The Andy Griffith Show

Season 3 Episode 31

Mountain Wedding

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 29, 1963 on CBS



  • Allusions

    • Dud (referring to Ernest T.): His cousin said he went off into the woods to kill a mockingbird.

      Dud is alluding to both the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harper Lee novel about murder in the American South, To Kill A Mockingbird (1960), and the 1962 Oscar Award-winning film of the same name starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Atticus gives his son (Jem) a rifle, telling him "I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." As their neighbor, Miss Maudie, explained to Jem's sister, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up peoples gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird".