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The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank

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(CBS, 10/25/1978, 120 mins). A comedy drama, adapted from Erma Bombeck’s 1976 book, about a New York couple who decided to dump the hassle of the big city, pack up the kids and move to what they think is the easy life of suburbia. Carol Burnett made her TV-movie debut in this film that followed her departure from the grind of weekly television after 10 years of her legendary variety series.

Production Company Joe Hamilton Productions. Director Robert Day. Producer Joe Hamilton. Supervising Producer Roger Beatty, Tom Egan. Teleplay Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon. Based on a Book by Erma Bombeck. Photography Steven Poster. Music Peter Matz. Editor Peter Kirby. Art Director Paul Barnes. Associate Producer Robert Wright.

Cast Carol Burnett (Dorothy Benson), Charles Grodin (Jim Benson), Alex Rocco (Ralph Corliss), Linda Gray (Leslie Corliss), Robert Sampson (Lester Wentworth), Vicki Belmonte (Helen Wentworth), Craig Richard Nelson (Hal Watson), Annrae Walterhouse (Kelly Benson), Eric Stoltz (Steve Benson), David Hollander (Davie Benson), Pat Wilson (Dollie Sullivan), Edwina Gough (Marci), Frank Reilly (Brother Bud), Morgan Upton (Mr. Loring).

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