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"The Andy Griffith Show" The Merchant of Mayberry (1962)

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Leo Solomon (written by) &
Ben Gershman (written by)
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Original Air Date:
5 March 1962 (Season 2, Episode 22)
Andy helps a struggling salesman stay in town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Bob Sweeney 
Writing credits
Leo Solomon (written by) &
Ben Gershman (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
Bob Christenson 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank E. Myers .... production manager
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor (as W. Argyle Nelson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Buddy Messinger .... 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
Alan Jaggs .... music editor
Other crew
Hazel W. Hall .... continuity (as Hazel Hall)
Aaron Ruben .... story consultant
Jay Sandrich .... assistant to producer
Series Cast
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Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson

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

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

Did You Know?

This is the last appearance for Will Wright, who played storeowner and renowned skinflint Ben Weaver. Wright died in June, 1962. His character continued with actor Tol Avery picking up the role.See more »
[repeated line]
Ben Weaver:I'm talkin' to the sheriff.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great episode featuring Sterling Holloway, 29 August 2008
Author: NCarolinaGirl from Greensboro, NC

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This episode is from Season 2 of "The Andy Griffith Show" and originally aired in March 1962. It is most notable for featuring a guest appearance by Sterling Holloway, better known as the beloved voice for Disney's Winnie the Pooh. His smooth, almost falsetto voice is unmistakable.

Here, he plays a traveling salesman named Bert Miller with various physical ailments that is making it hard for him to keep selling door-to-door. Andy suggests he set up on a sidewalk bench and catch customers as they pass by. Things go well until cranky store owner, Ben Weaver, catches the salesman. He promptly goes to Sheriff Taylor and demands he put a stop to it. Weaver is aptly played by Will Wright. Wright is a man that seemed to be born old and often plays crodgy old men.

Sheriff Taylor makes it his mission to help this salesman set up a sales stand just to aggravate Mr. Weaver. But Weaver stays one step ahead and decides to sell all his merchandise at rock bottom prices to run off Miller. Andy realizes they are licked and is helping Miller load up all his merchandise on a consignment truck when Weaver sees it. He thinks the truck is a merchant trying to open a new store with Miller. Andy plays along and lets Weaver think this. Weaver offers to set Miller up by offering him a job with his company. Andy acts as the go between and says Miller will only work for Weaver if he'll buy of Miller's stand, lock stock and barrel.

Barney tells Weaver he is getting the best salesmen in Mayberry, and Weaver says "Nah, the 2nd best." Barney says "Well who's the best?" to which Weaver answers "You ought to know, you work for him."

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