The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Luck of Newton Munroe 

A traveling salesman is plagued with bad luck.


Coby Ruskin

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Don Rickles ... Newton Monroe


Newton Munroe is a traveling salesman who sells whatever he can get a good deal on out of the trunk of his car. Andy is concerned at first that he's selling stolen goods but he's legitimate, if somewhat unlucky. Soon everything he's been selling starts to break down: Goober's transistor radio, Floyd's watch and the fox fur Barney bought for Thelma Lou is losing its fur in large clumps. Barney runs him in for peddling his wares without a permit and decides to keep him working around the courthouse. Problem is, almost everything he touches turns into a minor disaster. Andy decides that Newton needs a bit of confidence building and gives him the task of painting his house. The result are in keeping with Newton's past experiences. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

12 April 1965 (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?


In this episode Don Rickels plays Newton Munroe. Don Rickels had attended and graduated from NEWTON High School in Elmhurst, Queens in New York City which Carroll O'Connor is also an alumnus of. See more »


Newton Munroe: Sheriff, you gave me the confidence I needed! I found out I'm not inept! I'm ept!
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Referenced in Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) See more »

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What's to digging a hole?
15 June 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

You wouldn't think it would be a good idea to put Don Knotts and Don Rickles in the same episode, but it works like gangbusters here. The funniest scene has the lawmen confronting Newton Monroe on the sidewalk where he is selling his wares of questionable origin out of the trunk of his car, resulting in a shouting match between him and Barney that Andy has to referee. Newton's subsequent arrest leads to one mishap after another, including yet another instance (the fourth?) of the glass in the bookcase getting broken, this time by someone other than Barney. I prefer Don Rickles's acting to his standup comedy, in which his stream-of-consciousness invective is reined in by the demands of a script. And he can be a surprisingly sympathetic character. You can't help feeling sorry for him as he sits despondent in his cell after Barney all but demands his execution for being so inept. Andy reprises the strategy that he used on cousin Virgil in an earlier season by letting Newton paint his front porch unsupervised, the results being only modestly less disastrous than Virgil and Barney's solution to a locked cell door. It's interesting that the writers give a Japanese-sounding name to the electric razor that Newton sends to Andy as a gift, the common theme in those post-war years being that anything manufactured in the Far East was of doubtful quality. Today's downscale razor they would surely have come from even farther east and the Yakamoto would have a cachet equal to that of a Montblanc pen.

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