2012 10:25:28 PM PDT by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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To: ReformationFan
In a way, the Mrs. Drysdale character probably resembled their real-life critics.

Her hibiscus was ailing.

50 posted on 09/26/2012 10:27:31 PM PDT by Ken H
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