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(1986 TV Movie)

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By 1986 the original outdoor set from The Andy Griffith Show (1960) had been destroyed, so the Mayberry town square had to be re-created in a small town in California. This results in the road that originally came to an end in front of the courthouse now going straight on by, being much wider, and a flagpole being in the middle of the street.
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'Hal Smith (I)''s character, Otis Campbell, was the town drunk in the original series. In this reunion he's now sober and is the town's ice cream man.
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Charlene Darling appeared on the series with a husband, Dud Wash, and later an infant daughter Andilina. However, in the movie, when she appears there is no mention of Dud or the daughter.
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Return To Mayberry was only the third time in the show's (and spin-off show's) history that Gomer and Goober appeared on camera together. The other 2 times were The Andy Griffith Show in "The Fun Girls" and Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. in "A Visit From Cousin Goober".
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Frances Bavier, who originally played Aunt Bee in the series, was ailing and homebound when this movie was made. She considered recording a brief audio segment but decided against it. Another actress does that part, which is heard as Andy lays a flower on Aunt Bee's grave.
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Rance Howard, the actor who portrays the minister who marries Barney Fife and Thelma Lou, is Ron Howard's father.
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The sub-plot of the lake monster was inspired by the infamous Lake George monster hoax in New York's Adirondack Mountains.
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