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Desc:Andy Griffith decided to take it easy after this.
Category:Classic Movies, Trailers
Tags:Andy Griffith, Lonsome Rhodes, Elia Kazan, protobeck
Submitted:John Holmes Motherfucker
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split tail
easy wasy does it Andy.
This movie is fucking awesome. I can't stand most movies from the Hayes Code era and this is one of my favorites.
Adham Nu'man
Awesome, like most of Kazan's films.
Predicting the future.
Apparently, Griffith found himself incorporating a lot of Rhodes' mannerisms into his real life, and became so disgusted with how much of a jerk he was being, that he swore off playing villains ever again. The few times he broke that rule are amazing, such as this TV-movie where he played a heartless judge that was shot at the height of his "Matlock" fame, and actually made my sister cry, because "he usually plays such a nice guy!".
John Holmes Motherfucker
His NPR obit described his role on "The Andy Griffith" show as the straight man for a cast of homespun characters. I've been seeing it on TV Land lately, and that's true, but Sheriff Taylor had his comic foibles, he wasn't just an all-knowing father figure. Being the straight man allowed him to underplay his foibles. It made the humor gentle and wise. (Though the jokes themselves were pretty corny)

The lesson here, for young actors, is the importance of finding your niche, and not letting your ego get in the way of that.

John Holmes Motherfucker
Incredibly, Andy Griffith's obit on NPR didn't mention this. I've never seen it, and I first became aware of it when Keith Olbermann kept referring to Glenn Beck as "Lonesome Rhodes". Looks like an apt allusion.

I wonder if there was ever a chance of Andy Griffith actually becoming the next Brando or James Dean, like the trailer suggests. His IMDB page seems to suggest that he very shrewdly didn't fall for that PR. His next film was NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, which I have seen, and it's a great comedy. My favorite part is the standout film debut of Don Knotts.
Jet Bin Fever
Do yourself a favor and watch it as soon as you possibly can. It's a powerful film. And yeah, I think that was goddamn sad that they didn't mention this film either, focusing just on the TV stuff with the Andy Griffith show and Matlock. What a crock of shit.

Pair this up with Angela Murder-She-Wrote Lansbury in "Manchurian Candidate".

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