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The Battle of Mayberry 

Opie causes a stir in town when he writes a school paper on the historic Battle of Mayberry. He finds that the truth does not match the legend.

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Andy Taylor
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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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Aunt Bee Taylor
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Floyd Lawson
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Helen Crump
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Clara Edwards
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The editor of the Mayberry Gazette announces that in honor of the newspaper's 50th anniversary, it will sponsor an essay-writing contest for Opie's class. The essay is to be on the Famous Battle of Mayberry and winner will get a medallion and will have their essay printed on the front page. Opie is enthusiastic at the prospect of winning and takes his father's advice and decides to interview various townsfolk about the role their ancestors played in the battle. All Opie finds is that everyone - Aunt Bee, Floyd, Goober, Clara Edwards - claims that their ancestors played the most important role in the historic battle. Andy suggests that Opie spend some time at the library in Raleigh looking through old newspapers to see what he can find. Opie finds an account of the encounter but it certainly wasn't much of a battle and the when he wins the contest and has his essay published, there are a lot of long faces in Mayberry. Written by garykmcd

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4 April 1966 (USA)  »

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When Opie and Andy are talking in front of the theater there is a poster for a movie titled "Bells for Heroes." The film is fictitious and the poster is actually a modified poster for the film "Hell is for Heroes." See more »

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19 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Good, solid episode that shows how history can be whitewashed over time to to fit peoples' patriotic sensibilities about events in the distant past which are believed to have shaped the character of a time and culture. Early Roman history is an example. Of course this isn't Rome or even ancient Greece, as Barney reminded Andy once. Down through the years the alleged Battle of Mayberry has been a source of pride for Mayberrians, albeit based apparently only on word-of-mouth reports, a little like those absurd tales of the founding of Rome. Clara is at her supercilious best when she bursts into the Taylor house brandishing a sword and casting doubt on the Taylors' claim to ancestral greatness. The best line goes to Opie as he despairs over his facts-based essay having o*ended everyone else in his class who had heroes from the great battle in their families. Tom Strongbow, looking like his paint sprayer backfired on him while refreshing a red barn, does a commendable job giving credit to the natives' side of the story. Also of interest is the euphemism "bushwah" that Floyd uses to describe Goober's claim to one of the battle's heroes, which is a barely disguised and readily recognized replacement for something much more vulgar, kind of like Andy's "crock of nothing" from a much earlier episode. The story ends on a good-natured note in the epilogue when Andy produces a family heirloom from the battle's peacemaking bottle.


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