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The Andy Griffith Show - Mayberry on Record (1961)
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This episode of the CBS television program "The Andy Griffith Show" begins with a
US Indian Head or Buffalo nickel used to illustrate a point.
 
Andy Griffith appeared as sheriff Andy Taylor of the small North Carolina town of Mayberry.
He has a bumbling deputy Barney Fife and a sort-of girlfriend Ellie Walker who runs a store.
 
This episode is titled "Mayberry on Record" and was first broadcast on February 13, 1961.
 
Sheriff Andy shows Deputy Barney how easy it is to scam someone with a Buffalo nickel.
Later Andy suspects that a visiting record producer is a confidence man.
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
1. Title
 
Barney Fife is complaining about his small paycheck.
 
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
2. Barney hold his check
 
He complains about taxes and wants a lucrative investment.
 
Andy tells Barney that his attitude would make him prey to a confidence man.
 
He then suggests:
Well now, I'll tell you. If you're really considering investing, why don't you try coin collecting?
Well sure, its a good hobby, and you can't never tell when you'll come across a rare old coin
that might bring you a whole lot of money.
 
Then Andy takes out a nickel.
 
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
3. Andy holds a nickel
 
An Indian Head or Buffalo nickel five cent coin:
 
United States 5 cents 1936-S
4. Indian Head or Buffalo nickel 1936-S
 
Indian Head nickels were made from 1913 to 1937.
 
Andy tells Barney it is worth a lot of money because, due to a mistake at the mint,
the buffalo is facing the wrong way.
 
Barney offers to buy Andy's nickel and they agree on a price of $75.
 
Barney pulls out what he calls a "regular" Indian Head nickel which implies that
they were still in circulation then.
 
Buffalo nickels were last made in 1937 and were replaced by the Jefferson nickels in 1938.
 
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
5. Barney compares nickels
 
Barney compares the nickels and realizes that they are the same.
He sees both buffalos facing the same direction, and gets the point.
 
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
6. Barney is shocked
 
Ellie brings in a Mr. Maxwell, he is a music producer looking for folk music which he can record
to sell to a music company and produce a phonograph record.
 
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
7. Maxwell arrives with tape recorder
 
He wants to record some of Mayberry's musicians.
Andy brings over a country group and they play a short number.
 
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
8. Andy and country music band perform
 
Maxwell records performances by some other residents.
Various townspeople offer Maxwell investment money for his project.
Andy declines, stating that Maxwell is probably a confidence man.
 
Maxwell leaves town, causing the residents to have doubts.
Sometime he returns and shows Ellie a contract with a record company and a check.
They visit the sheriff's office and Maxwell shows the contract and check to Andy.
 
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
9. Andy looks at Maxwell's check
 
Andy realizes that he has made a mistake and that Maxwell is honest.
 
Sometime later Maxwell and Ellie bring in the record album.
 
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
10. Betty arrives with record album titled "Music from Mayberry".
 
The final scene shows Barney trying to decide what to do with his money.
 
Andy Griffith Show Mayberry Record
11. Barney studying investments in The Wall Street Journal
 
Notes:
 
Cast:
Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor
Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife
Ronnie Howard as Opie Taylor
Elinor Donahue as Ellie Walker
Hugh Marlowe as Mr. Maxwell
 
Director: Gene Reynolds
Writers: John Fenton Murray, Benedict Freedman
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