Mayberry on Record – The Andy Griffith Show season 1
In Mayberry on Record, a record producer comes to Mayberry. He’s trying to create a hit record of authentic folk music. But when the people of Mayberry insist on buying part of his record company, Sheriff Andy smells a rat …
Barney’s unhappy with his meager paycheck and thinks about investing in the stock market. Andy demonstrates “swindling” him with a “rare” Buffalo nickel. Which is really an excuse for Andy to warn him about con men and how easy it would be to swindle someone. Just then Ellie comes in with Mr. Maxwell, a producer who needs Andy’s help in rounding up local talent to make a record album of folk music. When folks find out how much money there is to be made if the record is a hit, they invest in it. Andy finds out and thinks they have all fallen for the oldest con game in the world.
Maxwell continues to record music and take folks’ money for a time then unexpectedly leaves town. Investors are up in arms and clamoring for the lawmen to find Maxwell …. When he walks in with a signed contract and a certified check! Original airdate: February 13, 1961
Cast of characters
- Andy Griffith (A Face in the Crowd) … Andy Taylor
- Ron Howard (The Music Man, Apollo 13) … Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
- Don Knotts (The Incredible Mr. Limpet, The Apple Dumpling Gang) … Barney Fife
- Howard McNear (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) … Floyd Lawson
- George Dunn … An Investor
- Bill Erwin … An Investor
- The Country Boys … Musicians
- Hugh Marlowe (Earth vs the Flying Saucers, Come to the Stable) … Mr. Maxwell. The record producer who’s not a con man. Despite Andy’s suspicions.
- Elinor Donahue … Ellie Walker
- Goin’ Up Cripple Creek, Traditional. Performed by Andy Griffith
- Flop Eared Mule, Written by J. Baird. Performed by Andy Griffith and The Country Boys
- The Crawdad Song, Traditional Folk Song. Performed by Andy Griffith
[Barney complaining about all the deductions from his paycheck]
Barney Fife: Come on, everybody, let’s all take a bite out of Barney Fife!
Andy Taylor: Now, they’re all legitimate government deductions. Besides, you know what they say, “Can’t take it with you.”
Barney Fife: Take it with me? They keep nibblin’ at me like this, I’ll be lucky if I get to go myself.