The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
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The Great Jethro 

A shady magician sells his wares to the gullible Jethro.


Joseph Depew


Paul Henning (created by), Paul Henning | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Buddy Ebsen ... Jed Clampett
Irene Ryan ... Daisy Moses
Donna Douglas ... Elly May Clampett
Max Baer Jr. ... Jethro Bodine
John Carradine ... Marvin Bagby / Marvo the Magnificent
Raymond Bailey ... Milburn Drysdale
Nancy Kulp ... Jane Hathaway
Al Eben Al Eben ... Truck Driver
Leonard Bremen ... Truck Driver (as Lennie Bremen)
Carolyn Williamson Carolyn Williamson ... Girl
Britt Nilsson Britt Nilsson ... Girl


A shady magician sells his wares to the gullible Jethro.

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Comedy | Family





Release Date:

23 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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Filmways Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During Jethro's magic show, Mr. Drysdale tosses his hat to Jethro to use in an illusion. Later,Mr. Drysdale's hat is still in his lap and then back on the magician's stand. See more »


Marvin Bagby: [Marvo performs a disappearing bowl trick with Jethro as his assistant] Gone, vanished.
Jethro Bodine: No it ain't Mr. Marvo. Here it is under this here tray.
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Legendary scene stealer John Carradine in top form
18 August 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Great Jethro" features legendary scene stealer John Carradine playing Marvin Bagby, a washed up magician who prefers to go by his stage name, Marvo the Magnificent, as he unsuccessfully tries to obtain a loan from Mr. Drysdale's bank. Alas, his magic equipment has been locked up for 10 years (unpaid back rent), so he's been selling aluminum awnings and mufflers, until his most recent employment at a car wash (the initial amount of $50,000 turns out to be a mere $50!) Meanwhile, Jethro figures to get work at Drysdale's bank, but gets sidetracked by a chance encounter with the down and out magician, who sees an opportunity to swindle the simple minded pigeon by performing a magic show for the entire Clampett family. Everything one would expect from the veteran character actor, whose tailor-made role is performed with lip smacking relish.

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