The Beverly Hillbillies

Season 1 Episode 1

The Clampetts Strike Oil

Aired Unknown Sep 26, 1962 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Why is Cousin Pearl so much more cultured than the Clampetts, if only by a little? She knew what a million dollars was and about Hollywood. Though the Clampetts have no idea about what else goes beyond their borders it seems.

    • In the first few episodes, Granny was made to look like maybe the oldest woman in the world. But after a few, Irene Ryan's make-up was toned down, so it didn't look exactly how it does in these early episodes.

    • Bea Benaderet, who played Cousin Pearl, had originally wanted to play the role of Granny. When creator/writer Paul Henning and Ms Benaderet saw Irene Ryan's audition, Bea said to her old friend Paul, "There's your Granny."

  • Quotes

    • Brewster: Beverly Hills is the choice residential area, and lots of millionaires do settle there.
      Jed: Folks like me, huh?
      Brewster: Well, uh, millionaires.

    • Jed: What do you think Pearl? You think I oughtta move?
      Pearl: Jed, how can ya even ask? Look around you. Ya eight miles from ya nearest neighbor. You're overrun with skunks, possums, coyotes, bobcats. You use kerosene lamps for light! You cook on a wood stove, summer and winter! You're drinkin' homemade moonshine, washin' with homemade lye soap! And your bathroom is fifty feet from the house, and you ask should ya move?!
      Jed: Yeah, I reckon you're right. Man'd be a dang fool to leave all this.

    • Geologist: Listen, where's the nearest air field?
      Granny: Air field?
      Jed: You know Granny, that's one of them air fields, sets up in the air.

    • Granny: She oughtta be doin' woman's work – helpin' me with the still.

    • (Granny sees a man hanging from a helicopter)
      Granny: That thing's only got one claw but danged if it ain't grabbed up a man.

    • (Jethro and Cousin Pearl are driving down to the Clampett's shack and slam into their chicken coop)
      Pearl: Jethro, I told you to get rid of them worn out brakes!
      Jethro I did, Ma. That's how come we ain't got none.

    • Jed: Yeah, but walkin' down through the snow to the still always makes you feel so miserable.
      Granny: I might feel miserable walkin' down, but the way I feels comin' back makes up fer it.

    • Elly May: (about the man lying on the table) Then can I keep him?
      Jed: Course not!
      Elly May: Well, I caught him.

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