Sign In. Edit The Andy Griffith Show — Showing all items. Andy Griffith and Frances Bavier did not get along during the series. When Bavier was terminally ill in , she contacted Griffith to say that she regretted that they did not get along better. Andy Griffith originally told Don Knotts that he only wanted to do the show for five years.
So they both signed five-year contracts. During the fifth season, Knotts began looking for other work. He then signed a five-year deal with Universal Pictures. Suddenly, Griffith decided to continue on with the series for three more years and offered Knotts a new contract.
But Knotts was already bound by his contract with Universal, and left the show. The character of Helen Crump was supposed to be a one-shot. That is why they gave the character an unpleasant sounding name. But the producers were so impressed with Aneta Corsaut 's performance, and her rapport with Andy Griffith , that they made her a regular cast member.
The series ended while still at the top of the Nielsen's Ratings, one of only three shows to have done so, along with I Love Lucy and Seinfeld They never mention what happened to Opie's mother. Opie was said to be just "a speck of a boy" when she died. Her first name is never given, her picture is never shown in Andy's house, nor anywhere else, and her grave is never shown.
Ron Howard 's Opie real-life brother, Clint Howard , appeared in many episodes as the peanut butter and jelly-eating cowboy, "Leon". Andy and Barney's squad car was a Ford Galaxie. The cars were supplied free of charge by a nearby Ford dealer, and whenever the newest model came out, it was sent to the studio, and the old one was returned to the dealer who re-painted it and sold it. Altogether, there were about ten different Ford Galaxies used throughout the run of the series.
In many episodes, Barney refers to Andy Taylor as "Ange". During the opening credits, as Andy and Opie walk down the path, Opie picks up a rock and throws it off-camera right as Andy nods in a very distinct manner, before they start walking again.
Years later, Andy Griffith watched this and realized he was unintentionally imitating a certain nod that his father would give him to show approval. Howard McNear Floyd the Barber suffered a severe stroke and had trouble standing up. A special stool was created to make it appear that Floyd was standing, even though he was actually leaning or half sitting.
In other episodes, he was shown either sitting in the barber's chair inside his shop, or on the bench outside on the sidewalk.
Throughout the series, there was a character named "Mister Schwamp" who would occasionally appear in episodes. He was a middle-aged man with a slumped demeanor and dark hair which looked like a comb over, or a toupee. He could usually be found sitting on a park bench or in crowd scenes. He never had any lines. One of the characters usually Andy or Barney would acknowledge him with "Hello, Mister Schwamp", and he would smile and nod, and that's all he would do.
The person who played him was the show's production manager, Frank E. Myers , who was also the brother of the show's executive producer, Danny Thomas. In two episodes of the second season, Andy Griffith 's hand is heavily bandaged.
Griffith had broken his hand by punching a wall. On the show, the bandage was explained by Sheriff Taylor saying he hurt his hand apprehending some criminals. Elinor Donahue decided not to return after the first season, because she felt she had no on-screen chemistry with Andy Griffith. Griffith later admitted that it was his own fault, because he had a hard time showing affection on-screen, and as a result, the relationship didn't appear real or believable.
In contrast, Griffith had no problem showing affection toward Aneta Corsaut or her Helen Crump character. The two often flirted and went off together in private, even though Griffith was married at the time. Aunt Bee was originally from Morgantown, WV.
This is believed to be the town where Don Knotts was born and raised. Knotts even graduated from Morgantown's West Virginia University. Tributes to Knotts include a statue and a street named in his honor. Rance Howard , Ron Howard 's father, appeared in several episodes, including l one as the limo driver for the North Carolina governor who gets a parking ticket from Barney. Barney actually receives a personal visit from the governor congratulating him for giving the driver the ticket. When going out on a date or to a formal affair, Barney Fife can routinely be seen wearing a white straw boater, salt-and-pepper-pattern coat and a red bow tie.
During his movie career, after leaving the series, Don Knotts almost always wore the same suit. It appears in such films as The Ghost and Mr. Limpet and How to Frame a Figg When the series began, Andy and Barney were cousins in the first few episodes.
This was a joke based on the stereotype that the only reason people in small towns get jobs in the local government is because they are related to someone, and not based on the merits of their abilities. However, after a few well placed references of Andy and Barney's relation usually to cap off a joke in the first season, this idea was dropped, and the backstory of their relationship became simply that they were friends since childhood. Andy Griffith had been a successful stand-up comedian as well as an actor before beginning the show, and he had fully expected to be the main funny character on it, and in the first few episodes even performed some of his stand-up routines, like his countrified versions of classic fairy tales.
However, when Don Knotts became such a popular favorite as Deputy Barney Fife, Griffith decided for the good of the show to let Knotts be the main comic figure, and let Sheriff Taylor react to him as his "straight man". Opie Taylor was named for Opie Cates, a prominent band leader of the s and s who Andy Griffith and Sheldon Leonard , the show's producer, both admired. The entire series was shot on-location, not on a sound stage like most comedies.
All laughing you hear are laugh tracks added in post-production. Andy Griffith stated he wanted it done this way to keep the actors focused on acting, and not to be distracted, as well as to give "Mayberry" a real authentic feeling. Warren was referred to on occasion as Floyd the barber's nephew. Replacing the classic character of Barney Fife proved to be an impossible task, however. There was no explanation in any episode storyline for Warren's departure. He simply stopped appearing.
According to Andy Griffith , the show's original premise was to follow the story line set up in his appearance on The Danny Thomas Show The premise was that Mayberry was so small that Andy Taylor was not only the Sheriff, but the Justice of the Peace, the editor of the local newspaper, and the Mayor.
However, when it came time to write the series, Andy decided that was too ridiculous, so he asked that Andy Taylor's duties be confined to being the Sheriff and the Justice of the Peace.
However, the "Justice of the Peace" task was used sparingly, and usually only with out-of-town troublemakers. African-Americans appear throughout the series, but mostly as extras. The theme song for the series was titled "The Fishin' Hole".
Lyrics for the song were written by Everett Sloane , but the producers decided that whistling the tune set the tone for the show, so the words were dropped. The whistling was done by Earle Hagen, who also wrote the music. The chart over the bookcase in the Sheriff's office depicts the Presidents of the United States, and information about them, and was also a popular chart displayed in elementary school classrooms in the early s.
In episodes where Andy and Barney are dealing with out-of-town criminals, gangsters, or swindlers, most of the actors were former members of movie troupes The Dead End Kids and "The Bowery Boys". The last 16 episodes of Season 3 have fallen into public domain, due to a clerical error back in the s, and are thus widely available in different formats and different conditions. The theme song, however, is still copyrighted material, and can only be used with permission.
Therefore, most public domain copies have different music during the opening and closing credits. Coincidentally, this is a pivotal batch of episodes in the show's history. Bass, plus one family, the Darlings, as well as Crump's second appearance, the first in which she and Andy are set up as a couple. The show was shot on the same set as Atlanta from Gone with the Wind , if you were to walk out of the courthouse and look to the right at the end of the street, you can see the old Atlanta train station in many episodes.
According to Ron Howard , Andy and Opie's relationship as father and son was influenced by Howard's relationship with his own father. The show debuted in October , but the characters of Andy and Opie originally debuted on an episode of Danny Thomas ' show The Danny Thomas Show in February Thomas' production company produced both shows. Andy Griffith said years later that he actually performed with them on the show. Frances Bavier did not like the coarse language used off-camera by the co-stars, and once hit George Lindsey with an umbrella over it.
One of the maps used for a while behind Andy's desk was simply a state map of Idaho turned upside down The map behind Andy's desk is actually a map of Cincinnati, OH. Songwriter Earle Hagen provided the whistling to the theme song in the show's opening credits, which is titled "The Fishin' Hole". Andy Griffith recorded a lyric version of the song, but it was never aired. When Don Knotts left the show, Jerry Van Dyke was considered for the part of a deputy, who would have replaced Barney Fife, and even appears in a D-deputy's uniform in a fifth-season episode.
However, Van Dyke chose instead to star in My Mother the Car , and later said if he had to do it over again, he would have taken the deputy part instead. When Howard McNear left the show after years of declining health, his departure was explained by having Floyd sell the barber shop and move away to be with his daughter. Andy Griffith , in interviews, often referred to him as "Jesse". Nurse Peggy was played by Joanna Moore.
In one episode Aunt Bee tells someone that their address is Maple Road, and in another Barney tells an investigator that Andy's address is 24 Elm Street. In the classic episode, in which businessman Malcolm Tucker breaks down on the Sabbath in Mayberry, Opie is chastized by Andy for pulling horse hairs from the lapel of his suit and trading them with Johnny Paul Jason for a penny run over by a train. Pulling the horse hairs out damages the suit. According to Andy it makes the suit become "soft".
Men's traditionally tailored suits have a stiff lining inside the lapels and chest which helps the front and lapels retain their shape, and also gives a smooth look over the pectoral muscles. This lining fabric usually contains horse hair to make it stiff, yet flexible and able to be steamed into shape.