Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 24, 1963
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
CBS TV Network
Genre

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Green Acres
Trivia Facts | Top Quotes | Goofs/Mistakes
  • To pick the three Bradley girls, Paul Henning interviewed 1,500 women. At the suggestion of Bea Benaderet, one of the girls he picked was his daughter, Linda Henning.
  • The dog on the show was simply named "Dog". While the dog's name was Higgins the Dog (one episode was called "Higgins Come Home"), the name was never mentioned by any characters. His last acting role was as the title character in the movie Benji, which was also Edgar Buchanan's last movie.
  • Based on the stories told to Paul Henning by his wife, who had spent summers in Eldon, Missouri, at a small hotel located near the train station.
  • Set in the same town as Green Acres. Characters from that series often appeared on this one. The series was also linked to The Beverly Hillbillies and the two shows occasionally crossed over. In episode 175 "Granny, the Baby Expert", when Granny comes to Hooterville to tend to Betty Jo and Steve's baby she mistakes Uncle Joe for Kate and says 'They's right about you Kate, you and Cousin Pearl are lookalikes'. Bea Benaderet had played Pearl Bodine in several of the first season episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. Also during Bea's entire duration as Kate Bradley not once was there ever a connection or mention that alluded to The Beverly Hillbillies.
  • During the run of this show, Charley Pratt (Smiley Burnette) was the engineer of the Cannonball, and Floyd Smoot (Rufe Davis) was the conductor. Burnette died during the fourth season, and Floyd took over Charley's duties as engineer, as well as continuing his own duties as conductor.
  • Sharon Tate is said to have landed the role of Billie Jo, briefly, but apart from some test film and publicity pictures, never took on the part.
  • The only members of the cast to remain with the series throughout its entire run were Edgar Buchanan, Frank Cady and Linda Henning.
  • When Bea Benaderet became ill with cancer and was forced to leave the series, her absence was explained by having Kate go away to visit her sister. Rosemary DeCamp was brought in as a temporary replacement, to play the Bradley girls' Aunt Helen, Kate Bradley. Benaderet only managed to return twice on the show after her departure. Following her death in October, 1968, June Lockhart was brought in as a surrogate mother figure and lady M.D. who sets up practice at the Shady Rest Hotel. Benaderet's anchoring presence was missed by the public, however, and the show lasted only two more seasons (1968-1970).
  • The marriage of Betty Jo and Steve coincided with the real life marriage of Linda Henning, who played Betty Jo, to Mike Minor, who played Steve.
  • During the first two years Pat Woodell played Bobbie Jo as a singing bookworm while Billie Jo (Jeannine Riley) was a flirty playgirl. By the end of the run with different actresses, the characters were almost reversed, with Lori Saunders Bobbie Jo as a fun-loving, somewhat man-crazy ditz and Meredith MacRae playing Billie Jo as a quiet girl in search of a singing career.
  • The first two seasons of B&W episodes, featuring Jeannine Riley and Pat Woodell as Billie and Bobbie Jo, are highly regarded and coveted by fans, as they have never been in syndication. Many have only been seen once since 1963-1965 on CBS. Ironically these are also the only episodes released on DVD, as the color episodes have yet to be released in that format.
  • Although Meredith MacRae replaced Gunilla Hutton at the beginning of the '66-'67 season, in the opening credits' longshot of the Bradley girls coming down from the water tower, it's still Gunilla who appears, never corrected, for the next four years!
  • Uncle Joe wears both suspenders and a belt at the same time.
  • The real "Cannonball" train was operated on the Sierra Railroad, based in Jamestown, California. The steam locomotive used was 4-6-0 (ten-wheeler) #3, which has the distinction of appearing in more movies than any other locomotive. Its first sound film appearance was in 1929 with Gary Cooper in The Virginian, and it since has appeared in many other western films. It was used in some episodes of Little House on the Prairie and Iron Horse. A full-size "prop" locomotive used for scenes in the locomotive cab was said to have been furnished by: "Barbary Coast Hoyt Hotel", Portland, Oregon.
  • The town of Pixley, at one end of the Cannonball's route, was named for Pixley, California. A number of location shots were filmed in the real Pixley.
  • Gunilla Hutton, the second Billie Jo, was supposed to be a year or two older than Bobbie Jo, who was played by Pat Woodell, at the time she joined the cast. In actuality, Hutton was only a month older than Woodell.
  • In the birth order of the Bradley girls Billie Jo was older than Bobbie Jo. However, Meredith MacRae, who took over the role of Billie Jo from Gunilla Hutton in season four, was actually three years younger than Lori Saunders who replaced Pat Woodell in season three as middle sister Bobbie Jo. In fact, Saunders was three years older than Hutton as well. Also, Linda Henning who played youngest daughter Betty Jo was the same age as Woodell, MacRea and Hutton.
  • For the first two seasons the order of the girls in both the opening water tower shot and the closing credits was Billie Jo, Bobby Jo & Betty Jo. Beginning in the third season the order is Betty Jo, Bobby Jo & Billie Jo.
  • Smiley Burnette's first TV performance.
  • While sitting on the porch Uncle Joe comments that athletic ability runs in Bobby Jo's family because he brother Harold - who rode off into the swamp - used to play professional baseball. But since Kate also refers to him as Uncle Joe, there is no way of knowing if Harold is Bobby Jo's Grandfather or Father
  • This episode represents a little reunion between Frank Cady and John Hoyt. In _When Worlds Collide (1951)_, John Hoyt was wheelchair-bound billionaire industrialist Sydney Stanton and Frank Cady was his abused valet Harold Ferris. Twelve years later, in this episode of Petticoat Junction, Frank Cady is in his regular role of Sam Drucker and John Hoyt has a guest part as a railroad inspector. There is even a scene where Frank is standing behind a seated John pretending to give him a haircut.
  • The title is based on the movie Visit to a Small Planet (1960).
  • The title is based upon the expression "behind every cloud there's a silver lining."
  • When the February 9, 1964 debut of The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show) threatened to knock Paul Henning's other hit The Beverly Hillbillies off the top spot, Henning decided to write an episode parodying them by having the girls form a singing group called the Ladybugs. The girls - as the Ladybugs, with guest actress Sheila James Kuehl - also appeared on the Sullivan show, on March 22, 1964, two nights before the "Petticoat Junction" episode aired.
  • The title is based on the name of the local train The Hooterville Cannonball.
  • Per the title, the "flivver" is slang for the Ford Model T that was in production from 1909 to 1927.
  • Per the title, the dog days of summer refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer.
  • The title is based on the TV series Have Gun, Will Travel.
  • The title is based on the political expression "As Maine goes, so goes the nation."
  • The title is based on the movie The Lost Patrol.

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