The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 17

High Noon in Mayberry

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 21, 1963 on CBS
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Andy receives a letter from a man he arrested and sent to prison.  Barney is worried that the convict will come to "settle the score" upon his release.

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  • Andy in Danger

    9.0
    One of the more dramatic and suspenseful entries in the ANDY GRIFFITH canon. Andy receives a letter from an ex-convict named Luke Comstock whom he shot in the leg. Comstock says that he wants to see Andy again in order to "set things straight between The phrase is just ambiguous enough to send Barney into a panic, and he organizes a "posse" (consisting of Otis and Gomer) to protect Andy. Comstock's arrival in Mayberry sets the stage for the suspenseful part of the episode, as we wait along with Andy to see what will happen; Earle Hagen's musical score is put to extremely good use during these scenes, which have a palpably foreboding atmosphere. This episode has a hint of film noir as well as a touch of the Shakespearean, with the light/dark, tragi-comic intercutting between Andy's anxious vigil at home and the humorous shenanigans of Barney's A high point of the episode is the fleeting, intense conversation between Andy and Opie in which the son asks the father whether he is scared. Only an ill-advised piece of comic business towards the end of the episode (Barney and his posse getting hopelessly tangled up in a rope) makes me fall short of giving this one ten stars.moreless
  • The one legged man comes to mayberry

    7.0
    This was a good idea that somehow got lost in the execution. There IS a classic scene of Gomer and Otis being deputized by Barney. That alone is worth the price of admission to this episode! The blend of drama and danger and Mayberry humor just doesn't blend well, and it feels a little bit erratic. Mayberry Film Noir just doesn't come across very well.
Leo Gordon

Leo Gordon

Luke Comstock

Guest Star

Dub Taylor

Dub Taylor

Billy Ray, the Postman

Guest Star

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Otis Campbell

Recurring Role

Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Continuity: When Andy is waiting on Luke Comstock to come to his house the dishes are still on the table from supper, then later the table is cleared.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Barney: Alright, now. We got to protect Andy without him knowing it. So just happen to be where he is. As far as he's concerned, everything is perfectly normal. But every minute of every day one of us'll be standing by to spring to his side. Now, any questions? (Otis raises his hand) Yeah?
      Otis: Suppose this guy shows up, pulls out a gun, bang, bang, bang, lets us have it. What then? None of us is very good at this sort of thing, including you, Barney.
      Barney: You darn fool, Andy'll be there every minute, he'll look out for us!

    • [Barney is worried that Luke Comstock is coming to gun down Andy]
      Barney: Let me deputize some of the boys and give you some protection.
      Andy: No!
      Barney: Then wear a gun.
      Andy: No! [phone rings; Andy answers] Hello, sheriff's office. [listens] Oh, yes, Miss Peterson... Aw. Well, I'll take care of it right away... yes, ma'am. Bye. [Hangs up] Miss Peterson's Fluffy's on the roof again.
      Barney: This is a time for pussycats? With a killer on the loose?
      Andy: Well, Fluffy's got kittens... and you know how you feel, seein' your mother on the roof. [starts to leave the office]
      Barney: Andy... [hands him his gun] Take this; put it under your shirt.
      Andy: I won't need it, Barn. Fluffy and I've been friends for years.
      Barney: O.K. but if you get all shot up I don't even what to even want to hear about it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is the first of the public domain episodes. The last 16 episodes of season three have become part of the public domain due to a clerical error back in the 1960's and are thus widely available in different formats and different conditions. The theme song however is still copywritten material and can only be used with permission. Therefore, most public domain copies have different music during the opening and closing credits.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Episode Title: High Noon in Mayberry
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1952 clasic western film High Noon starring Gary Cooper.

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