Raymond Bailey was ''the banker's hero'' after his role on The Beverly Hillbillies

His success as The Clampetts' banker was so unexpected, he wouldn't have even put money on it.

Raymond Bailey played the role of Milburn Drysdale, an uptight banker who could be counted on to handle The Clampett's cash in the hit series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).

He was the financial advisor for the family and educated them on modern banking and other financial matters for a total of nine seasons. His character also provided a much needed contrast between a new rich family and the uppercrust of an already established area. 

Bailey's characterization as a banker was so good that many people across the country began to take notice. You may remember Milburn Drysdale for being sophisticated, a bit of a snob and generally uptight — but real bankers all across the country remembered him as one of them.

His performance in the role may not have won Bailey any awards, but it did win him the title as a ''hero'' among other bankers. 

According to a 1965 interview with Battle Creek Enquirer, Bailey was in great demand for speeches, personal appearances, conventions and was loved by bankers. 

"I've been made a member of the Southern California Independent Bankers Association," Bailey said. "And I've made trips around the country to accept plaques. It's a lot of fun."

In his youth, Bailey was a bank messenger for two years, but abandoned the career field in banking because it was too dull for his taste. If only he knew being a ''banker'' would be the best job he's ever had — fictional or not. 

According to another 1964 interview with The Miami Herald, Bailey said Milburn Drysdale and his secretary, Jane Hathaway, were so well loved by fans that he started referring to them as "the fifth and sixth hillbillies."

"I think we work off each other pretty well," Bailey said. "The family respects Mr. Drysdale. And they don't call his wife a snob. There is a long way to go with this show."

With Jed, Granny, Elly and Jethro, Bailey's life was always rich.

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11 Comments

Jimtypes 1 month ago
Bailey and Hathaway worked so well on the show that it seemed like they were installed, like furniture. Of course, the Hillbillies had an eccentric banker and naturally, the Banker's number one got all the chores and punchlines to his jokes. You shouldn't take them for granted but the comedy in the show was seamless. And that's hard to write.
QazWiz 1 month ago
the observation of "The family respects Mr. Drysdale. And they don't call his wife a snob. There is a long way to go with this show."
the entire premise of "Hillbillies" was "not stupid but rather ignorant of whatever was said/done" allowing the "homophone humor" ("did you call me gay?") and all the comedic humor that PC DEMONS want to attack so they can promote degenerate behavior as, well, not just normal... NO, but presented as only behaviors worthy of being allowed without treating the suspect as borderline crazy
so seeing "dusting powder" as what they was missing, threw out the talc out while doin' chores. and bring out washboard, kazoos, fiddles, spoons and homemade instruments ... "now that's a party" when Mrs Drysdall let's out she's having a Garden Party (slow classic music and finger sandwiches)

tootsieg 1 month ago
My favorite characters on BH are Mr Drysdale and Miss Jane. They are so funny.
Runeshaper 1 month ago
GREAT story! Thanks for the insight, MeTV! (-:
Bapa1 1 month ago
When my brother graduated college in 1977 with an accounting degree, we took a picture with me waving money under his nose; just like how Miss Jane did to Mr. Drysdale to revive him.
Runeshaper Bapa1 1 month ago
That's AWESOME!
Poloponies54 1 month ago
Mr. Drysdale was an honest man, while he was a control freak of Jed’s money he never tried to swindle Jed…in fact most episodes he seemed to learn some humanity from Jed…
Andybandit 1 month ago
Dr. Drysdale was a good banker.
MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
Love the character of Mr. Drysdale.
McGillahooala 1 month ago
Great character. We need more like Mr. Drysdale today.
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