The Andy Griffith Show: Season 3, Episode 17

High Noon in Mayberry (21 Jan. 1963)

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Andy receives a letter from an ex-con that he shot in the leg, years ago, in a gas station robbery attempt. He has lost most of the function of that leg. The ex-con writes that he is coming... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Leo Gordon ...
Luke Comstock
Billy Ray, the Postman


Andy receives a letter from an ex-con that he shot in the leg, years ago, in a gas station robbery attempt. He has lost most of the function of that leg. The ex-con writes that he is coming to Mayberry to set things straight. Barney assumes the worst. When Andy won't take a vacation or at least carry a gun, Barney deputizes Gomer and Otis to keep watch and protect Andy 24 hours a day. Written by miller_m_r

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The continuity goof here is the fuse box on the right side of the Taylor's front porch that exists for only this one episode 3:17. In the immediately preceding episode, 3:16 Man in a Hurry, there is no fuse box on the front porch. The next time we see that side of the front porch is in 3:26 Andy's English Valet when there is no fuse box. See more »


References High Noon (1952) See more »

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Andy in Danger
26 October 2014 | by (Alexandria, VA) – See all my reviews

One of the more dramatic and suspenseful entries in the ANDY GRIFFITH canon. Andy receives a letter from an ex-convict named Luke Comstock whom he sent to jail eleven years earlier for a service station robbery. (Andy shot him in the leg during the holdup, which caused him to go lame.) In the letter Comstock says that he wants to see Andy again in order to "set things straight between us." The phrase is just ambiguous enough to send Barney into a panic, and he organizes a "posse" (consisting of Otis and Gomer) to protect Andy. Comstock's arrival in Mayberry sets the stage for the suspenseful part of the episode, as we wait along with Andy to see what will happen; Earle Hagen's musical score is put to extremely good use during these scenes, which have a palpably foreboding atmosphere. This episode has a hint of film noir as well as a touch of the Shakespearean, with the light/dark, tragi-comic intercutting between Andy's anxious vigil at home and the humorous shenanigans of Barney's "posse." A high point of the episode is the fleeting, intense conversation between Andy and Opie in which the son asks the father whether he is scared. Only an ill-advised piece of comic business towards the end of the episode (Barney and his posse getting hopelessly tangled up in a rope) and an apparent minor continuity error in the script makes me fall short of giving this one ten stars.

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