Alcohol and Old Lace (TAGS Episode)
Alcohol and Old Lace
- Filmed: 17
- Aired: 17
- Original Air Date: 1961/01/30
- Writer(s): Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart
- Director: Gene Reynolds
Based on an idea from a Broadway play, Andy and Barney run down moonshiners with the help of the Morrison sisters, Jennifer and Clarabelle. After Opie describes their "flower-making machine" the lawmen realize that the Morrison sisters are themselves running a still and promptly destroy it.
Odd Facts Known by Few
- This is the first appearance of Jack Prince and the first of three characters he plays in six episodes of TAGS.
- Fancy Gap (an actual NC location near Mt. Airy, which is Andy's hometown) is mentioned as a possible location for a still site they're looking for.
- Actress Gladys Hurlbut was a playwright in the 1930s and 1940s.
- The reference to “Panama Canal Day” is a salute to the episode’s namesake, the Broadway hit and 1944 Frank Capra film Arsenic And Old Lace. The movie starred Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane. John Alexander plays Teddy Brewster, a crazed man who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt, who spends the story digging the “Panama Canal” in his aunt’s basement. In reality, he’s digging graves for their victims.
- Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
- Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
- Don Knotts - Barney Fife
- Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
- Hal Smith - Otis Campbell
- Charity Grace - Jennifer Morrison
- Gladys Hurlbut - Clarabelle Morrison
- Thom Carney - Rube Sloan
- Jack Prince - Ben Sewell