The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Statue 

After the town has a statue made honoring a heroic Taylor ancestor, the find out he was a swindler.




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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Floyd Lawson
Brian Jackson
Cyrus Tankersly


The local civic improvement committee decides that Mayberry should commemorate one of its illustrious citizens by erecting a statue. They focus on one of Andy and Aunt Bee's ancestors, a founder of the town. They hire a local artist to produce a life-sized statue but they may have made a major error. It turns out that the venerated Taylor in question was a major fraudster who had sold land in Mayberry at inflated prices by promising that the railroad would be coming through the town. The railway eventually when through Mount Pilot and a lot of people lost money. It takes a re-assessment of history to allow them to go forward. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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20 February 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Aunt Bee pulls the cover off the marble statue she nearly pulls it over and the statue wobbles momentarily. See more »

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Say it ain't so, Seth
19 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

First of all, Andy G. is oddly detached from the production of this episode to the point that he looks like he'd rather be anywhere else but in it. It makes you wonder what was going on behind the scenes that had him preoccupied. I like seeing a character like Howard serving as the voice of reason and decorum among a group of townsfolk who often display anything but. Unfortunately, he turns clownish in Mayberry RFD,and he is not alone in that transformation in an almost unwatchable series. The sculptor in this episode, besides looking a little like Charles Manson, has the best line about the fate of his ex-wife and the statue of her he was working on before she skedaddled. Mr. Simmons, local garden guru, makes another welcome appearance, wearing the ugliest brown suit imaginable and a pair of white socks with high-top street shoes. His Bronx accent is a funny juxtaposition next to Andy's southern cadence. Howard McNear is so animated, especially at the end, that you wonder what happened late in season 7 to hasten his already declining health, which is plain to see in his last, painful-to-watch, appearance about Goober's contest. Clara is uncharacteristically supportive of the Taylor heritage; any other time, she would have campaigned to have one of her illustrious progenitors be the recipient of the sculptured honor. Which brings us to the statue of Seth Taylor itself, truly one of the worst looking monuments to ever come out of the prop shop. Is that spray-painted Styrofoam with glitter sprinkled on top of it? It's so flimsy that Aunt Bee nearly pulls it off its base at the unveiling. I stand corrected about something I mentioned in my review of Barney Fife Visits Mayberry: I believe this current episode wins the prize for the most extras recruited for a crowd scene in TAGS

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