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Ellie Saves a Female 

Ellie crosses the line when she insists on a farm girl wearing make-up and perfume against her hard-pressed father's wishes, leading Barney to commit an abduction.



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Episode cast overview:
Andy Taylor
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Barney Fife
Farmer Flint
Edris March ...
Frances 'Frankie' Flint
Robert McQuain ...
One of the Jenkins men (as Bob McQuain)


Ellie's heart goes out to a dirt poor farm girl who stops in the drug store and admires the perfume and nail polish but says she can't have it, not because she's poor but because her father Flint refuses to let her have them. Determined to let the girl, named Frankie, experience the amenities and pleasures of being a woman, Ellie tries to convince Andy to break her father's stranglehold. Andy advises Ellie to stay out of family affairs but Ellie won't be denied her mission. She and Andy go up to Flint's farm to try talking him into letting her have free perfume and nail polish but Flint sternly declines. Ellie is upset but Andy understands that Flint has written the last word on the matter. Later Ellie asks Barney to try and talk to Flint. He goes up to the farm but doesn't get any further then Andy did and Flint demands that he leave. He doesn't. Instead, he sneaks into the barn and takes Frankie into town with him. When Andy and Ellie return to the farm, they've made dirt poor ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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17 April 1961 (USA)  »

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Flint is played by R.G. Armstrong who was mentor and longtime personal friend of Andy Griffith. See more »


When Barney goes to the Flint farm alone, he sneaks into the barn through the man door which is part of the right-side door when the double doors are viewed from the outside; however, the next camera shot views the double doors from inside the barn where we see Barney entering a man door in what would be the left double door when viewed from the outside. The man door suddenly switched sides as Barney stepped into the Barn. See more »


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