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The Dukes of Hazzard

Season 1 Episode 11

Money to Burn

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 20, 1979 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Bo and Luke are being framed by Boss Hogg for armed robbery. What is it that Boss has to gain from this?

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  • Boss Hogg's bank is due send $1m in used notes to the Federal Reserve for burning in replacement for new notes, but Boss plots to keep the old $1m for himself. Unfortunately for him, the Duke boys unearth his crooked scheme. Silly but fun...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    "Money to Burn" is another fun, likable first season episode – but then, just about all first season episodes fit that mould!

    Either way, it is interesting for several points – it is the first time we see Boss Hogg's bank (which would feature in many future stories), the first appearance of Rick Hurst as Boss's cousin Cletus (he would later become Deputy), and at the very beginning of the story, using the footage of a Sheriff's car (which this episode shows to be driven by Enos) chasing the General Lee in circles around a patch of trees, which would be used behind the closing credits on all subsequent seasons of the show (as well as being used as stock footage in a couple of episodes). Boss's coffin works, seen in this episode, would occasionally appear again too. And although there has been vague elements of it in previous stories, this is the first episode were Boss sets out to deliberately frame the Duke boys to allow his scheme to work.

    The plot itself is not one of the first season's most notable, but it's all good fun, and like all good 'Dukes', has a definite charm to it. By now, the template for what would make up so many episodes of the series is really setting in place, but whether that be a plus or a minus point (maybe a little of both), one can't help but admire the sheer "warmth".

    One of the interesting things about these episodes, as I come to review them, some of which I haven't watched right through for some years, is how my memory of them and current rating of them is changing. For example, "Luke's Love Story", which for some years I had down as possibly my least favourite of the first season, currently (after reviewing it recently) ranks as one of my favourite! Vice versa, "Money to Burn"... well, it's still a nice episode, but in my memory I had this one clocked up at maybe a 9 or 9.5; it definitely has it's moments, but at the same time maybe this one isn't quite as sharp as I remembered it to be.

    ...That's not to say it's a bad episode, not at all. It just has feel of a sillier, "scattergun" plot. For one thing, the mid-section, where Bo and Luke creep around Boss's coffin works, feels to be rather drawn out, and my interest did start to waver a little around this point. Thankfully, things pick up for a more interesting climax. Although, at the end, Boss loses the money he's desperately trying to keep, down to sheer mistake / coincidence (his fictional person's coffin with all the money, is mixed up with that of someone with an almost identical name, sending the coffin with all the money in off to be cremated), it's still very amusing, and by this point, Sorrell Booke has got a real comedic handle on his most famous role.

    Story-wise, and indeed – bar a few very minor points – production-wise, this episode could just have easily come from just about any season of the show. It would be the type of story that would go on to be redone and reworked in the series a *lot* in various guises, particularly the framing-Bo-and-Luke element – but this was the first season, where it was all new, and fresh, and fun.

    As covered in some of my previous episode reviews (see "One Armed Bandits", "Daisy's Song" and "Repo Men"), $ky One here in the U.K. ran the first 60 produced episodes of the series on Saturday afternoons in 1992-3; I didn't have $ky, but discovered by chance that we picked up stray, leaky signal from my neighbour's cable TV! Of the 60 episodes shown, this was only one of two that I didn't manage to record (the other being the third season's "Enos Strate to the Top"). The Saturday it was shown fell on Boxing Day (26th December) 1992, a day we traditionally spent at my grandparents. So I rigged up my usual set-up to record the episode, complete with aerial amplifier on a timer switch, but the darned amplifier didn't turn on, resulting in just getting an hour of snow (and not the kind you'd want at Christmas, either)! A couple of years later $ky re-ran the episodes on weekday afternoons, but with about 8 minutes of story chopped out to fit the time slot, and soon after that, my "unofficial" access to the channel disappeared. So it wasn't until the DVD releases years later that I finally got a complete copy of this story.

    One thing I did notice, watching this episode on DVD to review, is that about 3/4 of the way through, the picture quality suddenly switched, into a much more "washed out"-looking old film copy. I presume the master that was used for most of this episode might have been damaged, and so an older, weaker copy had to be used for this patch of the story, before the sharper picture returned towards the end of the episode. To be fair, after some of the ropey (and sometimes edited down) off-air copies of episodes I had to make do with for many years, this didn't really bother me too much, as it is still perfectly watchable.

    Anyway, in all... "Money to Burn" is a nice 'Dukes' episode, and one that is hard not to warm to in some way or other, but at the same time, on hindsight, it isn't really one of the sharpest of the first season. I still give it a reasonable 8.5 for its many nice moments, but it's not up in the 9s or 10s as so much of the first season is, in my view. Great fun none-the-less.moreless
Denver Pyle

Denver Pyle

Uncle Jesse Duke

John Schneider

John Schneider

Bo Duke

Tom Wopat

Tom Wopat

Luke Duke

Catherine Bach

Catherine Bach

Daisy Duke

James Best

James Best

Sheriff Rosco P. Coltraine

Sorrell Booke

Sorrell Booke

Jefferson Davis (J.D.)Hogg

Norman Bartold

Norman Bartold

Company Man

Guest Star

Dan Barrows

Dan Barrows


Guest Star

Hoke Howell

Hoke Howell


Guest Star

Rick Hurst

Rick Hurst


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Bo and Luke are in the hearse behind bushes watching Rosco and Enos outside the coffin works, although Luke's clothing is obscured by the bushes, Bo can be seen to be wearing his regular cream-colored shirt. Then when the shot changes to inside the hearse, the pair are suddenly wearing undertaker's suits, which they wear for the rest of the story.

    • A shot used on the opening teaser shows Luke and Bo, in Boss's coffin works, emerging from behind the false bottom in an (upright) coffin. Although the episode features the pair hiding in a coffin, it is lying down, and the scene in the teaser (possibly an alternate take of the same sequence) is not used in the actual episode.

    • Although there had been vague hints of it in previous episodes, this story marks the first time that Boss Hogg deliberately tries to frame the Dukes. This plot device would be reworked in many, many future stories.

    • During the opening chase where Enos is in pursuit of the General Lee, a shot from behind Enos, looking from the back of the car through the windshield, shows it quite clearly to be a double and not Sonny Shroyer; the double has much longer, untidier hair than Enos' well-groomed look.

    • Near the very start of the episode is a sequence where a Sheriff's car (driven by Enos) chases the General Lee around a patch of trees. This sequence would be used behind the closing credits on all episodes from the second season onwards (as well as occasionally appearing as stock footage in other episodes)

    • Near the end of the episode when "Uncle Jesse" is in the tractor causing a diversion, it is very obvious that its a stand-in/stunt double in the tractor.

    • Bo & Luke are climbing up the outside of the Coffin Works. Luke is on the roof and Bo is just about up when the rope breaks. When the commercial break ends, we see Luke make a heroic grab and save Bo from falling. When they are fleeing the roof, the rope has mysteriously reattached itself and is dangling back in its original location.

    • As Boss' hearse drivers scour the Coffin Company attic for a special coffin with a false bottom, the one attendant mentions how they are used to haul shine. He refers to the "AFT" - what he means is "ATF" - Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Ben Jones (Cooter) has by this episode grown a full beard. This would lead to a dispute between himself and producers who insisted that they wanted him unshaven but not with a beard. Jones would go on to boycott the series for a few episodes in the second season in protest, before, from the third season onwards, the two sides agreed for the character to be clean shaven.

    • This is the first episode to feature Boss Hogg's bank; it would go on to appear in many future stories. Boss's coffin works, also seen in this episode, would also occasionally reappear.

    • Rick Hurst makes his first appearance as Boss Hogg's cousin, Cletus Hogg. Here he is seen in the job of bank driver; he would later become a Deputy.