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By Sarah Norman | June 23, 2023

Jeannie Was Trapped In A Bottle That Originally Held Jim Beam Whisky

A peek behind the scenes or an untold story can reveal so much more about our favorite shows and movies. Why did Mary Tyler Moore wear that silly wig on her new show, and who were those Hanson brothers in Slap Shot? These are the mysteries of the screen (big and small) that stay with us for years, seemingly never to be solved. But there are explanations and anecdotes -- everything has some backstory or secret origin. What was in the bottle before Barbara Eden (Jeannie) moved in? What's George Harrison doing in that Monty Python movie? And what is up with the mask that Michael Myers wears -- is it really a Star Trek thing? Take a moment to dig deeper, and you might find the fact or tale that makes you enjoy a series or film even more.

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Source: IMDB

Sometimes the prop department works wonders -- other times they just repurpose an everyday object. The latter was the case on I Dream Of Jeannie when it came time to create the bottle in which Jeannie (Barbara Eden) lives. In fact, the bottle you see on TV was available in local stores -- well, as long as it was a liquor store.

The bottle used on the show is a 1964 special edition Christmas decanter sold by Jim Beam -- for an estimated $5.99 at liquor stores of the day. The original bottle was smoke-green with a badge on it that said "Beam's Choice;" for the show it was painted with gold leaf accents and the badge was removed. Over the course of the series' five-season run, about 12 bottles were used. 

Barry White Wrote 'Doin' The Banana Split'

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The Banana Splits were a band consisting of anthropomorphic animals -- actors in costumes -- who played pop music on their show The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. As the main characters were a band, music played a central role. The songs were written by professional songwriters, including N.B. Winkless Jr., a jingle writer for Kellogg’s, who reportedly wrote the theme song, and Barry White, who wrote “Doin’ the Banana Split.”

Although White wrote "Doin' The Bananan Split," he did not perform it -- it was sung by Drooper (a lion), with much of the lead vocal work done by Ricky Lancelotti, who was uncredited. “Doin the Banana Split" actually made it onto the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 96 on February 8, 1969. Other songs were performed by journeyman musicians and singers.