The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, Episode 12

Stranger in Town (26 Dec. 1960)

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When a stranger comes to town and knows people's name and all about them, folks become scared and suspicious and want Andy to do something about him. Since Ed Sawyer has broken no laws, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronnie Howard)
William Lanteau ...
Ed Sawyer
Walter Baldwin ...
George Dunn ...
George Sapley (as William Erwin)
Sara Seegar ...
Mrs. Buntley
Jason the Hotel Clerk
Marlene Willis ...
Lucy Matthews
Pat Colby ...
Bill Matthews


When a stranger comes to town and knows people's name and all about them, folks become scared and suspicious and want Andy to do something about him. Since Ed Sawyer has broken no laws, Andy refuses. Things get even more curious when he tells Andy that Mayberry is his hometown, even though he has never been there before. After being rejected by everyone, Lucy Matthews in particular, Ed asks Andy for help and tells him how Mayberry became his hometown. As Andy is calling the newspaper with the story, Ed is confronted by a group of townsfolk who want to run him out of town. Andy steps in and tells his story to the crowd, which backs down and welcomes him to town. Written by bobbymaxwell

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26 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Floyd Lawson was played by Howard McNear throughout the show except in this episode, where he was played by Walter Baldwin. See more »


In the long courthouse scene where Ed Sawyer meets Lucy Matthews, the steam heat radiator and spittoon on the floor under the bulletin board change their positions along that wall at least 4 times in one scene. They keep moving back and forth between the glass front bookshelf on the left and the door to the back room on the right. See more »

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Marlene Willis
3 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

William Lanteau, best known as one of the odd fellows on "Newhart" (not the Larry, darryl and Darryl trio, but the two older fellows who came in bickering and arguing. Lanteau was the one with glasses) appears here, albeit very young, as a stranger who comes to town and knows everything about everybody, because he subscribed to the Mayberry newspaper and loved what he read.

A bit of a loner, he adopted Mayberry as his hometown in his own mind.

Unfortunately, he failed to share this knowledge with the citizens of Mayberry and they took offense to his knowledge and they knew nothing about him.

He pursues Lucy Matthews. She takes offense, and so does her brother.

In the end, Andy tells them why this fellow came to town, because he fell for the town without having ever seen it.

Lucy then tells him, ever so quietly, that he may feel free to call on her when he likes.

Marlene Willis, who played Lucy, is a stunningly beautiful woman and it is a shame that she didn't do much after this appearance that would showcase her more prominently.

I would have loved it had she told me I could call on her.


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