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Mayberry Goes Hollywood 

Mayberry gussies up for a Hollywood film crew - exactly what the visiting Hollywood producer and Andy don't want.

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Bob Sweeney
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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Howard McNear ... Floyd Colby
Jonathan Hole ... Orville Monroe
Dick Elliott ... Mayor Pike
Dan Frazer ... Mr. Harmon
Josie Lloyd ... Juanita Pike
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Storyline

The town council meets with Mr. Harmon, a Hollywood movie producer who wants to use Mayberry as a location for his latest picture. Dead-set against it, the council fears Harmon using the opportunity to poke fun at the townsfolk and their southern ways. Andy, the lone voice in favor, offers to walk the man around town and talk to him to find out what his intentions are. Harmon is charmed by the town's simple, laid-back manner and assures Andy that his intentions are completely honorable. The council now approves, but the news excites the town and incites the citizens of Mayberry to begin to put on airs, dressing up in ridiculous clothes and changing their storefronts to look more Hollywood. Aghast, Andy tries to warn the town that this isn't what drew Harmon to want to make a movie in Mayberry, but no one will listen. The town council sets up a silly welcoming ceremony that, for some reason, involves cutting down the oldest oak tree in town. Harmon returns and is as disappointed in the... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts < armchairoscars@hotmail.com> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Mono

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4:3
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Trivia

This episode marks Howard McNear's first appearance as Floyd the barber. Floyd had been played in one previous episode by actor Walter Baldwin. From this episode on, McNear would play the character for the rest of the series. See more »

Goofs

"Mayberry Goes Hollywood" originally aired January 2, 1961. In the jail cell that Andy and Barney clean hang two calendars (with months and years obscured as usual.) One calendar features a month of thirty days with the 1st on a Tuesday, most likely making it November 1960. Over Andy's should, another calendar hangs. It's only partially seen with the 28th appearing on a Saturday. The closest months to the air date where this would be true would be either November 1959 or April 1961. See more »

Quotes

Andy Taylor: Ain't-ain't we a-pickin' our peaches 'fore they're fuzzed up good?
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Alternate Versions

The DVDs released by Raintree Home Video replaces the classic Andy Griffith Show theme with a generic instrumental song. See more »

Soundtracks

Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Written by Jonathan E. Spillman, lyrics from a poem by Robert Burns
Performed by Josie Lloyd as Juanita Pike
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C'mon, Floyd-finish my Cary Grant
16 May 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

I was always happy to see this episode appear when network reruns were the only option for watching TAGS. It features one of my favorite characters, Mr. Harmon the Hollywood producer, who is about the nicest outsider to pass through Mayberry in any season. We are treated to Barney's anticlimactic tale of the newspaper on Gary Cooper's lawn, which is a joy to watch for its pacing and understatement as Andy and we the viewers wait and wait and wait for what what turns out to be less than a blockbuster finish to the story. Those viewers who dismiss the three color seasons (ill-advisedly in my opinion) miss out on the story come to life when Opie boldly goes where others fear to tread to pick up Cesar Romero's L.A. Times from his front lawn. The scene that makes me laugh every time is Mayor Pike's tempestuous daughter, aka Lydia Crosswaithe, singing at a baffled Mr. Harmon and the actor Dick Elliot (Mayor Pike) apparently trying to control his laughter about the whole thing. It's a shame Josie Lloyd wasn't used more often over the years. She displayed a pitch-perfect deadpan delivery that enriched all her appearances on TAGS, and she darn near steals the show in "Barney Mends a Broken Heart" in the third season. It has always bothered me that we don't get to hear what Mr. Harmon is about to ask Orville when he is interrupted by the hearse arriving with the new TV antennas. You have to love Mayor Pike's feeble attempt at the end to take the high road: We tried to tell 'em, didn't we. Wonderful episode.


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