Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)
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Cannonball Christmas 

The Bradleys, Sam Drucker, Herby, Charlie and Floyd are decorating the Cannonball for it's annual Christmas Eve trip of caroling, gift-giving and merriment around the valley, but Homer ... See full summary »


Guy Scarpitta


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Episode complete credited cast:
Bea Benaderet ... Kate Bradley
Edgar Buchanan ... Uncle Joe Carson
Jeannine Riley ... Billie Jo Bradley
Pat Woodell ... Bobbie Jo Bradley
Linda Henning ... Betty Jo Bradley (as Linda Kaye)
Smiley Burnette ... Charley Pratt
Rufe Davis ... Floyd Smoot
Charles Lane ... Homer Bedloe
Dick O'Shea Dick O'Shea ... Helicopter Pilot
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Miss Hammond
Roy Roberts ... Norman Curtis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Willie Trankis
Gloria Marshall Gloria Marshall ... Miss Evans


The Bradleys, Sam Drucker, Herby, Charlie and Floyd are decorating the Cannonball for it's annual Christmas Eve trip of caroling, gift-giving and merriment around the valley, but Homer Bedloe is determined to be a Scrooge and take possession of the train on Christmas Eve. Written by David Bassler

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English | Latin

Release Date:

24 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Other than a far away shot was she's standing on top of the train station, Linda Henning is in only really visible in one scene, when the girls are singing "Deck The Halls". See more »


In the scene where Homer Bedloe misses the train to the Shady Rest, he's seen running towards Sam Drucker's General Store. The video is a reversed image, though: the name on the store's sign is backwards. See more »


Charley Pratt: Kate, if you'll let me be Santa Claus this year, I promise you a nice big fat gobbler for Christmas dinner!
Uncle Joe Carson: [sarcastically alluding to Charlie's gluttony, and pretending as if he's actually just referring to himself as a "gobbler", rather than offering to bring a turkey for Kate's family and guests] Aw, Charlie - - you're *always* here for Christmas dinner!
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Featured in Petticoat Junction: The Santa Claus Special (1966) See more »


Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Traditional Welsh Carol
Sung by the Cast
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The True Return of Villainous Bedloe
10 January 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Bedloe is the show's villain that got the show started by basically making it a serialized series for the first four episodes: he, and then his boss, wanted to close the railroad, and now he's at it again. The ultimate Scrooge. It's always funny seeing him jamming on the handcart. He's the true foil, and yet it's best when he gets foiled as it's also understandable all the things he hates about the small town folk and their basic, innocent ways. A pretty good episode where Christmas is more a distraction than destination. Good that Floyd and Charlie have a lot of scenes as they hadn't been in the last few episodes.

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