Cooter utters his often used phrase "Shoot fire and save box matches" for the first time in this episode.
This episode holds the record for the number of times the General Lee's Dixie horn is be heard in a single episode - four times. It is heard once during the chase after the stolen Police car at the start of the story, twice in the scene in the junk yard, and once more as the car drives away in the last shot.
The guitar used in the opening introduction (not yet a shot of Waylon Jennings) was acoustic.
During the car chase near the end of the episode when Bo and Luke are driving round the town square, there is another General Lee parked in the street. It is visible almost in the middle of the screen.
The Untouchables once had an episode with the same title as this one--One Armed Bandits.
Hazzard County is said to be in Georgia, but there is no such county now or ever in Georgia. There is, however, a town in Kentucky named Hazard.
In the chase scene in the beginning, Cooter changes between 3 different police cars, first he has a Dodge Monaco with the confederate flag plate in the middle of the bumper, then he has a car just like but it has the plate on the passenger side of the bumper when he does the jump before the General Lee does it. And the he switches to a Dodge Polara, which has a smashed up rear quarter panel and a fenderbender in the front and then thats one car that he flips in the construction zone. A similar thing happens during the chase scene in the end. Rosco and Enos switch between the those 3 cars too.
At the junkyard, General Lee honks it's horn once, and starts a second time - when it stops after the first two notes! Later, after Bo and Luke are back in the car, the horn finishes the last 10 notes.
In the final chase with Sheriff Rosco chasing the Duke Boys, there are several continuity errors with the General Lee's windows, with there being none at all in some shots, other shots having the glass panels towards the back of the car, and a couple of (rare) shots of all of the windows wound up.
At the start of the story, when the Sheriff's car crashes, the General Lee skids to halt next to it, with the glass panels towards the back of the car, behind the doors, present. Next is a shot of Bo, then in the following shot the General is now slightly further back than where it stopped before, and the glass panels have suddenly disappeared.
On the long pan shot of the General Lee on the way to the Boar's Nest, look very carefully at the telegraph poles along the left side of the road - a man (possibly a member of the production crew) can be seen standing up against one of the poles, standing in the middle of nowhere.
At the surprise party for Sheriff Rosco at the end of the story, the banner can seen to have Rosco mis-spelt "Roscoe" with an 'e' on the end (a common error in Dukes literature). Presumably someone noticed this error, as on the close up, the 'e' is conveniently hidden by a balloon.
When Daisy says "Hey, again," to Rosco, the scene is during nighttime! Look at the shadow on the roof of the car.
Bo: If you had tuned this car instead of chasing women last night,
we'd already have him.
Luke: Not with you asleep at the wheel.
Luke: Watch out for that mailbox!
(Bo runs over four mailboxes)
Bo: What mailbox?
Uncle Jesse: Why would you let Cooter borrow your car?! Next time just run it off a cliff and save gas.
Luke: You borrowed my car this morning. What'd you do with it?
Cooter: Oh, I used it to run the sheriff off the road to make him mad.
Cooter: This here's Crazy Cooter talkin'. Turkey coming right down my alley. Gobble gobble.
Luke: I love your shortcut.
Bo: Cute. They must've changed it since the last time a girl chased me through here.
Uncle Jesse: The chance of you two producing an offspring is up there with hogs producing beef
Boss: Rosco, With your image right now if you were the only man running.
Rosco: I'd come in second.
Boss: You'd come in second.
Daisy: You all right?
Bo: I'm okay.
Daisy: Now, Bo, why did you step in like that? I'm gonna get charged for two beers.
Bo: Believe me, honey. I'm not gonna do it again.
Balladeer: Just the good old boys, never meaning no harm. Beats all you ever saw been in trouble with the law since the day they was born. Straightening them curves, flattening them hills; someday the mountain might get them but the law never will. Making their way the only way they know how; that's just a little bit more then the law will allow. Just the good old boys, would'nt change if they could, fighting the system like two modern day robin hood.
Opening credits song
Bo: You know, if you weren't my cousin, I'd marry you.
Daisy: Never stopped anybody in this family before.
Bo: What do you think?
Luke: I think I'm tired of you always getting us into trouble and me having to think a way out.
Balladeer: If Sheriff Rosco runs the county, Boss Hogg runs Rosco.
Luke: Cooter Davenport, you ain't got the sense the good lord promised a turkey.
Luke: Try not to lose him, ok?
Bo: It wouldn't be much of a chase if we do.
Bo: Grab that sign.
Luke: You grab it.
Bo: I can't, I'm driving.
Luke: Oh, is that what you call it?!
Luke: When I got up the biggest thing on my mind was rabbit hunting.
Bo: And then the hound dog runs off.
Luke: And my car is taken.
Bo: And now we're chasing the sheriffs car. Ain't you glad we ain't in the big city where life gets complicated? Pay up.
Luke: Do you mind waiting till this is over?
Balladeer: This is Bo and Luke Duke; they're cousins and they fight the system.
Boss: I wish them Duke boys was on my side.
(Bo and Luke are chasing Cooter, who has stolen the sheriff's car. They drive along a road that is under construction, and narrowly miss a JCB.)
Luke: Bo, you drive like my Aunt Fanny whips apple butter.
The first five episodes were shot on location in and around Covington, Georgia, in November and December 1978. The series was only planned as a mid-season replacement, with just nine episodes planned. After completion of the fifth episode, "High Octane", Warner Brothers executives saw enough potential in the series that they moved production to California, in order to streamline filming.
In these very early episodes, there are a number of noticeable character differences - Cooter is a wild rebel who often breaks the law; Rosco is a more hard-nosed, bitter lawman; Boss Hogg is more gruff and serious, and the Dukes are not so "clean cut" in nature. As the series found it's "family friendly" footing, many of these characteristics would evolve or be toned down.
This is the only episode where we actively see a number of deputies working at the Police Station. Ordinarily it would only be Rosco and Enos (Enos replaced by Cletus in the third and fourth seasons). On occasions, such as "car race" episodes, we would see auxiliary deputies, but they were not permanent. (Note however, that several other early episodes make indirect references to other deputies - in the next episode, "Daisy's Song", for example, Boss and Rosco discuss Rosco's deputies, with Rosco insisting that none of them are honest, except for Enos).
The series premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC One on Saturday 3rd March 1979, at 9 pm (it would soon be moved to an earlier time slot to cater to its many younger aged fans).
This is less than two months after the show debuted in the US - long before satellite channels were around to poach the rights!
James Best almost turned the role of Sheriff Rosco (P.) Coltrane down because he said he didn't want to do a "gang thing" for a TV show, believing 'The Dukes' to be a suburban street gang.
The early General Lees, as seen in this episode, has an additional artwork design that soon disappeared; A small Confederate flag is a cross design with another flag, on the trunk of the car (just above the CB aerial). This was dropped after the series moved to the Warner Brothers lot in Hollywood.
According to commentary by Catherine Bach and John Schneider on the season 1 DVDs, the hands playing the guitar at the start of the first few episodes are in fact not Waylon Jennings. However, they cannot remember to whom they belong.
Daisy becomes the first Duke to successfully escape from the Hazzard County Jail in this premiere episode. Bo and Luke would have to wait a few episodes longer.
In the early episodes there are very few scenes between Boss and Rosco as opposed to later when the two would become almost inseparable. Both men went their own way and had their own scams although it was made clear that Boss was the one in charge.
Ernie W. Brown, who appears here as Dobro Dullyn, would later appear in three episodes as Longstreet B. Davenport who tookover the Hazzard garage during Cooter's temporary "absence."
Neither Ben Jones nor Sonny Shroyer is billed in the opening credits in this series premiere episode. Shroyer would not be there until Season Two. Jones would be listed starting with the show's third episode.
The first General Lee was labeled "Lee 1" by Warner Bros. It is jumped over Rosco in this episode and can be seen at the end the opening credits. When this episode was filmed, the crew forgot to film the scene where Bo & Luke load the slot machines into the General Lee and drive away. By this time, the car had already been jumped! Watch carefully when the boys load the machines into the trunk. The car is heavily damaged as a result of out-of-order filming (the jump comes later in the episode). This same car is painted green with a #71 on the side in episode 4 ("Repo Men"), and survives yet today!
We learn that Boss Hogg is married to Rosco's sister, when he says to Rosco that he's paid any debt he ever owed to him by marrying her. We first see the character, Lulu, in the fourth episode, Repo Men.
Bo wears a brown / deep red colour t-shirt in this episode, not the blue colour he normally wears when he had a t-shirt.
Sheriff Rosco Coltrane's middle initial, 'P', wasn't used until the 2nd season.
In this episode, Cooter is seen to be driving a car identical to that associated with Starsky & Hutch (even complete with white stripe down the sides). It is the only episode of the series that the car is ever seen in.
In the very early episodes, there are a number of deputies, but by the second season, there only appeared to be Sheriff Rosco and Enos (later replaced by Cletus).
In this episode we see the Hazzard Police Station, a completely different building which would be used later (the Police Station was later part of the Court-House). Although we see the interior of this Station in a couple of early episodes, this is the only time we see the exterior of it.
The early paint-job of the General Lee had two small flags (a common C.B. logo) on the trunk above the C.B. arial. This would be painted out within a couple of episodes. Early versions of the car also had glass panels to the back of the side windows which were not used later (in several scenes, the glass panels can be seen to disappear and re-appear with different shots).
The first five episodes of the series were filmed in Covington, Georgia, before filming moved to the Warner Brothers lot in California. Covington would later be the location where the NBC police drama In the Heat of the Night was filmed.
In this and other early episodes, the General Lee seems to belong more soley to Bo. In later episodes, it would be well known that it is evenly owned by Bo and Luke. (Luke is mentioned to have a car in this episode, which Cooter "borrowed", but we never see it).
There are several elements in this and other early episodes, such as Boss calling Rosco / Rosco calling Enos "Jackass" (which would evolve into "Dipstick"), Enos being known as the oldest virgin in Hazzard County, and in this story, the Dukes using an inflatable doll in their jail-break of Daisy, which would be toned down as the series found it's feet as a family show.
There are some subtle but noticable differences with this and the first few episodes of the series from what it would become later. Probably the most noticable difference is with Rosco, who though not too smart, is not yet quite the bumbling buffoon he would evolve into. Here, rather than taking his orders from Boss Hogg, he is more his own boss, and just needs approval from Boss Hogg for his plans. We learn that he was embittered by being cheated out of his pension, and so became crooked to get all he could (something which would be totally forgotten by the 2nd season). The other noticable difference is Cooter. Far from the clean-cut character he would be in later seasons, he is much rougher here, (he steals the Sheriff's car in this episode), and would probably work for anybody if the money is right (there is no hint of him owning a garage in this episode).
Much of the premise The Dukes Of Hazzard was inspired from creator Gy Waldron's 1974 film Moonrunners. The movie even had characters called Uncle Jesse, Cooter, Sheriff Coltrane, and Waylon Jennings as the Balladeer. There was even a stock car, not named 'General Lee', but named after his horse, 'Traveler'. Ben Jones (Hazzard's Cooter) also had a role, as a federal agent.
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