Crime-free Mayberry (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Crime-free Mayberry

  • Filmed: 41
  • Aired: 39
  • Original Air Date: 1961/11/20
  • Writer(s): Paul Henning
  • Director: Bob Sweeney

Plot Summary

Two crooks posing as an FBI man and a photographer come to Mayberry to congratulate the Sheriff's Department for achieving a crime-free record. Andy gets suspicious after the supposed FBI agent allows his picture to be taken. When the pair crack the Mayberry Bank's vault, Andy is inside waiting for them--he had come in the back door. Always the gracious sheriff, Andy thanks them for opening the vault that had been locked for almost fifteen years after the combination was lost and the vault company had gone out of business.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Actor George Petrie died on his 85th birthday, in 1997.
  • Only TAGS episode written by Paul Henning, creator of "The Beverly Hillbillies".

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Dick Elliott - Mayor Pike
  • Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
  • Hal Smith - Otis Campbell
  • Elizabeth Talbot-Martin - Margaret Williamson
  • Stanley Farrar - Ray
  • Edmon Ryan - Fred Jenkins
  • George Petrie - Joe Layton

Episode Music

  • Oh, My Barney
  • The Ballad of Andy and Barney


FLOYD: Right this way, folks, that's it, Try to keep together there, that's it, fine -- Yes, no stragglers, now -- just come around here. That's it.

ANDY: Floyd, what's going on?

FLOYD: Folks, are you ever in luck. Both of our famous peace officers are on duty. Now, this big fella here is sheriff Andy Taylor. He's better known as "deadeye" Andy. He is probably the greatest lawman since Wyatt Earp And that little wiry fella wearing that big... That is Deputy Barney Fife.

ANDY: Floyd, could I see you outside for a minute?

FLOYD: Uh-oh. When Sheriff Taylor asks you to step outside You know what that means? That usually a gun duel on main street. However, he doesn't shoot his friends-- Especially when they're unarmed. So, i... I guess maybe I'll be, uh... Coming back.

ANDY: Excuse us.