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



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Jedediah Wakefield
Mr. Carter
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 »


When Andy unloads the shotguns of Mr. Carter and Mr. Wakefield, it's obvious that the shells he removes from the guns are empty, or spent. (Perhaps, since the two are proven to be cowards, this is intentional.) See more »


Andy Taylor: Now, you know how folks in these parts feel about their feudin'. Now what if it was to get out that we had a eighty-seven-year-old feud a-goin' on here with nary a killin' to show for it? Why, we'd be the laughingstock of the state.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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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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