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Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Fourth Season
     

The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Fourth Season

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Director: Aaron Ruben, Coby Ruskin, Earl Bellamy

Cast: Aaron Ruben, Andy Griffith, Coby Ruskin, Earl Bellamy

 
The fourth season of The Andy Griffith Show opens with one of the series' finest episodes, as well as the favorite episode of co-star Ronny Howard (now better known as film director Ron Howard). "Opie the Birdman" poignantly details the efforts by Opie Taylor (Howard), son of Mayberry sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), to take care of several newly hatched

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The fourth season of The Andy Griffith Show opens with one of the series' finest episodes, as well as the favorite episode of co-star Ronny Howard (now better known as film director Ron Howard). "Opie the Birdman" poignantly details the efforts by Opie Taylor (Howard), son of Mayberry sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), to take care of several newly hatched robins after accidentally killing the mother bird with his slingshot. The rest of the season maintains the high standards of this opener, with such classic episodes as "Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army," featuring Howard Morris as the titular rock-throwing village idiot; "A Black Day for Mayberry," in which Andy and his nervous deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) prepare for the arrival of a top secret gold shipment from Denver; "Up in Barney's Room," the saga of the acrimonious falling out and tearful reconciliation between Barney and his landlady Mrs. Mendelbright (Enid Markey); "Barney's Side Car," or how a man can be corrupted by a WWI vintage motorcycle; "Divorce. Mountain Style," in which the rambunctious Darling family once more descend upon Mayberry, with a pre-Gilligan's Island Bob Denver along for the ride; "The Return of Malcolm Merriwether," another visit from Mayberry's favorite English valet (Bernard Fox); and the unforgettable "Citizen's Arrest," chronicling a war of nerves between Barney and indignant gas station attendant Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors). Speaking of Gomer, this would be the last year that this remarkable character would appear regularly on The Andy Griffith Show. The series' season finale, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," serves as the pilot for the popular military sitcom in which Jim Nabors would headline from 1964 through 1970. Season four of The Andy Griffith Show found the series still flourishing in the ratings, ranking as America's fifth most popular program.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Andy Griffith Show's black-and-white years were its best, and classics abound in the fourth season, beginning with the heartbreaking "Opie, the Birdman," in which Opie ("Ronny" Howard) accidentally kills a mother bird and must listen to the plaintive cries of her chicks in their nest outside his bedroom window. Don Knotts, a four-time Emmy winner for his signature role as Deputy Barney Fife, enjoyed some of his finest half hours, including two of his better pulled-from-the-fire outings, "The Shoplifters" and "Barney and the Cave Rescue," as well as "Prisoner of Love" and "Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt." But this was arguably the "Year of Gomer." Jim Nabors enjoyed a breakout period as the simple-hearted Gomer Pyle, who reveals his inexplicable operatic singing voice in "The Song Festers," puts Barney under "Citizen's Arrest" (a series benchmark), and joins the Marines in "Gomer Pyle USMC," the pilot episode of his own popular spin-off show. Another momentous occasion: Gomer introduces his cousin Goober (George Lindsay), he of the clueless Cary Grant and Edward G. Robinson impressions, in "Fun Girls." This 1963-64 season unfolded during one of the darkest periods in American history. Now, as then, it is always a tonic to escape to Mayberry.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
UPC:
0097360473520
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
13:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy Griffith Actor
Allan Melvin Escaped Convict,Recruiting Sergeant
Aneta Corsaut Helen Crump
Bernard Fox Malcolm Merriwether
Betty Lynn Thelma Lou
Charles Lane Mr. Frisby
David Bailey Tray Bowden
Denver Pyle Brisco Darling,Briscoe Darling
Don Knotts Actor
Douglas Fowley Wary Willy
Frank Sutton Sgt. Vincent Carter
George Petrie Lenny
Hal Smith Otis Campbell
Hope Summers Clara Johnson
Howard McNear Floyd Lawson
Howard Morris Ernest T. Bass
Lurene Tuttle Little Old Lady
Olan Soule John Masters
Ray Kellogg Edgar J. Masters
Susan Oliver Angela Carroll
Trevor Bardette Wally
Enid Markey Mrs. Mendlebright
Frank Albertson Col. Watson
Maggie Peterson Charlene Darling
Ron Howard Actor
Dillards The Darling Family
Eddie Ryder Practical Joker
Paul Smith Army Doctor

Technical Credits
Aaron Ruben Director
Coby Ruskin Director
Earl Bellamy Director
Jeffrey Hayden Director
Richard Crenna Director

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The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete Fourth Season 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
love2readDA More than 1 year ago
Love the show... it never gets old!!