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John Wayne on The Beverly Hillbillies This is the last couple of minutes from my favorite episode of The Beverly Hillbillies (The Indians Are Coming). It's political incorrectness at its best! Granny learns that a native tribe has a territorial dispute with the Clampett land claim back in Tennessee. She expects the worst and assumes the 'Injuns' will soon be attacking. In order to prevent the Clampetts from going back to Tennessee to fight the Injuns, Mr. Drysdale arranges for some Hollywood stuntmen to simulate an Injun attack on the Clampett home in Beverly Hills! Throughout the episode Granny wishes John Wayne were present to help fight the Injuns. He shows up at the very end in a brief cameo appearance.
Tags: Beverly  Hillbillies  John  Wayne 
Added: 29th June 2008
Views: 16453
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-06-30 
How could I have missed that episode? I remember when this show debuted.. I told my folks this had to be the dumbest show on tv, but guess who watched it every single week lol

Here's some trivia:

- The 1971 cancellation of the series resulted from CBS network's desire to erase its image as a rural network. In the process, other rural shows (including Green Acres (1965) and Petticoat Junction (1963)) were canceled as well. The general feeling was that CBS canceled every show with a tree in it.

- Jed Clampett was originally written as a rather dumb hick, but Buddy Ebsen would only agree to take the role if it was rewritten to make Jed smarter. The character of Jethro was written as someone to give all of the dumb lines to.

- Series creator Paul Henning got the idea for the show while on a trip through the South in 1959, visiting Civil War sites with his mother-in-law. He wondered what it would be like to take someone from the rural South in the Civil War era and put them down in the middle of a modern, sophisticated community. Originally it was to have been set in New York, but because of cost considerations the setting was changed to Beverly Hills.

- During the early years of the show, rumors persisted that Irene Ryan was actually even younger in real life than Donna Douglas, but wore extensive makeup to dress as Granny. However, Ryan was born in 1902 and Douglas in 1933, making Ryan 31 years older than Douglas. Buddy Ebsen used to joke, long after the Hillbillies had ended, about how anyone could believe such a thing.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2012-12-22 
The last time I checked, the four highest-rated 30-minute sitcom episodes in American TV history were all episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies from the early months of 1964.

The humor was far-fetched but people watched every week by the millions.
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