Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)
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The President Who Came to Dinner 

Hard-hitting railroad president Norman Curtis travels to Hooterville with the intention of unceremoniously terminating the Cannonball's service, but he has a change of heart when he experiences Kate's hospitality and kindness.


David Alexander


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Episode cast overview:
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


Despite Kate being able to convince Homer Bedloe not to scrap the Cannonball, she isn't sure if Bedloe has done something behind their backs to scrap the train anyway. He hasn't, but the C & FW's president, Norman Curtis, who is known to be more ruthless than Bedloe, still has scrapping the Cannonball on his mind. His plans are to connect the Hooterville branch line to the main line so that they can cut down time on an existing express route which would still not serve Hooterville Valley. As he feels Bedloe's mistake was being up front with the people of the valley, Curtis plans on doing the survey work for the necessary upgrade to the branch line on his own, incognito. Although Curtis doesn't intend on appearing as such, he comes across to Kate and others in the valley as a hobo after he takes a tumble in a field, ripping and dirtying his suit and losing his wallet in the process. Curtis ends up seeing a side of Hooterville he didn't expect, one where the Cannonball stops on the ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

8 October 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?


In Petticoat Junction as they are repairing the Hooterville Cannonball, they mention the Emma Sweeney, the locomotive used in the 1950 movie, A Ticket to Tomahawk. Also, the engine double for the Hooterville Cannonball is the model double for the Emma Sweeney, the engine that was disassembled in the 1950 movie. See more »


When the show opens, we see the top brass of C&FW railroad in their boardroom. A large model of a Santa Fe passenger train sits on the table. Rather odd unless the Santa Fe owned C&FW or C&FW owned Santa Fe- either condition unlikely. See more »


References The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) See more »


Woolly Boogie Bee
Based on "I Wish I was a Mole in the Ground"
Performed by Jeannine Riley, Pat Woodell & Linda Henning
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Redundant But Good
10 January 2019 | by TheFearmakersSee all my reviews

Great episode, and basically a way of making this the third part of the "Train might get shut down" that was a kind of serial format as the series began. After the first uptight executive couldn't do it, it's now the President of the company, played by Roy Roberts. Through an initial turn of events, thinking he's a hobo, the family takes him in, and he takes to them... and the show goes on. A very good episode despite repeating itself. The show was being established on how down-home these people are compared to big city folk and so this theme was still being cemented.

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