Friday, November 20, 2020

The Andy Griffith Show (1962)

With a bona fide hit on their hands, having debuted at #7 in the Nielsen ratings in its first season, producers Sheldon Leonard and Aaron Ruben decided not to tinker with the formula that shot their new comedy series into the top 10, recycling familiar plot lines during 1962 as the program finished its second season and started its third. We have two stories about Andy not believing his son Opie and then having to learn the hard way that his mistrust is misplaced in the Season 2 episode "The Keeper of the Flame" (January 8. 1962) and the Season 3 opener "Mister McBeevee" (October 1, 1962). The last episode of 1962, "One-Punch Opie" (December 31, 1962) seems headed in the same direction when Andy catches Opie holding a pile of apples after another boy has just broken a street lamp with one and then run off. Andy's first inclination is to assume that Opie is the one who broke the street lamp, since he is the only one standing there and the lamp has clearly been broken by an apple, but when Andy asks him if he did it and Opie says he did not, Andy asks him who did. Opie, as in previous episodes, refuses to "rat out" the bad actor, but Andy seems to have finally learned his lesson from past episodes and does not therefore blame Opie but instead tells him to round up the other boys for a talk at the jailhouse. While this episode appears to show Andy's personal growth in taking his son's word, it also recycles Barney's trait of thinking he is an expert on everything, an opinion he seems unable to change despite being proven wrong repeatedly. The episode begins with Barney chastising Andy for allowing Opie to go fishing before finishing his chores at the jailhouse, as if childless Barney is more knowledgeable about child-rearing than an actual father, and when the boys later show up at the jailhouse for Andy's talk, Barney insists on following up with his own lecture about the dangers of criminal mischief leading to a life of crime, which not surprisingly ends with him locking himself in a jail cell, an error he seemingly cannot help repeating over and over. When Opie later confronts the apple thrower, a new boy in town who acts like a bully, and gets him to back down, thereby breaking the bully's influence over Opie's friends, Barney tries to take part of the credit by claiming that his lecture at the jailhouse also played a role in the boys' change of allegiance. 

Barney's behavior here exactly repeats his performance in "A Medal for Opie" (February 12, 1962) in which Barney attempts to coach Opie in sprinting technique when he learns that Opie will be competing in the annual Sherriff's Boys Track and Field Day. When Opie comes in dead last in the sprint and sulks that the other boys took his medal, Andy has a heart-to-heart talk with him, explaining that he needs to learn to lose graciously because life is going to have many let-downs and that he is disappointed in him for behaving so poorly. Opie finally relents and tells his father that he doesn't want to be a disappointment to him. But Barney tries to take credit for Opie's change of heart by claiming that his pretending to be upset that he didn't get the raise he requested convinced Opie that he was behaving foolishly. True to Barney's character, when Andy shows Barney the official letter rejecting his raise request, Barney reacts the same way he did when he was only pretending minutes earlier, showing that Opie has far more maturity than Barney does.

Barney's inflated sense of self also repeatedly makes him an easy mark for experienced criminals, another lesson he seems to never learn. In "Jailbreak" (February 5, 1962) he is convinced that he can get hardened bank robber Clarence "Doc" Malloy to confess who his accomplice is by pretending to be a convict himself, forgetting that a framed newspaper article with his picture hangs on the jailhouse wall, which tips off Malloy about Barney's true identity and allows him to dupe Barney into letting him out of his cell and then taking his gun to escape. He is likewise fooled into letting pickpocket Sheldon Davis go free in "Guest of Honor" (February 26, 1962) after the latter is randomly chosen Mayberry Guest of Honor and then uses his position to fleece local businesses. In "Aunt Bee, the Warden" (March 12, 1962) he attempts to rehabilitate the Gordon moonshine gang by giving them children's craft kits to learn a skill, failing to anticipate that the convict with the metal-working kit would use it to make a key to unlock his cell. He confides in jewel thief C.J. Hasler in "Andy and Barney in the Big City" (March 26, 1962) who tells Barney he is a newspaper reporter after Barney tells him he suspects that the hotel detective is a jewel thief. Under the ruse of checking to see if the alleged thief has robbed the room of a wealthy woman with a jewel box full of trinkets, Hasler gets Barney to help him enter the room where he empties the jewel box when Barney is preoccupied. Only Andy's good luck of having seen Hasler's photo in a book of mug shots at police headquarters allows him to foil Hasler's attempted getaway. But perhaps Barney's worst mistake is being tricked by actual reporter Jean Boswell, sent by her CEO to dig up dirt on Andy as revenge for dragging him to Mayberry to pay a speeding ticket that he tried to blow off, in "Andy on Trial" (April 23, 1962). By flattering his ego, Boswell gets Barney to dish about all the times Andy has bent the law in going easy on the citizens of Mayberry, which leads to an official hearing by the State's Attorney office resulting in Andy's suspension. When Barney is called as chief witness against Andy at the trial, he finally realizes he has been duped and staunchly defends Andy's methods, saying that despite his tendencies to be too strict, Andy has taught him you sometimes have to govern by the heart rather than by the book. Fortunately, Andy is restored to his position, but Barney's lesson to himself doesn't last long because he later brags to Thelma Lou that he made the state's attorney look like a fool. Nor does he seem any smarter in "Convicts-at-Large" (December 10, 1962) when the leader of three escaped female convicts grabs his gun and takes him hostage after he and Floyd are lured into a cabin when they run out of gas on their way back from a fishing trip. Don Knotts' masterful portrayal of Barney's foibles was why he deservedly won 5 Emmy Awards, but by 1962 The Andy Griffith Show skirted awfully close to overusing their top asset in having Barney's antics dominate nearly half the episodes.

Fortunately, the program had other characters to occasionally give Barney a break as the center of attention. During the 1962 episodes we get a couple of deeper dives into the character of lovable lush Otis Campbell in the aforementioned "Aunt Bee, the Warden" and more specifically "Deputy Otis" (May 7, 1962). In a December 29, 1962 TV Guide feature story on Hal Smith, the actor revealed that originally his character was meant for a single appearance, but producer Aaron Ruben was so impressed by Smith's comic drunk routine that he indicated there could be more work for him on the series, and indeed there was. In "Bailey's Bad Boy" (January 15, 1962) Otis is upset when he shows up at the jailhouse for his usual Saturday night stay only to find rich young speeder Ronald Bailey occupying his cell. After Bailey is moved to another cell, Otis still can't get to sleep and has Barney sing him a lullaby. In "Aunt Bee, the Warden," Otis finds his cell occupied again, this time by the Gordon Gang. Deciding that they can't put him in the same cell with some of the gang who think he turned them in and might harm him, Andy decides to send Otis to his house where Aunt Bee puts him to hard labor much more demanding than the coddled life he has enjoyed at the jailhouse. Here we see yet more evidence of Otis as the docile drunk because even though he complains bitterly about his workload, he is easily cowed into doing as he is told. After the Gordon Gang escapes due to Barney's failed rehabilitation effort, Andy decides to send them to his house and Aunt Bee's firm discipline, only they refuse to get out of the squad car, having already heard about "Bloody Mary" as she has come to be known. However, we learn even more about Otis' character in "Deputy Otis" in which he is anxious about a visit from his brother and sister-in-law because he has been using jailhouse stationery to write letters to them, giving them the impression that he works for Andy. Rather than sternly forcing Otis to face reality, Andy allows him to become a temporary deputy if he will agree to go sober during the time of his brother's visit. As it turns out, Otis' brother is the same kind of drunk Otis is, but after seeing Otis in such a reputable position, he promises to go sober himself. Though Andy tells Barney that it is unlikely Otis will continue his life of sobriety, getting his brother to dry out is a positive result of letting Otis pretend to be a deputy.

Andy likewise agrees to cover up for barber Floyd Lawson in "Floyd, the Gay Deceiver" (November 26, 1962), an episode structured very much like "Deputy Otis." In Floyd's case, he has misled a woman he met through a lonely hearts magazine pen-pal program into believing that he is a wealthy business owner. When she writes that she will be visiting Mayberry soon, Floyd at first threatens to leave town, but Andy finally agrees to let him pose as his fictional self by using the house of a wealthy Mayberry family that is away on vacation. The deception comes off awkwardly with Andy pretending to be Floyd's son until Andy discovers that the woman is herself a con artist who makes a living deceiving wealthy single men. But when he sees that Floyd is worried sick about breaking the woman's heart, Andy decides to keep her secret from Floyd to avoid spoiling his illusion. Elsewhere, Floyd comes off somewhat similar to Barney--vain and gullible, though lacking in Barney's unwarranted self-confidence. In "The Bookie Barber" (April 16, 1962) Floyd is easily hoodwinked into allowing another man rent a chair in his barbershop, failing to notice that the supposed barber has the same clients showing up almost daily because he is actually a bookie and they are his bagmen. After Andy tells Barney his suspicions about their true business, Barney tries to expose them by dressing in drag to pose as a woman who wants to place a bet on a horse race, the first of two Barney-in-drag episodes. And Floyd assumes Barney's know-it-all attitude about romance and marriage in "Andy and Opie, Bachelors" (October 22, 1962), warning Andy that his new girlfriend Peggy McMillan is setting him up for a proposal when she keeps offering to cook and tend house for him while Aunt Bee is away visiting relatives. To Andy's discredit, he actually listens to Floyd and tries rebuffing Peggy, almost spoiling their relationship until he finally has a frank talk with her and she assures him she has no ulterior motive.

And Aunt Bee gets more fleshing out in the previously covered "Aunt Bee, the Warden" in which she shows herself as a no-nonsense tamer of men, as well as "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee" (April 2, 1962), and "The Bed Jacket" (December 10, 1962). In "Wedding Bells," Aunt Bee allows her friend Clara to persuade her that Andy will never remarry as long as she is living with him out of deference to her, so she agrees to be courted by uncouth and somewhat disgusting dry cleaner Fred Goss. Andy finally recognizes that Bee is not happy at the prospect of marrying Goss and assures her that she is not standing in his way, even offering to smoothly break off the engagement by pretending that Bee is planning to wear a dress to their next dance that has all the features that Goss, as a dry cleaner, hates. In "The Bed Jacket" we again see Bee timidly putting herself second when she can't bring herself to tell Andy what she really wants for her upcoming birthday, a frilly and perhaps frivolous bed jacket she saw in the window of the local fashion shop. Trying to maintain a front of practicality and not wanting any bother on her expense, Bee's subtle hints about the bed jacket fail to connect with Andy, who instead gets her a more practical gift of glass jars for preserves, while Mayor Stoner misreads her attempt to get him to mention the bed jacket to Andy and instead buys it for his own wife. Andy only realizes his mistake when Clara comes over to see Bee's new bed jacket on her birthday, and he is able to postpone her visit while he rushes over to Stoner's house to make a deal for what Bee really wants. Her portrait as a self-effacing servant of others is yet another realistically drawn character that makes The Andy Griffith Show one of television's truly exceptional comedies.

Season 3 saw the introduction of three new characters to Mayberry--the aforementioned Mayor Stoner, new girlfriend Peggy McMillan, and the first appearance of auto mechanic Gomer Pyle. Stoner's arrival was necessitated by the death of Dick Elliott in late 1961. While Elliott's Mayor Pike was a wishy-washy politician whose opinion mimics whoever spoke to him last, Parley Baer renders Mayor Stoner, as his name implies, a hardened, opinionated know-nothing with a mean streak and no sense of humor. We first meet him in "Andy and the New Mayor" (October 15, 1962) when he calls Andy to his office and wants to review every aspect of his work as well as make changes, such as having Andy and Barney carry guns. When he learns that Andy is allowing farmer Jess Morgan to interrupt his jail sentence for running a still in order to go home to bring in his crop, he threatens to report Andy to the governor. And when Morgan does not show up by 5:00 after his three-day leave is up, despite Andy assuring Stoner that Morgan would come back willingly, Stoner insists on going with Andy and Barney to Morgan's farm to forcibly bring him back only to find him up in a tree refusing to come down. Stoner assumes that Morgan is being recalcitrant and rushes over to the tree to try to force him down, not realizing because of the brush around the tree that there is a bear at its foot keeping Morgan pinned above. Andy gets the last word in with Stoner after the bear shreds his clothes and jumps in their patrol car, but Stoner's mood has not improved when he next appears in "The Cow Thief" (October 29, 1962), calling in a state forensics expert after he feels that Andy is not acting quickly enough to solve a series of cow thefts. Rather than letting Andy handle things his way, Stoner again feels he must demonstrate his leadership by taking over with the forensics expert Upchurch and setting up nightly patrols. As with "Andy on Trial" Barney's loyalty to Andy is tested as he seems more impressed with Upchurch's supposed advanced techniques rather than Andy's instincts. Upchurch jumps to the false conclusion, based on the tracks leading away from the cow pen, that a gang has been stealing the cows, but Andy correctly figures out that there are no cow tracks leading away from the pen, meaning that the thief had put shoes on the cow to make its tracks appear human and throw off the investigator. Of course, Stoner never admits his error or offers any compliments to Andy for his deft solving of the case. He remains antagonistic to Andy in "The Bed Jacket" when Andy and Opie appear to catch a lot of fish from the same spot where Stoner hasn't caught any, and when Andy suggests his good fortune is due to his fishing pole, Stoner tries to buy it off him and cannot understand why Andy won't sell it. When Stoner discovers that Andy needs the bed jacket Aunt Bee wants which Stoner bought for his wife, he forces Andy to trade his prize fishing pole for it, which Andy explains to Opie he was happy to do since the pleasure he will get from seeing Aunt Bee happy outweighs any pleasure he would get from using the fishing pole. But Stoner's meanness does not go unpunished because his wife gets word that he bought the bed jacket and assumes he got it for another woman, bringing Stoner to Andy's door pleading with him to tell his wife what really happened since she won't believe him. In Richard Kelly's book The Andy Griffith Show, Sheldon Leonard remarks that they did not consider Stoner a central character like Otis and Floyd and that Parley Baer was not kept on retainer so that if he was unavailable when they were shooting an episode where Andy interacts with the mayor, they would just find another actor. Baer would appear in only 7 episodes as Stoner, all in Season 3.

Like Otis Campbell, Gomer Pyle's first appearance in "The Bank Job" (December 24, 1962) was originally intended as a one-time gig when the bank manager summons the auto mechanic to bring an acetylene torch to free Barney, who has locked himself inside the bank vault. Of course, Gomer would go on to become a regular Mayberry character who proved just as successful when he was spun off into his own program, Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C. Such was not the case for Andy's new Season 3 girlfriend Peggy McMillan, played by Joanna Moore. As we mentioned in our post on the 1961 episodes, Kelly documents in his book that finding the right female companion for Andy Griffith the actor and Andy Taylor the character was difficult in large part because of Griffith's awkwardness around women and playing romantic scenes. After Elinor Donahue asked to be let out of her contract after Season 1, Sheldon Leonard comments in Kelly's book that they felt Taylor had to have a girlfriend to avoid being taken for a homosexual. Kelly appears mistaken when he lumps Sue Ane Langdon into the same basket as Elinor Donahue in failed Andy Taylor girlfriends--Langdon appeared in only one episode as county health official Mary Simpson in "Three's a Crowd" (April 9, 1962). But a few weeks earlier another actress, Julie Adams of The Creature From the Black Lagoon fame, played county nurse Mary Simpson in "The County Nurse" (March 19, 1962) who needs Andy's help convincing an ornery farmer to get his tetanus shot. Though Andy never goes on a date with the first Mary Simpson, he is clearly attracted to her and mentions this to Barney, but seems to have a steady relationship with the second Mary Simpson which is constantly interrupted by Barney who hasn't a clue that he is an intruder. Peggy McMillan was obviously meant for bigger things because Moore received cover photos on two Sunday newspaper TV supplements in the fall of 1962, a publicity coup that wouldn't have been afforded to a one-off character role. However, Andy's relationship with Peggy runs into numerous problems right from the start, beginning with "Andy's Rich Girlfriend" (October 8, 1962) when he learns to his surprise that she is from a wealthy and sophisticated background. Rather than seeing this as a chance for new experiences, Andy feels inferior and out of place when they dine at a French restaurant and he is sickened at the thought of eating escargot. Instead of facing his problem, Andy takes the immature approach of avoiding her until he accidentally runs into her one evening when both go out to the lake to ponder their problems while skimming stones, as they had done on their first date, and are able to patch things up. Next Andy falls prey to Floyd's mistaken warning about Peggy trying to snare him in "Andy and Opie, Bachelors" mentioned above. In her third appearance, "Barney Mends a Broken Heart" (November 5, 1962), Andy again childishly gets into a fight with Peggy when an old male friend of hers shows up unexpectedly on an evening when she is scheduled for a date with Andy. Rather than rolling with the changes, Andy storms off, and Barney ineptly tries to take his mind off being jilted by fixing him up with a friend of Thelma Lou's who hates the guitar and then the friend of a woman he met in Mount Pilot with a jealous and violent boyfriend. In Peggy's final appearance, "Opie's Rival" (December 3, 1962) Opie resorts to deception to create conflict between Andy and Peggy after feeling that he was being left behind. Though Opie helps patch everything up after Andy assures him that he will always be his son and have his love, the character of Peggy would not return, and Andy's attentions would shift to Opie's teacher Helen Crump late in Season 3, a match that Griffith found more compatible both on and off screen. While Andy's treatment of Peggy is not always commendable, depicting his character as less than perfect is yet another reason why The Andy Griffith Show is held in such high regard. Mayberry may have come to represent an idealized fantasy community not found anywhere on earth, but its inhabitants ring as true to life as those we encounter in our real hometowns every day.

The Actors

For the biographies of Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier, Howard McNear, Hal Smith, Betty Lynn, and Hope Summers, see the 1961 post on The Andy Griffith Show. For the biography of Parley Baer, see the 1961 post on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Joanna Moore

Born Dorothy Joanne Cook on November 10, 1934 in Parrott, Georgia, Moore suffered her first tragedy at age 7 when her mother and younger sister were killed in an auto accident that also severely injured her father. He died a year later, and initially Moore went to live with her grandmother. But when her grandmother became too feeble to care for her, she was adopted by a wealthy family in Americus, Georgia and changed her name to Joanna. At age 16 she married teenager Willis Moore, but soon divorced him and went on to attend Agnes Scott College near Atlanta, where she said all the female students' top priority was finding a husband. Moore moved to California in 1955 after winning a beauty contest and was noticed at a cocktail party by producer Al Zugsmith, resulting in a screen test and a contract with Universal Pictures. She made her TV debut in a 1956 episode of Lux Video Theatre and the following year had her first feature film leading role playing opposite George Nader in the crime drama Appointment With a Shadow. Meanwhile she had married fellow actor Don Oreck in February 1956 but divorced him the following year. She had steady work appearing on more TV anthology series as well as a string of mostly supporting film roles, including a small part in Touch of Evil, and another headlining spot opposite Arthur Franz in the 1958 sci-fi horror flick Monster on the Campus. It was around this time that Moore was signed to a personal contract with Alfred Hitchcock, appearing 4 times on his TV program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but Moore had the contract dissolved because she objected to Hitchcock's demands for changing her appearance. Beginning in 1959 she began to find more work in television with guest appearances on The Real McCoys, The Rifleman, Bat Masterson, and Riverboat. Around 1960 she went completely deaf due to otosclerosis but continued acting by learning to lip-read. She finally had surgery in 1962 to restore hearing in one ear. That year she also had two of her more memorable roles as prostitute Miss Precious in Walk on the Wild Side and playing a southern belle opposite Elvis Presley in Follow That Dream. She also suffered a serious gash on her leg while filming an episode of Route 66 that left a permanent scar. However, her memorable roles earlier in the year led her to be cast as nurse Peggy McMillan, Sheriff Andy Taylor's newest love interest, in the fall of 1962 beginning Season 3 of The Andy Griffith Show.

After her 4 appearances on The Andy Griffith Show, Moore played opposite Fred MacMurray in Son of Flubber and appeared in episodes of The Virginian, Perry Mason, and Hawaiian Eye, all in 1963. That year she also married for the third time to actor Ryan O'Neal, with whom she had daughter Tatum and son Griffin. Her marriage to O'Neal has been described as tempestuous, and the couple split in 1966 with the divorce becoming final the following year. Moore continued working regularly both during the marriage and thereafter, but the divorce had a lasting negative impact on her, driving her into a deep depression that led her to abuse alcohol and amphetamines. In Tatum O'Neal's autobiography many years later, she observed about her mother, "some women survive divorce, some don't. She turned to pills and alcohol to soothe the pain." Eventually her substance abuse problems began to affect her work and in 1970 she checked herself into the Camarillo State Hospital to deal with her amphetamine addiction. But even after being released, alcohol continued to be a problem--she was arrested multiple times for DUI and later lost three fingers on one hand during an auto accident. By 1971 she lost custody of her children, and after Tatum became an Oscar-winning actor herself at age 10, she helped support her mother when Moore's acting roles dried up in the mid-1970s. In 1975 Moore married roofing contractor Garry Reeves, but like her other marriages, it didn't last long with a divorce following in 1976, the year she made her last TV series appearances in episodes of The Blue Knight and Petrocelli. In 1977 Tatum bought her mother a condominium in Palm Springs. In 1980 Moore appeared in the TV movie Scout's Honor, and her last feature film appearance came 4 years later in an Australian movie Run Chrissie Run! In 1996, Moore, a lifelong cigarette smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Tatum bought her a house in Indian Wells, California, where she died November 22, 1997 at age 63.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 2, Episode 13, "The Farmer Takes a Wife": Alan Hale, Jr. (shown on the left, played Biff Baker on Biff Baker U.S.A., Casey Jones on Casey Jones, and The Skipper on Gilligan's Island) plays amorous farmer Big Jeff Pruitt.

Season 2, Episode 14, "The Keeper of the Flame": Everett Sloane (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Dick Tracy Show) plays moonshining farmer Jubal Foster. Flip Mark (Flip Rogers on Lassie, Brook Hooten on Guestward Ho!, and Larry Walker on Fair Exchange) plays the leader of Opie's secret club.

Season 2, Episode 15, "Bailey's Bad Boy": Bill Bixby (shown on the right, played Charles Raymond on The Joey Bishop Show, Tim O'Hara on My Favorite Martian, Tom Corbett on The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Anthony Blake on The Magician, Dr. David Banner on The Incredible Hulk, and Matt Cassidy on Goodnight, Beantown) plays spoiled rich kid Ronald Bailey. Jon Lormer (Harry Tate on Lawman, Sam Watkins on The Real McCoys, various autopsy surgeons and medical examiners in 12 episodes of Perry Mason, Simon Benjamin on The Young Marrieds, and Judge Irwin A. Chester on Peyton Place) plays produce farmer Fletch Dilbeck. 

Season 2, Episodes 16, "The Manicurist": Barbara Eden (shown on the left, starred in Flaming Star, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Ride the Wild Surf, and Harper Valley P.T.A. and played Loco Jones on How to Marry a Millionaire, Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie, Stella Johnson on Harper Valley P.T.A., Barbara McCray Gibbons on A Brand New Life, and Lee Ann De La Vega on Dallas) plays manicurist Ellen Brown. Frank Warren (Officer Simpson on Highway Patrol) plays grocer Art Crowley. Cheerio Meredith (Lovey Hackett on One Happy Family) plays Mayberry old timer Emma Watson.

Season 2, Episodes 17, "The Jinx": John Qualen (shown on the right, appeared in The Three Musketeers(1935), His Girl Friday, The Grapes of Wrath, Angels Over Broadway, Casablanca, Anatomy of a Murder, and A Patch of Blue) plays alleged jinx Henry Bennett. Clint Howard (Ron Howard's brother, played Stanley on The Baileys of Balboa, Mark Wedloe on Gentle Ben, Steve on The Cowboys, Googie on Gung Ho, and Mimmer on Space Rangers) plays a little boy at the square dance social.

Season 2, Episode 18, "Jailbreak": Ken Lynch (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Checkmate) plays Chief Inspector of State Police Horton. Allan Melvin (Cpl. Steve Henshaw on The Phil Silvers Show, Sgt. Snorkle on Beetle Bailey, Sgt. Charley Hacker on Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C., Sam Franklin on The Brady Bunch, and Barney Hefner on All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place and was the voice of Magilla Gorilla on Magilla Gorilla, Drooper on The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, and Thun and King Vultan on Flash Gordon) plays bank robber Clarence "Doc" Malloy. Frank Warren (see "The Manicurist" above) returns as grocer Art Crowley. Fred Sherman (Tommy the tailor on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp and Burt Purdy on Cimarron City) plays dry cleaner Fred Goss.

Season 2, Episode 20, "Barney and the Choir": Olan Soule (shown on the right, played Aristotle "Tut" Jones on Captain Midnight, Ray Pinker on Dragnet (1952-59), Cal on Stagecoach West, the Hotel Carlton desk clerk on Have Gun -- Will Travel, and Fred Springer on Arnie and voiced Batman on The All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the Superfriends, The World's Greatest SuperFriends, and Super Friends) plays choirmaster John Masters.

Season 2, Episode 21, "Guest of Honor": Jay Novello (Juan Greco on Zorro and Mayor Mario Lugatto on McHale's Navy) plays conman Sheldon Davis. 

Season 2, Episode 22, "The Merchant of Mayberry": Sterling Holloway (shown on the left, starred in The Merry Widow, Career Woman, and A Walk in the Sun, did voice work for many Walt Disney films like Dumbo , Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and the voice of Winnie the Pooh in various titles, and played Waldo Binney on The Life of Riley and Buck Singleton on The Baileys of Balboa) plays traveling salesman Bert Miller. Will Wright (Mr. Merrivale on Dennis the Menace) plays store owner Ben Weaver. Sara Seegar (starred in The Last Curtain, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and The Music Man and played Eloise Wilson on Dennis the Menace) plays customer Katherine Palmer. Mary Lansing (later played Martha Clark on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D.) plays customer Mrs. Mason.

Season 2, Episode 23, "Aunt Bee the Warden": Orville Sherman (Mr. Feeney on Buckskin, Wib Smith on Gunsmoke, and Tupper on Daniel Boone) plays convict Bill Gordon. Mary Lansing (see "The Merchant of Mayberry" above) plays cake decorator Mary.

Season 2, Episode 24, "The County Nurse": Julie Adams (shown on the right, starred in The Creature From the Black Lagoon and played Martha Howard on The Jimmy Stewart Show, Ann Rorchek on Code Red, and Eve Simpson on Murder, She Wrote) plays county nurse Mary Simpson.

Season 2, Episode 25, "Andy and Barney in the Big City": Les Tremayne (starred in The War of the Worlds (1953), The Story of Ruth, The Slime People, and The Fortune Cookie and played Inspector Richard Queen in The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen) plays jewel thief C.J. Hasler. Allan Melvin (see "Jailbreak" above) plays hotel Detective Bardoli. Robert Carson (Mr. Maddis on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show) plays Police Commissioner Hedges. Arte Johnson (a regular performer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and played Bascomb Bleacher, Jr. on Sally, Cpl. Lefkowitz on Don't Call Me Charlie, and Clive Richlin on Glitter) plays a hotel clerk. Peter Leeds (Tenner Smith on Trackdown and George Colton on Pete and Gladys) plays police Sgt. Nelson.

Season 2, Episode 26, "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee": Fred Sherman (see "Jailbreak" above) returns as dry cleaner Fred Goss. 

Season 2, Episode 27, "Three's a Crowd": Sue Ane Langdon (shown on the right, played Kitty Marsh on Bachelor Father, Lillian Nuvo on Arnie, Rosie on Grandpa Goes to Washington, and Darlene on When the Whistle Blows) plays health official Mary Simpson.

Season 2, Episode 28, "The Bookie Barber": Herb Vigran (Judge Brooker on Gunsmoke) plays bookie Bill Medwin. Harry Swoger (Harry the bartender on The Big Valley) plays one of his bagmen. 

Season 2, Episode 29, "Andy on Trial": Roy Roberts (Capt. Simon P. Huxley on The Gale Storm Show, Admiral Rogers on McHale's Navy, John Cushing on The Beverly Hillbillies, Mr. Cheever on The Lucy Show, Frank Stephens on Bewitched, Norman Curtis on Petticoat Junction, and Mr. Botkin/Bodkin on Gunsmoke) plays publishing CEO J. Howard Jackson. Ruta Lee (shown on the left, appeared in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Face, and Witness for the Prosecution and played Rona on 1st and Ten: The Championship and Pauline Spencer on Coming of Age) plays his reporter Jean Boswell. Robert Brubaker (Deputy Ed Blake on U.S. Marshal and Floyd on Gunsmoke) plays State's Attorney lawyer Roger Milton. Sally Mansfield (Vena Ray on Rocky Jones, Space Ranger) plays Jackson's secretary Miss Fenwick.

Season 2, Episode 30, "Cousin Virgil": Michael J. Pollard (shown on the right, starred in The Wild Angels, Enter Laughing, Bonnie and Clyde, Little Fauss and Big Halsey, and Scrooged and played Leonard on Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills) plays Barney's inept cousin Virgil. Rance Howard (father of Ron Howard and Clint Howard, played Henry Boomhauer on Gentle Ben and Dr. McIvers on The Waltons) plays a bus driver.

Season 2, Episode 31, "Deputy Otis": Stanley Adams (Lt. Morse on Not for Hire and Gurrah on The Lawless Years) plays Otis' brother Ralph Campbell. Amzie Strickland (Julia Mobey on Carter Country) plays Ralph's wife Verlene. Dorothy Neumann (Miss Mittleman on Hank) plays Otis' wife Rita.

Season 3, Episode 1, "Mr. McBeevee": Karl Swenson (shown on the left, played Lars Hanson on Little House on the Prairie) plays lineman Mr. McBeevee.

Season 3, Episode 2, "Andy's Rich Girlfriend": Warner Jones (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Blue Angels) plays a second waiter at the French restaurant. 

Season 3, Episode 3, "Andy and the New Mayor": Roy Engel (shown on the right, played Doc Martin on Bonanza, the police chief on My Favorite Martian, and President Ulysses S. Grant on The Wild, Wild West) plays farmer Jess Morgan. Helen Kleeb (Miss Claridge on Harrigan and Son, Miss Tandy on Room 222, and Mamie Baldwin on The Waltons) plays his wife.

Season 3, Episode 5, "The Cow Thief": Malcolm Atterbury (shown on the left, starred in I Was a Teenage Werewolf, The Birds, and The Learning Tree and played John Bixby on Wagon Train and Grandfather Aldon on Apple's Way) plays recently released thief Luke Jensen. Jon Lormer (see "Bailey's Bad Boy" above) plays farmer Tate Fletcher. Ralph Bell (radio actor who was married to actresses Pert Kelton and Patricia Roe) plays state forensics expert William Upchurch.

Season 3, Episode 6, "Barney Mends a Broken Heart": Josie Lloyd (shown on the right, played Nurse Roth on Dr. Kildare) plays Thelma Lou's friend Lydia Crossthwaite. Joyce Jameson (appeared in The Apartment, Tales of Terror, and The Comedy of Terrors) plays Barney's Mount Pilot date Skippy. Jean Carson (Rosemary on The Betty Hutton Show) plays Skippy's friend Daphne.

Season 3, Episode 7, "Lawman Barney": Orville Sherman (see "Aunt Bee the Warden" above) plays illegal produce peddler Matt. Alan Melvin (see "Jailbreak" above) plays his partner Neal. Norman Leavitt (Ralph on Trackdown) plays filling station owner Wally.

Season 3, Episode 8, "The Mayberry Band": Joseph Sirola (shown on the left, played Peter Nino on The Brighter Day, Jonathan Kaye on Hawaii Five-O, Dominick on The Magician, Tony Montefusco on The Montefuscos, and Sal Wolf on Wolf) plays rock 'n' roll band leader Freddy Fleet. Burt Mustin (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Leave It to Beaver) plays barbershop customer Jubal. Norman Leavitt (see "Lawman Barney" above) plays councilman Ralph.

Season 3, Episode 9, "Floyd, the Gay Deceiver": Doris Dowling (shown on the right, starred in The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dahlia, Bitter Rice, and Othello and played Irene Adams on My Living Doll) plays Floyd's pen pal Madelyn Grayson. 

Season 3, Episode 11, "Convicts-at-Large": Reta Shaw (shown on the left, played Flora McCauley on The Ann Sothern Show, Thelma on The Tab Hunter Show, Mrs. Stanfield on Oh, Those Bells, and Martha Grant on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) plays prison-break leader Big Maude Tyler. Jean Carson (see "Barney Mends a Broken Heart" above) plays escaped convict Jalene Naomi Connors. Jane Dulo (Liz Murray on Hey, Jeannie!, WAC Pvt. Mildred Lukens on The Phil Silvers Show, Molly Turner on McHale's Navy, Agent 99's mother on Get Smart, Nurse Murphy on Medical Center, and Grandma Mildred Kanisky on Gimme a Break!) plays escaped convict Sally. Willis Bouchey (Mayor Terwilliger on The Great Gildersleeve, Springer on Pete and Gladys, and the judge 23 times on Perry Mason) plays returning cabin owner Charlie O'Malley.

Season 3, Episode 12, "The Bed Jacket": Mary Lansing (see "The Merchant of Mayberry" above) plays fashion store owner Mrs. Lukens. Dabbs Greer (see the biography section for the 1960 post on Gunsmoke) plays a hardware store clerk. 

Season 3, Episode 13, "The Bank Job": Charles Thompson (Tommy Magnuson on Peyton Place) plays bank security guard Asa Breeney. Jim Nabors (shown on the right, played Hank Smith on Valentine's Day, Gomer Pyle on Gomer Pyle: USMC, and Fum on The Lost Saucer) plays auto mechanic Gomer Pyle. Mary Lansing (see "The Merchant of Mayberry" above) plays beauty parlor customer Mrs. Rodenbach. Clint Howard (see "The Jinx" above) plays sandwich-eating little boy Leon.

Season 3, Episode 14, "One-Punch Opie": Richard Keith (Little Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour and later played Johnny Paul Jason on The Andy Griffith Show) plays Opie's friend Carter French. Kim Tyler (Kyle Nash on Please Don't Eat the Daisies) plays Opie's friend Billy Gray. Clint Howard (see "The Jinx" above) returns as sandwich-eating little boy Leon.


1 comment:

  1. Joanna Moore was very very beautiful. I would have married her immediately.