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Filthy Rich

1 9 8 2 – 1 9 8 3 (USA)
15 x 30 minute episodes

Filthy Rich was an unabashed sendup of the Dallas/Dynasty/Falcon Crest school of prime-time soap opera about the machinations of the unscrupulous rich.

The founder of the family fortune, Tennessee land baron Big Guy Beck (Slim Pickens), was dead, but he still controlled the lives of his heirs. Before dying, and being cryogenically frozen, he had produced a living will on videotape, and each week another section of it was played for the family.

The terms of the will were hardest on socially prominent elder son Marshall (Michael Lombard) and his equally status-conscious wife Carlotta (Dixie Carter).

They were forced to welcome Big Guy’s illegitimate son, Wild Bill Weschester (Jerry Hardin) and Bill’s flaky wife, Bootsie (Ann Wedgeworth), into the family mansion, Toad Hall. For the simple Weschesters this was paradise, but for the Becks it was humiliating.

Big Guy’s greedy, social-climbing, sexy young widow, Kathleen (Delta Burke), was looking for a new meal ticket, while his first wife, elderly Mother B (Nedra Volz), belied her age by repeatedly escaping from the nursing home where she was living.

Only Big Guy’s younger son, Stanley (Charles Frank), who was independently wealthy, seemed to be normal. He was considerate and charming and spent much of his time foiling the devious plans of Marshall and Carlotta to rid themselves of both the Weschesters and the constraints of the will.

George Wilhoit (Vernon Weddle) was the attorney who administered Big Guy’s taped will.

When this limited-run series returned to the air in October 1982 Forrest Tucker was seen as Big Guy in the tapes, since actor Slim Pickens had died after the first few episodes had been produced.

The writing was bawdy, brilliant, and satisfying when American audiences couldn’t get enough of oil-rich families fighting and trying to out-manoeuvre each other. Sadly, the series never got the chance to grow.

Big Guy Beck 
Slim Pickens
Forrest Tucker
Kathleen Beck 
Delta Burke
Carlotta Beck 
Dixie Carter
Stanley Beck 
Charles Frank
Wild Bill Weschester
Jerry Hardin
Marshall Beck 
Michael Lombard
Bootsie Weschester 
Ann Wedgeworth
Winona (Mother B) Beck 
Nedra Volz
George Wilhoit 
Vernon Weddle