Battle of Mayberry, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The Battle of Mayberry

  • Filmed: 188
  • Aired: 188
  • Original Air Date: 1966/04/04
  • Writer(s): John L. Greene and Paul David
  • Director: Alan Rafkin

Plot Summary

Opie gets in hot water when he enters an essay contest by writing a paper on the historic Battle of Mayberry, a famous fight between the settlers and the indians that established the town of Mayberry. After interviewing many descendents of the people involved, Opie learns that the battle was nothing more than a misunderstanding caused by too much liquor. The only casualties were one scrawny cow, three deer, and one mule that was mistaken for a deer.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Actor Norm Alden would appear in the season eight TAGS episode "Howard The Bowler", as Hank, a bowler from Mount Pilot.
  • Actor Clinton Sundberg would later appear in a 1968 episode of "Mayberry R.F.D." entitled "Sam Gets A Ticket". He plays a salesman and is credited as Clinton Sunberg instead of Sundberg.
  • Actor Arthur Malet appeared 10 episodes earlier as the vagrant who tries to convince Andy that he stole Aunt Bee's brooch in "Lost And Found".
  • At about 19min and 48 sec into this episode there is a street scene with Andy and Opie outside the Grand Theatre. If you look on the wall behind them you will see a movie poster advertising a movie called, "Bells For Heroes". There was never such a movie but it appears the TAGS prop crew did a little artwork modifications with this poster. In 1962 about 4 years before this episode was filmed there was a movie produced called, "Hell Is For Heroes". The real film starred Steve Mcqueen, Bobbie Darrin, Fess Parker to name a few. If you look closely at the photo you can see where the title was edited. The 'H' in Hell was changed to a 'B'. The 'S' on Bells was added on and is in fact a little larger than the other letters. The word 'Is' has been blocked out with red ink. You can actually barely make out McQueen's photos and name at the top of the photo.
    Gotta watch those prop guys...sneaky, sneaky.
    If you don't see it check this link for an enlarged image of the scene and poster.
    http://www.savemygas.com/tags/TAGStheatre.jpg

    Here is the link to the IMDB info for "Hell is For Heroes".
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056062/

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • George Lindsey - Goober Pyle
  • Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
  • Aneta Corsaut - Helen Crump
  • Hope Summers - Clara Edwards
  • Norm Alden - Tom Strongbow
  • Clinton Sundberg - Farley Upchurch
  • Arthur Malet - Purvis