The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Aunt Bee the Warden 

With the jail full of angry moonshiners, Otis serves his latest public intoxication sentence at the Taylor residence under the stern and watchful eye of Aunt Bee.


Bob Sweeney


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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Hal Smith ... Otis Campbell
Orville Sherman ... Billy Gordon
Robert McQuain Robert McQuain ... Ike Gordon (as Bob McQuain)
Paul Bakanas Paul Bakanas ... Junior Gordon
Mary Lansing Mary Lansing ... Mary
Hope Summers ... Clara Johnson


With the jail full after the arrest of the four Gordon brothers for moonshining, Andy wonders what to do with Otis when he shows up after his weekly drunk. The Gordons are angry with Otis for having changed liquor suppliers, so leaving him with them is out of the question. Left with little choice, Andy takes Otis home with him to serve his sentence. Aunt Bee is a little disconcerted at first, but when Andy tells her that she's in charge of the prisoner, she takes to making him do chores around the house, like washing floors and windows, cutting the grass and chopping wood. Otis takes to calling her the Warden and has worked so hard that he swears off liquor. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

12 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy is shown with a cast on his hand, which is explained as having occurred while bringing the Gordon boys in, but the real reason has been the source of debate among fans for years. In reality, Griffith got a sprained wrist when he got angry on the set and put his hand through a wall. It can be seen in the next episode as well. See more »


When Aunt Bee asks the laundry man to open the van doors, the boom mic is visible in the reflection of the van window. See more »


Otis Campbell: It will be my pleasure, dear lady, to be incarcerated in your domicile.
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One ruckus after another
13 December 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

This is the first of the two broken-hand episodes, and from the looks of the cast on Andy Griffith's right hand, it must have been a cement wall that he tried to knock down off-screen. Surely there must have been one, but I don't remember another series in which a lead actor's off-screen injury had to be worked into the story lines like this one is. Of course, we've seen female characters who were actually pregnant at the time of filming, and some of those pregnancies were written into the shows. At this point in the series, Clara is still being used only around the edges of the stories; the strong-willed yet emotionally flawed version of the character emerges gradually in later episodes. Strong-willed doesn't do Bee justice here. Andy is closer to the mark with "ruthless." Hal Campbell deserves special mention for risking his neck going down a ladder only a little sturdier-looking than the one Andy climbed up a few episodes back to repair loose shingles. The actor said to be the brother of Danny Thomas assists Otis in his escape attempt but as usual doesn't get a speaking role. Was the man camera-shy or were they just too cheap to pay him extra for saying a few lines of dialogue? If you have the DVD sets, check the sponsor spot for this story to see a mustache suddenly appear on the Gordon Boy played by Orville Sherman. Perhaps he had to dash off to another role on the studio lot as soon as they shot the commercial for TAGS.

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