The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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A Plaque for Mayberry 

That there may be a direct descendant of a Revolutionary War hero living in Mayberry flatters the town, 'til they learn who it is.


Bob Sweeney




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Hal Smith ... Otis Campbell
Dick Elliott ... Mayor Pike
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Bixby
Dorothy Neumann ... Rita Campbell
Carol Veazie ... Mrs. Harriet Wicks
Burt Mustin ... Jud Fletcher
Joseph Hamilton ... Councilman
Joseph Crehan ... Councilman


Members of the Women's Historical Society believe the direct descendant of a Revolutionary War hero may be living in Mayberry and borrow town records for their research. Barney uses the library and deduces that he, himself, is the person they are looking for. When the women announce that town drunk Otis Campbell is the real descendant, the mayor and town council have a fit and want Andy to get Otis out of town and bring in a substitute to accept the award. Andy refuses, saying it wouldn't be fair to Otis. Somewhat late for the ceremony, Otis and his wife show up dressed in their Sunday best. The women present the plaque to Otis, who says he can't take credit for being born and gives the plaque to the mayor for the town of Mayberry. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

3 April 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Plaque for Mayberry See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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


When Barney is discussing his family tree, he mentions the name Duncan Phyfe marrying a relative of Nathan Tibbs, the Revolutionary War hero of the episode. Duncan Phyfe was a 19th century Furniture maker. See more »


When Barney shows Andy the chart he made showing the lineage of Nathan Tibbs he tells him that Helen married the 2nd cousin of Duncan Phyfe but her name is shown near the bottom as having married Duncan Phyfe not his 2nd cousin. Furthermore they are shown to have only 3 children all daughters (Mary, June and Agnes) so if Barney came after any one of them he couldn't be a Fife (spelling it right as he says) because their names would have been changed by marriage. See more »


Mayor Pike: Look, the only plaque that Otis Campbell deserves is from The Distillers Association of America.
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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 »


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Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen
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Otis's Moment
27 November 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When it is discovered by the Women's Historical Society that a descendant of Revolutionary War hero is still living in Mayberry. Barney begins the process of proving that he is the descendant, using charts and graphs. Then it is discovered that not only is Mr. Fife not the guy, but Otis, the town drunk, is. How do they deal with it.

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