Mr. Smiff and them taped their thing on the John Boy & Billy Show today and it will air this Friday…September 28. Go here to see if you can hear it on your very own radio in your own neck of the woods. If not, I’m sure you can hear it online.
He enjoyed chatting with Betty (aka Thelma Lou) about various movies (old movie buffs are prone to do that sorta thing when in presence of people such as this) that she appeared in in her 50 something year career. One he asked her about was “June Bride” that she appeared in with Robert Montgomery (Elizabeth’s dad) and Bette Davis. Can you imagine sitting with a sweet little old lady who just happened to have worked with Bette Davis?!?!?! That’s one of those things that just doesn’t happen everyday.
Before being sweet on Barney Fife, she was in the original Cheaper By The Dozen with Clifton Webb. Good thing I wasn’t there. Ol’ Betty woulda been saying “Get this crazed savant movie fan away from me!”
The Mr. mentioned another actress who appeared on Andy Griffith that participated in this little function today. He couldn’t remember her name. Described her as “The woman in the ‘How Are You Missus Wy-lee’ episode that Ernest T. kept picking up.” Oh. Of course. “That would be Jackie Joseph. She used to be married to Ken Berry” I said. She is one of those really familiar faces you’ve seen on tv all your life. Look here at all the stuff she’s been in. WHY do I know these things? Surely there is therapy for this sorta thing.
One of the things Mr. Smiff noted about James Best (aka Roscoe, Jim Lindsey) is that even though he’s an older, somewhat frail-ish gentleman, when that red light went on, so did he. He was impressed with that.
All of this craziness goes along with the annual Mayberry Days festival going on this week in Mt. Airy, NC. Now that the Grascals are officially affiliated with the Mayberry bunch (thank you, Mayberry’s Finest) , they get to participate in cool stuff like this. For my Mista, this is utter heaven. Too bad I have to work and stuff, or I’d hightail it over to Mt. Airy.