Curse of Molly Turgiss - On episode No. 26 "The Ballad of Molly Turgiss"
of the rural sitcom GREEN ACRES/CBS/1965-71 lawyer-turned-farmer Oliver Wendell
Douglas (Eddie Albert) heard of a local folk legend and decided to write a folk
song (or "solk fong" as his wife Lisa calls it). Unfortunately, no one in town
would talk about the legend for fear of retribution.
It seems long ago (c.1822),
a woman named Molly Turgiss lived in Hooterville. As she grew up none of the
children would play with her because she was so ugly. Townspeople shunned her
and she never had a boyfriend. She was, however, popular with the dogs because
she was shaped like a dog biscuit.
Eventually, Molly left town ("She was uglied
out of town") but swore that she would return one day to haunt them all. Her
threat came true and now the ghost of Molly Turgiss roamed the countryside,
physically tormenting (throwing objects, stealing cars, etc.) anyone who would
dare mention her name. On the wall of Sam Drucker's General Store sits a sign
with the message "Checker Players: No discussing Politics, Religion and You Know
As Mr. Douglas further investigated the legend he was kicked, pummeled and
generally taunted by the spirit of Molly. When local conman and salesman Mr.
Haney (Pat Buttram) mentioned her name, the ghost of Molly drove his truck to
the town of Pixley and parked it in front of a fire hydrant.
While the townsfolk
were afraid of Molly, Lisa Douglas (Eva Gabor) sympathized with Molly's plight
and offered her help. "There's nothing to be sad about. You're only as ugly as
you look," Lisa said.
With a few kind words and a couple of jars of cold cream,
Lisa transformed Molly's vindictive ways. Now happy, Molly promised to stop
haunting the people in Hooterville. But not before smashing the guitar of Mr.
Douglas because he sang a folk song about the Molly Turgiss legend that
contained the uncomplimentary repetitive hook line about Molly "By golly as ugly
|Molly Haunts Oliver
||Molly with a New Look
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