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Old 09-17-2005, 03:31 PM
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Petticoat Junction girls - Were they bathing in the Town's drinking water supply?

I (vaguely) remember the show's intro where they're shown naked from the shoulders up peeking out of some water tower arrangement. Were they actually bathing (along with the dog) in the Town's drinking water supply?
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Old 09-17-2005, 03:37 PM
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It could be that they are bathing in a tank for restocking the steam engines. It's called "Petticoat Junction" after all. I seem to recall that they were easily visible from the approaching train, which means it probably isn't a city water tower they are in. I may be misremembering though, the camera might have panned up as well as out. I found two places that seem to bear my theory out.
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Old 09-17-2005, 04:26 PM
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It's called "Petticoat Junction" after all.
And what 'junction' do you find under a petticoat? Hmmmm? 'That's Uncle Joe, he's a-movin' kinda slow at the junction' Which junction? the one under the petticoat? PORN, I tells ya!



I think Ellison said it first.
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Old 09-17-2005, 04:31 PM
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I had always assumed it was for the train. IIRC, the train passes right next to the tank.
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Old 09-17-2005, 05:13 PM
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Although the girls peering over the top of the tank is obviously shot on a stage, later in the credits it shows the girls, now dressed, walking down a path beside a watertower where the train sits. IIRC, the latter shots of the credits (and stock shots of the train, tower, etc.) were filmed at an actual old depot outside L. A.

So, jokes aisde, it is obvious that they were bathing, as noted above, in the water used for the train. Plus, they didn't live very close to Hooterville, so it could not have been water for the town's consumption.

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Old 09-17-2005, 05:19 PM
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And what 'junction' do you find under a petticoat? Hmmmm? 'That's Uncle Joe, he's a-movin' kinda slow at the junction' Which junction? the one under the petticoat? PORN, I tells ya!
Uncle Joe and his hot nieces, eh?

Could someone pass the brain bleach, please?
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Old 09-17-2005, 05:45 PM
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One trivia tidbid: There were numberous cast changes for the Bradley girls (except the producer's daughter *Linda Kaye [Henning]). However, the distance shot, where the girls are walking down the ladder beside the tower used the original cast, and was never reshot, since none of the faces could be identified.

*Who was the real-life inspiration for the Elly Mae Clampett character, and supplied the voice of Jethrene in "The Beverly Hillbillies."
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Old 09-17-2005, 06:31 PM
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Hence the phrase used by the testosterone poisoned, "Man, I'd drink her bathwater!"
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Old 09-17-2005, 06:36 PM
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And I remember pigtails, dammit.
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Old 09-17-2005, 10:15 PM
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A wizard did it.
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Old 09-17-2005, 10:30 PM
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Admit it: You watched that opening carefully each and every time in the hope that one of these days they'd pop up a bit farther before grabbing their towels...
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Old 09-17-2005, 10:57 PM
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I was a mere lad being babysat by my Grandmother.

Damn right I did.
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Old 09-18-2005, 02:45 AM
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In many rural Australian towns, it was indeed popular to bathe in the water tower that provided the drinking water. At least, thats the impression I got from childrens literature, I don't know if it happens in RL.
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Old 09-18-2005, 10:42 AM
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supplied the voice of Jethrene in "The Beverly Hillbillies."
Come on- that wasn't Max Baer Jr doing a falsetto?
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Old 09-18-2005, 02:15 PM
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Admit it: You watched that opening carefully each and every time in the hope that one of these days they'd pop up a bit farther before grabbing their towels...
Well it was Hooterville after all.
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Old 09-18-2005, 02:21 PM
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Well it was Hooterville after all.

But they're waist-deep in the water. Maybe it should be Cooterville.
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Old 09-18-2005, 02:26 PM
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But they're waist-deep in the water. Maybe it should be Cooterville.
Mr. Blue Sky for the win!
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Old 09-18-2005, 02:43 PM
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Game, set, match
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Old 09-18-2005, 02:48 PM
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Damn, I always get to these things too late.

"Petticoat Junction"

"Hooterville"

I mean, c'mon!
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Old 09-18-2005, 03:12 PM
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I (vaguely) remember the show's intro where they're shown naked from the shoulders up peeking out of some water tower arrangement. Were they actually bathing (along with the dog) in the Town's drinking water supply?
It was water for the TRAIN!


Sounds like your market and my market showed the same episode of That 70s Show last night!
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Old 09-18-2005, 03:18 PM
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Didn't Hooterville "exist" before Petticoat Junction? I thought it was mentioned on Paul Henning's earlier series The Beverly Hillbillies.
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Old 09-18-2005, 03:31 PM
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It was water for the TRAIN!


Sounds like your market and my market showed the same episode of That 70s Show last night!
I haven't watched that show in years.
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Old 09-18-2005, 03:34 PM
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To answer my own question, on episode #11 of The Beverly Hillbillies, a year before Petticoat Junction, Jazzbo Depew mentions to Jethrine Bodine that "there is a dance over in Hooterville tonight."
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Old 09-18-2005, 04:41 PM
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I haven't watched that show in years.
What a weird coincidence!

Last night on the syndicated episode of That 70s Show, the gang was watching the opening to PJ and discussing, in great detail, the women swimming naked in the water tower with the dog.

I just figured it HAD to be the inspiration to this thread!
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Old 09-18-2005, 05:19 PM
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Were they actually bathing (along with the dog) in the Town's drinking water supply?
You say that like it might be a bad thing.
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Old 09-18-2005, 05:26 PM
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Were they actually bathing (along with the dog) in the Town's drinking water supply?
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You say that like it might be a bad thing.
Yeah, well you say that like it might be a good thing.
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Old 09-18-2005, 06:21 PM
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Nothing to add re the OP, but I will say that I always liked Bobby Jo the best.
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Old 09-18-2005, 07:33 PM
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Which Bobbie Jo: singing bookworm Pat Woodell (1963-1965) or flirty playgirl Lori Saunders (1965-1970)? I'm guessing you mean Lori Saunders, as the first two black-and-white seasons have never been in syndication.
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Old 09-18-2005, 08:40 PM
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Jethrine Bodine

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Come on- that wasn't Max Baer Jr doing a falsetto?
Linda is credited in the IMDb (although uncredited on the telecasts) with providing the voice of Jethrine in seven episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. She also appeared as her Petticoat Junction character on five later Hillbillies installments and one episode of Green Acres.
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Old 09-19-2005, 09:00 AM
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As others have mentioned, the water tank was the supply for the locomotive of the Hooterville Cannonball.

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Didn't Hooterville "exist" before Petticoat Junction? I thought it was mentioned on Paul Henning's earlier series The Beverly Hillbillies.
Actually, I don't think it was mentioned on BH until after Petticoat Junction had become established. Much closer crossover ties existed between PJ and Green Acres, which was also set in Hooterville, and various cast members turned up on both shows.

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Old 09-19-2005, 09:04 AM
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Don't forget that Benji was in the show. I was so young I liked the dog better than the girls.
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Old 09-19-2005, 09:09 AM
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In the early episodes, it was only the girls that were bathing in the tower, and pulled in their clothes. The dog (with its "petticoat") was added later.



In one episode they actually showed the girls bathing inside the water tower, with a baby (one of the girls? She got married and had a kid. It mighta been hers). Of course, everyone had bathing suits on. And the water was awfully low.
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Old 09-19-2005, 09:29 AM
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Don't forget that Benji was in the show. I was so young I liked the dog better than the girls.
I have never been that young.
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Old 09-19-2005, 11:50 AM
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Actually, I don't think it was mentioned on BH until after Petticoat Junction had become established.
El Kabong, see post #23, above.
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Old 09-19-2005, 03:15 PM
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El Kabong, see post #23, above.
Whoops, missed that one. I stand corrected.
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Old 09-20-2005, 08:33 AM
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Oddly enough I saw a few first season episodes just recently -- in syndication apparently on some odd station I never tend to watch (also pre-Joe Gannon Dragnet -- wooT) and the girls were SWIMING in the trains water supply not actually bathing.

Kate specifically mentions swiming to the girls as they return from the tower.


Also, I always had a thing for Gunilla Hutton the first oldest daughter who later played herself, but primarily Nurse Goodbody on HeeHaw.

And Lori Saunders was a true 60's babe to be reckoned with.
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Old 09-20-2005, 09:32 AM
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Oddly enough I saw a few first season episodes just recently -- in syndication apparently on some odd station I never tend to watch (also pre-Joe Gannon Dragnet -- wooT) and the girls were SWIMING in the trains water supply not actually bathing.

Kate specifically mentions swiming to the girls as they return from the tower.


Also, I always had a thing for Gunilla Hutton the first oldest daughter who later played herself, but primarily Nurse Goodbody on HeeHaw.

And Lori Saunders was a true 60's babe to be reckoned with.
You too??

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But the Betty, Bobbie, and Billie thing would work. I'd like me a little Lori Saunders/Gunilla Hutton action (Gunilla got replaced by Meredith MacCrae, she'd work, too).
Lori Saunders was Shiney

There are lots of pics in This Directory. A couple get close to showing what the water tower hid.
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