The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, Episode 11

Christmas Story (19 Dec. 1960)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Family
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Mean old Ben Weaver catches Sam Muggins moonshining and insists Andy lock him up, even though it's Christmas eve. In order to keep Ben off his back and still have the party they had planned... See full summary »

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Mean old Ben Weaver catches Sam Muggins moonshining and insists Andy lock him up, even though it's Christmas eve. In order to keep Ben off his back and still have the party they had planned, Andy arrests Sam's wife and children as "accessories before, during, and after the fact", and deputizes Ellie, Opie, and Aunt Bee to help watch the prisoners. Everyone is having a good time except Ben, who spies on them and tries to get himself arrested because he's too ornery to admit he wants to participate. Andy finally arrests him after he figures it out, but lets Ben stop by his store to pick up a few things he might need - presents for the others. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Barney mentions dating Hilda May in "Christmas Story". See more »

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A close-up of a Christmas card from the Hubacher brothers says, "Greetings from State Prison." However, in the next shot, Andy reads it as "Merry Christmas from State Prison." See more »

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Away in a Manger
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(traditional carol)
Sung by Elinor Donahue, Andy Griffith, & Will Wright
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Will Wright makes this one terrific...
11 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

You probably won't recognize his name, but Will Wright made a career out of playing grouchy old men. I assume he always looked grouchy and old--as that's the only way I recall him in films--even when they were made years before this episode! And, he was great in roles like this one--and makes this "Andy Griffith" episode one of the best.

The show begins with a nasty old man (Wright) storming into Andy's office and demanding that he throw a debtor into jail--even though it's practically Christmas! Andy is aghast--especially when the hard-hearted Wright keeps insisting. So, ultimately, Andy has the idea to also incarcerate the man's family and make it a holiday celebration. But, Wright is furious--insisting that this isn't fair and is clearly a way to subvert the law. However, soon Andy realizes that Wright, despite his blustering and nasty demeanor, is a lonely old guy and truly wants to be liked--he just can't let himself show it. I'd love to say more but can't. Suffice to say it leads to a very funny yet heart-warming finale--one that also manages not to step over the border into schmaltz. Well worth seeing and a Christmas classic--well written and acted throughout.


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