The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Horse Trader 

Andy's admonishment to Opie about dealing fairly with others snafus when he subsequently trumps up a fanciful story to sell a worthless cannon to an out-of-area antiques dealer.


Bob Sweeney


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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Elinor Donahue ... Ellie Walker
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Max Showalter ... Ralph Mason (as Casey Adams)
Dick Elliott ... Mayor Pike
Pearl S. Cooper Pearl S. Cooper ... Wife
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Husband


To make way for a plaque being donated by a former resident, the town council convenes to decide what to do with a rusty old Civil War-era cannon with cracked muzzle that never saw combat and just sits in the town square taking up space. At a loss to any other ideas, Barney suggests selling it. Mayor Pike thinks it's a great idea and quickly puts him and Andy in charge of it - but who wants to buy a Civil War cannon that never saw combat? After taking it door to door and getting nowhere, they drop by Ellie's pharmacy where they run across Ralph Mason, an antiques dealer from out of town. In trying to make a deal, Andy makes up a story about the cannon's ties to combat with Teddy Roosevelt at San Juan Hill, leaving Barney aghast. Satisfied, Mr. Mason offers $175, leaving Barney and Ellie disappointed in Andy's deception. At this low moment, Andy catches Opie on a pair of new roller skates. Opie confesses that he made a trade by telling another kid that one of his Pa's cuff-links was a ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

9 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joseph Crehan one of the Mayberry town council members in this episode has the earliest date of birth of any Andy Griffith Show cast members. His date of birth was July 15, 1883. See more »


Opie looks to trade licorice seeds for a pair of roller skates -- which he should already have. He received skates from Ben Weaver on Christmas Eve in "Christmas Story," just three episodes ago. See more »


Andy Taylor: Well, bucket mouth, you know anybody that wants to buy a cannon?
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Alternate Versions

The DVDs released by Raintree Home Video replaces the classic Andy Griffith Show theme with a generic instrumental song. See more »


References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


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Roll out the barrel rings
22 August 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Casey Adams or Max Showalter? Either name fits the actor, but Ward Cleaver definitely doesn't (see the pilot for "Leave It to Beaver"). The thing I wait for whenever I watch this episode is how Andy almost botches his line when Mr. Mason says, "But we had a deal." This is also the first of two times in the series in which Barney attempts to drown his misery in a non-alcoholic beverege. The other time comes in season six when Thelma Lou teaches him the lesson which his boss tried to teach him much earlier: if you've got a steady girl you ought to be true to her. The funniest visual moment is the reaction of the couple who open their front door and see the cannon aimed at their house. Second place goes to Andy when he rolls Opie away toward home on the skates he got in his dubious horse trade. Could this be the same cannon that in season six Warren ignites accidentally and which comes close to demolishing a station wagon?

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