The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Manhunt 

A state police captain errs in not utilizing Sheriff Taylor's intimate knowledge of the area and its people when issuing a dragnet for an escaped criminal.


Don Weis

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Ken Lynch ... Capt. Barker
Cheerio Meredith Cheerio Meredith ... Emma Brand
Mike Steen Mike Steen ... The Sergeant
Frank Gerstle ... Derekson
Hal Smith ... Otis Campbell
Norman Leavitt ... Cal
Burt Mustin ... Jud Fletcher
William Challee ... Townsman (as Bill Challee)
Lillian Culver ... Barney Fife's Mother
Dick Elliott ... Mayor Pike


While fishing, Andy and Opie discover that their boat has sprung a leak. Arriving back on shore, Barney pulls up with news that the State Police want to set up a dragnet in Mayberry to catch Derekson, a dangerous convict escaped from State Prison. Andy and Barney are surprised to find that the mission to catch him is no small affair, but even more surprised that the State Police are leaving them completely out of the proceedings. It's not by accident. Captain Barker, the dead-serious man in charge, is a by-the-book type who doesn't take too well to Andy's laid-back, folksy manner; however, Andy, knowing the town and countryside intimately, determinedly sets up a dragnet of his own. Correctly deducing that Derekson has broken into Emma Brand's house (where he holds her at gunpoint), Andy sets his trap by letting it slip to Emma that his boat is docked on the shore of Myer's Lake. Derekson soon sets out across the lake to escape, whereby the leak forces him to swim back to shore right ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts / <> / revised by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

10 October 1960 (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?


At the end of this episode, Andy asks Capt. Barker to send him a magnetic map like the one used by the state police. Barker apparently made good on the promise because such a magnetic map is later seen in the episode entitled "Mayberry on Record." See more »


When Andy and Barney are seen in the squad car in front of the courthouse, they sit several feet apart, Andy next to the driver's door and Barney next to the passenger door. When cameras change to a closeup, Barney is close enough to Andy that their shoulders nearly touch. See more »


Deputy Barney Fife: Andy, you can't let Otis go.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Well, I have to. His sentence is up.
Deputy Barney Fife: But he's the only prisoner we've got.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Well?
Deputy Barney Fife: Well, what are the state police gonna think when they get here and find we got an empty jail? They gonna think this is just a hick town where nothin' ever happens.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Well, now, you got to admit that-that's about the size of it.
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Alternate Versions

The DVDs released by Raintree Home Video replaces the classic Andy Griffith Show theme with a generic instrumental song. See more »


The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen
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Barney's mother? Bad idea
8 August 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

It was wise of TAGS to drop the Andy/Barney/cousin after the first season, and it was certainly a good idea not to introduce a mother figure for Barney after this episode. It's obvious they drew in both angles for an easy laugh here. And thank goodness Frances Bavier eventually dropped the antebellum drawl (this wasn't Hee Haw for heaven's sakes), which surely came at the insistence of the director of this episode and which Ms. B. no doubt found unacceptable. Is this the only time Mayor Pike appears in the series and doesn't say a word? We get the first of a number of appearances by Ken Lynch, the no-nonsense lawman who always seems to be butting heads with the Mayberry sheriff's office. My favorite line comes from Andy when he questions the captain's strategy of having his men cover just the main roads to try to intercept the escaped convict. The funniest visual moment is Fast Gun Fife's inability to get his gun from the holster upon encountering the escapee. Even at this early stage, young Ron Howard impresses with his ability to deliver his lines convincingly and without the self-consciousness and sometimes brattishness of child actors like Angela Cartwright and Larry Matthews. Finally, the fish that Andy snags at the beginning of the story derserves some credit: it looks like the same one we see in roughly three future episodes in which the lake serves as a backdrop for the stories.

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