The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Cannon 

Warren's ignorance about cannons helps catch two thieves.


Alan Rafkin


Jack Elinson

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Jack Burns ... Deputy Warren Ferguson
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
Justin Smith Justin Smith ... John
Byron Foulger ... Harry Bosworth
Vaughn Taylor ... Frank Chase
J. Edward McKinley ... Governor George C. Handley
Sally Mansfield Sally Mansfield ... Stella
Robert Karnes ... Jack
Douglas McCairn Douglas McCairn ... Driver


The good folks of Mayberry are thrilled when they learn that the Governor of the State is going be visit them and take part in their Founders' Day celebration. They also learn that the State Mobile Museum will be sent to the town. The Museum contains many valuable artifacts including paintings, coins and memorabilia. Warren thinks that the planned activities lack oomph and that they should fire the old cannon in the town square. Andy tells him to forget it but he persists. Actually, the cannon becomes useful when a couple try to rob the museum. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

22 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the towns welcome to the governor, the town band plays a tune that should sound familiar. It is the same tune later used as the theme song for Mayberry RFD. See more »


Warren wants to and does fire the old Civil War cannon on display in the town square. However, almost five years earlier in "The Horse Trader" Andy sold the town's Civil War cannon (also on display in the town square) to a visiting antiques dealer. See more »

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27 July 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Oh my-- that young woman was brave to don a swimsuit in the midst of a crowd of fully clothed people, swimwear that even reveals some early cellulite. Perhaps she felt the crown of potatoes would distract viewers from her imperfections, but, alas, she figured wrong. Andy gets the best line about using a station wagon for target practice. Does Floyd actually address Gov. George C. Handley as Your Excellency…your George- cy? I hope so. Warren's Founders Day slogan really isn't that bad. That he and Goober would be entrusted with the security of priceless museum pieces is outrageous. I particularly like the way the writers work Earl Hagen's name into the proceedings. It was about time that this underrated creative force of the series got some recognition. The other great line comes in response to Andy's inquiry into the status of the Mayberry band. We can only wonder what calamity befell the group on an early September Monday.

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