The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Big House 

When the Mayberry jail is called upon to lodge two hold-up men captured by the state police, Barney finds himself with more than he can handle--especially when "assisted" by ad-hoc Deputy Gomer.

Director:

Bob Sweeney

Writer:

Harvey Bullock

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Jack Lambert ... Doc
Robert McQuain Robert McQuain ... Lieutenant
George Kennedy ... State Police Detective
Richard Angarola Richard Angarola ... Detective Morley
Lewis Charles ... Escaped Convict
Billy Halop ... Tiny
Arthur Kendall Arthur Kendall ... Escaped Convict
Jim Nabors ... Gomer Pyle
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Storyline

When the State police arrest two of four bank robbers, they decide to keep them in Mayberry jail. Andy is to join the search for the remaining two criminals and agrees with Barney's suggestion that they get a third man working for them but without consulting him, Barney hires Gomer. Andy isn't convinced they can do the job but gives in to Barney's assurances that all will be okay. In fact, the two experienced criminals have Barney right where they want him and it's only thanks to Andy that keeps them from escaping - twice! When the State police set a trap for the two remaining criminals, Barney puts his foot in it again when he arrests them.. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of only a handful of episodes in which Barney takes his bullet from his shirt pocket and loads it into his revolver. See more »

Goofs

When Gomer first drops his gun from the roof it lands on the sidewalk pointing to Andy and Barney's right. But a second later, when Andy picks the gun up, it is now facing the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

[shouting to two prisoners]
Barney Fife: Now here at "The Rock" we have two basic rules. Memorize them so that you can say them in your sleep. The first rule is... Obey all rules. Secondly, do not write on the walls, as it takes a lot of work to erase writing off of walls.
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