Updated: August 23, 2012
I DREAM OF JEANNIE PHOTO GALLERY #05
Jeannie's famous bottle was not created for the show. The actual bottle was a
special Christmas 1964 Jim Beam liquor decanter containing "Beam's Choice"
bourbon whiskey. It was designed by Roy Kramer for the Wheaton Bottle Company.
For years, it was said that Sidney Sheldon received one as a gift and thought
it would be a perfect design for the series. Several people in the Screen Gems
art department also take credit for finding the bottle. There is strong
evidence, however, that it was first season director Gene Nelson who saw one
in a liquor store and bought it, bringing it to Sidney Sheldon.
Jeannie's bottle was left its original dark, smoke-green color, with a painted
gold leaf pattern (to make it look like an antique), during the first season.
The plot description of the pilot episode in TV Guide in September 1965
referred to it as a "green bottle". In that first episode, it also looked
quite rough and weathered. Since the show was originally filmed in black and
white, a lot of colors and patterns were not necessary. When the show switched
to color, the prop people came up with a brightly colored bottle to replace
The first season bottle had a clear glass stopper that Tony took from a 1956
Old Grand-Dad Bourbon bottle in his home, as the original stopper was left
behind on the beach where Tony found Jeannie. In the first color episode,
Jeannie returns to the beach, and her bottle is seen to have its original
stopper (painted to match the bottle), presumably retrieved by her upon her
return there. The rest of the TV series (and the movies) used the original
bottle stopper. (During some close-ups, you can still see the plastic rings
that hold the cork part of the stopper in place.)
During the first season, in black and white, the smoke effect was usually a
screen overlay of billowing smoke, sometimes combined with animation. Early
color episodes used a purely animated smoke effect. Sometime later a live
smoke pack, lifted out of the bottle on a wire, was used.
Jeannie's color-episodes bottle was painted mainly in pinks and purples, while
the bottle for the Blue Djinn was a first-season design with a heavy green
wash; and Jeannie's sister's bottle was simply a plain, unpainted Jim Beam
No one knows exactly how many bottles were used during the show, but members
of the production have estimated that twelve bottles were painted and used
during the run of the series. The stunt bottle used mostly for the smoke
effect was broken frequently by the heat and chemicals used to produce
Jeannie's smoke. In the pilot episode, several bottles were used for the
opening scene on the beach; one was drilled through the bottom for smoke, and
another was used to walk across the sand and slip into Tony's pack. Two
bottles were used from promotional tours to kick off the first season, and one
bottle was used for the first-season production.
Barbara Eden got to keep the color stunt bottle used on the last day of
filming the final episode of the television series. It was given to her by her
make-up woman after the show was canceled while the show was on hiatus. As per
the DVD release of the first season, Bill Daily owns an original bottle, and
as per the Donny & Marie talk show, Larry Hagman also owns an original bottle.