The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Opie and the Spoiled Kid 

Opie's friend Arnold seems to have it all--a new bike, fat allowance, and plenty of leisure time. When the pressure's on, though, Opie learns that these assets are actually Arnold's greatest weakness.


Bob Sweeney


James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Ronnie Dapo ... Arnold Winkler
Harlan Warde ... Simon Winkler
Mary Lansing Mary Lansing ... Mrs. Rodenbach


Mayberry is having a bit of a problem with a boy who is continually riding his bike on the sidewalks and knocking people over. The boy, Arnold Winkler, has just gotten his new bicycle and for Opie, it's a beauty. Actually, Opie thinks Arnold, who has just moved to Mayberry with his family, is the luckiest kid around. He not only has a new $70 bike, but he gets a much bigger allowance and doesn't have to do chores to get it. He thinks Opie is a sap and gives him some hints on how to get what he wants out of parents, like stomping your feet, holding your breath and pretending to cry. When Opie tries it with Andy, it doesn't get him very far. When Andy and Barney impound Arnold's bike for again riding on the sidewalk, they get a visit from the boy's father who soon comes to realize just how selfish and arrogant his little boy is. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

18 February 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Ronnie Dapo, the boy who plays Arnold the tantrum kid, previously played alongside Ron Howard in the 1962 movie The Music Man. See more »


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19 January 2018 | by The_Light_TritonSee all my reviews

To say that a 1960's TV show is still relevant is hit and miss for most shows.

Then "Opie and the spoiled kid" comes along, and the extreme relevance to modern time not only hits the destroys the mark into a million pieces. This episode still holds it's morals as well as it did in 1963.

The angle of this story is comparing the lives of that of a spoiled child to that of a discliplined one. But it's not truly aimed at kids, it's more or less aimed at the parents. Andy's best line throughout the whole episode is "If we don't teach children how to behave in society, what's gonna happen to them when they grow up?"

Now the kid who plays Arnold (Ronnie Dapo) is spot on. Like wrestling heel heat spot-on. He plays the role of the spoiled kid so well you want to punch him in his smug little face. Dapo eventually left the acting business as a teenager, quoting he simply "Gave up" and couldn't do it anymore. But maybe that's a good thing. He'll definitely be remembered as the spoiled kid...and in a good way.

It's in the public domain, so it's available for free viewing online. Check it out, you will enjoy it!

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