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Today is the birthday of Frances Bavier, better known as Aunt Bea on the Andy Griffith show.
She didn't always look like we remember her, as my friend Bobby Torkova pointed out when he sent me the following link:

http://travsd.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/s......-bavier/


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Bob...We bever agree on anything, but this is your greatest post ever! Smile
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Thanks, Kevin. Good to see we finally found some common ground. (But I've also always enjoyed your Houdini materials.)
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Frances Bavier have have been a beautiful young lady once, but that's a picture of Gloria DeHaven. Regardless, big fan of the Andy Griffith Show. Happy Birthday Aunt Bea!
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Bummer. You're right! I've been hoaxed:

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/celebri......-Bea.htm
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From IMDB: Despite her good-hearted image on screen, cast members of The Andy Griffith Show often remember her as difficult, temperamental and somewhat cold. Griffith himself said "There was just something about me she did not like."
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From IMDB: Despite her good-hearted image on screen, cast members of The Andy Griffith Show often remember her as difficult, temperamental and somewhat cold. Griffith himself said "There was just something about me she did not like."



Maybe she found out about the pickles.
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On her Wikipedia page, though, Andy Griffith is quoted as saying the Bavier called him many times in the months prior to her death apologizing repeatedly for having been so difficult to work with.

Interesting that in the pilot of "The Andy Griffith Show," which was actually an episode of Danny Thomas's "Make Room for Daddy," Bavier didn't play Aunt Bea but was a distraught townswoman upset because her late husband was buried in a rented suit which she continued to pay rent on because she didn't want anyone to know that he was too cheap to own his own.

It was actually a pretty funny bit. Almost like a vaudeville routine. You can see it here at 3:09 of this video of the pilot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ03gX2VD......SSlFeibF
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Thanks anyhow. All them Pin Up girls were beautiful.
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Gloria, Baby! Why wasn't I born 25 years earlier?

On a more serious note, as a young adult I read and studied, and basically devoured an amazing book on film scoring written by Earle Hagen. He composed the theme song for the Andy Griffith Show (and whistled it on the track).

"Scoring For Films - A Complete Text" was a fantastic book examining innovative musical techniques used by Mr. Hagen in some of his other scores, including background music from the "I Spy" series. An acetate disc was included with recorded examples which you could play on a record player. Among others, he also composed the theme song for The Dick Van Dyke Show.
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Being a BIG Dick Van Dyke Show fan I also heard there were actual words to the theme song...written by Morey Amsterdam I believe.

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It was actually a pretty funny bit. Almost like a vaudeville routine. You can see it here at 3:09 of this video of the pilot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ03gX2VD......SSlFeibF

In part 3: Andy admits that he has "different standards of punishment for big people rather than for little people" and so he fined a rich guy $100 instead of the designated fine of $5 or $10. What does that make Andy? A commie, an occupy Wall streeter, or ?

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Yes. Morey Amsterdam wrote the lyrics to the Van Dyke theme. Here they are:


So you think that you've got troubles?
Well, trouble's a bubble
So tell old Mr. Trouble to get lost!

Why not hold your head up high and
Stop cryin', start tryin'
And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed.

When you find the joy of livin'
Is lovin' and givin'
You'll be there when the winning dice are tossed.

A smile is just a frown that's turned upside down
So smile, and that frown will defrost.

And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed
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From IMDB: Despite her good-hearted image on screen, cast members of The Andy Griffith Show often remember her as difficult, temperamental and somewhat cold. Griffith himself said "There was just something about me she did not like."



Maybe she found out about the pickles.

Funniest post of the week. Thanks for the laugh.

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LOL. They got us both Bob! We can dream can't we? Smile
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On her Wikipedia page, though, Andy Griffith is quoted as saying the Bavier called him many times in the months prior to her death apologizing repeatedly for having been so difficult to work with.

Interesting that in the pilot of "The Andy Griffith Show," which was actually an episode of Danny Thomas's "Make Room for Daddy," Bavier didn't play Aunt Bea but was a distraught townswoman upset because her late husband was buried in a rented suit which she continued to pay rent on because she didn't want anyone to know that he was too cheap to own his own.

It was actually a pretty funny bit. Almost like a vaudeville routine. You can see it here at 3:09 of this video of the pilot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ03gX2VD......SSlFeibF


I haven't looked it up, but I recall the actual first episode (first season, not pilot as you mention) of The Andy Griffith Show was about Aunt Bea coming to live with Andy and Opie.
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Listen to Andy Griffith singing his TV show theme song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PVUit1-0Ck

Music by Earle Hagen & Herbert W. Spencer. Words by Everett Sloane.
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[quote]On 2013-12-14 19:07, Michael Baker wrote:
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I haven't looked it up, but I recall the actual first episode (first season, not pilot as you mention) of The Andy Griffith Show was about Aunt Bea coming to live with Andy and Opie.


You are correct Michael. It was also the only episode where Barney mentions being Andy's cousin.
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Bob

Thanks for the lyrics, I remember hearing Dick singing them on some retospective show. One of the best sitcoms of all time!!! IMHO.

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I haven't looked it up, but I recall the actual first episode (first season, not pilot as you mention) of The Andy Griffith Show was about Aunt Bea coming to live with Andy and Opie.


You are correct Michael. It was also the only episode where Barney mentions being Andy's cousin.


And you might remember that in the first season both Barney AND Andy were portrayed as bumpkins. Andy didn't become the straight man until the second season. (Andy basically played the same character he portrayed in the hit comedy film "No Time for Sergeants," which brought him to fame a few years earlier after his beginnings as a stand-up comic.)
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