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A Black Day for Mayberry 

Andy and Barney have to protect a shipment of gold which will be going through Mayberry on the way to Fort Knox. It's critical that they keep it a secret, but Barney spills the beans ... See full summary »


Jeffrey Hayden


John Whedon

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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
Rance Howard ... First Treasury Agent
Ken Lynch ... FBI Agent
Joseph Hamilton ... Townsman
Roy Engel ... Townsman
Charles Thompson Charles Thompson ... Asa (as Charles P. Thompson)
Doodles Weaver ... Regis
Phil Arnold ... The Hotdog Vendor
Clint Howard ... Leon
Alex Barringer Alex Barringer ... Boy
Leslie Barringer Leslie Barringer ... Boy
Jim Nabors ... Gomer Pyle


Andy and Barney have to protect a shipment of gold which will be going through Mayberry on the way to Fort Knox. It's critical that they keep it a secret, but Barney spills the beans immediately and within minutes all of Mayberry knows. A carnival-like atmosphere soon takes hold. The plot thickens when Barney discovers there's no gold in the truck. Written by Ronny Bailey

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

11 November 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Deputy Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) carries a protest sign for Regis (Doodles Weaver) which reads, "Down with the Gold Standard; Vote for the Single Tax!" At the time of this episode (two weeks before his assassination), one of the issues facing President John F. Kennedy focused on whether or not the United States should return to the gold standard or continue to make silver-backed currency and fiat currency without tangible subsidy. On March 20, 1968, Congress repealed the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency. See more »


The gold truck arrives in Mayberry under rainy conditions, with most of the crowd wearing raincoats and holding umbrellas. However, when Andy leaves the gas station to chase the truck, his patrol car kicks up copious amounts of dust. See more »


Opie Taylor: Who are they? Friends of Pa's?
Deputy Barney Fife: No, they're just waiting.
Opie Taylor: What for?
Deputy Barney Fife: Don't ask me what for, I just run the waiting room, that's all.
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Laugh Track on TVLand version
9 May 2007 | by megalon3See all my reviews

They did use a laugh track in this episode. At least they did on version they aired on TVLand on 5.9.07.

Perhaps the DVD version is different. I have no idea what the original version was like. I don't specifically remember this particular episode "A Black Day for Mayberry" when it was originally broadcast on network television.

I have nothing to compare this version to. Perhaps the version on DVD had the soundtrack removed to enhance the dramatic effect of the program. Although there are portions of the show that deserve laughter - specifically those scenes involving Barney spilling the beans and Gomer trying to act serious.

Maybe some other viewer can shed some light on this.

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