Shoplifters, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The Shoplifters

  • Filmed: 117
  • Aired: 116
  • Original Air Date: 1964/03/02
  • Writer(s): Bill Idelson and Sam Bobrick
  • Director: Coby Ruskin

Plot Summary

The strange disappearance of merchandise from Weaver's Department Store has the Mayberry sheriff's office on a full alert. When all other tactics fail, Barney decides to go undercover as a store mannequin and he catches the thief.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Tol Avery was the second of three actors to play the role of Ben Weaver.
  • Actress Lurene Tuttle was the mother-in-law of composer John Williams. She was on "The Red Skelton Show" for eight years. Red rewarded her with 8 fur coats, one for every year on the show. Tuttle also played Annabelle Silby in the episode Opie's Charity.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Tol Avery - Ben Weaver
  • Charles P. Thompson - Asa Breeney
  • Mary Lansing - 1st sporting goods shopper
  • Clint Howard - Leon
  • Lurene Tuttle - The Shoplifter
  • Jewel Rose - dress shopper
  • Elizabeth Harrower - 2nd sporting goods shopper