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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.
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.
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.
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"
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!
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.
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.
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.
In this episode. Andy and Helen escape from the cave. They go to Helen's house, where they hear on the radio, about the rescue that is going on, led by Barney. Helen says, I'll call and let them know, we're alright. She, picks up the phone, and says. Yes, get me the courthouse.
Two problems. Who was she calling, if everybody, including Barney were at the cave rescue?
And, when she picked up the phone, ( in her own house). She didn't say Hello Sarah, ( who happens to be the operator ). And if she had Sarah, would have known, that it was Helen. And that she was alright. And , then blabbed it all over town.
Look closely - you will notice that Otis's house is the same house where the wild party takes place later in the episode (notice the "X" shaped railings on the front porch). If you look even closer you'll notice that this house is actually next door to the Taylor house. All outdoor scenes were filmed at the 40 acres backlot, a frequently used film and tv lot, so much of Mayberry is recycled from different camera angles and often shows up in other television shows and films.
Andy, Barney, and Otis are the only characters to appear in this episode, the fewest of any episode in the series.
In this episode, we get an approximation of Mayberry's population at this point in the show's history when John Masters tells Andy "There's got to be a decent tenor someplace in a town of 2000 people".
In the episode "Hot Rod Otis" Barney and Andy sing a hymn in the jail, oddly enough Barney is in key and sounds good. But in this episode Barney can't carry a tune and he's totally tone deaf.
When Andy enters Weaver's at night he appears to turn on the light, but once he's in the room the light switch is still in the off position.
When Ben and Barney enter through the back door of Weaver's Dept Store there is a sign just to the right of the door that says "Don't forget to feed the "Kitty"." This appears to have something to do with the coffee pot, maybe some kind of coffee fund.
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