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Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #27 - Ellie Save a Female

Updated on February 27, 2008

Ellie Saves a Female


Ellie Walker tries to help a female farmhand look more feminine.

Season Number: 1

Episode Number: 27

First Aired: April 17, 1961

Writer: David Adler

Director: Bob Sweeney

Cast/Crew/Guest Stars

Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor)

Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)

Don Knotts (Barney Fife)

Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker)

Bob McQuain (Jenkins Workder)

R.G. Armstrong (Mr. Flint)

Edris March (Frances)

Episode Summary

Frances "Frankie" Flint is the daughter of a local farmer. When she comes into Walker's Drugstore admiring the make-up and perfume, Ellie decides to find out why she's so shy and so unadorned. It turns out that Frankie is an only child and the only help her father has to tend his farm. Therefore, she's more accustomed to wearing work clothes and dressing more like a boy instead of like a girl. Ellie decides to give Frankie some things like makeup and perfume, despite Andy's warning that it would be butting in. Andy drives Ellie out the Flint farm, where she is rejected by Mr. Flint. After learning what happened, Barney brags that he would have stood up to Mr. Flint and got some results. Ellie puts Barney to the test and before he knows it, he is on his way to the farm. But rather than confronting Mr. Flint, he sneaks Frankie away and brings her back to town. Ellie and Frankie show up at the courthouse little, and neither Andy or Barney recognize Frankie. Thanks to Ellie, some cosmetics, and a new hairdo, Frankie is transformed into a beautiful lady. When Andy and Ellie take Frankie back home, her father doesn't recognize her either. He admits that she is beautiful, but proceeds explains that Frankie is the only help he has on the farm. Andy then suggests to Mr. Flint that Frankie the farmhand might be decent help, but that he's not utilizing his daughter to her full potential. His theory is that if Frankie were to get married, then there would be a son-in-law to help on the farm. Mr. Flint eventually sees Andy's point.


  • After Ellie sprays Andy with Midnight Madness perfume, Barney has fun picking on Andy. It's normally the other way around in the series with Andy poking fun at Barney.
  • 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.

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Also see:

Episode #1 - The New Housekeeper

Episode #2 - The Manhunt

Episode #3 - The Guitar Player

Episode #4 - Ellie Comes to Town

Episode #5 - Irresistible Andy

Episode #6 - Runaway Kid

Episode #7 - Andy the Matchmaker

Episode #8 - Opie's Charity

Episode #9 - A Feud is a Feud

Episode #10 - Ellie for Council

Episode #11 - Christmas Story

Episode #12 - Stranger in Town

Episode #13 - Mayberry Goes Hollywood

Episode #14 - The Horse Trader

Episode #15 - Those Gossipin' Men

Episode #16 - The Beauty Contest

Episode #17 - Alcohol and Old Lace

Episode #18 - Andy the Marriage Counselor

Episode #19 - Mayberry on Record

Episode #20 - Andy Saves Barney's Morale

Episode #21 - Andy and the Gentleman Crook

Episode #22 - Cyrano Andy

Episode #23 - Andy and Opie, Housekeepers

Episode #24 - The New Doctor

Episode #25 - A Plaque for Mayberry

Episode #26 - The Inspector


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