Bookie Barber, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The Bookie Barber

  • Filmed: 60
  • Aired: 60
  • Original Air Date: 1962/04/16
  • Writer(s): Ray Saffian Allen and Harvey Bullock
  • Director: Bob Sweeney

Plot Summary

Floyd gets his chance at being a proprietor of a two-chair shop when semi-retired barber Bill Medwin arrives with a proposition of expansion. Floyd jumps at the chance since Medwin promises to supply the chair and the customers. As it turns out, the barber is a bookie, and Barney jumps in to bust the criminal.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Tom Jacobs is seen twice - waiting in the barbershop and reading a tabloid newspaper on the bench outside the courthouse.
  • Tom Jacobs is seen on the bench when Andy & Barney get out of the car (time 9:13 to 9:26) but the next shot, six seconds later, in front of the courthouse (time 9:32) he is gone.1
  • Barney's sideburns are uneven because one of his earlobes hangs lower than the other. He tells Andy that he and Floyd should team up and be Frick and Frack.
  • Bill Medwin charges 80 cents for a shampoo and a dollar fifty for a facial.
  • Barney talks about "Compelsion nuts".
  • Opie and Joey think Barney looks like Mrs. Cox from the second grade.
  • The bookmakers Lincoln Continental license plate is RD-757.
  • Actor Herb Vigran appeared on several episdoes of "The Adventures Of Superman" as various villians.
  • When Barney dresses up like a woman, he has on one dress as he steps outside the door to the courthouse (time 17:53) and another on the streets of Mayberry (time 18:14). Notice the pattern of the dresses. The first has small light color pattern on a dark background and the second has a much more busy light color pattern on a dark, but lighter than the first, background. The second dress is seen in all future scenes in which Barney is dressed as a woman.1


1Times are from season two DVD.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
  • Herb Vigran - Bill Medwin
  • Taggart Casey - bookie with striped tie
  • Harry Swoger - barbershop customer
  • Tom Monroe - barbershop customer
  • Joe Stannard - undetermined