Wow-Sam Drucker did well!
Sam Drucker’s store was a place in a time warp-I remember when Oliver went there to buy a newspaper-Sam had the Dec. 8,1941 Edition of the NY Times. The local theater featured Howard Hughs’ “Wings”
Question: did anybody ever actually BY anything at Drucker’s?
Wow-Sam Drucker did well!
I watched Green Acres as a kid and thought it was funny. It wasn’t till I watched it as an adult that I realized just how funny it was.
Kind of like Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Trivia: Fred and Doris Ziffel’s daughter was mentioned in one episode. They did not speak to her. Why?
Answer: She ran off with another goat without their permission
A corny gag I loved anyway was everybody telling Oliver “Be sure to see the Eiffel Tower!” when he went to D.C… Each time, of course, he corrected them. When he got to his hotel in D.C. he opens the window and, of course, it has a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower.
Seeing Washington’s Eiffel Tower was always a treat for someone from the Kangaroo State.
God I love that show.
I think he accepted only Confederate money.
I don’t even play, but I still want a genuine Stradivarius piano.
[Mr. Haney] “It’s yer lucky day, Ah gots two or three of those right here on my truck, and for an extry $300, I’ll throw in the very pi-anner bench that Douglas Fairbanks sat on when he proposed to Mary Pickford!” [/Mr. Haney]
Green Acres full episodes.
The incidental music, all by itself, can still make me laugh.
You mean Betty Jo, Billie Jo I, Billie Jo II, Billie Jo III, Bobbie Jo I or Bobbie Jo II?
Only at Petticoat Junction Drucker’s, never at Green Acres Durcker’s.
Sorry, Eve, you’re wrong. Much like The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, Green Acres offered a horrifying glimpse into a parallel universe. The gate between the two universes was Hooterville. In our universe (seen in Petticoat Junction) it was simply a quiet rural outpost with nice people.
However, Green Acres showed a darkly dysfunctional Bizzaro World version of the same place and even the same people. But in the Green Acres universe, pigs were smart, people thought and spoke in complete non sequitors, institutions (the Agricultural Extension Service, the phone company) and skilled craft workers we depend on were completely incompetent and hotcake batter was both edible and a substitute for a head gasket.
As did the other shows, Green Acres featured a main protagonist who was aware he was stuck in this dystopia, could occasionally even see across the abyss but like Gregor Samsa, was never able to cross back into our world. And this went on week after week, season after season until CBS recognized the damage it was doing to our collective psyche and pulled the plug on it.
I’d love to see a horror-movie trailer made with Green Acres, like they just did with Mrs. Doubtfire. “Meet Oliver Wendell Douglas . . . a man who thinks he is moving to paradise . . .” [cue *Psycho *theme]
Hooterville was an ancestor of Springfield from The Simpsons in being deliberately vague about its location.
It’s funny listening to recordings of Pat “Mr. Haney” Buttram’s nightclub and roastmaster act; he did blue material even by modern standards and it’s very nonsequitur.
Did anybody see the truly godawful 1990 reunion movie? It never should have happened, but as the majority of the cast was still alive at the time it was inevitable. It didn’t have the divine absurdity of the original. (IIRC, one of the actors who played one of Eb’s many kids went on to some fame, but I can’t remember who it was and they’re not in the credits.)
Why are all TV-series reunions so horribly written? Green Acres, Dick Van Dyke, Patty Duke, etc., etc.–they all seem to completely forget whatever it was that made the original shows funny or charming or quirky.
Interestingly, the producers for the reunion movie were also the producers for the TV series “Tales from the Darkside.”
The strength of the show was that it had the same creative team for its entire run: Jay Sommers got a writing credit for every episode and Dick Chevillat got one for 152 of the 170 shows. Director Richard L. Bare did all but two of the episodes. That allows for the many running gags and variations on them. They would bring up the same things – the phone on the telephone pole, Lisa’s hotcakes, the door to the bedroom – over and over, with some nice variations that made them funny every time they showed up.
Bare also wrote and directed the “Joe Macdoakes” series of short films, which also had the same sort of absurdist humor.
Some members of the cast were especially long-lived. Cady lived to 96; Eddie Albert was 98. Hank Patterson (Fred Ziffle) was 89. Mary Grace Canfield is 86, and Richard Bare is 98 now.
I did love the Eiffel tower episode, which also included them meeting their senator (played by Lyle Talbot) and Lisa asking him what actor he was. His answer: “Lyle Talbot.”
I blame rustiness of the cast (they’d probably be better if they had some time to get some chemistry going again), the fact they usually use different and cheaper writers, and, of course, Obama.