Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #30 - Barney Gets His Man
Barney Gets His Man
Barney is targeted by a criminal he accidentally captured.
Season Number: 1
Episode Number: 30
First Aired: May 8, 1961
Writers: Ben Gershman, Leo Solomon
Director: Bob Sweeney
Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor)
Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)
Don Knotts (Barney Fife)
Frances Bavier (Bee Taylor)
Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou)
Burt Mustin (Jud)
Barney Phillips (Eddie Brooke)
Mike Steen (Sgt. Miller)
Bob McQuain (Sgt. Johnson)
Barney spots a car parked in front of a hydrant. As he starts to write up a ticket, the violator, who is a prison escapee, walks out of a store. Alarmed at first, he's relieved to find that Barney is only citing him for parking in front of a hydrant. As Barney is writing out the ticket, the prisoner, Eddie Brooke, spots a State Trooper car nearby. When the troopers spot the prisoner, he makes a run for it and inadvertently trips over Barney. As Brooke and Barney are tangled up on the ground, the troopers capture Brooke. As Barney is being honored at a party for his bravery, the troopers come back to inform everyone that Brooke has escaped. Barney's actions make Andy suspect that something was strange about the capture. As they are searching the woods outside of town for Brooke, Andy suspects that the prisoner is inside an old barn. Rather than capture him, Andy sets things up so that Barney can do it and restore his confidence.
- The episode begins with a car chase (one of the few seen in the series).
- The series was filmed entirely in Hollywood, at Desilu Productions on the former RKO Pictures lot. Mayberry exteriors were shot on the former Selznick International Pictures lot, later known as Forty Acres. The rural fishing hole that opened each episode was Franklin Canyon Lake, just north of Beverly Hills. Franklin Canyon was also the site of the show's Myers Lake and other outdoor locales.
- The whistled theme song, "The Fishin' Hole" was composed by Earle Hagen (the music coordinator and famous whistler of the show) and Herbert Spencer, with unsung lyrics by Everett Sloane. Hagen also wrote the music for the series.
Barney: "You know Andy, I never thought I'd see our town come to this. Mayberry...gateway to danger!"
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Episode #19 - Mayberry on Record
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Episode #22 - Cyrano Andy
Episode #23 - Andy and Opie, Housekeepers
Episode #24 - The New Doctor
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Episode #28 - Andy Forecloses
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