Green Acres

Season 1 Episode 26

The Ballad of Molly Turgis

Aired Unknown Apr 06, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Oliver wants to write a folk song about local legend Molly Turgis, a woman so ugly she was run out of Hooterville. Facts are hard to come by, though, because the mere mention of her name causes bad to happen. Lisa feels sorry for Molly and offers to give her a make-over.moreless

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  • This is one of my favorite episodes

    Yeah, anybody who mentions Molly's name has a poltergeist calamity happen to them. I'd crack up when Mr. Douglas sings about Molly, and Molly shows up in the mirror
  • Scary Good

    In this episode of Green Acres, Oliver became curious after many of the people of Hooterville try to discourage him from bringing up the legend of Molly Turgis, a woman from a century ago who was exceptionally ugly & threatened to have misfortune fall upon anyone who dares utter her name.

    Oliver only wanted to use said legend in a folk song he wanted to compose, since that what he did in his younger years & yet somehow, Lisa reached out to the poltergeist with the cursed name.

    This episode was 1 of the funniest i have seen from this series & the "supernatural" theme of this episode made it all the memorable.moreless
Renie Riano

Renie Riano

Molly Turgiss

Guest Star

Frank Cady

Frank Cady

Sam Drucker

Recurring Role

Hank Patterson

Hank Patterson

Fred Ziffel

Recurring Role

Barbara Pepper

Barbara Pepper

Doris Ziffel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Mr. Kimball says that dogs liked Molly because she was shaped like a dog biscuit.

    • Oliver writes and performs the folk song, "The Ballad of Molly Turgis":
      "This is the ballad of ugly old Molly/ Ugly as sin, by golly, by golly/ By golly, by golly, as ugly as sin/ By golly, by golly, as ugly as sin/ Then she met Lisa, who came from the city/ Who said, "Don't you worry. I'll make you pretty." /"You can't," says Molly/ "I'm ugly, by golly"/ "By golly, by golly, by golly, by golly, by golly, by golly, I'm ugly as sin"/ By golly."

    • In this episode, the sign of Mr. Haney's truck reads, "Haney's Homes: New & Used".

    • There is horrible continuity between camera shots as Oliver sees Molly Turgiss -- his hands, which were near his tie in the first shot, are out of frame in the next shot as he sees Turgiss in the mirror.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (0)


    • Mr. Ziffel says Arnold had rather stay home and watch The Beverly Hillbillies rather than go to the Douglases' party. Later, when rushing from the Douglases' home, Mr. Ziffle says that if they hurry, they can catch the end of The Dick Van Dyke Show. Both were sitcoms airing at the time on CBS.

    • When Oliver asks Mr. Drucker for guitar picks, he tells them they're in the music department, between the Ish Kabibble kazoos and the Rudy Vallee megaphones. Ish Kabibble was a cornet player/comic relief for in Kay Kyser's big band. Rudy Vallee was one of the first popular "crooners" becoming popular on radio beginning in the 1920s.

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