9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Green Acres’

  
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5. Casting

Eddie Albert (who played Oliver Wendell Douglas) was only offered the part after Don Ameche turned it down. Marsha Hunt and Janet Blair had screen-tested for the Lisa Douglas role, but then Paul Henning decided to cast Eva Gabor, even though CBS warned him that no one would understand her thick Hungarian accent.

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4. Eddie Albert’s Reluctance to Work in Television

Initially, Eddie Albert didn’t want to give up his movie career for television, which he believed was “geared to mediocrity.” He had turned down roles on My Three Sons and Mister Ed when his agent told him about the premise behind Green Acres. “I said, ‘Swell; that’s me. Everyone gets tired of the rat race. Everyone would like to chuck it all and grow some carrots. It’s basic. Sign me,’” he told TV Guide. “I knew it would be successful. Had to be. It’s about the atavistic urge, and people have been getting a charge out of that ever since Aristophanes wrote about the plebs and the city folk.”

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