At first it seems like a trailer for a sci-fi thriller. As a fireball streaks through space, the narrator speaks of strange worlds and strange customs. ”In 1962, they first appeared,” he intones. ”Now, 30 years later, they’re heading our way once more.” Pod people? Coneheads? Nope — the Beverly Hillbillies. And that’s no spaceship, it’s their jalopy, filled with new faces in familiar old clothes: Jim Varney as Jed, Cloris Leachman as Granny, Erika Eleniak as Elly Mae, Diedrich Bader as Jethro. ”We needed a way to reintroduce these characters,” says Twentieth Century Fox’s marketing head Mike Kaiser. ”The Beverly Hillbillies are the ultimate fish out of water. In Beverly Hills, they might just as well be aliens.” They’ll land just in time for Thanksgiving.
Posted August 20 1993 — 12:00 AM EDT
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