The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Barbershop Quartet 

When Howard becomes unavailable to sing in a Barbershop Quartet contest, Andy reluctantly drafts a prisoner to fill in.




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Episode cast overview:
... Andy Taylor
... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
... Aunt Bee Taylor
... Howard Sprague
... Floyd Lawson
... Jeff Nelson
... Jud
Blackie Hunt ... Wally
... Sheriff Blake Wilson
... Tom Bedlow
Vernon Rich ... Mr. Johnston
Harry Arnie ... Kelly


Just as the regional Barbershop Quartet contest is to be held in Mount Pilot Howard Sprague, the group's tenor, get a throat infection and can't sing. Andy and the others have won the competition for two years running and decide to hold auditions for a temporary replacement. Unable to find anyone suitable, Andy is left with the choice of letting a prisoner with a great voice - a repeat offender who does nothing but plan his escape from jail - join the group. Sure enough, just as they arrive in Mount Pilot he disappears leaving the three other members of the quartet high and dry. A chance encounter saves the day. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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26 September 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Actor Burt Mustin is listed in the ending credits as playing the roll "Jud", but Andy repeatedly refers to him as "Burt" and when Aunt Bee is practicing with them at the Taylor home, she replies "Burt Wilkins, I am not squeaky." See more »

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All that for a plastic cup spray-painted gold
4 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Was there anything more un-cool than a barbershop quartet in the mid-60s? Actually there was: Howard Sprague's gold-tone, 2-door Chevy Biscayne that we see later on meets the requirement. Of course, with age comes wisdom and an enlarged prostate, and I'm happy to say that I now appreciate the close harmonies of a group singing like this one, unamplified and unaccompanied, the absolute sound as the audiophile nuts call it. I love the grimace on Andy's face when he asks Howard to sing a little of In the Gloaming. The glaring hole in continuity comes at the end when we realize (i.e., if we have seen all the episodes of TAGS) that Howard is not the novice bowler we're led to believe he is in season 8. And regardless of whether he's Jud or Burt, it's always a pleasure to see Burt Mustin, who here gets the best line about the tickle in Howard's throat. An added bonus, the Metropolitan Opera gets a mention from Floyd.

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