The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Merchant of Mayberry 

Andy helps a struggling salesman stay in town.


Bob Sweeney

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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
Will Wright ... Ben Weaver
Sara Seegar ... Mrs. Katherine Palmer
Mary Lansing Mary Lansing ... Mrs. Mason
Robert McQuain Robert McQuain ... Joe Waters (as Bob McQuain)
Sterling Holloway ... Bert Miller


When door-to-door salesman Bert Miller returns to Mayberry, Barney and Andy decide to help him out a little. If truth be told, Bert likes selling but is always hesitant to push his goods on anyone. (Soft sell is the only way he knows how to do business.) They set him up in a vacant lot, which soon has several customers, raising the ire of crotchety old department store owner Ben Weaver, who cites municipal ordinances against selling on the street. Andy decides to have a little fun with old Ben, and eventually Bert has a booth to sell out of. When old Ben decides to run Bert out of business by lowering his prices, Andy comes up with an even better way of helping Bert out. Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

5 March 1962 (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?


This is the second episode in which Ben Weaver ends up hiring the person he was trying to get Andy to run out of town. Previously, in the episode "Andy Forecloses," he tried to get Lester Scobey run out of his house. See more »


Andy Taylor: There's one thing I can't stand's a pushy sheriff.
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Spread a Little Sunshine Every Day
Performed by Andy Griffith and Don Knotts
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Can't stand them ringin' doorbells
4 August 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

The retail world could stand to have a few more Bert Millers on the front lines. Sterling Holloway had one of the most unusual voices of any actor out there and plenty hair for another actor as well. Andy Griffith looks like he is actually having fun here, and, again, if you fast-forward to season eight, you have to wonder if the man you see in this story is the same dour, sometimes lifeless and often cranky, sheriff you get in the last season. For whatever reason, he doesn't seem able to maintain the same level of enjoyment in his work after this episode. One of the best moments here is when Andy and Barney inflict "Try a Little Sunshine" on the incensed Ben Weaver.The best line comes from Andy's speculation about Ben's ultimate fate in this life. Will Wright was the perfect choice for Ben Weaver, a shrewd businessman (as Andy describes a later incarnation of the character) who nevertheless has a kindness that he keeps hidden, lest, as Andy tells him, people take advantage of him.

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