For the sake of a determined young couple, Andy aims to end an 87-year-old bloodless feud betwixt their daddies.



(as David Adler)

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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Jedediah Wakefield
Chubby Johnson ...
Mr. Carter
Karyn Kupcinet ...
Hannah Carter (as Tammy Windsor)
Claude Johnson ...
Josh Wakefield


A young couple wakes the Taylors late at night and wants to get married. Andy barely gets started when Hannah's father bursts in and stops the wedding at gunpoint, followed by Josh's father, who has the same intention. It seems that the Carters and Wakefields have been feuding for years and the patriarchs ain't about to let one o' theirs marry one o' them, so Andy backs down. In the morning Andy decides the best course of action is to end the feud before marrying the couple and visits both fathers. He learns that neither knows how the feud started and that no one has been killed in the 87 years of fighting. Andy proposes a duel to end the feud but both men run off rather than take the chance of getting killed. In the end, Andy marries Josh and Hannah at gunpoint. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Comedy | Family






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5 December 1960 (USA)  »

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This episode incorporates Andy Griffith's humorous monologue retelling the story of Romeo and Juliet, much like his story "What It Was, Was Football." Both routines appeared on his 1958 album "Just for Laughs." See more »


As the episode opens, Andy, Aunt Bee and Opie descend the stairs in the middle of the night. Aunt Bee helps Andy put on a night shirt and hat and hands him a Bible. As she does so, she explains to Opie that this is appropriate dress for a justice of the peace when marrying someone in the middle of the night; however, all they know is that someone is knocking at the door. Neither Aunt Bee, Andy nor Opie have been to the door to have any idea who it is or what they want. Only after answering the door does Aunt Bee learn that it is Josh Wakefield and Hannah Carter and that they wish to get married. Incorrect. Before all of this (in the unedited original broadcast), Aunt Bee sticks her head out her bedroom window to spot the eager couple below awaiting entry and knows, upon sight, why they are there. See more »


Jedediah Wakefield: Why, us Wakefields been feudin' them Carters for eighty-seven years. You wanna go messin' it up now?
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Darn clever...
11 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of my personal favorites--an early "Andy Griffith Show" episode that is high on comedy. It's about a couple families who have been feuding much like the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud. For generations, both families have hated each other and now there is a crisis--two of their young people are in love with each other and want to get married! Both fathers, naturally, threaten to shoot the pair, as they NEVER could consent to something like this! Andy is perplexed--he can't have people shooting each other. However, after researching the actual feud, he figures out a loophole--a way to get the pair married AND with their fathers' blessings. This culminates with a very funny scene involving Andy having both the fathers fight a duel--you just have to see it to believe it! Overall, this is an exceptionally written show from start to finish. Heartwarming, funny and extremely clever--you can't help but like this one!

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