The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Helen's Past 

It seems that Helen was once a gangster's moll when she lived in Kansas City.

Director:

Lee Philips

Writer:

Doug Tibbles
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Aneta Corsaut ... Helen Crump
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Jack Dodson ... Howard Sprague
Ruth McDevitt ... Mrs. Pendleton
Peter Hobbs ... Mr. Lockridge
Connie Sawyer ... Miss Blanchard
Monty Margetts Monty Margetts ... Mrs. Crane
Michael Freeman Michael Freeman ... Hollis
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While going through a box belonging to Helen, Andy comes across a newspaper clipping with a photo showing her being arrested by two policeman. The caption is partly missing but it clearly gives Helen's name and that she is being arrested. Andy phones her home town newspaper to get more information and they confirm the story, but not the outcome of the trial. After Goober and Howard see the clipping on Andy's desk, news of Helen's past spreads like wildfire. It also comes to the attention of Mrs. Pendleton, the Chairman of the school Board who decides to take action and fire Helen. Andy has to get the whole story pretty quick if she's to keep her job. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-Y
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Andy waits for days to obtain information on Helen's past from the Kansas City newspaper when in actuality, the information is wants is public record, and easily obtainable from the court clerk. See more »

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We've all had a past
9 October 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Funny episode. Of course it doesn't make sense that Andy wouldn't just ask Helen about the newspaper clipping, but, honestly, how many TAGS episodes can stand the test of being believable? The funniest scene is the awkward dinner table conversation between an unsuspecting Helen and Andy, Opie, and Bee, which culminates in Andy's stern advice to Opie about digestion.Goober's scenes with Mrs. Pendelton are enjoyable as he proves to be no more reliable at keeping a secret than Barney was with the gold shipment. But what's with that hideous, buttoned-up-at-the-neck, woolen outfit Helen is wearing when she drops in on Bee and Opie? I doubt Houdini could have extracted himself from it. My favorite character is the overworked and put-upon Miss Blanchard at the Kansas City newspaper, who can't seem to rise to the occasion of just going down to the stacks herself and pulling the relevant back copies of the paper that Andy needs. It must be a union thing.


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