The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Andy and Barney in the Big City 

Andy and Barney travel to Raleigh on business and help catch a jewel thief in their hotel.


Bob Sweeney


Harvey Bullock


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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Allan Melvin ... Hotel Detective Bardoli
Les Tremayne ... C.J. Hasler
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Sergeant Nelson
Arte Johnson ... Hotel Clerk
Robert Carson ... Commissioner Hedges (as Robert S. Carson)
Ottola Nesmith ... Lady with Jewelry
Thomas Myers Thomas Myers ... Officer Dean Friendly
Roger Til Roger Til ... Waiter in French Restaurant


Andy and Barney travel to the State capital to seek funding for new equipment for the Mayberry Sheriff's office. Barney thinks he's in his element and is convinced that crime is all around him. At their hotel, Barney spots a suspicious character eying a well-to-do and bejeweled matronly woman in the lobby. Andy tells him to mind his own business but Barney being Barney decides that making a bust in the big city might just give them the clout they need to get the money they need. He follows the mysterious man and befriends another man, C.J. Hasler, who tells him he's a newspaperman who can help out. Turns out Barney has got it wrong again and the mystery man is actually the house detective and CJ is the jewel thief. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

26 March 1962 (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?


The skyline view is not Raleigh, NC. See more »


When Barney and CJ enter room 420, there's a large curtained window on their immediate right. This isn't possible since room 218's door is just to the right of room 420's door. See more »


Aunt Bee Taylor: Oh, no, wait a moment! We almost forgot!
[exits to the kitchen]
Barney Fife: What'd she forget?
Andy Taylor: Well, I'll bet you a quarter she forgot a brown paper sack full of sandwiches. I never been on a trip in my life I didn't have to carry a brown paper sack full of sandwiches.
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References The Asphalt Jungle (1950) See more »


The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen
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Gee, I didn't know Raleigh had a mountain like that.
14 December 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

The Ivy League (pronounced Ivory League by Goober much later) gets its first mention in this funny episode, which also includes a real Parisian waiting tables, a Chopin prelude for dinner music, and yet another appearance by Allan Melvin, this time as a good guy even if he does look a little shifty in his dark suit and hat. Also on display, in the crime lab at police headquarters, is the second-worst toupee after Mr. Schwump's, draped on the head of the officer with the microscope. It almost looks lacquered on his noggin. The Raleigh police headquarters seems a much friendlier place here than it does in the color seasons in which Detective Fife, lured into the careful-what-you-wish-for trap, is given only a shelf for a desk and the cold shoulder from his associates. If you're watching it on the complete DVD sets (and you really should be, all eight seasons, too), don't miss the French waiter who sticks around for the sponsor spot. The pristine print also brings out the soiled wall and really cheap doorknob of the emerald lady's hotel room. Who knew then that anybody would ever notice? Andy balks at what he considers the outrageous charge of seven dollars for a hotel room, yet he doesn't seem to have a problem with the upscale fare in the dining room. Arte Johnson appears briefly but for whatever reason is replaced by another desk clerk a few scenes later. He must have asked for a raise.

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