Family Polar Bear - Located in the living room of the Addams family
mansion on the sitcom THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-66 was a menagerie of
animals and museum-like objects. Their parlor contains a large tortoise, a
swordfish with a human leg protruding from its mouth and remnants of two
polar bears. The first polar Bear (a.k.a. "Smokey") stood stuffed in the
corner while the other Polar Bear (a.k.a. "Bruno") laid on the floor in
the form of a polar bear rug. When stepped upon the rug growled.
On episode No. 62 "The Addams Policy" (3-25-66) Uncle Fester
(Jackie Coogan) accidentally incinerated Smokey with a flame thrower. This
forced Morticia Addams (Carolyn Jones) to file a claim with her insurance
company for compensation.
This same storyline was redone on episode 1.61 -
"The Addam's Policy" on THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY/SYN/1998-99. This time
Fester accidentally disintegrates the family's upright stuffed Grizzly
Bear. They call Mr. Fielding, their insurance agent (seen also in episode
No. 27) to see if he can get them a new bear.
TRIVIA NOTE: For the series pilot shot at MGM, the prop
department used a large brown bear. But, during the second season, the
Addams' brown bear was replaced by a taller stuffed Alaskan polar bear
(bagged by a multimillionaire big game hunter) that was found in storage
Per an E-mail, Smokey the
bear is now owned by "Bob" c/o firstname.lastname@example.org who provided the
photo of the polar bear used above, and with the exception of a couple of
replaced claws, Smokey is still in excellent condition.
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