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"The Andy Griffith Show" Opie and the Spoiled Kid (1963)

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The Andy Griffith Show: Season 3: Episode 21 -- Opie meets a spoiled youngster and decides his own allowance should be tripled.


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James Fritzell (written by) &
Everett Greenbaum (written by)
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Original Air Date:
18 February 1963 (Season 3, Episode 21)
Opie's friend Arnold seems to have it all--a new bike, fat allowance, and plenty of leisure time. When the pressure's on, though, Opie learns that these assets are actually Arnold's greatest weakness. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor

Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)

Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Ronnie Dapo ... Arnold Winkler
Harlan Warde ... Simon Winkler
Mary Lansing ... Mrs. Rodenbach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colin Male ... Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bob Sweeney 
Writing credits
James Fritzell (written by) (as Jim Fritzell) &
Everett Greenbaum (written by)

Aaron Ruben (created by) uncredited &
Sheldon Leonard (created by) uncredited &
Danny Thomas (created by) uncredited

Produced by
Sheldon Leonard .... executive producer
Richard O. Linke .... associate producer
Aaron Ruben .... producer
Original Music by
Earle Hagen 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox  (as Sid Hickox)
Casting by
Ruth Burch 
Art Direction by
Kenneth A. Reid 
Set Decoration by
Ken Swartz 
Costume Design by
Robert O'Dell  (as Robert Odell)
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist
Eva Kryger .... hair stylist
Production Management
Frank E. Myers .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Saunders .... assistant director
Art Department
Reggie Smith .... property master
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound engineer (as David Forrest)
Robert Reeve .... re-recording editor
Editorial Department
Joseph Gluck .... supervising editor (as Joe Gluck)
Music Department
Donn Cambern .... music editor
Herbert W. Spencer .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Hazel W. Hall .... continuity (as Hazel Hall)
Aaron Ruben .... story consultant
Jay Sandrich .... assistant to producer

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sheldon Leonard  created by
Aaron Ruben  created by
Danny Thomas  created by

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Ronnie Dapo, the boy who plays Arnold the tantrum kid, previously played alongside Ron Howard in the 1962 movie The Music Man.See more »
[Arnold has just been taken by his father to the woodshed against his will crying and screaming "I want my bike!"]
Opie Taylor:Is Arnie going to get spanked, Pa?
Sheriff Andy Taylor:Don't you think he deserves it?
Opie Taylor:I don't want to say. After all, he is one of my own kind.
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A good summation of the Andy-Opie relationship, 22 September 2006
Author: Neal99 from Michigan

This is a great episode from perhaps the best season of the "Andy Griffith Show." Ronny Howard is especially good as he asks his "Paw" about the rules between dads and sons and as he tries some of the methods recommended by the "spoiled kid" for manipulating parents. Howard's deadpan delivery is just right. The writing is perfect, the acting is superb -- and, as in the best of the AGS episodes, a life lesson is taught in a warm, funny, subtle way. The relationship between Andy and Opie is well summarized in this episode. Overly doting 21st century parents would do well to watch and see the effects indulgence can have on their children. Oh, for more kids like Opie and fewer like the spoiled kid!

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