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The Beverly Hillbillies

Raymond Bailey

Milburn Drysdale

Raymond Bailey was born on May 6, 1905 in San Francisco, and attempted to start acting in Hollywood during the Depression. Finding it difficult to get work, Bailey found himself in Hawaii acting in community theater. Returning to Hollywood in 1939, Bailey began a long and healthy career in film and television. Perry Mason, Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke and Alfred Hitchcock Presents are among the over 200 television shows on which he appeared before becoming Milburn Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies. His numerous film roles include No Time for Sergeants, Vertigo and The Incredible Shrinking Man. Backstage Hillbillies gossip reported that Bailey did not get along well with his fellow cast members, although he remained with the show for its entire run. Bailey died of a heart attack on tax day, April 15, 1980.

Character Bio

As president of the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills, Milburn Drysdale is determined to keep the fortune of one of its biggest depositors, Jed Clampett, in its place. From the day they move in, the Clampetts are wary of big city ways, and Drysdale makes it his personal mission to keep them from packing up the old pickup and moving back to Bug Tussle. Since his motivation is pure greed, it's fortunate that most of Drysdales attempts at manipulating the Clampetts backfire miserably. An expert suck-up, Drysdale is married to the impossibly snobby socialite, Margaret, and is stuck supporting her gad-about son, Sonny.

The Beverly Hillbillies TV Schedule

Tuesday
November 25
9:00am
His Royal Highness
Ex-King Alexander of Sabalia tries to marry wealthy Elly May Clampett because he really hasn't a nickel to his name.
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9:35am
Super Hawg
The Clampetts acquire a hippopotamus when an advertising scheme originated by baker Drysdale backfires.
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Wednesday
November 26
9:00am
Turkey Day
Plans for a holiday feast at the Clampett mansion go awry when Elly makes a pet of the Thanksgiving turkey.
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9:35am
The Thanksgiving Spirit
The Hillbillies travel to Hooterville to spend Thanksgiving with their friends from "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres." Guest stars Eva Gabor and June Lockhart.
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Friday
November 28
12:00pm
Turkey Day
Plans for a holiday feast at the Clampett mansion go awry when Elly makes a pet of the Thanksgiving turkey.
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12:36pm
The Giant Jackrabbit
An Australian banker sends Drysdale a kangaroo as a joke and Granny thinks she has discovered a giant jackrabbit.
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1:12pm
Granny Learns to Drive
Granny and gasoline prove a terrifying mixture when, after a taxi ride, Granny decides she must learn to drive. Guest star: Mel Blanc.
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1:48pm
The Party Line
Granny, who used to spend 10 hours a day on her party line back home, demands a party-line phone in Beverly Hills, too.
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2:24pm
The Gorilla
Jethro shops around for a gorilla when Elly May's pet chimpanzee proves too small to relieve him of his household chores.
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