The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Andy and the Gentleman Crook 

The infamous con man 'Gentleman' Dan Caldwell beguiles nearly everyone from his cell at Andy's jail - all but Andy.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Aunt Bee Taylor
Otis Campbell
Mike Steen ...
The Police Sergeant


After giving Barney a lecture on keeping his bullet in his shirt pocket, Andy learns that the Mayberry jail will be temporary lodgings for the famous swindler "Gentleman Dan" Caldwell while he's being extradited to Atlanta. Barney is over the moon to have such a celebrity housed in their humble little jail, but Andy wants his visit to remain all business. When Caldwell is brought in, Barney, with stars in his eyes, welcomes the man as more of a celebrity than a criminal. Also impressed are Opie (spellbound by Caldwell's stories of spectacular jail breaks) and Aunt Bee (charmed by his sweet talk). The more reasonable Andy sees through all of Caldwell's tricks and worries that he might charm his way right out of the Mayberry jail. He tries to warn Aunt Bee, who cooks him a large fancy meal then gets dressed up so she can take it to him, then he worries for Opie, who has moved from wanting to hear fairy tale stories to stories of crooks and jail breaks. Before long, Caldwell has talked ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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27 February 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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About half way through the show, Gentlemen Dan is in his cell and telling a story to Opie and Barney. The cameras move from within the cell to looking into the cell. A bit later, Aunt Bee comes in, the same angles; then Andy comes in. These camera angles revealed one little flaw, when the camera was shooting out from the cell, there is the key ring in the door. When looking from the outside in, the key ring is no where to be found. These scenes were just before the Barney misdeal at rum. See more »


[Barney accidentally fires off his gun]
Andy Taylor: Barney, you promised me when I gave you that bullet you'd keep it in your shirt pocket. Now, why'd you take it out?
Barney Fife: Oh, I'm sorry, Andy. I... Doggone it, that bullet was turnin' green in my pocket. I thought it'd keep better in the gun.
Andy Taylor: Barney...
Barney Fife: And besides, I've already lost two bullets in the laundry.
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagen.
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The Attractions of Evil
11 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Here's an episode that has a good deal to say about the false allurements of evil. Nationally known con man "Gentleman Dan" Caldwell is the picture of a debonair villain, and he succeeds in enchanting everyone around him in Mayberry - except Andy. The episode offers some deliciously satirical moments, particularly when Barney - overjoyed to have a "prestigious" criminal in their midst - fawns over Caldwell. Further, I am informed that this episode marks the first instance of Barney accidentally firing his gun into the courthouse floor, one of the series' favorite gags. And although I could imagine the role of "Gentleman Dan" Caldwell being played a touch more charismatically than Dan Tobin does, he is more than adequate. Nine stars, upon my word as a gentleman.

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