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How to Succeed in Television Without Really Trying 

Boy genius Dilly Watkins improves life on the Douglas' farm with his new electronic inventions. Besides the barn door opener that works when Eleanor moos at it, there's the television ... See full summary »


Richard L. Bare


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Episode cast overview:
Eddie Albert ... Oliver Wendell Douglas
Eva Gabor ... Lisa Douglas
Pat Buttram ... Mr. Haney
Tom Lester ... Eb Dawson
Frank Cady ... Sam Drucker
Alvy Moore ... Hank Kimball
Hank Patterson ... Fred Ziffel
Barbara Pepper ... Doris Ziffel
Christopher Shea ... Dilly Watkins
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Mr. Malone (as Tom Browne Henry)


Boy genius Dilly Watkins improves life on the Douglas' farm with his new electronic inventions. Besides the barn door opener that works when Eleanor moos at it, there's the television camera that sends pictures of the cow to the bedroom set. Oliver doesn't realize the camera is transmitting to all the sets in the valley, turning him into an overnight Nielsen sensation. Written by Jay Phelps <>

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

24 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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Filmways Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The title comes from the musical 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, 'Jack Weinstock', and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead's 1952 book of the same name. The original Broadway production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" opened at the Forty-sixth Street Theater in New York on October 14, 1961, ran for 1417 performances and won the 1962 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Book and was nominated for Best Score. See more »


Doris Ziffel: [Dilly's camera broadcasts Oliver in his barn over area TV sets] It's Mr. Douglas!
Fred Ziffel: I didn't know he had his own TV show?
Oliver Wendell Douglas: [to his cow] Eleanor, will you - Moooooo!
Doris Ziffel: What kind of show is that?
Fred Ziffel: I don't know. Looks like he's giving the cow mooing lessons.
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References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Greatest episode of TV ever
20 October 2010 | by willardfillmoreSee all my reviews

The Douglas home gets "electronicafied".. which basically means that the farm gets put on local Hooterville television. This is one of the most self reflexive/surreal episodes of TV ever... it consists of TV characters watching other TV characters on TV. Mr Ziffel and Arnold the Pig critique every move. The Neisen ratings come out and "Mr Douglas taking off his shirt" almost beats "The Beverly Hillbillies"... which is really odd because the Beverly Hillbillies have actually visited Hooterville in other TV episodes.

And on a sad note - the child actor who plays Dilly Watkins died earlier this year... he was also the original voice of Linus in the Charlie Brown cartoons.

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