Remember Andy Griffith — as a 1950s version of Glenn Beck, but meaner

There’s not a thing wrong with remembering Andy Griffith as Mayberry’s sheriff and Opie’s dad. But I’ll remember Andy the Villain — when he was Lonesome Rhoades, the Arkansas no-account who becomes a media and political sensation in Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd:”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Shar

July 3rd, 2012
1:29 pm

I have to say that Andy of Mayberry is the first image in my mind, but Lonesome Rhoades comes in a close second. An unforgettable performance by Griffith, backed up by the conflicted Patricia Neal, as a very, very bad guy in love with the power given him by his very, very believable, aw-shucks image. Chilling.

Goodbye, Andy Griffith, and thanks for the wide range of treasures you left us.

zeke

July 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm

i think all sides of the political spectrum can agree they all enjoyed his performances

Kris

July 3rd, 2012
1:45 pm

My condolences to the family.

RIP Andy.

Baron DeKalb

July 3rd, 2012
1:58 pm

“What it was was football”. Pouring some Cheerwine on the curb for my dead NC homie.

Eric

July 3rd, 2012
2:02 pm

(Mayberry) fans may insist it is the other way around: There’s not a thing wrong with remembering Andy Griffith as a villain. No matter, it’s all great. RIP, Andy. We’ll miss you and the simple times of Mayberry.

The Snark

July 3rd, 2012
2:12 pm

Lonesome Rhoads would be a big hit in Georgia politics. In fifteen minutes they could train him to repeat bumper sticker slogans, and he’d be chair of the Senate Rules or Appropriations Committee in no time.

Dirty Dawg

July 3rd, 2012
2:21 pm

Andy’s No Time For Sergeants remains my all time favorite of his movie roles – frankly Lonesome Rhoades was way too mean for the man I’d come to apreciate for his fundamental goodness – and the fact that it was based on the book authored by a childhood friend, and Cordele native, of my mother’s, Mac Hyman, made it that much more special.

Cotton top

July 3rd, 2012
2:43 pm

If we are speaking of villian roles we cannot forget Murder in Coweta County. He plays a big land owner who treats his workers like crap, one scene I remember is him having one of the men place his hands in the door jamb of his car and he slams the door on his hands. Oh yeah, Johnny Cash played the sherriff of Coweta County

Brandt Hardin

July 3rd, 2012
2:54 pm

Andy brought small-town humor and life into the homes of every American through their television screens. He’ll be missed after his long and full career of entertainment which still fills many households like my own family’s. I created a portrait of Andy and Don Knotts for my Cult of Personality series a few years back, which depicted entertainers who influenced my life in one capacity or another. I shared work of art today on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/07/in-memoriam-andy-griffith.html Feel free to drop by and share your own memories of growing up with Mayberry.

HR Pufnstuf

July 3rd, 2012
2:54 pm

I remember recently he caught hell for doing a commercial for the Affordable Care Act. That took guts, I respect him for doing it.

mambo

July 3rd, 2012
2:58 pm

Lonesome Rhoades was fictional character who was morally corrupt. Glenn Beck is a very successful and godly, multi-millionare who is changing politics in America and changing the face of television as I write, just as Ted Turner did with harnessing UHF and changing it into cable TV. And, you Jim Galloway, are a two bit political hack on a dying newspaper.

Aunt Bea

July 3rd, 2012
3:16 pm

I remembered the movie, A Face in the Crowd from TCM. Andy Griffith along with Paticia Neal were great co-stars. I’m happy that I was an “Andy from Mayberry” fan prior to watching this movie, though. Kind of remind me of some southern politicians!

gm

July 3rd, 2012
3:16 pm

Please dont compare Andy with Glen Racist Beck, when did you hear Andy talking about the overthrow of the President of the United States? Glen Beck represent the worst side of America, and all the bigots that follow him.

Andy Griffin was loved by all races, you can count the number of minorities with one hand at the Klansmen, I mean tea party rally.

ryan

July 3rd, 2012
3:20 pm

gm, OccupyWallStreet is the party of the Communist Party. I hardly think you and your fellow anti-American lefties have room to talk about bigotry.

Teri summers

July 3rd, 2012
3:29 pm

He is a true icon. The reruns still make me laugh and sometime times cry. His parental guidance is what more of us should be following. May God bless and watch over you,Andy. We love you! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He will be truly missed.

Teri S

Midlothian ,Va

boib

July 3rd, 2012
3:32 pm

There’s a few Lonesome Rhodes out there besides Beck. Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage, that guy on WSB in the mornings. There will always be a Rhodes to lead the ignorant. Like Santorum calling Obama a snob for wanting everyone to have a college education.

David Shivers

July 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

Andy wasn’t a nice guy in the tv-movie “Murder in Coweta County”, either. He gave a chilling performance as John Wallace, a Southern rural land baron who would do anything – including murder – to retain his power and authority in Meriwether County, GA, of the 1940s.

jgalloway

July 3rd, 2012
3:47 pm

The move was from a book by Celestine Sibley, as I recall. Griffith shave his head for the final scene.

WhatTheHuck

July 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

I also loved him as the unrepentant John Wallace on the television mini-series Murder in Coweta County. Johnny Cash played sheriff Lamar Potts.

DanaLyn

July 3rd, 2012
3:54 pm

I loved The Andy Griffith Show, as I know we all did. I remember as a little girl watching him in a movie called “Angel In My Pocket”…..a very sweet movie. If you can find it, I highly recommend it.

gm

July 3rd, 2012
3:57 pm

ryan

When did you ever hear or see Occupy wall street call the President of the United States a communist, socialist, bone hanging out his nose? like the low IQs at the Beck Klan rallies

Tom

July 3rd, 2012
4:00 pm

A superlative actor, as the scene linked here shows, and a man with his head and heart in the right place.

North resident

July 3rd, 2012
4:06 pm

Well, now, take down your fishin’ pole and meet me at The Fishin’ Hole,
We may not get a bite all day, but don’t you rush away.
What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skippin’ stones,
You’ll feel fresh as a lemonade, a-settin’ in the shade.
Whether it’s hot, whether it’s cool, oh what a spot for whistlin’ like a fool.

RIP, Andy

Kar

July 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

I love that performance, my favorite as I could never get the aw-shucks Andy Griffith appeal.

Feral, charismatic, mercurial and dare I say it, bristling sexualty in a long, package, he stood out in that movie that seems even truer now than then.

Buzz Job 2

July 3rd, 2012
4:23 pm

Good actor, good memories (especially with Barney and Aunt Bee), good movies both funny and otherwise. Most folks don’t realize, however, he was an avowed leftist. His Mayberry personna did not carry over to his politics. He loved Obama, sadly, and that should tell you all you need to know.

Peace

July 3rd, 2012
4:25 pm

Galloway: Since you mentioned Celestine Sibley, did you ever notice the remarkable resemblance between C.S. and Tom Murphy? I swear, there were times when I believed that Sibley was actually Murphy in drag. The only thing that convinced me otherwise was the fact that Celestine, based on her writings, actually had a good heart.

Goober RIP

July 3rd, 2012
4:27 pm

Not much has changed in coweta.

itsme

July 3rd, 2012
4:36 pm

Murder in Coweta County was written by Margaret Anne Barnes.

Auntie Christ

July 3rd, 2012
5:00 pm

itsme is correct: Murder in Coweta County was written by Margaret Anne Barnes.

Jim Galloway: as I recall this was Celestine’s first assignment for the AJC and she covered the trial as a new reporter. I remember her writing pretty extensively about it when AJC published the book in serial form over a week’s time right before the movie was televised. This was the early 70’s.

SomeGuy

July 3rd, 2012
5:18 pm

Typical AJC cheap shot. And using a class guy like Andy Griffith to help you do it. So typical.

Griffith Fan

July 3rd, 2012
5:29 pm

I guess I don’t see the “cheap shot.” It’s a fantastic movie and very much resembles Beck’s rise to position of influence. Also has a young Matthau. I could care less who he supported politically. If you go through your life keeping score, you waste a lot of valuable time.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

July 3rd, 2012
5:31 pm

Andy could be very convincing as a villain. It was a testament to his talent, it’s too bad he never won an Emmy for his work. A shame to mention him in the same sentence as Beck, a lesser person in every way.

hiram

July 3rd, 2012
5:56 pm

Andy’s home state seems to be in the running with Georgia for the new Mississippi:

N. Carolina lawmakers reject sea level rise predictions

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/03/environment-usa-northcarolina-idINL2E8I3DW320120703

Auntie Christ

July 3rd, 2012
5:59 pm

glenn beck is so off the wall rupert murdoch didn’t even want him around. When you are too out there for murdoch, brother you are out there.The charlatan Lonesome Rhodes is the perfect archetype for beck, just as Elmer Gantry is for the grahams, pat robertson and jerry falwell.

hannity, beck and orally all began their careers as shock jocks and all learned quickly that there’s millions to be made throwing red meat to the unsophisticated, uneducated, and dim witted.

catlady

July 3rd, 2012
6:34 pm

“What It Was, Was Football” waayy before Mayberry, I think.

G Mare

July 3rd, 2012
6:41 pm

Glen Beck in the same sentence with Andy Griffith – eewww

Renee

July 3rd, 2012
6:47 pm

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Renee

July 3rd, 2012
6:48 pm

R.I.p. Andy ur the best

James

July 3rd, 2012
7:48 pm

Well done, Galloway. Beck has nothng to do with Andy but you made it a slap anyway.

Classy?
I think not.

Larry

July 3rd, 2012
8:52 pm

I remember a movie he was in where they were hunting humans in the dessert. Can’t remember what it was called? Anyone know?

janet

July 3rd, 2012
10:04 pm

Jim,
How could you possibly equate Glen Beck ( a real life villan) with the character that Andy Griffith portrayed and put the comparison in the headline? You do Mr. Griffith an undeserved injustice. You have been out in the sun way too long this week.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 3rd, 2012
11:04 pm

Andy Griffith’s Oscar-winning performance in “A Face in the Crowd” was my first thought when the news of his passing reached me: pure genius demonstrating the pure evil which has now taken control of Our Nation through such frauds and traitors of Rome’s papist and Jew Fifth Column as Glenn Beck’s backers’ and employers’ throwing fairy dust into the eyes of the People to blind them to the need to establish justice through the prosecution and execution of Bush and Cheney, and their accomplices, for their 9/11 abomination against America’s sovereign, G-d Almighty.

Truth and Justice, alone, must rule America’s sovereign individuals. Death for Treason.

Happy Fourth!

double

July 3rd, 2012
11:48 pm

You could identify with Andy.You would feel as if you knew him personally.

HOT AIR

July 4th, 2012
12:02 am

Andy would be called a bigot by the P C crowd today. The sheriff had morals – unlike our leading politicians in D C.

HOT AIR

July 4th, 2012
12:08 am

To a true leftist anyone that disagrees with them is a hateful evil person. There is nothing evil about Glenn Beck. Some people can’t stand to hear the truth when thy are living a lie. My conscience is not bothering me. Is your conscience bothering you?

Oblama

July 4th, 2012
12:14 am

There is no comparison between Lonesome Roads and Glen Beck. Two completely different personalities and beliefs.

ld

July 4th, 2012
12:50 am

Andy’s Rhoades character is not someone I’d welcome into my home. I sorta get the Glenn Beck comparison except that Beck wants his power to be public and the Rhoades character wants to be the power behind the throne.

Does he make anyone else think of Carl Rove?

ld

July 4th, 2012
12:51 am

Or, does he make anyone else think of Dick Cheney?

Stone Wall Jacka$$

July 4th, 2012
1:44 am

U would think a liberal leftwing loser like Galloway would compare Andy’s character to any conservative however remember this, it was Democrats that caused the civil rights era with separate but equal and Jim Crow hate crimes and the first US terrorist group, the good ol KKK with people like Lester Maddow, JB Stoner, all Democrats.

Dirty Dawg

July 4th, 2012
2:21 am

Lester MADDOW? Now that’s what I call oxymoron…or would it be a malaprop? Hell, why not just a malamoron or an oxyprop.