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"Beverly Hillbillies" creator Paul Henning dies at 93
Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/25/05 | AP - Burbank

Posted on 03/25/2005 7:02:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Paul Henning, who created the iconic 1960s TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies" and wrote its theme song, died Friday at the age of 93.

Henning, who lived in Toluca Lake, died in a Burbank hospital of natural causes. He had been sick for some time, his daughter Carol said.

Henning was born on a farm in Missouri on Sept. 16, 1911 and grew up in Independence. As a teenager, he worked behind the soda fountain at Brown's Drugstore, where he met Harry Truman, who advised the young boy to become a lawyer, his daughter said.

He graduated from Kansas City School of Law, but soon went to work writing for radio. He wrote for "Fibber McGee and Molly" and "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show," among others.

After writing for television for several years, he created "The Beverly Hillbillies," which debuted on CBS in 1962.

Henning created the show based on his encounters with residents during camping trips in the Ozarks with the Boy Scouts, his daughter said.

The CBS series starring Buddy Ebsen as the patriarch Jed drew up to 60 million viewers at its peak and ran until 1971.

Henning also wrote the words and music to "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," which was sung by Jerry Scoggins while Nashville bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs played guitar and banjo.

The ballad began, "Come and listen to a story about a man name Jed/ a poor mountaineer who barely kept his family fed/ then one day he was shootin' for some food/ and up through the ground came a bubblin' crude."

In 1963, he created "Petticoat Junction," a "Hillbillies" spinoff.

While he is sometimes credited with creating the TV show "Green Acres," his daughter said Henning helped the show's creator Jay Sommers cast the show and served as its executive producer.

Henning also worked in films, writing the 1964 film "Bedtime Story," starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. The film later served as the basis for the 1988 "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

Later in his life, Henning and his wife Ruth donated land near Branson, Missouri to the state for a conservation area.

Henning is survived by two daughters, a son and two grandsons.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Missouri; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: beverly; creator; dies; hillbillies; paulhenning

1 posted on 03/25/2005 7:02:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
Come and listen to a story 'bout a man who's dead.

I kid, I kid!

2 posted on 03/25/2005 7:05:51 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow.
I would have thought he passed away long ago.
Loved the Burns and Allen Show.


3 posted on 03/25/2005 7:08:34 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan (We childproofed our home, but they are still getting in)
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To: NormsRevenge

Jane Hathaway, "Jethro, when I'm through with you, they'll be saying, 'Jethro Bodeen, B.A., M.A., P.hd.'"

Jethro, "Miz Jane, I know you're a really smart lady an all, but that aint how you spell Bodeen."


4 posted on 03/25/2005 7:09:03 PM PST by McGarrett (Book'em Danno)
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To: NormsRevenge
The Beverly Hillbillies has a strange appeal.
5 posted on 03/25/2005 7:09:21 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand?)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL


6 posted on 03/25/2005 7:10:40 PM PST by Don Munn
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To: NormsRevenge

Donna Douglass was a hottie!


7 posted on 03/25/2005 7:12:56 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: martin_fierro

He was out one day, shootin' for some food/Now he's in the ground just like crude. Dead, that is. Stiff as a board, pushing daisies.


8 posted on 03/25/2005 7:15:35 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: martin_fierro

'Johnny Ringo' passed too.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1371007/posts


9 posted on 03/25/2005 7:15:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Source! :-)


10 posted on 03/25/2005 7:15:48 PM PST by Bear_Slayer (If you're gonna be a Knight act like a Knight.)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
wow....you must be an old fart like me......she was hot back then.......but then again, in that day and age, I Dream of Jeannie was almost scandalous
11 posted on 03/25/2005 7:15:51 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: MaryFromMichigan

The lead singer of the song passed last December, ..

'Beverly Hillbillies' Singer Dies at 93 ^

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1297876/posts

LOS ANGELES - "Jerry Scoggins, who sang "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" that introduced the comical Clampett clan on "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died. He was 93. Scoggins, the lead singer of the Cass County Boys, died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Westlake Village. In 1962, the country and western singer was working as a stockbroker and singing on weekends when he was asked to record a theme song for the pilot of the television series starring Buddy Ebsen (news). Bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs played guitar and banjo on "The Ballad of Jed Clampett"...


12 posted on 03/25/2005 7:18:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres were two of the best shows on T.V. I still get a chuckle out of them even now.


13 posted on 03/25/2005 7:19:46 PM PST by reagan_fanatic ("Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence" - R. Kirk)
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To: reagan_fanatic

And Eddie Albert will be 97 in April! Henning was probably the 2nd most famous graduate of William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri. The first...Harry Truman.


14 posted on 03/25/2005 7:26:06 PM PST by Borges
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To: NormsRevenge

probably the funniest show (first couple of seasons) ever to hit television


15 posted on 03/25/2005 7:28:21 PM PST by lunarbicep (Always drink upstream from the herd.)
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To: martin_fierro

Maybe it's just the day I've been having and all the news...

But that's the best laugh I've had in days. And I bet Henning would laugh too.


16 posted on 03/25/2005 7:29:17 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Some days my tagline has nothing to say...)
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To: Borges

GREEN ACRES was the best. And it still holds up.


17 posted on 03/25/2005 7:29:18 PM PST by PackardClipper
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To: NormsRevenge

"Well doggies"


18 posted on 03/25/2005 7:30:01 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: martin_fierro; Corin Stormhands

I'm with Corin on that line.. LOL


19 posted on 03/25/2005 7:39:05 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: NormsRevenge; All

I Loved the Beverly Hillbillies. The Clinton's gave hillbillies such a bad name.


But Petticoat junction was set in......... HOOTERVILLE!!!!!!


20 posted on 03/25/2005 7:45:14 PM PST by fishhound (yep)
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To: fishhound
But Petticoat junction was set in......... HOOTERVILLE!!!!!!

And those girls floated in that water tank, no paddling necessary.

I wonder what Hooterville tap water tasted like?

21 posted on 03/25/2005 7:51:44 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Goodbye, uncle. We will miss you.


22 posted on 03/25/2005 7:54:24 PM PST by patton (the curious organism known as bdelloid rotifer)
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To: McGarrett

Jethro once strapped a couple of rockets to his back and told Jed he was going to the moon to meet the moon maidens!

Yup, that there's the real reason behind the space program.

An interesting fact about the show is that Sharon Tate was the original secretary.


23 posted on 03/25/2005 7:55:39 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Hank Rearden

I wonder what Hooterville tap water tasted like?

My town water has flouride.

Petticoat Junction water'd be "damn near vee-agre"!!!!


24 posted on 03/25/2005 7:57:15 PM PST by fishhound (yep)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel; martin_fierro

You two are REALLY bad!

:-)


25 posted on 03/25/2005 8:40:52 PM PST by tiamat (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Did they bury him in the CE-ment pond?


26 posted on 03/25/2005 9:17:47 PM PST by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: NormsRevenge
[As a teenager, he worked behind the soda fountain at Brown's Drugstore, where he met Harry Truman, who advised the young boy to become a lawyer, his daughter said.]


Fortunately for him he ignored that advice.
27 posted on 03/25/2005 9:31:41 PM PST by spinestein
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To: Beowulf9

Was that when Jethro was going through his 'double-naught spy' phase?

BTW--I saw an interview a few years back with Nancy Kulp (Miss Jane Hathaway) in which she revealed that in real life, she and Max Baer (Jethro) really hated each other.


28 posted on 03/25/2005 9:44:57 PM PST by flushed with pride
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To: Beowulf9
Jethro once strapped a couple of rockets to his back and told Jed he was going to the moon to meet the moon maidens!

Here is his latest scheme -

www.jethroscasino.com

29 posted on 03/25/2005 10:52:54 PM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: NormsRevenge

Policeman: "What are you doing?"
Granny: "I'm going to smoke some crawdads, but first I have to have a little pot."


30 posted on 03/25/2005 10:57:47 PM PST by Daaave ( I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.)
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To: flushed with pride

The cast to BH was extremely diverse. Nancy Kulp was a east coast sophisicated type...Max Baer was the son of a world-class boxer and had little to do with sophistication...Buddy Ebson was a classic actor who was nice to the core...Irene Ryan had done most radio comedy and was southern to the max...Donna Douglas was simply the dumb blonde who later became a major real estate agent and got into the church.

One curious note...when Max Baer finally finished the show...he found no work for 3 years. He was a character actor and was destined to never return to the screen or tv. He and a friend...produced Macon County Line...which was an extremely low-budget affair (less than $200k)...which ended up with $35 million by the time it ran through every southern town in America. This was the front money he needed for his busienss and casino operations in Reno (where he lives today).


31 posted on 03/25/2005 11:06:54 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: NormsRevenge
Damn. Just by coincidence, I have a DVD of Beverly Hillbillies espisodes playing on my tv as I happened upon this thread, and is still playing now as I write this.

Shows like Beverly Hillbillies is much more fun and entertaining to watch than most of the dreck they put out today.

32 posted on 03/26/2005 4:18:38 AM PST by lowbridge
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