The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Aunt Bee's Cousin 

Andy discovers that Aunt Bee's globe-trotting millionaire cousin is actually a hobo and tries to keep the truth from Aunt Bee and everyone else.


Lee Philips

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Jack Dodson ... Howard Sprague
Paul Hartman ... Emmett Clark
Aneta Corsaut ... Helen Crump
Hope Summers ... Clara Edwards
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Ella
Jack Albertson ... Bradford J. Taylor


Aunt Bee is thrilled when her much-traveled cousin, Bradford J. Taylor, writes to inform her that he will be coming to Mayberry for a visit. She has always enjoyed hearing from him with his tales of travel to far away and exotic locales and his many and varied business ventures. The only problem is that it's all a sham. Andy catches on pretty quickly when he catches Bradford arriving in Mayberry in a boxcar. Andy doesn't want to upset Aunt Bee and so says very little about what he knows but when Bradford starts to propose setting up a business selling Aunt Bee's home-made ice cream - with several of the townsfolk investing - Andy thinks it's time for him to move on. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Jack Albertson who plays Bradford J Taylor is the brother of Mabel Albertson who played Howard Sprague mother See more »

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You mean he's a bum?
28 December 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Jack Albertson is delightful as one of those dreamers with delusions of greatness who sneaks into Mayberry in a box car. Watch how he casually attempts to gain the upper hand with Andy by disengaging Andy's hand from his arm and taking the latter's arm as they walk away from the freight yard. Ann Morgan Guilbert, late of The Dick van Dyke Show, crosses the studio lot to play the town's society page reporter who has apparently hit a dry spell in the local news scene. Clara is predictably envious of Bee's celebrity guest and the attention that he is receiving, envious that is until she is led to believe that his visit might be a windfall for the townspeople. The KFC chain gets an oblique reference from Cousin Bradford, and his scheme to promote Bee's ice cream is reckoned by the townspeople as yet another in a series, going back to the early seasons, of one of the biggest things to ever hit Mayberry. My favorite line comes from Opie when he hears Bee say that the family will have to leave town.

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