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Season 1 episode #16 Bobbie Jo and the Beatnik from January 7, 1964.
This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV
Director: Paul Henning
Producer: Paul Henning
Production Company: Filmways
Sponsor: Tide Detergent
Audio/Visual: sound, B & W
Keywords: Petticoat Junction; Classic TV; 1960's
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Good Feelings
Loved the show, loved being a kid. Brought back nice memories. It was a nice time of life. Fun seeing Dennis Hopper and the gang, minus one sister. Not very nice of that sister trying to steal her sister's new boyfriend--liked how he saw thru the extra makeup,etc to entice. Somethings never change, like the hypocracy of Hopper's character. Missed hearing the theme song :)
Subject: Dennis Hopper, Sharon Tate, et al
Enjoyed this - never saw the b/w shows, just the later color ones with different cast (Meredith MacRae, Lori Saunders). Hopper was perfectly cast as the too-cool-for-Hooterville beatnik. Too bad he cops out and conforms for The Man for cash.
Other sitcoms did "beatnik" episodes - Danny Thomas Show, Addams Family, etc., followed later by hippie stories (Gomer Pyle, Family Affair etc.).
Bet you didn't know Sharon Tate almost joined the cast in 1963, but was dropped after pics of her surfaced in Playboy.
Cast changes taken off Wikipedia:
Bobbie Jo Bradley: Pat Woodell (1963–1965) (64 episodes)
Bobbie Jo Bradley: Lori Saunders (1965–1970) (147 episodes)
Billie Jo Bradley: Jeannine Riley (1963–1965) (73 episodes)
Billie Jo Bradley: Gunilla Hutton (1965–1966) (23 episodes)
Billie Jo Bradley: Meredith MacRae (1966–1970) (108 episodes)
Betty Jo Bradley: Linda Kaye Henning (221 episodes)
Subject: Good light entertainment
Petticoat Junction was always fun to watch, this episode is no exception, and RIP Dennis Hopper.
Subject: So many great one liners!
What a gem this episode is! Don't pass it by.
RIP Dennis Hopper: 3/29/2010
Subject: Theme Song?
I kinda miss the real song (replaced here by an instrumental banjo ditty). I dunno, I enjoyed this when I was a kid, and I don't mind it now... What's so bad 'bout mindless entertainment?
Noah 8-? -
I am thinking that the idea for petticoat Junction came from a Doris Day/Jack Lemmon film called It Happened To Jane.... A singular ancient steam engine from a small New England town battling the corporate giant. As I recall the original premise was an un-noticed speck of a spur line running between Hooterville & Pixley using an ancient steam engine run by two old-timers. Updating, advancement, and progress had completely overlooked the operation of that tiny spur line. When finally noticed Corporate beancounters immediately turned to shutting it down and reducing company expenses. However Ma Bradley, charming daughters, Uncle Joe, and the local communities resisted..... thus providing the plot lines for the first season.... Thereafter the plot lines concentrated upon the lives and loves of the Bradley family.
Spinoffs included primarily Green Acres. The Beverly Hillbillies may have preceeded Green Acres but the Beverly Hillbillies referred much less to the original community of Hooterville ie. Drucker's store..
Subject: It wasn't the town's water
I don't know where the idea that the girls were swimming in the town's drinking water came from. It was shown several times that the water tower is for filling the TRAIN... a steam engine needs water, lots of it. Hooterville had well water, not a water tower for drinking water... and I feel like a complete geek for knowing this!
Subject: It wasn't THAT bad!
This show has a reputation for being one of the worst TV shows of all time. I admit it's silly, But I kinda like it. This episode features one of the characters falling in love with a insane/inane beatnik, much to the annoyance of the other characters. Hardly one of the better 60's sitcoms, But at least it isn't as bad as "Hogan's Heroes"!
(Do note that the theme music has been replaced with theme muzak due to copyright reasons).
Subject: Beatnik - Dennis Hopper
Yes, the beatnik is Dennis Hopper!!!! This is just a little while prior to his role as Billy in "Easy Rider".(A movie he co-wrote with his co-star Peter Fonda.)
Also, the girl playing Bobby Jo in this episode is not the same girl who played her in most of the shows in "Petticoat Junction".
Am I the only one who thinks it is really nasty for those girls to be swimming naked in the town drinking water????!!!!???? NAAAAAASTY!
Mr Crappo -
Subject: Nice cheese!
If you like your entertainment black/white and crappy this isnt bad at all.