The Andy Griffith Show

Convicts-at-Large - S3-E11

Question: Beginning with the "Convicts at Large" episode in season 3, full width window boxes appear at the bottom of both front windows on the inside of the Sheriff's Office. Prior to this episode, they did not exist. Window boxes are often used to display decorative plants but I don't see any plants. And if they were supposed to partially block the background, the blinds were long enough to accomplish that. I find it hard to believe that the producers would spend additional money (for material and labor) for something that seems to serve no purpose. So why were they added?

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Question: Who was Ralph Henderson?

Chosen answer: In season 3, episode 11, Convicts at Large, there is a character named Big Maude Tyler, who is the leader of three female escaped convicts. Andy listens to the radio as the news announcer says that Big Maude's aliases include Clarice or Annabelle Tyler and also one amusingly named Ralph Henderson.

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Opie's Rival - S3-E10

Question: When Peggy is mad at Andy and storms away she gets into a car with the steering wheel on the right side. I'm just curious as to why?

Chosen answer: From what I see, the steering wheel is on the left hand side. She just happens to get in on the passenger side, to avoid going around the car into the street or the bushes were blocking her way.

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Question: In what episode was the tune that became the theme for Mayberry RFD originally used? I remember it was B/W and had something to do with a bank robbery and the old guard Acer.

Chosen answer: The episode with the bank robbery and old guard named Asa is from season 3, episode 13 "The Bank Job," but the music can be heard much earlier than that. The theme music for Mayberry RFD is named "The Mayberry March" and a few bits here and there can be heard in several episodes of season 1, such as "Bringing Up Opie, " however, in season 2, episode 4 "Mayberry Goes Bankrupt" about half a minute of the music is heard while Frank's house is being renovated.

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Question: Why is Andy's badge centered above and touching his left breast pocket yet Barney's badge is off center?

Chosen answer: Probably because the police department consists of only two people who are both pretty informal and there is no standard dress code.

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Barney and the Governor - S3-E15

Question: Who was the young man standing in courthouse with the governor when he's hooked Barney's hand?

Answer: During the scene when Governor Ed shook Barney's hand, I'm presuming the young man is the Governor's aide or personal assistant. The young man is carrying an attache case which likely belongs to the Governor, and earlier the Governor told Andy that he had some business in the vicinity.

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Question: Were there ever 3 jail cells in the Mayberry jail?

Chosen answer: Every screen shot of the set of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Mayberry, RFD, " including overhead shots, that I have found shows no more than two jail cells.

Answer: In the early shows there were 2 cells. Later a 3rd was added.

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Question: The star on the uniform patch (right sleeve) has five points and the star on the patrol car has five points but the actual badge has six points. Why the discrepancy?

Chosen answer: There's probably no known reason for the discrepancy, and it's unlikely related to the story line. It may simply be that the show's props department were lax about small details like that. It could also be explained that Mayberry being such a small town with a limited budget may have acquired surplus badges and other second-hand equipment from some other town's police department.

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The Guitar Player Returns - S1-E31

Question: The type of sports car Jim Lindsey drives is not shown in this episode - what car is it? (00:02:30 - 00:03:30)

jpccook

Answer: The car appears to be a Mercedes-Benz 190 SL. I cannot tell which year.

Chosen answer: It is only mentioned as being a "red sports car." The Andy Griffith show was made long before "product placement" became common in movies and TV shows, and brand names were rarely, if ever, identified.

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Not true. Ford provided the cars and the squad cars were all Ford Galaxies. That would explain not showing the badge on any non-Ford car.

Barney's First Car - S3-E27

Question: In "Barney's First Car", what was the thing that came out of the steering wheel?

Chosen answer: It is supposed to be part of the steering column. It was actually put there for comic relief.

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Question: Is "Opie" short for a full name? Was he ever called by anything else?

scwilliam

Chosen answer: Opie is his name - he was supposedly named after Opie Cates, a bandleader from the 1930's and 40's who Andy Griffith greatly admired.

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