Andy and Don

Andy and Don

The Making of A Friendship and A Classic American TV Show

Large Print - 2015
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"A lively and revealing biography of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, celebrating the powerful real-life friendship behind The Andy Griffith Show--one of America's most iconic television programs"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME :, Center Point Large Print,, 2015.
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition., Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781628997897
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 Andy-D
Characteristics: 520 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Jan 14, 2020

I work in a public library but knew nothing of this book's existence until a patron returned it. Being a boomer with fond memories of sixties television--and this heartwarming series in particular--I snatched it up.

"Andy & Don" is indeed every bit as poignant, humorous and informative as you'd wish, though the revelations about Griffith's dark side were a bit unsettling. The real Andy did resemble, in some ways, the hot-tempered, megalomaniacal character he played so memorably in Elia Kazan's 1957 classic "A Face in the Crowd."

Side note: In answer to a reviewer's complaint about the lack of African-American representation on the "Andy Griffith Show," I would point out first of all that there actually were a (very) few Black citizens in Mayberry--but you had to look close to spot one or two of them in the occasional dense crowd scene.

Secondly, I would remind the reviewer that 1960s mainstream television--like so much of 1960s American life--was not terribly accommodating of Black folks or realistic depictions of everyday Black life. The Griffith show, funny escapist fare set in a sleepy small town in the Deep South, debuted in the very racially segregated America of 1960.
It was not until the mid-to-late sixties, during a period of explosive social and cultural change, that Black characters of note began to emerge in popular tv series like 1965's "I Spy" and 1968's "Julia" and "Mod Squad."

Nov 27, 2019

Never nice to learn pair have feet of clay. I call BS on show's explanation on why there were no African-Americans in misfit village.

Jun 29, 2017

Written by Daniel de Visé, an author and journalist, and a brother-in-law of Don Knotts. Well researched, fascinating!!!

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