The Beverly Hillbillies - 55 Episodes on 7 DVDs
7 DVD, PAL, Region 0 - Cat Ref: 86291
Running for nearly 300 episodes, The Beverly Hillbillies was clocked as the top-rated show of its premier season, and remained in the top ten throughout its nine year run. The theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies 'The Ballad of Jed Clampett' was written by producer and writer Paul Henning. Originally performed by Bluegrass artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs it reached number 44 in the music charts in 1962 and became a number 1 country hit !
As explained in the opening song, Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), a poor mountaineer; while hunting on his land, took and missed a shot, which led to the discovery of a huge oil pool, ...black gold, in the swamp he owned in Tennessee.
Jed sells his land for $25 million, whereupon his town sophisticate cousin Pearl (Bea Benaderet), convinces him the wealthy Los Angeles suburb of Beverly Hills might provide a suitable beau for his daughter Elly May (Donna Douglas) and career opportunities for his wayward nephew Jethro Bodine (Max Baer Jr.). So they load up the old rattletrap truck and along with Duke, the family dog, they move to Beverly, complete with a rocking chair up top to house granny (Jed's wacky mother-in-law; Irene Ryan), the family's reluctant matriarch.
The Clampett's in their new 32 room, 14 bathroom mansion on Crestview Drive, live as they always have, never abandoning their mountain attire or replacing the old truck. They continue to grow their own food and endeavouring to keep livestock. Attempting to live a rural life despite his wealth, Jed, a practical, good natured man longed for the old ways back in the Ozarks, but made the best of being in Beverly Hills.
Other characters we see often in the program include The Drysdales; The Clampett's neighbours and more importantly their greedy bank manager, Milburn Drysdale. Jane Hathaway, loyal and efficient assistant to Mr. Drysdale, who harbours something of a crush for Jethro and Elly May's critters, numerous animals adopted by Elly May, including dogs, cats and goats as well as the more unusual animals, a deer, a bear, a raccoon, a kangaroo and several chimpanzees!
Misunderstandings are a general source of humour in this program, either the Clampett's don't understand something they have never encountered before, such as the swimming pool (throughout the program Granny used it to do the laundry), or the various city dwellers don't comprehend the Clampett's.
USA and Overseas Buyers : - Please Note that although this DVD is Region 0 (which means it is not encoded for any specific region), the format of the DVD is still in PAL. This means that your playback equipment must be able to handle PAL format. Make sure you check your DVD player and TV to make sure before you buy.
- Parental Guidance (General viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children)