"Green Acres" question

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  1. David Grove

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    When (what season) did Oliver start giving his speeches about the plants "shoosting out of the ground" etc., with the music (flute or fife, if I recall) that everyone except him could hear?

    Thank you.

    DG
     
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    I dont remember if he talked about the shoosting, but he gave one of his rousing speeches in the first episode when he first came into Druckers store. I dont believe they had the fife, but he definitely gave one of his solemn "farmers.....the BACKBONE of America...." speeches. Of course the others just stared at him in disbelief. lol
     
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    GREEN ACRES = BEST SITCOM EVER
     
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    Well, maybe not the best. Or was it? What was that again?
     
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    Well, I guess I was a little misleading.

    Oliver didn't say "shoosting", he spoke of the little plants "shooting" up out of the ground, etc. Lisa frequently spoke to Oliver about his speeches and quoted him a little, but she mispronoounced "shooting" as "shoosting".

    And, there always was the music (while Oliver was making his little "shooting" speech) that everyone could hear, except him.

    I didn't recall when that bit of characterization developed in the series.

    DG
     
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    I'm up to ep # 8 in S1 and so far I haven't heard the "fife" yet [​IMG] but I remember it from the original airings. I received S2 yesterday. Great comedy series. I liked this one better than it's "parent" Petticoat Junction and better than the Beverly Hillbillies (I hope that doesn't get BH fans mad [​IMG]). I liked BH also but not as much as GA.
     
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    I liked this one better than it's "parent" Petticoat Junction and better than the Beverly Hillbillies (I hope that doesn't get BH fans mad ). I liked BH also but not as much as GA.

    I know GA and PJ were supposed to be just down the road from each other, but in tone, the two shows were worlds apart. I remember a few of the black and white episodes of PJ had tinges of the GA insanity, but other than that they had a completely different flavor. PJ was downhome and sentimental, while GA was surreal and cynical.
     
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    Oliver's "American Farmer" speeches were there practically from the beginning, but I think the first episode where other characters can hear the music is "One of Our Assemblymen is Missing" (second season), at the end of the episode, where Oliver starts on one of his speeches and Lisa interrupts him, saying: "Darling, who is playing the fife?"
     
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    Wow.

    But you didn't indicate the time mark. [​IMG] JUST KIDDING

    That's much more specific than I had hoped for.

    Just went out and bought it.

    Thanks.

    DG
     
  10. Ronald Epstein

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    I have a question...

    In what season did some of the
    cast start seeing the show credits
    appearing in front of them?

    I thought this was the most hilarious
    thing the show ever did.

    For instance, the show would begin
    with Lisa talking to Oliver while the
    first few seconds of credits (writer,
    director, etc.) would display. Suddenly
    Lisa would look up, turn to Oliver and
    ask...

    Lisa: "Who is Stan Dreben?"
    Oliver: "What?"
    Lisa: "It just said Written by Stan Dreben"

    A great way to tear down the 4th wall.

    Any idea what season that stuff starts in?
     
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    Ron, acknowledging the credits began in the second season with episode #3, "I Didn't Raise My Pig to be a Soldier." When seeing the credits, Lisa asks Oliver something along the lines of, "Whose names are those?"

    After that, the gag goes away for several episodes, but eventually returns in spades, getting more elaborate and twisted each time around. One of my favorite variations on this theme is when credits are written on the eggs that Lisa is gathering for breakfast. Wonderfully bizarre!
     
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    Gary,

    This is so great!

    Didn't think it started getting this
    crazy this soon. Good to hear I will
    not have to wait long to see these episodes
    as I plan to start Season II shortly.

    I can't believe how bizzare this show
    was -- really ahead of its time when you
    think about the overall genius in its humor.
     
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    GreenAcres is drefinately up there as one of the wackiest funniest Sitcoms of the 60's I would say Get Smart comes a close second.
     
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    I agree! I've always felt that Green Acres was original in its bizzare plots. I can't think of any TV show before Green Acres that continually broke the 4th wall, had characters reacting to an animal as if it were human, and had crazy characters popping in all the time that caused such hysterics. I don't believe that as great as this show was, it ever got the credit for its absurd humor that shows like Seinfeld got, for example. It's great to re-discover the show on DVD after not having watched it for so many years. Maybe today's generation will also discover its unique comedy freshness, and perhaps the show will eventually get the credit it originally didn't.
     
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    well Lucy was pretty crazy [​IMG]

    Actually, your point about GA is very well taken because it combined elements of all of the above and molded it in its own way to make a very unique show. It's been years since I watched it also (I need to get reacquainted with this) but I always thought Eddie Albert was an underrated comic talent; he made some great films at Warners in the 40s where his comic touch really shone. Since he's in his late 90s he's no longer active of course, but he looked amazingly well in a public appearance he made a year or so ago (I saw a picture in Classic Images magazine).

    Steve
     
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    Another funny one was "A Star Named Arnold is Born". I love
    the subtitles near the end, where Arnold and a Horse are
    talking. They go back to Oliver, Lisa, and the guy that runs
    the studio, and it still shows the subtitles, to which Lisa
    says "We don't need those Words any more". One other good
    one, can't remember which episode, but it didn't tell the
    writted/directed/etc credits after the opening theme. I had
    thought maybe they got cut out in the syndicated run, but
    instead, they had them at the end of the episode, which she
    made a comment about the names being awfully late tonight [​IMG]
     
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    I spend 35 minutes on my treadmill as
    many days of the week as I can. During
    that time I put on DVDs of TV show sets.

    I am almost done watching Season Two of
    Green Acres.

    What a great season! I just LOVE the stuff
    they do with the credits.

    In the Bleedsville episode I was howling
    when the cast not only spoke of seeing strange
    credits, but Mr. Haney rolled down a banner on
    his truck featuring the Director's name.

    In another episode that begins in Drucker's
    store, a conversation is held up until (as
    Drucker tells it) "the credits are over."

    My favorite? Fred Ziffel on the front porch
    of the Douglas house trying to catch the credits
    that zoom and fly across his reach.

    My memory is vague on how much of this was
    done throughout the entire run of the show,
    but I hope to see more of this in future seasons.
     
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    Ron, the seasons do get more Surreal.
     
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    Such a great show deserves better. First it was stuck with
    MGM which obviously was in no rush to get it out. Now its stuck in hell with Columbia Pictures which has a very poor record with classic tv. I have real doubts as to whether it
    will ever be seen again.
     
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    Eagerly awaiting news for season 3.
     

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