The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Bazaar 

Andy's eager new deputy jails Aunt Bee and her friends for illegal gambling when they have a bingo game at their church bazaar.


Sheldon Leonard


Ben Joelson, Art Baer


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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Jack Burns ... Deputy Warren Ferguson
George Lindsey ... Goober Pyle
Hope Summers ... Clara Johnson
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Myra Tucker
Mary Lansing Mary Lansing ... Dorothy
Janet Stewart Janet Stewart ... Martha
Claudia Bryar ... Ruth
Joe Di Reda Joe Di Reda ... Harlan (as Joe di Reda)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Corlis (as Pam Ferdin)
Sam Edwards ... Fred


Mayberry's new Deputy Sheriff, Warren Ferguson, is proving just a tad too fastidious in the application of the law. Goober, Floyd the barber and even Aunt Bee complain to Andy about him. He oversteps the bounds of discretion and just plain common sense when he arrests Aunt Bee a nearly a dozen of her friends for gambling - that is, holding a bingo game at the annual bazaar. Andy suspends the sentences but the ladies want to clear their name and lock themselves into a cell until they get a proper trial or the charges are dropped. Warren refuses to withdraw the complaint and both sides dig in their heels. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

11 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This marks the debut of deputy Warren Ferguson played by Jack Burns. Sadly his character only lasted 11 shows as filling the role of Andy's deputy, originally played by Don Knotts as Barney Fife, was no easy task. Audiences never warmed to his character and Andy never had another full time deputy for the rest of the series run. See more »

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Welcome to The Friendly Town, Mr. Burns
25 October 2017 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Sure, we'll give you a job. But you have to be as quirky, neurotic, child-like, funny, and-and this is essential--lovable as Don Knotts. I suppose it wasn't too much to ask of Jack Burns, although it most certainly was. The poor guy walked into an ambush of sorts, an enterprise guaranteed to fail and to disappoint the show's producers and its loyal fans. But put on a brave face he did, and with the passing years his brief time on the series has won a place in this viewer's heart, not so much out of sympathy for his thankless task as from the actor's heroic accomplishment of creating his own quirky, neurotic, funny, and, yes, even lovable, character of Warren Ferguson. Andy Griffith- the actor and the man--appears to be genuinely annoyed by Warren's unreasonable adherence to the law and certainly doesn't find his character endearing. He might have called Barney a nut, but he never called him an idiot. Isn't it interesting that Barney Fife could sometimes be an unbearably self-centered, irrational know-it-all and not incur the disapproval of TAGS fans who heap scorn upon Warren. As Andy says in an earlier episode, it's too bad we don't have a psychiatrist in town who could explain the phenomenon. With all that said, this episode has a lot of laughs arising from the chaos in a courthouse full of women and Warren's grilling Aunt Bee about a permit. His deputizing of Goober at the bazaar and Goob's baffled response always get a laugh. The best line goes to the future Mrs. Emmett Clark as she worries about offending the dignity of scouting.The sight of Goober's pickup truck full of philanthropic women making for the courthouse was worth the trouble of hoisting the camera to the rooftop to get the shot.

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