Just watched this episode again. One of my favs....Ronnie Howard and Buddy Ebsen played against each other sooo well, just wondering if they ever got to work together again. Does anyone know? The end is so great when Andy realizes that Dave Brown helped him with Opie, and he starts to thank him and Buddy Ebsen says he has to catch the 3:45 stopping for water before the deputy picks him up for loitering...LOL
This is a great episode, Dave! This ep is a prime example of why The Andy Griffith Show was such a hit and has a long-standing and loyal following. Writing was excellent and the actors really worked well off one another in this episode. (one of my favorites too)
Mr Foley didn't care for it too much tho'.... he was out a small fortune in gumballs courtesy of Mister Dave's magic wire. Probably had to make up the difference by hiking up the price of canned lima beans.
In the book, Mayberry 101, by Neil Brower, writer Harvey Bullock recalls his inspiration for Dave Browne's magic word. When he was a boy growing up in upstate NY, the family would often take Sunday drives to Tuscarora Mountain. When they reached the summit, his father would say the magic word, "Tuscarora," and turn off the engine and they'd coast down the other side with just the sound of the breeze whipping by. He said it thrilled him as a young boy. This book is filled with little tidbits like that and I highly recommend it. You can find it at Amazon.
When I was a little tyke (back in the 60's), my mother caught me taping on a gumball machine and saying "Tuscarora", but I couldn't understand why I wasn't getting any gumballs. And, lest you think I'm older than dirt, this had to have been a rerun, at the time, because I don't believe I was even born with it aired for the first time. :D
As a youngster (back in the early/mid 60's) the first gumball machines I encountered were a bank of them inside the local supermarket. (an A&P Supermarket)
I loyally spent my pocket change weekly allowance on those machines. The machines were Acorn brand and there were one cent, five cent, and ten cent ones. There was a 25 cent one which offered neat junk like military chevrons, and scaled down pocket knives, cigarette lighters, 8-ball keychains, but those were beyond my financial means... mostly penny machines for me. The five and ten cent jobbers were for when I was flush with jingle jangle!
Good times, good times!
"All right you there- NEXT!"
Buddy was such a great actor. To me he will always be Jed Clampett.