The Andy Griffith Show: Season 4, Episode 7

A Black Day for Mayberry (11 Nov. 1963)

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Andy and Barney have to protect a shipment of gold which will be going through Mayberry on the way to Fort Knox. It's critical that they keep it a secret, but Barney spills the beans ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
First Treasury Agent
FBI Agent
Joseph Hamilton ...
Roy Engel ...
Charles P. Thompson ...
Phil Arnold ...
The Hotdog Vendor
Alex Barringer ...
Leslie Barringer ...


Andy and Barney have to protect a shipment of gold which will be going through Mayberry on the way to Fort Knox. It's critical that they keep it a secret, but Barney spills the beans immediately and within minutes all of Mayberry knows. A carnival-like atmosphere soon takes hold. The plot thickens when Barney discovers there's no gold in the truck. Written by Ronny Bailey

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It is disputed as to whether Mayberry, North Carolina is based on Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith's birthplace. In the opening scene of this episode, however, two Treasury Agents are indifferent to Barney and are waiting in the courthouse for the Sheriff to return. Barney, agitated at being dismissed by them, picks up the phone book from the Sheriff's desk and begins to nervously flip through it. In several screen shots of Barney holding the phone book, you can plainly read "Mount Airy" on the front cover. See more »


Right after Gomer accidentally puts gasoline in the truck where Barney is sitting, his pants miraculously dry seconds later. See more »

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A Classic Episode With No Laugh Track....
10 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a classic episode. What a Great One! I just noticed after seeing it on DVD that there is no laugh track. I was wondering if this was an experiment? It is a fairly dramatic episode for the sitcom, so maybe they thought that they'd try it with no canned laughter like usual. This show was never filmed with an audience anyway.


And it was neat to see three members of the Howard family in one show--Ron, Rance, His Dad, and lil' brother Clint.

Another beautiful DVD transfer. There are so many great old shows coming out on DVD from studios like Paramount--This one was originally Desilu, like Dick Van Dyke, Star Trek and many more until 1968 when Desi and Lucy sold out to Paramount Studios, which was right next door.

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