Barney thinks the Mayberry Bank is a pushover for a robbery and sets out to prove it.



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Episode cast overview:
Mort - Bank Robber
Frances Osborne ...
Harriet, the Bank Teller
Charles Thompson ...
Warren Parker ...
Mr. Meldrim, the Bank Manager
Al Checco ...
Howie - Bank Robber
Mary Lansing ...
Mrs. Rodenbach


Barney questions the level of security at the Mayberry Security Bank but no one will apparently listen to him. The elderly guard, Asa, is asleep on a chair most of the time and his gun is as old as he is. The manager takes no interest in Barney's suggestions and Andy is no different. Barney decides to show them how insecure it all is by dressing as a cleaning woman and staging a hold-up. The bank manager and his teller are soon onto him and in the confusion, Barney locks himself in the safe. He manages to get out by kicking a hole in the back wall but when real bank robbers try to hold up the bank, they all think it's Barney trying to make his point yet again. Written by garykmcd

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bank | robbery | guard | deputy | revolver | See All (5) »


Comedy | Family





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24 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


A couple times a little boy named Leon is seen. He never says anything but is always eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Leon is played by Clint Howard, who is Ron Howard's younger brother. This was Clint Howard's first TV appearance; it aired 12/24/1962. See more »


Barney supposedly locks himself in the bank vault. The vault has a back door, however, that they could easily use to get him out because it was featured in another episode. The episode where the back door plays a part is in 'Crime Free Mayberry,' season 2. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: [Andy and Barney walking out of the bank with Barney disgusted at how apathetic everyone, including Asa, the security guard, is toward the bank's security; and Andy trying to calm Barney down] Now simmer down, Barn.
Deputy Barney Fife: Four years Asa's been walkin' around without any screws in his gun. Where's the hardware store? Right down the street a whip and a whisker away. Boy, oh boy.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Alright, I'll go get screws and put 'em in Asa's gun. What kind of gun has Asa got?
Deputy Barney Fife: Oh, one of those old Teddy Roosevelt Horse...
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Ballistic Barney
5 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the ONE Andy Griffith Show episode in which Deputy Barney Fife(Don Knotts) proves his point. Barney vehemently complains to Andy how the local Mayberry Security Bank is a 'targeted crackerbox,anyone can rob the bank at free will because of no security measures,also cash drawers wipe open in plain sight and open bank vault door open. He really gets on edge when the moronic bank manager,dimwitted teller Harriet and really sleepy bank guard don't take Barney seriously,he even growls at Andy to the point Deputy Fife disguises himself as cleaning lady and steals cash from vault to prove his point. Barney lashes to everyone involved "When will you ever learn"?!

Sure enough the Mayberry Secutity Bank is held up,Andy,Harriet and Mildren believe its Barney but they're wrong. However Andy manages to capture the robber and Barney just happens to be outside giving his accomplice numerous parking tickets not knowing a Real bank robbery took place. Still today Deputy Barney Fife doesn't receive enough respect.'Its as simple as that.

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