Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:09:24
Do you remember the story about Myray Lambert? No…not Myra Koontz, that’s a completely different story. I’m talking about the “news” Opie and Howie were sharing in the original version of “The Mayberry Sun.”
Frequent listeners will remember that in episode #36 of Two Chairs No Waiting we were discussing “the bomb” comment made in on TAGS episode “Opie’s Newspaper.” (Feel free to pause and go back to give#36 a listen if you missed it.)
While researching that comment, I was re-reading Neal Brower‘s wonderful book Mayberry 101 and ran across a nice insight for fan of The Andy Griffith Show and thought it was something you’d want to know or be reminded of if you have Neal’s book.
The quote I read is found on page 427 Mayberry 101: Behind The Scenes of a TV Classic by Neal Brower | John F. Blair publisher
Q. Were there any TAGS scripts which were written but never filmed?
A. Yes .Paul, I wrote one ..( I don’t know if other writers wrote any.) Our unfilmed episode was THE WANDERING MINSTREL, which I wrote with Ray Allen Saffian for the 1962-1963 season.. It featured a charming footloose guitar player we called “Wally Jordan.” ( based on an actual musician Andy had great respect for, Brownie Mcghee)
Andy had constantly spoken in praise of Brownie, so it was inevitable someone would write the story. We wrote the outline and then the fully completed script. Now the weird part. To this day nobody on TAGS can give a reason why it wasn’t filmed. It’s still a mystery.
If you’d like to read the script, it is printed in its entirety in Richard Kelly’s seminal book THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW .. Pickled Tink to hear from you. Harvey B
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- Mayberry 101 – by Neal Brower this is must reading for any fan of Mayberry.
- IMDB listing for Harvey Bullock
- Wikipedia entry for Harvey Bullock
- Harvey Bullock bio at Emmy.org
- The eBullet – The Official newsletter of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club and it’s FREE.
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