Barney and Gomer try to retrieve a baseball from a supposedly haunted house and find some strange goings on inside.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Ronnie Dapo ...
Big Jack Anderson
Agent Bowton


When Opie and his friend Arnold accidentally send a baseball crashing through the window of an old abandoned house, they're too afraid to go in and retrieve it. The house has a reputation for being haunted but Barney admonishes Andy for not making the boys retrieve the ball anyways. The cowardly Deputy balks however when Andy suggests that he get it for them. Even Otis the town drunk suggests that they stay away from the place. Soon, Andy and Barney - with Gomer in tow - are in the place. They hear strange sounds, see a painting with eyes that seem to follow you across the room and find a secret chamber. There's definitely an earthly explanation to everything however. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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7 October 1963 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In the opening shots where Opie and Arnold argue over going after their lost ball, the little house in the background is the same backlot set used for Frank Myers' house in "Mayberry Goes Bankrupt" from season two. Remnants of the town-decorated window shutters can still be seen. See more »


Barney Fife: All I'm saying is that there are some things beyond the ken of mortal man that shouldn't be tampered with. We don't know everything, Andy. There's plenty goin' on right now in the Twilight Zone that we don't know anything about and I think we oughta stay clear.
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A superb comedy entry of the show.
15 February 2008 | by (Dyersburg, TN) – See all my reviews

This entry of the Andy Griffith Show is a wonderful comic episode of the series. Starting out with trying to find a lost baseball in an old house, Andy and company run upon lots of spooky happenings. You know there will be a logical ending, but what a fun ride this episode is. Don Knotts and Jim Nabors play the scary-cats to a hilt. They make this episode enjoyable to watch no matter how many times you've seen it. I especially love the part where they enter the house with Andy. The three of them walk shoulder-to-shoulder, and even bend over together in unison at one point. Andy is the straight guy, of course, figuring out what is going on in the end. Before they get started to the house, be sure and listen to what Otis chants as he is jumping a rope in the jail. It's rather funny. If you are a collector of Andy Griffith episodes, you'll definitely want this one.

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