Don Knotts was a great comedic actor who was known for making crazy facial expressions to get laughs. His delivery and timing were perfect on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ where Don played ‘Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife.’
Andy Griffith and Don Knotts walk together after having lunch. Don jokingly says everything he eats turns to muscle! Andy asks if Don wants to go get a bottle of pop because it’s a nice day.
Don says, ‘Yep, everybody talks about the weather, but nobody thinks about it. You know who said that?’ He waits for Andy’s response and then says, ‘Calvin Coolidge.’ He makes the funniest facial expression, and the audience cracks up.
Andy corrects him telling him Mark Twain said it and not Calvin Coolidge. Andy says, ‘You’re probably not good with remembering who said what in history!’ Don replies quickly, ‘What do you mean? This is my best subject. I got a straight B minus!’ The crowd laughs wildly.
Don dares Andy to ask him a history question. Andy asks him for the first line of the Gettysburg Address, and Don projects confidence, saying he remembers the whole thing. Then, Andy asks a man inside to hand him his history book, and Don gets very nervous and scared.
He pauses and starts to think and asks Andy for the first word. Andy says, ‘Four,’ and Don asks if he’s sure! They start sounding out the words together, and Don is having trouble picking it up. Don can’t get past ‘Four score and seven years ago.’
He slumps down in his chair with his hands on his head, slowly moving down his face. Andy reads the rest, and Don says it with him trying to act like he knew it. Andy finishes, and Don sits back in his chair, crosses his arms with a big smile, and nods. Andy laughs at him along with the studio audience. Don says,’ You owe me a bottle of pop!’ It is a great scene with two iconic actors perfectly playing their parts!