Saturday, July 7, 2012


"The Andy Griffith Show" began as a "back-door" pilot on 'Make Room For Daddy' which starred Danny Thomas and Marjorie Lord. The differences between life in Mayberry in this show and in the later series included Frances Bavier as a widow needing Andy's help rather than as Aunt Bee, and Frank "Sam Drucker" Cady as the town drunk instead of Otis Campbell (played by Hal Smith.) Of course, a town with so many stills out in the woods probably had more than its fair share of town drunks....

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