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."

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mammothhawk229e
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.

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djaf
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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