In this episode, Gomer tells Barney to "Go up an alley and holler fish!" Don Knotts would use that same archaic insult in his first feature film The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.
Barney's length of service on the force varies from episode to episode. Here Andy mentions that Barney has been a deputy for ten years. However, in the season five episode Barney's Physical, for example, Andy and the gang celebrate Barney's fifth anniversary as deputy.
Enid Markey (Ms. Mendlebright) was a famous silent film actress known for her portrayal of sweet, attractive, but innocent young girls. However, she will be forever remembered as the first actress to portray Jane in the 1918 silent classic Tarzan of the Apes - filmed and released only 4 years after Edgar Rice Burrough's published the novel.
When Opie is observing his new bicycle you will notice that the bell is on the right side of the handle bars, but watch closely and you will observe it switch to the left side mysteriously and then magically it returns to its original position.
Doodles Weaver, who plays sign toting weirdo Regis, is the real life uncle of actress Sigourney Weaver.
The two men sitting as Opie enters the courthouse are not the same men seen in the rest of the scene...furthermore, they are wearing hats!
The actor David Lewis, who guest stars as the visiting preacher, later went on to great fame as Edward Quartermaine in the long running soap opera "General Hospital"
Andy and Barney are apparently following the new window for the courthouse to protect it from Ernest T. Bass, but they follow it from the lot next to the hotel, past the theater and around the corner which is actually leading away from the courthouse.
Allan Melvin is in the army in this episode but he's perhaps better known to Mayberry fans known Marine mess Sgt. Hacker, the schemeing rival of Sgt. Carter in Gomer Pyle USMC. Melvin also had memorable roles as Sam the Butcher in The Brady Bunch and Archie's pal Barney Heffner in All In the Family
The is one of only two times that Alan Melvin, who made numerous appearances throughout the series, would appear as a good guy (the army recruiter). He typically portray's bullies, thugs, and crooks.
This episode reportedly inspired the movie, "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken," starring Don Knotts and a few of his "Andy Griffith Show" co-stars.
Opie's friend Arnold was formerly a rival, when he came to town as the spoiled kid.
When Opie releases Nod, the first bird it does a nose dive. This can be detected by Andy and Opie's initial split- second eye movement, watched in slo-mo they both follow the bird's flight path which is toward earth, they are quick in recovering. But... Watch the shadow of the bird, it can be seen traversing Andy's body and headed in a nose dive. It is believed the other two birds made it OK.
Nothing on the roof top makes sense. When Barney and Gomer are looking over the side of the courthouse building, how can there be an alley where there is no room? The court-house and Floyd's are adjacent to each other, abutted, so where's the alley. What the camera was looking at was the space between Foley's and the hotel. I believe it was George Kennedy and the guy from honeymooners (George Petri?) that they were spying on.
Ernest T. Bass offers to sing a traditional Southern folk song called "Eatin Goober Peas". Goober peas is Southern slang for peanuts (which the English called "groundnuts" or "monkey nuts"). Today, the chocolate-covered peanut candy Goobers derives its trademark from this slang term.
In this episode, Barney invites all the single girls in Mayberry, to Andy's house. To, supposedly to meet Thelmalou. Not, once but twice. All of the girls show up at Andy's front door. And, all entering the door from camera right. Never, passing in front of the screen door. The steps to Andy's porch, are camera left. So either Andy moved his steps, for this episode. Or, all of these girls were jumping up on the porch from the right.
In this episode, you might notice that Amanda's (the first potential wife to show up at the Taylor home) voice sounds familiar. Janet Waldo, the actress who portrayed Amanda, is better known for being the voice of Judy Jetson in the long running cartoon series The Jetsons.
In the sixth episode, "Runaway Kid," Barney owns a car.
At the end of the episode Myrt tries to talk Barney out of arresting her and says he can have a sweet 1958 car that's been up on blocks since 1959!
It's been noted that no complete copies of this episode exist. According to Paramount they were unable to locate a complete copy for the full season box set. However, this episode is in the public domain and numerous complete copies have been rumored to exist at one time, most in VHS format.
Note: the full series box set released May 2007 does not include the complete episode.
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