Floyd has been posing as a rich man in letters to a wealthy widow. He panics when she decides to visit him in Mayberry. With Andy and Aunt Bee's help, he successfully plays the rich man. ... See full summary »

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Floyd has been posing as a rich man in letters to a wealthy widow. He panics when she decides to visit him in Mayberry. With Andy and Aunt Bee's help, he successfully plays the rich man. Andy finds out Floyd's lady friend has not been quite honest, either. Written by Ronny Bailey

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26 November 1962 (USA)  »

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Floyd Takes the Spotlight
16 October 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

This delightful episode finds Mayberry's barber Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear) taking center stage in an opera buffa-style plot about romantic pen pals, honesty and pretense. Floyd has been misrepresenting himself as wealthy man in letters to a Lonely Hearts Club pen pal of his named Madeline Grayson. When Madeline announces she is stopping by Mayberry to meet Floyd, he finds himself in a tough spot from which only Andy can rescue him. McNear obviously relishes his rare chance to be in the spotlight and hams up his part wonderfully, flying around the room bewailing his predicament, scolding himself in the barber shop window, and repeatedly declaring he's going to run away to Nashville. Doris Dowling, who appeared in a number of 1940s movies including THE LOST WEEKEND and the Italian neo-realist classic BITTER RICE, plays Madeline Grayson. The comic shenanigans and a poignantly surprising twist at the end make this a highly entertaining half hour.


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