Return to Mayberry

Return to Mayberry is a 1986 American made-for-television romantic comedy film based on the 1960s sitcoms The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D.. The film premiered on April 13, 1986 on NBC, and was the highest-rated television film of 1986.wikipedia
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Frances Bavier

One notable exception was Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee for all eight seasons as well as two seasons of Mayberry R.F.D. Bavier had retired shortly after leaving R.F.D. in 1970.

Elinor Donahue

Bavier reportedly was also reclusive and ambivalent about coming out of retirement, but she did in fact die three years after the program was filmed.) Elinor Donahue (as Ellie Walker) and Jack Burns (as Warren Ferguson) were two other cast members not to be involved in the movie.

Elinor "Ellie" Walker

Ellie Walker
Bavier reportedly was also reclusive and ambivalent about coming out of retirement, but she did in fact die three years after the program was filmed.) Elinor Donahue (as Ellie Walker) and Jack Burns (as Warren Ferguson) were two other cast members not to be involved in the movie.

Jack Burns

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Bavier reportedly was also reclusive and ambivalent about coming out of retirement, but she did in fact die three years after the program was filmed.) Elinor Donahue (as Ellie Walker) and Jack Burns (as Warren Ferguson) were two other cast members not to be involved in the movie.

Warren Ferguson

Bavier reportedly was also reclusive and ambivalent about coming out of retirement, but she did in fact die three years after the program was filmed.) Elinor Donahue (as Ellie Walker) and Jack Burns (as Warren Ferguson) were two other cast members not to be involved in the movie.

Ken Berry

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(Ken Berry, who had played Jones, was asked to appear but had to decline as he was busy playing Vinton Harper on Mama's Family.) Former series regulars Howard McNear (as Floyd Lawson), Hope Summers (as Clara Edwards), and Paul Hartman (as Emmett Clark) were all long deceased.

Mama's Family

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(Ken Berry, who had played Jones, was asked to appear but had to decline as he was busy playing Vinton Harper on Mama's Family.) Former series regulars Howard McNear (as Floyd Lawson), Hope Summers (as Clara Edwards), and Paul Hartman (as Emmett Clark) were all long deceased.

Howard McNear

(Ken Berry, who had played Jones, was asked to appear but had to decline as he was busy playing Vinton Harper on Mama's Family.) Former series regulars Howard McNear (as Floyd Lawson), Hope Summers (as Clara Edwards), and Paul Hartman (as Emmett Clark) were all long deceased.

Floyd Lawson

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(Ken Berry, who had played Jones, was asked to appear but had to decline as he was busy playing Vinton Harper on Mama's Family.) Former series regulars Howard McNear (as Floyd Lawson), Hope Summers (as Clara Edwards), and Paul Hartman (as Emmett Clark) were all long deceased.

Hope Summers

Hope
(Ken Berry, who had played Jones, was asked to appear but had to decline as he was busy playing Vinton Harper on Mama's Family.) Former series regulars Howard McNear (as Floyd Lawson), Hope Summers (as Clara Edwards), and Paul Hartman (as Emmett Clark) were all long deceased.

Clara Edwards

(Ken Berry, who had played Jones, was asked to appear but had to decline as he was busy playing Vinton Harper on Mama's Family.) Former series regulars Howard McNear (as Floyd Lawson), Hope Summers (as Clara Edwards), and Paul Hartman (as Emmett Clark) were all long deceased.

Paul Hartman

Paulthe Hartmans
(Ken Berry, who had played Jones, was asked to appear but had to decline as he was busy playing Vinton Harper on Mama's Family.) Former series regulars Howard McNear (as Floyd Lawson), Hope Summers (as Clara Edwards), and Paul Hartman (as Emmett Clark) were all long deceased.

Happy Days

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As Richie Cunningham did in Ron Howard's later series Happy Days, Ron Howard's Opie also had a brother who vanished without mention.

RKO Forty Acres

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The outdoor sets from the original series were destroyed in 1976 when the Forty Acres backlot was razed.

General Motors

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The vehicles in the movie were provided by the General Motors Corporation, as notable examples included several Chevrolet Malibus and Caprices that were used as police cars, and a red late 1970s Oldsmobile Delta 88 seen at the lake where the supposed monster was residing.

Chevrolet Malibu

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The vehicles in the movie were provided by the General Motors Corporation, as notable examples included several Chevrolet Malibus and Caprices that were used as police cars, and a red late 1970s Oldsmobile Delta 88 seen at the lake where the supposed monster was residing.

Chevrolet Caprice

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The vehicles in the movie were provided by the General Motors Corporation, as notable examples included several Chevrolet Malibus and Caprices that were used as police cars, and a red late 1970s Oldsmobile Delta 88 seen at the lake where the supposed monster was residing.

Oldsmobile 88

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The vehicles in the movie were provided by the General Motors Corporation, as notable examples included several Chevrolet Malibus and Caprices that were used as police cars, and a red late 1970s Oldsmobile Delta 88 seen at the lake where the supposed monster was residing.

Ford Motor Company

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As a result, all three Detroit automakers were represented in one capacity or another, as The Andy Griffith Show used Ford Motor Company products, and its spinoffs Gomer Pyle, USMC and Mayberry RFD had those from the Chrysler Corporation.

Chrysler

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As a result, all three Detroit automakers were represented in one capacity or another, as The Andy Griffith Show used Ford Motor Company products, and its spinoffs Gomer Pyle, USMC and Mayberry RFD had those from the Chrysler Corporation.

Ben Matlock

the namesake attorney
However, Griffith, who was also portraying the namesake attorney on Matlock at the time, had gone back to driving Ford cars, as he would go through several iterations of the Ford Crown Victoria throughout the series.

Ford Crown Victoria

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However, Griffith, who was also portraying the namesake attorney on Matlock at the time, had gone back to driving Ford cars, as he would go through several iterations of the Ford Crown Victoria throughout the series.

The New York Times

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A review in The New York Times opined that its "slow pace, extremely modest level of humor and straightforward and predictable plotting make Return to Mayberry a less appealing reunion for the audience than it may have been for its actors."

Time (magazine)

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Time discussed the film only when it was in its last days of production, saying, "Even on TV's crowded reunion calendar, Return to Mayberry is a special event", but offering no substantive comment on the merits of the finished product.

Veterans Day

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Mayberry was rebroadcast on Veterans Day in 2004 by some ABC affiliates as a replacement for the network's unedited rebroadcast of the film Saving Private Ryan.