The Andy Griffith Show: Season 3, Episode 27

Barney's First Car (1 Apr. 1963)

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It's a red-letter day in Mayberry when Barney decides to join the motoring world, but things go sour when his cream-puff turns out to be a lemon.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Myrt 'Hubcaps' Lesh
Jake, Myrt's Accomplice
Hallene Hill ...
Mrs. Rose Temple
Tom Allen ...
Reverend Temple - Rose's Nephew


Barney makes the decision to buy a car for the first time. He sees an ad in the paper that sounds just like what he's looking for and when the seller comes to Andy's house, he's more convinced than ever. The vendor is a little old lady whose husband has recently died. She claims the car was only ever driven a low speed and that it just breaks her heart to sell it. Andy advises caution and suggests that he have Wally the mechanic give the car a once over but Barney won't hear of it. The old woman has him wrapped around her little finger so tight that he even overpays for the car. Not surprisingly, the car breaks down the next day when he take her out for the first time. When Gomer checks it out, he finds saw dust in the transmission, used to keep it all running smoothly for a few days and a sure sign he was taken for a ride. They soon find exactly what that old lady has been up to. Written by garykmcd

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1 April 1963 (USA)  »

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Barney only shops for Ford products. Ford was a sponsor of the show. See more »


While reading the newspaper, Barney finds an ad for a 1949 Hudson Terraplane. 1938 was the last model year for the Terraplane. See more »


Barney Fife: The last big buy I made was my mom's and dad's anniversary present.
Andy Taylor: What'd ya get 'em?
Barney Fife: Septic tank.
Andy Taylor: For their anniversary?
Barney Fife: Yeah. Oh, they're really hard to buy for. Besides, it was something they could use. They were really thrilled. Two tons of concrete, all steel reinforced.
Andy Taylor: You're a fine son, Barn.
Barney Fife: I try.
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This just shows that a public domain show isn't necessarily bad...
20 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Somehow, several episodes from "The Andy Griffith Show" have been allowed to slip into the public domain as their copyrights were not renewed. Why, I have no idea. But despite many public domain shows and movies being dogs (hence no one cared to renew them), this one proves that some public domain programs are super.

Barney decides to buy a car. He reads about a deal that is too good to be true and when he meets the sweet old lady (Ellen Corby) selling the vehicle, she is also too good to be true. The very gullible Barney falls for what are obvious lies concerning the quality of the car and, not surprisingly, the car doesn't even make it back to Mayberry before it breaks down...and the 'sweet old lady' is no where to be found. Not only that, but a closer inspection of the car proves it was deliberately misrepresented--with sawdust poured into the transmission to make it least briefly. All seems to be lost...until Barney and Andy happen to accidentally find the lady and her gang of car thieves. Barney's reaction to them is priceless--as is Corby's wonderful performance. The show is exceptionally well-written and acted and is a comedic delight. Very, very funny.

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