The Beverly Hillbillies (1967)

The Beverly Hillbillies poster- 4 cast members smiling at the camera in front of a doorway. The Beverly Hillbillies  written on a wooden sign above

The Beverly Hillbillies poster © Filmways Television/McCadden Productions

Director: Joseph Depew

Creator: Paul Henning

Starring: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr., Raymond Bailey, Nancy Kulp

Production Company: Filmways Television, McCadden Productions

Kent Locations: Penshurst Place 

The Beverly Hillbillies is an American comedy about a poor hillbilly family who strike it rich after they find oil on their land. They move to Beverly Hills where they shake things up by bringing an unsophisticated and minimalistic lifestyle to the swank, sometimes self-obsessed and superficial community.

The Beverly Hillbillies was created by Paul Henning (The Bob Cummings Show, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Lover Come Back) and accumulated seven Emmy nominations during its nine series run.

Joseph Depew (Petticoat Junction, Hennesey, Captain Kidd) directed 145 episodes, including those filmed in Kent which stars Buddy Ebsen (Barnaby Jones, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Northwest Passage), Irene Ryan (My Dear Secretary, The Diary of a Chambermaid, The Woman on the Beach), Donna Douglas (Frankie and Johnny, Lover Come Back, Career), Max Baer Jr. (Murder, She Wrote, Maverick, The Circle Family), Raymond Bailey (Vertigo, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Picnic) and Nancy Kulp (The AristoCats, Shane, The Parent Trap).

Penshurst Place entrance with driveway and trees. A car is parked in front

The Beverly Hillbillies screenshot at Penshurst Place © Filmways Television/McCadden Productions

 Penshurst Place with the writing Clampett Castle, kent, England on top

The Beverly Hillbillies screenshot at Penshurst Place © Filmways Television/McCadden Productions

The production chose to film at Penshurst Place which doubles as Clampett Castle which Jed (Buddy Ebsen) inherits, in series 6 episodes 3 and 4 and series 7 episodes 2-5.

Set in gorgeous parkland in West Kent, Penshurst Place is a Medieval and Tudor fortified style manor house boasting formal Elizabethan gardens, state rooms and Gardens, adventure playground and maze. A popular film location, Penshurst Place has previously featured in productions such as Wolf Hall (2015), The Great Fire (2014) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

The Beverly Hillbillies aired between 1962 – 1971 and is available to purchase on DVD.

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