Top Mistakes in 'Beverly Hillbillies' Eagle-Eyed Might Have Missed
The Beverly Hillbillies was a hit on screens across America for a good run from 1962 all the way into 1971. Despite the great acting, there were more than a few TV bloopers that are both revealing and hilarious! We've gathered all of the show's top-secret mistakes that only true sleuths may have noticed... Read on for the full scoop!
The Star-Studded Cast Made The Show Worthwhile
The storyline was great and always kept viewers on their toes but it was the cast that truly kept them coming back for more. You may remember the starry cast of Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer Jr, who were all members of the hilarious Clampetts family.
Their story became an instant hit as audiences were not expecting to see the rags to riches plot turned upside down. As we followed them and their adventures and challenges of life in the posh Beverly Hills, we couldn't help but join in on the fun and laughter!
Impressive Most Watch Ratings That May Surprise You
The Beverly Hillbillies did exceptionally well and came as a surprise to many people around the country. In fact, the impressive ratings made it one of the 20 most-watched shows for 8 out of the 9 seasons it was on the air. Even better? It rose to the number one spot quicker than any other show in television history!
Which Big Name Made A Cameo On The Show
Before we get to the bloopers, we have to include a very special moment in the show's track record... It was of course when the acclaimed and popular John Wayne made a cameo appearance on the screen! His little appearance was paid in an unconventional way... John said the following when asked what his going rate was:
"Give me a fifth of bourbon--that'll square it."
15. The Truth About The Truck
We start this list of bloopers with one of the most obvious errors the show made... The Clampetts' truck was said to be a 1921 Oldsmobile. However, real car fanatics may notice that the truck they use to move to California is not what we are told... The series producer actually found a random truck body in a junkyard!
14. The Storyline Has A Big Plot Hole
The storyline is based on a pretty impossible plot. Viewers are told via the pilot episode and the theme song, that the hillbillies found oil on their property. This was what apparently sent them into the posh neighborhood of B.H. But this premise is a little unbelievable...
Why? Well, oil deposits and bunkers are never found near or within mountain landscapes. So when the theme song sings that "a poor mountaineer" discovered oil on his land, the geological facts say something else. The producers really made a blooper with this storyline!
13. The Ocean Reveals A Mistake Made By The Producers
The family is featured in an opening scene driving back home from Malibu. The direction from Malibu to Beverly Hills in real life would be easterly. However, when they are driving home the waves of the ocean can be seen on the left of them... Indicating that they are actually driving in a westerly direction!
12. The Mystery Of The Vanishing Pencils
Jethrow Bodine is sharpening pencils in one of the scenes we see throughout the series. All seems well until a few moments later, the big bunch of unsharpened pencils is no longer on his desk... In fact, the secretary is seen bringing in a handful of the same unsharpened pencils.
11. Ellie Mae's Quick Drying Hair
This is either a blooper or Ellie Mae has really quickly drying hair... The former is most likely the viable option. The producers shot a scene with Ellie Mae swimming with her animals. In the very next shot, we see her meeting a tutor and guess what, her hair is dry! This shot was obviously made on a different day...
10. Woof Woof, Those Are Not Newborn Puppies...
One of the show's most loveable additions if of course the Drysdale's dog. The fluffy friend gets some screen time, especially when her litter of pups arrives. We see them under one of the tables and any dog lover will be able to tell, the puppies are obviously too active and furry to be newborns!
9. Wait, Was The Show About New York or Beverly Hills?
Another blunder comes from a scene with Jethro and an assistant. He asks for more pencils and that's when the producers make a pretty big error... As Jethro looks outside, we are able to see the Twin Towers clearly in the distance. This shows that the series was filmed in New York and not in Beverly Hills!
8. Jed's Biggest On-Screen Mistake
When Jed was shooting at some food in one of the scenes, his actions give away the fact that he is not really using a gun. As he makes the shot, there is a very obvious delay between the smoke and the movement of his shoulder... The timing is completely off proving that he isn't really using the gun!
7. Say Hello To The Film Crew In The Car's Reflection
When the excited family first drives to their new home in Beverly Hills, we are greeted by them and as the camera moves, we gain a glimpse of some crew members... In fact, the cameramen can be seen quite easily if you focus on the reflection of the cars. Awkward!
6. The "Magical" Pool Cue
The Clampetts family enjoys some food by their pool table and as Tyler arrives we notice yet another blooper. He tries to kiss Ellie's hand but she comically flips him over and also causes a pool cue to fall down... However, the next scene shows the pool cue in its perfect position, still untouched!
5. The Tricky Typing Scene
One of the more revealing mistakes sees Ms. Hathaway in her office talking with Jethrow. As they try to find a wife for his uncle Jed Clampet, Ms. Hathaway is seen typing. A few moments later we get a glimpse of the computer screen but there is nothing typed on it...
4. Granny Seems To Know About The Invention Of The Telephone
One thing is clear about the Clampett's family - they don't like modernity and often ignore the newest inventions. A conversation between Pearl and Jed confirms this. Yet, we are all stunned when the Granny of all people makes a reference to the telephone as if it is completely normal in their lives!
3. The Blue Shoes Blunder
Ellie May is always on some kind of adventure during the run of the show. One of these activities involves getting honey from some bees in a beehive. As she is busy we can see her feet are bare... Skip to a few seconds later, she has magically put on a pair of blue shoes.
2. The Most Awkward Filming Moment
The Closing Credits of the first season also show us a telling mistake made by the producers... Throughout the duration, we can see a groundskeeper walking towards the camera holding a rake. As soon as he realizes the camera is actually filming he does something pretty awkward...
He immediately looks floored and surprised... Consequently, he changes his path in an abrupt motion to get out of the shot. It is clear that he realizes what he has done as he immediately tried to get out of the situation. This goes down as one of the most embarrassing filming moments for sure!
1. What Was So Curious About The Car Scenes...
During the first two seasons, a lot of the footage gave us a view of Jane Hathaway's first car. It was apparently a 1962 Plymouth convertible. Yet, when we inspect the car closely in later scenes, the model has changed... In a close-up shot, we can see that it is actually a 1963/1964 Dodge!
Bonus Fact: What Did The Cast Really Think About The Show
It seems like the main stars from this hit series were less concerned about the bloopers and more focused on making their audience laugh. Main man, Max Baer Jr. aka Jethro Bodine spoke about the show decades later in February of 2020. He said:
"You have to give a good performance. You have to perform well. And, in my case [with Jethro], if I have made the people laugh — and even if they can laugh at my expense — it’s okay. I don’t care. They can laugh with me or at me. It doesn’t matter … just as long as they laugh. Because if I can make them laugh, then I believe that my performance was a successful one. I can’t evaluate it as to what degree of success it was. But I can say it did what it was supposed to do.”
What a great and absolutely hilarious show this was... From the cast to the storyline (albeit flawed), The Beverly Hillbillies was a true hit. Despite the many bloopers, it still did pretty well! Which mistake was the most surprising to you? Leave us your comments and be sure to click that share button.