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The Massachusetts Observer

Granby's Green Acres

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 09:09 PM PDT

Those who remember the rural television comedies certainly know of "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction."  And, without a doubt, you remember one of the zaniest of them all: "Green Acres" starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. Eddie Albert played Park Avenue lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas who, despite any knowledge of farming, longed to get away from the rat race and own and operate his own farm.  Eva Gabor played his wife Lisa, a reluctant participant in her husband's pipe dream.

They ended up on a farm in Hooterville and the misadventures generated the comedy.

What you may not know, though, is that the idea for the television program was first put into reality in a radio series called "Granby's Green Acres."  The premise of the program is the same except the main character, Granby, is a banker.  His wife is every bit as reluctant as Lisa Douglas. On the radio program, the Granbys have a daughter, Janice.  Just as in the television series they have a hired hand named Eb. 

The excellent cast of Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet, Shirley Mitchell, and Parley Baer made this an strong, albeit short-run, series.

And that makes it perfect for Wacky Wednesday on Southbridge Old Time Radio!

So enjoy the very first Pilot Episode of "Granby's Green Acres."

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