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Christmas Story ()


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Crotchety old businessman Ben Weaver wants moonshiner Sam Muggins locked up for Christmas but, after seeing the holiday spirit in Andy's jail, he tries to be arrested himself.

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Andy Taylor
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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
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Barney Fife
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Aunt Bee Taylor
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Ben Weaver
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Sam Muggins
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Bess Muggins
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Ellie Walker (uncredited)
Joy Ellison ...
Effie Muggins (uncredited)
Kelly Flynn ...
Billy Muggins (uncredited)
Tom Jacobs ...
Man with Hat (uncredited)
Colin Male ...
Announcer (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Bob Sweeney

Written by

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Frank Tarloff ... (written by) (as David Adler)
 
Aaron Ruben ... (creator) (uncredited) (creator) &
Sheldon Leonard ... (creator) (uncredited) (creator) &
Danny Thomas ... (creator) (uncredited) (creator)

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Sheldon Leonard ... executive producer
Richard O. Linke ... associate producer
Aaron Ruben ... producer

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Earle Hagen

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Sidney Hickox ... (as Sid Hickox)

Film Editing by

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Robert Fritch

Casting By

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Ruth Burch

Art Direction by

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Ralph Berger
Kenneth A. Reid

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Robert Priestley ... (as Bob Priestley)

Costume Design by

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Ann Helfgott

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Lee Greenway ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Frank E. Myers ... production manager
W. Argyle Nelson ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bruce Bilson ... assistant director

Art Department

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Reggie Smith ... property master

Sound Department

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Charles David Forrest ... sound engineer (as David Forrest)
Robert Reeve ... re-recording editor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Michael A. Jones ... electrician

Music Department

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Herbert W. Spencer ... composer: theme music

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Hazel W. Hall ... continuity (as Hazel Hall)
Doris Hartley ... production secretary
Ronald Jacobs ... assistant to producer
Aaron Ruben ... story consultant

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  • BigStar.TV (2004) (United States)
  • CBS (1960) (United States) (tv) (original airing)

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Plot Summary

Christmas Eve gets Barney and Andy excited about getting together with loved ones to enjoy the holiday. Feeling especially generous, Andy lets all the prisoners out of jail for a Christmas break on the promise to return as soon as it's over. Their yuletide joy is only dimmed when mean old Ben Weaver makes a citizen's arrest of Sam Muggins for making a batch of white lightening to put some merry in his Christmas, stubbornly insisting that Sam get the required 24 hours in jail despite reasoning objections from Andy that, after all, it's Christmas. Andy comes up with a plan to arrest Sam's wife and kids on conspiracy charges so they can spend Christmas together in his cell, further bringing Aunt Bee, Opie and Ellie into the courthouse for the party. All night, Ben tries again and again to break into the proceedings, till Andy - after he and Ellie have a lovely sing-a-long of "Away in the Manger" - finally realizes what Ben's up to and arrests him, allowing him to first drop by his store for "some things he'll need" (presents for everyone). With Ben locked up in the cell alongside Sam's moonshine, the evidence progressively disappears, leaving Andy no choice but to let Sam go. Written by Jerry Dean Roberts / revised by statmanjeff

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Also Known As
  • Christmas Story (United States)
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  • 26 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The only show of the entire series that portrayed Christmas. See more »
Goofs The first card Andy opens shows a snowman with packages piled high. Barney then opens an all-white card from prison while Andy opens a card with Santa driving a Model-T. A few moments later, Barney opens an identical snowman with piled packages card. The camera angle changes. The snowman card is back in Andy's hand while Barney holds a previously unseen card of Santa before a hearth. As the camera changes again, the card in Andy's hand disappears, then reappears when the camera changes back. As Andy talks, Barney opens another envelope with the Santa driving the Model-T card inside, but as they talk it changes into the all-white card from prison. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special (2015). See more »
Soundtracks Away in a Manger See more »

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