The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 14

The Horse Trader

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 09, 1961 on CBS
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Having just admonished Opie for planning to cheat another boy (after he'd been cheated in a bad trade), Andy plays fast and loose with the truth himself when selling the old town cannon.

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  • Andy the Salesman!

    7.9
    This is an interesting and enjoyable episode, but not too memorable. Watching Andy as a flim flam salesman is NOT typicial of this series, and goes to show us 1) that the show was still in its formative developing stage with Andy's character and 2) that Andy is indeed not perfect.

    This episode is actually quite well acted, it's just that the story tends to meander a little too much (even for Mayberry!) and the directing is not as "tight" as usual. Opie actually ends up with the best scenes in this episode!moreless
Max Showalter

Max Showalter

Ralph Mason (as Casey Adams)

Guest Star

Pearl S. Cooper

Pearl S. Cooper

Council Member

Guest Star

Spec O'Donnell

Spec O'Donnell

Council Member

Guest Star

Elinor Donahue

Elinor Donahue

Ellie Walker

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Dick Elliott

Dick Elliott

Mayor Pike

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Andy mentions that the muzzle to the old cannon was busted whey they tried to fire it during a 4th of July celebration. Six years later, in The Cannon, Mayberry would sport a brand new cannon - which Deputy Warren Ferguson would fire by accident.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • The title of this episode seems to indicate that Andy is selling a horse (and not a cannon). Horse trading was often considered a shady occupation as those wanting to unload bad horses often failed to mention or lied about a horse's shortcomings while exaggerating or simply making up a horse's good qualities.

    • Andy claims the cannon was owned and used by Teddy Roosevelt in the Battle of San Juan Hill - The Battle of San Juan Hill (actually the battle for San Juan Heights) was the bloodiest and most famous battle of the Spanish-American War. Lt. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt led an heroic charge up Kettle Hill during the battle - but he was forced to dismount and advance on foot, not horseback - and he didn't have any cannon.
      The other battle Andy mentions, the Battle of Fort Sumter (April 12, 1861 - April 13, 1861), involved the bombardment of the large, Northern-held river fort near Charleston, South Carolina - which began the American Civil War. Andy claims, with some southern pride, that Mayberry's cannon fired the first shot, hence kicking off our nations bloodiest war. In actuality, the first shot appears to have been a mortar round fired from Fort Johnson.

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