The Beverly Hillbillies was a massive success when it debuted. Many of it’s early episodes captured the largest audiences in TV history until they were bumped down by yearly Super Bowl ratings. But as the show wound down, the stars had to figure out their next step. Buddy Ebsen (Jed) put on a detective suit and became Barnaby Jones for 8 seasons. Irene Ryan (Granny) would be dead in two years. But what about Max Baer who played the inept Jethro Bodine? Could he convince casting agents and directors that he could be more than a double naught spy? He ended up just taking his career into his hands and became a total indie filmmaker with Macon County Line. Besides startling viewers who got to see another side of Max as a deputy out for revenge, he also wrote and produced the film. The film quickly became iconic on the Drive-In circuit. Now it’s getting an upgrade as part of Shout Select with a Blu-ray arriving January 16. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:
MACON COUNTY LINE
ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™ JANUARY 16
FROM SHOUT SELECT
Los Angeles, CA – Meet Sheriff Reed Morgan. He likes a quiet town. He doesn’t like punk kids, strangers or smartalecks from up North. Chris and Wayne were all three…And they had crossed the Macon County Line. On January 16, 2018, the drive-in cult classic Macon County Line comes to Blu-ray for the first time!
Louisiana, 1954: Brothers Chris and Wayne Dixon (Alan Vint and Jesse Vint) are joyriding through the South before enlisting in the Army. When the wife of a local sheriff is brutally killed by a pair of psychotic drifters, Chris and Wayne are mistaken for the murderers. Far from home, on the run and out of time, they find themselves hunted by the crazed lawman in a tragedy of rage and revenge that explodes in a shocking climax … once they cross Macon County Line.
Best known for playing goofy Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies, Max Baer forever changed his image by producing, co-writing and co-starring in this powerful movie. With a strong supporting cast that includes Joan Blackman, Geoffrey Lewis, Cheryl Waters, James Gammon, Doodles Weaver and Leif Garrett, Macon County Line became the hit of 1974 as well as one of the most acclaimed drive-in classics of all time.
· NEW Interview With Editor Tina Hirsch
· Audio Commentary With Director Richard Compton
· Vintage Featurette – “Macon County Line: 25 Years Down The Road”
· Theatrical Trailer
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