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The Beverly Hillbillies

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The first season of  The Beverly Hillbillies featured several appearances by 1962 and 1963 Imperial LeBarons, including the scenes below.

Below are links to 4 DIFFERENT CLIPS, containing several still pictures from the TV series.  In order to play, just click any of the pictures below--click on a small picture for a small movie, or a large picture to view a larger, high quality clip suitable for viewing in "full-screen" mode; file sizes are listed below each screen shot. Left click to view the movie directly, or save to your hard drive by right-clicking and selecting "Save Target As".  If you need help viewing, go to our "How To Play Imperial Movies" page.  Enjoy!


Many thanks to George Horwath for providing VHS copies and episode data for these clips.


CLIP #1: The Hillbillies of Beverly Hills

Episode #1 (Pilot), Air Date 9/26/62

Mr. Drysdale meets Jed and Jethro Clampett at the jail, where he welcomes them by saying: "On behalf of the entire city of Beverly Hills, I extend our deep and humble apologies for this unfortunate and embarrassing incident.  Oh, I'm Milburn Drysdale, president of the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills.  My car is waiting to take you and your family to your new home.  We want you to know how happy we are to have you, your handsome nephew, your lovely daughter, and your beautiful money--MOTHER."
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A nice view of Mr. Drysdale's '62 Imperial LeBaron as it pulls up to the Clampetts' new mansion.
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Jed: "Wait a minute!  Stop this car!  Mr. Drysdale, you tricked us!  You just took us outta jail so you could bring us back up here to prison.  Head for the hills, everybody!"  "Come back!  It's not a prison, it's your home!" calls Mr. Drysdale, as Jed and Jethro take off running past the '62 Imperial LeBaron's stylish freestanding taillights.
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CLIP #2: The Clampetts Meet Mrs. Drysdale

Episode #4, Air Date 10/17/62

In this episode, Mrs. Drysdale is determined to fly in from the east coast to meet the Clampetts, while her husband is equally determined to keep her from meeting them., and tries to send Jed and his family off on a trip to Palm Springs when she's due to arrive.  Here, the Drysdales' '62 LeBaron pulls into the Clampetts' drive.
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Nice rear quarter shot of the elegant 1962 Imperial LeBaron as it pulls up to the mansion's entrance.  [I wonder how many current owners and fans of these cars first fell in love with them as impressionable youngsters watching The Beverly Hillbillies?]

Note that the Clampetts are still at home, as evidenced by the presence of their car in the drive.  "Really, Milburn!  The Clampetts' gardener shouldn't leave his car parked in the front driveway that way!"

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Mr. Drysdale pleads with his wife to keep her from entering the Clampetts' home, using such persuasive lines as, "Oh, Margaret, uh, don't you want to stop at home first and freshen up?  Take some medicine or something?"

Milburn resorts to grabbing her by the fox stole she's wearing.  Jethro walks up to find them tussling over the fox, and upon hearing Mrs. Drysdale exclaim "Let go, you beast!", he offers his help: "Step aside, lady, I'll shoot it."  She flings it into the air, and he shoots it....

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...causing her to faint.  She's passed out in the 1962 Imperial's luxurious front seat when Granny comes outside to see what the commotion is about.  "What's going on?" she asks.  "Jethro shot a fox", replies Jed.  "That's Mizz Drysdale, stewed to the gills."
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CLIP #3: Duke Becomes a Father

Episode #30, Air Date 4/17/63

We get a quick glimpse of a 1963 Imperial in this episode.
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CLIP #4: Jethro's Friend

Episode #36, Air Date 5/29/63

A classmate of Jethro's (from the sixth grade) is scheduled to visit the Clampetts.  Jed and Granny assume he'll be a young adult like Jethro, who's really interested in seeing Ellie Mae.

"Jed, Jed, here he comes!" hollers Granny, as a 1963 Imperial pulls up to the house. 

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Small rear window and distinctive roofline of this '63 Imperial identify it as a top-of-the-line LeBaron model. 
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The chauffeur, played by Hayden Rorke (who later played Col. Alfred Bellows in I Dream of Jeannie), is mistaken for the real visitor....
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...the young "Armstrong Dueser McHugh III", who emerges from the 1963 LeBaron.
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