The 3 Bears
Our 2002 Halloween Costume as
ALL COME BACK NOW. YA HEAR?
May Clampett is
Granny is MaMa Bear- Brenda
Jed Clampett is PaPa Bear - Barney
Jethro Bodine is Baby Bear - Billy
Note: I bet you'd never
thought you'd see Brownielocks in a blonde wig? :)
Well we have wigs on them all. And to give Billy a more buff body
Jethro had we had to stuff him with some extra cotton under his shirt.
real cast of characters was:
Jed Clampett - Buddy Ebsen
Granny - Irene Ryan
Jethro - Max Bauer
Elly May - Donna Douglas
Milburn Drysdale - Raymond Baily
Mrs. Margaret Drysdale - Harriet MacGibbon
Miss Jane Hathaway - Nancy Kulp
Cousin Pearl - Bea Benaderet
Although they had a lot of guest appearances, the
most popular one was Roy Clark who played a double role of
Cousin Roy Halsey and also his mom, Myrtle Halsey.
I had considered doing
a trivia quiz, but after reading the book decided that wouldn't
work. I don't think many of you would know the answers anyway.
First, because the show has been off the air so long, most of the
tidbits are not fresh in our minds. Others because of being too young.
But here are some interesting things I thought I'd share with
The TV series premiered on Wednesday, September 26, 1962. And it
captured almost 50% of it's audience for it's time slot.
The first 3 seasons were filmed in black and white. All the rest were done
in color. It ran from 1962 to 1969.
Was it a real mansion? Yes and No! At first it was filmed at
750 Bel Air Road in Bel Air, California. And the owner of the mansion was
a millionare named Arnold Kirkeby, who was a Chicago hotel magnate.
Kirkeby said it was OK to film at his home as long as the location
was kept a secret.
How much did the Kirkeby's charge? Actually, Mr. Arnold
Kirkeby unfortunately died in a plane crash before the first filming
began. But his widow honored her husband's agreement. She charged
$500 a day, until...
Guide leaked the location and Mrs. Kirkeby got tired of the fans just
walking into her home looking for Jethro (mostly) and Granny etc. So
she stopped allowing the filming. This is when it got moved to a
stage set and scenes of outdoors were no longer done.
Their truck was a 1921 flatbed. It is now located in the museum at the
School of the Ozarks in Missouri.
Paul Henning created the series. He also wrote the theme song,
although it is sung and performed by the singing duo Lester Flats and Earl
Donna Douglas starred with Elvis in "Frankie and Johnny." She
fell in love with him and has never really gotten over it, according to
the book. Donna also received the most fan mail. At one time, she had over
6,000 letters to try to answer.
Irene Ryan weighed only 100 lbs. While Max Bauer was 6'4" and 240
lbs. or so.
The original choice for Granny was Bea Benaderet. But she was rejected due
to being "too busty" so she was hired to
be Cousin Pearl -- and often stole the scenes many times.
From what I read, the Scottish
are claiming to have created the phrase based on the Scottish settlers
who came and settled in the Appalachia area of the US.
As with other immigrants, they brought their music with them. And
a lot of their songs were ballads and about William, Prince of Orange
(who defeated King James II - a Catholic - at the Battle of Boyne in
Ireland in 1690.)
Those who supported King William
were called "Orangemen" - seems logical right? But since the
name "William" often has the nickname of
"Billy" they soon got called "Billy's
Boys." This after a while got rephrased into "Hill
Billies" due to the fact the supporters lived in the Appalachian
Talk like The Beverly Hillbillies
Paul Henning was a veteran of radio, where dialogue was important to create a
character. So, he inserted a lot of colorful phrases and Hillbilly talk into the
dialogue. He also insisted that the lines be spoken exactly as
written without altering any syllable, unless he said OK.
some common phrases we heard on this show:
"Feelin' lower than a well digger's heel."
"Ya tuckered yer tail betwixt yer legs, didn't ya?"
"I'll commence ta fixin' the vittles."
"Fine as frog's hair."
"Slippery as a hog on ice."
"Err ya gonna spark (kiss) her?"
"Ya got slickered an' ya shamed t'amit it."
some more of their lingo!
Below are some
recipes I thought you might enjoy making for Halloween.
They come from the "Beverly Hillbillies Cookbook" by Jim Clark and Ken
Rutledge Hill Press © 1994. This book is fun! There's tons of recipes.
I'm posting just a few.
Punkinhead Pumpkin Cookies
together the shortening & sugar in a large bowl. Add the pumpkin and
molasses. Sift together the remaining ingredients and add them to the
pumpkin mixture. Mix thoroughly. Cover and chill for 2-3 hrs.. Roll the
dough to the desired thickness on a floured board. A good thickness is
1/2 inch. Cut out with cookie cutters. (We recommend the pumpkin shape).
Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet (we like to use parchment paper
instead) and bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 min.
Ice or decorate as desired. Makes: 3 Dozen.
Brownielock's Decorating tip:
Ice with orange frosting. Then cut black licorice strips (with small
kitchen scissors) in 1" strips. Cut each strip in half. Stick them
in the frosting on the top of the cookie wildly. Take two large
Hershey kisses and scrape the points off a bit. Put a dab of milk
on the side you scrapped off then dip in powdered sugar. Place (with
flat side down)a pair on the cookies to make two google eyes. This
should look like a Hillbilly Pumpkin with wild hair and eyes? You
could use died coconut if you don't like licorice.
Frozen Chocolate Bananas
Peel the bananas
and cut each in half crosswise. Insert a wooden skewer into the cut end.
Arrange the banana pops on a plate lined with wax paper. Freeze for 30
min. Then, place the oil and chocolate in a 1-Cup microwaveable
measuring cup. Microwave at 50% power for 2.5 to 3 minutes. Stir
in-between. Then stir until mixture is smooth. Dip the banana pops into
the chocolate and use a spoon to distribute the chocolate totally over
the banana pop. Return the pops to a plate lined with wax paper. Serve
immediately or wrap individually in aluminum foil and freeze. Makes: 6
Roll the banana
pop in brown chocolate sprinkles to it looks like a bark log. Then stick
on a gummy worm so you have like a worm on a stick.
Black Magic Baked Fudge
Melt the margarine
and chocolate together in the top of a double boiler over simmering
water. Gradually beat in the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating
after each addition. Then add the vanilla. Sift the flour with the salt
and add teh dry ingredients to the chocolate along with the nuts. Spread
the batter into a buttered 9" square pan. Bake at 350F for 30
minutes. Makes: 36 Squares
Before baking, sprinkle some gold and silver dragees on top for a
mystical effect. Dragees are those round edible beaded balls that can be
found at bakery supply stores/catalogs if not in your grocery store.
Warning: They are hard on the teeth!
In a large bowl
combine the barbeque sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and syrup.
Dip the wins in the mixture. Place the wings on two large foil-covered
cookie sheets. Pour the remaining sauce over the wings. Broil until
brown turn each wing once. Reduce the oven temperature to 400F and
bake for 30 minutes. Keep wings warm on low until ready to serve.
Makes: 20 servings.
Daisy's Chickasaw Blood Builder
Mix the fruit
juices in a pitcher. Sweeten to taste with sugar syrup. Add the water
and crushed fruit. Garnish with thin slices of oranges.
Hillbillies Theme Song (with the missing Verse)
The Third Verse
was removed from the TV Version due to time.
I am inserting the missing third version below in "brown".
But our Midi doesn't allow it if you're trying to sing along.
Midi (plays only once)
is the theme song to "The Beverly Hillbillies"
Here are the lyrics:
(To hear the
actual MP3 theme sung by Lester Flats CLICK
Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed.
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed.
Then one day he was shootin' at some food.
And up through the ground came a bubblin' crude.
Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.
Well the first thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire.
Kinfolk said "Jed move away from there."
Said "Californy is the place you ought to be."
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly--
Hills, that is. Swimmin' pools, movie stars.
Ol' Jed bought a mansion, Law-dy it
Next door neighbor was pres'dent of the bank.
Lotsa folks objected, but the banker found no fault.
Cause ol' Jed's millions was a-layin' in the vault.
Cash, that is! Capital gains, Depletion money!
Well now its time to say good by to Jed and all his kin.
And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin' in.
You're all invited back a 'gin to this locality.
To have a heapin' helpin' of their hospitality.
Hillbilly that is. Set a spell. Take your shoes off.
Y'all come back now, ya hear?
"The Beverly Hillbillies" by Stephen Cox
Harper Collins Publishers © 1993
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