Lawman Barney (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Lawman Barney

  • Filmed: 73
  • Aired: 70
  • Original Air Date: 1962/11/12
  • Writer(s): Aaron Ruben
  • Director: Aaron Ruben

Plot Summary

A couple of truck farmers defy Barney when he asks them to pack up their produce and go elsewhere. Andy makes matters worse by telling them that Barney, better known as Crazy Gun Fife, is a coldhearted killer. The truck farmers fall for it at first, but return after learning the truth at the gas station. Barney is forced to face them on his own. He musters the courage and learns that the uniform he wears represents more than just one man.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • In this episode, both Barney (time 0:52) and later Andy (time 6:10) arrive to speak with the truck farmers and ask them to leave. In both cases, the Mayberry squad car is parked by its driver (Barney then Andy) at an angle to the road but when they get out of the car it is parked parallel to the road.
  • After speaking with the truck farmers, Andy returns to the courthouse. As he enters the courthouse door you can see the squad car through the open door (time 10:20). Take careful note and you will see that it is not a "real" car but is a flat, possibly wooden, painted version of the squad car.
  • When Barney goes back to confront the truck farmers (time 11:53) the car is parked again at an angle then straightens. If you look very closely in the scene behind the two farmers who are watching Barney from behind their truck you will see a building in the far background. In front of that building you will see a man (time 12:10 it begins and repeats several times before time 12:31) who appears to be working with something on the ground.
  • Nectarine Crush and Huckleberry Smash are two of the flavors of pop offered at Wally's Service Station.
  • Norman Leavitt appears as Wally. Leavitt also played Wally in "Man In A Hurry". He appeared as Cal in "The Manhunt"; Gil in "Andy The Marriage Counselor"; and town councilman Ralph in "The Mayberry Band". He would go on to appear in 7 episodes of Mayberry RFD, most often as mailman Mr. Felton.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
  • Allan Melvin - Neil
  • Orville Sherman - Matt
  • Norman Leavitt - Wally
  • Bob McQuain - Joe Waters