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The misadventures of the family staff of The Shady Rest Hotel and their neighbors of Hooterville.
Sharon Tate originally landed the role of eldest sister Billie Jo. Apart from some test film and publicity pictures, she never filmed the part. Although some sources said Tate lacked experience to play the role, the truth was that earlier she had posed nude for some photos, which would eventually be published in Playboy magazine. The show's chief sponsor was to be Ivory Soap and they couldn't risk the chance of losing their sponsor if word got out. She was immediately replaced by Jeannine Riley, who was actually a perfect knockout "Daisy Mae" type to play the flirtatious Billie Jo. The irony of it all is that Ivory Soap was later embarrassed a few years later when their major spokes model Marilyn Chambers launched a successful career in adult porn.
Even though the Cannonball is supposed to be a wood burning locomotive, and the tender car is loaded with chopped wood, the smokestack is blowing pitch black smoke. It should be blowing mostly white or light gray smoke from the wood. The black smoke reveals the real-life locomotive actually burned oil. In episode 1, this is explained away by saying that they're burning ties from the railroad.
2003 DVD release of four first-season episodes by Brentwood Entertainment replaces the well-known opening theme with an uncredited, instrumental piece of music.
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