Green Acres

Season 5 Episode 14

The Wish-Book

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Aired Unknown Jan 03, 1970 on CBS
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The discovery of a Wish Book from 1898 leads Haney to tell the story of Calvin and Tessie Whittaker, who once owned the Douglases' house. When a magic lantern is mistakenly delivered by the catalog company, Calvin opens a Wall Picture Theater in Pixley, thrilling audiences with a slide of Abraham Lincoln standing on his head. Eventually he goes to Hollywood to pitch his ideas, but they call him a nut. They even scoff at his idea to put a mouse named Dickey into films. They love Tessie, however, and she becomes a silent film star.

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    Eddie Albert

    Eddie Albert

    Oliver Wendell Douglas/Calvin Whittaker

    Eva Gabor

    Eva Gabor

    Lisa Douglas/Tessie Whittaker

    Larry D. Mann

    Larry D. Mann

    Sam Fogel

    Guest Star

    Hagan Beggs

    Hagan Beggs

    Man

    Guest Star

    Alvy Moore

    Alvy Moore

    Fritz Kimball, Hank's Grandfather

    Recurring Role

    Tom Lester

    Tom Lester

    Eb Dawson

    Recurring Role

    Pat Buttram

    Pat Buttram

    Mr. Eustace Haney

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Tessie's films include The Great Drain Robbery, Up the Nile, Ben's Her, and a prison picture called Romeo and Joliet in which she played "Scarface."

      • Mr. Haney's great-grandfather (named Originally Haney) bought the "Old Haney Place" from Calvin Whittaker. Hank Kimball's great-grandfather, who owned the butcher shop, was named Fritz Kimball.

      • When Tessie is playing Cleopatra in a film, the title card reads, "Bring Me a Ripe Asp".

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Haney: (describing Tessie) And from what I have heard, she strongly resembled you, Mrs. Douglas. She was as purddy as a birch tree in a field of rhododendreums.
        Oliver
        : Rhododendreums?
        Haney
        : And like you Mrs. Douglas, she came from the old country.
        Lisa: What old country?
        Haney
        : Any old country. She couldn't get a passport.

      • Tessie: (to Calvin after he drops his slide) You broke your business!

      • Calvin: Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time anywhere, Abraham Lincoln standing on his head!

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Calvin suggests that the studio head star a mouse in films, one he just captured, and call him Dickey Mouse.

      • Tessie's silent films include Ben's Her and The Great Drain Robbery. Both are references to famous silent film: the first, Ben Hur, from 1925; the second, The Great Train Robbery from 1903.

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