Amos 'n' Andy

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Adapted from a popular radio comedy/drama serial, this influential sitcom features the misadventures of Andy Brown (Spencer Williams) and George "Kingfish" Stevens (Tim Moore) in the big city. This landmark series was the first on television to feature a cast of all black actors.

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Episode Description

1

The Rasslin' Match (Cartoon)

2

The Lion Tamer (Cartoon)

3

Introduction of the Cast

Freeman Gosden & Charles Correll introduce the television audience to the Amos n Andy characters

4

Screen Test

5

Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy

6

Check n' Double Check

Typical Amos 'n Andy story line has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party. All the regular characters are here (or mentioned), including the famous Mystic Knights of the Sea. The only film appearance of radio's long-running characters.

6

Check n' Double Check

Typical Amos 'n Andy story line has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party. All the regular characters are here (or mentioned), including the famous Mystic Knights of the Sea. The only film appearance of radio's long-running characters.
Episode Description

1

Kingfish Gets Drafted

The local draft board mixes up the Kingfish with another George Stevens. (Originally broadcast 06-28-1951)

2

Kingfish's Secretary

Sapphire becomes jealous over Kingfish's new lodge hall secretary. (Originally broadcast 07-05-1951)

3

The Young Girl's Mother

In spite of his friends' advice, Andy plans to marry a girl much younger than himself. (Originally broadcast 07-12-1951)

4

The Rare Coin

The Kingfish swindles Andy out of a rare nickel. Later, he unthinkingly drops it in the slot of a lunchroom's phone booth and places a call. It's now up to Andy and him to figure out how to retrieve the valuable coin without getting caught. (Originally broadcast 07-19-1951)

5

Kingfish has a Baby

The Kingfish decides to reform because he thinks he is about to become a father. (Originally broadcast 07-26-1951)

6

Counterfeiters Rent Basement

Kingfish rents the lodge hall's basement to a printing company. Unbeknownst to him, the only thing being printed is counterfeit money. (Originally broadcast 08-02-1951)

7

Sapphire Disappears

After Sapphire and her Mama go missing, the Kingfish fears the worst. (Originally broadcast 08-09-1951)

8

The Winslow Woman

(Originally broadcast 08-16-1951)

9

The Gun

(Originally broadcast 08-23-1951)

10

Call Lehigh 4-9900

(Originally broadcast 08-30-1951)

11

Leroy Lends a Hand

(Originally broadcast 09-06-1951)

12

The Fur Coat

(Originally broadcast 09-13-1951)

13

Jewelry Store Robbery

Andy inadvertently shoots a photograph of a jewelry store robber, and the Kingfish tries to gyp him out of half the $1,000 reward. (Originally broadcast 09-20-1951)

14

Kingfish's Last Friend

Feeling that he hasn't a friend in the world, the Kingfish wants to turn over a new leaf by becoming honest. (Originally broadcast 09-27-1951)

15

Andy Buys a House

Kingfish goes to work for a real estate company. He sells a house to Andy, without informing him that it must be moved because the underlying lot has been condemned to make room for a new highway. (Originally broadcast 10-04-1951)

16

Amos Helps Out

Feeling that he's unappreciated by his wife, Kingfish concocts a scheme to cause Sapphire to believe they were never legally married. (Originally broadcast 10-11-1951)

17

Getting Mama Married: Part 1

(Originally broadcast 10-18-1951)

18

Getting Mama Married: Part 2

(Originally broadcast 10-25-1951)

19

The Happy Stevenses

The Kingfish and Sapphire are faithful listeners to The Happy Harringtons radio program, and they wish some of Harry and Harriet's happiness would rub off on their marriage. (Originally broadcast 11-01-1951)

20

Traffic Violation

Kingfish and Andy are sharing weekly driving privileges of a used car. After a traffic court judge warns the Kingfish that his next court appearance will land him in jail, he wrecks the car and hands the attending police officer Andy's license as identification. Next step: Fool Andy into thinking that he's suffering from amnesia. (Originally broadcast 11-08-1951)

21

Quo Vadis

When an old school chum visits New York, the Kingfish poses as a millionaire in order to perpetuate a hometown myth that he's an extremely successful New York businessman. (Originally broadcast 11-15-1951)

22

The Diner

(Originally broadcast 11-22-1951)

23

The Turkey Dinner

The Kingfish figures there's a profit to be made, if he can insert himself as the middleman in acquiring the twenty turkeys that Sapphire needs for her woman's club dinner. (Originally broadcast 11-29-1951)

24

Ready-Made Family

The Kingfish must put together a phony family quickly to convince his visiting Uncle Clarence to keep him in his will after he lied to him in a letter that he had a baby to scam him out of a $500 baby gift. (Originally broadcast 12-06-1951)

25

Relatives

(Originally broadcast 12-20-1951)

26

Andy Gets a Telegram

(Originally broadcast 12-27-1951)

27

Hospitalization

Kingfish sells Andy a phony hospitalization insurance policy. The con goes awry when Andy winds up in the hospital and wants to file a claim. (Originally broadcast 01-03-1952)

28

Rare Coin (pilot)

The Kingfish swindles Andy out of a rare coin and Andy swindles it right back by use of a clever trick in a phone booth coin slot.

29

Andy Goes into Business

Andy goes into business and the Kingfish decides he wants to get in on the deal.

30

New Neighbors

While trying to get rid of neighbors who borrow everything, the Kingfish uses the crying of a baby and a sound effects record, but the plan backfires as the Kingfish is about to be evicted.

31

The Lodge Brothers Complain

The Kingfish tries to snatch a bride away from her wedding because he thinks she is his wife.

32

Viva La France

Andy, Calhoun, and the Kingfish all become engaged to a French girl named Colette Duval who doesn't understand English.

33

Income Tax Show

Andy and the Kingfish are frightened when they have to appear before the Internal Revenue Service. It turns out all they have to do is fill out new forms.

34

Vacation Show

The Kingfish tries to swindle Andy by taking him on a trip through Central Park and pretending it is the entire USA.

35

The Light Blue Car

The Kingfish finds himself accused of robbery when his car is used unknowingly in a holdup.

36

The Classified Ad

Andy puts a wife-seeking ad in the newspaper and gets a good response, but all the applicants need dental work.

37

The Society Party

The Kingfish and Andy try to get their ladies to wear the same fur coat at the same time, to the same party.

38

The Convention

In Chicago, the Kingfish gets a sample of the con game from his wife Sapphire who gets them to turn over their money to her, using a disguise, leaving the boys no money to get home.

39

Kingfish's Last Friend

The Kingfish has swindled too many people and is losing all of his friends so he goes on a reform kick.

40

Andy Plays Santa Claus

41

Charge It

42

The Light Blue Car

Kingfish lies down for a short afternoon nap at the lodge hall, but doesn't wake up until the next morning, missing the policeman's ball that he and Sapphire had planned to attend. While he was sleeping, someone borrows his car and uses it to commit a bank robbery. Knowing that the police have a description of the car, and fearing that he'll be nailed for the robbery, Kingfish gives the car to Andy.

43

Maine Vacation

44

Kingfish's Flight Insurance

45

Seashore Vacation

46

Andy Goes to College

Episode Description

1

The Piggy Bank

For the past three years Sapphire has been using a piggy bank to save for a second honeymoon with George in Niagara Falls, and for the past three years George has gradually pilfered away all her savings, replacing the stolen loot with lead washers. With just three days left until the piggy bank is to be broken open, the Kingfish scrambles to replace the dough. (Originally broadcast 07-10-1952)

2

Sapphire's Mysterious Admirer

Sapphire agrees to safeguard a teenage girl's diary. After the Kingfish accidentally discovers it and learns what's written in it, he assumes that Sapphire is having an affair with another man. (Originally broadcast 07-24-1952)

3

The Eyeglass

(Originally broadcast 08-07-1952)

4

The Broken Clock

(Originally broadcast 08-21-1952)

5

The Boarder

(Originally broadcast 09-04-1952)

6

The Engagement Ring

The Kingfish plays matchmaker and arranges a match between Andy and an older woman, in the hope of collecting a services rendered fee. (Originally broadcast 09-18-1952)

7

Arabia

(Originally broadcast 10-02-1952)

8

Kingfish Sells a Lot

Sapphire insists Kingfish sell a worthless piece of property immediately and Kingfish can only think of one person who'd be dumb enough to taker it off his hands - Andy Brown. Unfortunately for Kingfish, Andy has the last laugh. (Originally broadcast 10-16-1952)

9

The Racehorse

(Originally broadcast 10-30-1952)

10

Cousin Effie's Will

(Originally broadcast 11-13-1952)

11

Restitution

(Originally broadcast 11-27-1952)

12

The Antique Shop

(Originally broadcast 12-11-1952)

13

The Christmas Story

Andy, broke as usual, is desperate to earn money so he can give his god-daughter a talking doll for Christmas. He convinces a manager to hire him as a department store Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Amos explains to Arbadella the true meaning of the "Lord's Prayer". (Originally broadcast 12-25-1952)

14

The Birthday Card

It's Kingfish's birthday and when Sapphire discovers that her husband has received a birthday card from a secret feminine admirer she goes into a jealous rage. Desperate to keep his wife happy, Kingfish searches for the card sender and, concluding it must have been sent by an old flame, calls on all his old female acquaintances, which just makes the disbelieving Sapphire all the angrier. (Originally broadcast 01-08-1953)

15

The Ballet Tickets

(Originally broadcast 01-22-1953)

16

Andy Gets Married

(Originally broadcast 02-05-1953)

17

Leroy's Suits

Kingfish and Andy agree to hold a clearance sale on some suits that one of Kingfish's relatives wants to get rid of. Lighnin' writes down the wrong address, though, and the boys get in hot water when the address where they picked up the suits turns out to be the apartment of a police lieutenant. (Originally broadcast 02-19-1953)

18

Seeing Is Believing

When circumstantial evidence indicates that George is seeing another woman, Sapphire takes Mama's advice by faking an affair with Andy, in hopes of making George jealous. (Originally broadcast 03-03-1953)

19

Andy Falls in Love with an Actress

(Originally broadcast 03-19-1953)

20

Superfine Brush

After Sapphire gets the Kingfish a brush-selling job, he tricks Andy into doing the work for him, without pay. (Originally broadcast 04-02-1953)

21

Kingfish at the Ball Game

(Originally broadcast 04-16-1953)

22

The Kingfish Finds His Future

(Originally broadcast 04-30-1953)

23

Sapphire's Sister

(Originally broadcast 05-14-1953)

24

Mr. Jackson Comes to Town

(Originally broadcast 05-28-1953)

25

The Adoption

Sapphire and the Kingfish want to adopt a child. Kingfish tries to scam the adoption agency into believing he is a man of means. (Originally broadcast 06-11-1953)

26

The Girl Upstairs

The Kingfish is convinced that his marriage is headed for disaster when he finds a diary in Sapphire's closet which mentions a rival.

27

Kingfish Goes to Work

The Kingfish has Andy take over his job as handyman at a university and pays him with a college home study.

28

Andy Gets a Telegram

The Kingfish winds up on a cattle boat bound for South America when Sapphire plots to separate him from his worthless friends.

29

The Christmas Story

Andy is working very hard to earn enough money to buy a doll for his godchild.

30

The Diner

The Kingfish and Andy buy a diner, which was doing a good business, and run it out of business.

31

Getting Mama Married (1)

GS:Amanda Randolph, The Kingfish's mother-in-law elopes with a conman and a fleecer of widows.

32

Getting Mama Married (2)

The Kingfish's mother-in-law is so set on marrying a man that even when his wife shows up she still says he is hers.

33

The Happy Stevenses

The Kingfish and Sapphire imitate participants in a radio show about a happy marriage, in order to change the pattern of their stormy marriage.

34

Ready Made Family

When the Kingfish's Uncle Clarence is coming to visit, the Kingfish must put together a phony family quickly, to protect his uncle's gift of $500, he gave the Kingfish by telling him he has a child.

35

Relatives

Clamming that his mother-in-law disturbs his home, the Kingfish takes his problems to family court. Meanwhile, more relatives show up.

36

Traffic Violation

The Kingfish and Andy, co-owners of a car, compete with each other in the collection of traffic tickets.

37

The Turkey Dinner

The Kingfish is conned into buying stolen turkeys from a country bumpkin.

38

Quo Vadis

The Kingfish goes to a lavish dinner party at which he finds, uncomfortably, that Sapphire is a waitress.

39

The Chinchilla Business

The Kingfish sells a couple of rabbits to Andy for $50 by telling him they are chinchillas.

40

The Lion Tamer (Cartoon)

41

The Rassling Match (Cartoon)

Episode Description

1

Andy Goes Into Business

(Originally broadcast 10-06-1953)

2

The Income Tax Show

Andy and the Kingfish run afoul of the tax man when Andy forgets to mail their returns. (Originally broadcast 10-13-1953)

3

Vacation Show

After the Kingfish blows the entire family vacation budget, Calhoun helps him dupe Andy into believing he's paid for a cross-country camper trip, when in reality he never leaves Central Park. (Originally broadcast 10-20-1953)

4

The Lodge Brothers Complain

(Originally broadcast 10-27-1953)

5

The Kingfish Buys A Chair

The Kingfish and Andy strike it rich when a chair they accidentally buy at auction turns out to be stuffed with $100,000. (Originally broadcast 11-03-1953)

6

The New Neighbors

Kingfish quickly tires of his new neighbors and their over-borrowing, so he devises a plan to make them want to move out of the building. (Originally broadcast 11-10-1953)

7

The Classified Ad

(Originally broadcast 11-24-1953)

8

The Society Party

(Originally broadcast 1953)

9

Viva La France

(Originally broadcast 1953)

10

The Convention

(Originally broadcast 1953)

11

The Girl Upstairs

After finding a diary that Sapphire is keeping for the teenage girl upstairs, Kingfish comes under the impression that his wife is running off with a younger man. (Originally broadcast 1953)

12

Kingfish Goes To Work

(Originally broadcast 1953)

13

The Light Blue Car

(Originally broadcast 1953)
Episode Description

1

The Chinchilla Business

The Kingfish (Tim Moore) needs ready cash, and Andy (Spencer Williams) needs a fur coat, so The Kingfish sells s a couple of cheap rabbits and tells him they are chinchillas that will multiply enough for a fur coat. The Kingfish gives his ill-gotten $50 to his mother-in-law so she can move out as promised. But she refuses to leave until she finds a business to invest in. It turns out to be Andy's rare chinchilla company.

2

The Uranium Mine

Andy (Spencer Williams) gives The Kingfish (Tim Moore) $200 for a lot in New Jersey, sight unseen. When Andy sees the property, he discovers its swampland, and demands his money back. Later, The Kingfish overhears Andy say he wants to invest in uranium, so he craftily shows up with all the mining gear where Andy cannot miss seeing him. Gullible Andy decides he wants to keep the lot, and gives The Kingfish another $300 for equipment.

3

Madame Queen's Voice

After seeing Madame Queen (Lillian Randolph) win a television contest, Andy (Spencer Williams) and The Kingfish (Tim Moore) decide to turn personal manager. In order to achieve this, Andy must propose marriage to his old flame, which, according to The Kingfish, will ensure the contract. Madame Queen is all for the marriage, but wants her vocal teacher, Mr. Mason (Roy Glenn), to manage her career. The Kingfish is undeterred by opposition and even puts up half the money for an engagement ring.

4

Andy the Godfather

Andys (Spencer Williams) goddaughter, Arbadella (Patti Marie Ellis), is so lovesick over a twelve-year-old boy that she won't eat. Being cavalier, he promises to take care of the matter. Then he learns the name of the boy and regrets his promise. Andy has consistently been made the butt of all the boy's practical jokes. He decides not to back out of his promise, and lives up to his commitment.

5

The Insurance Policy

After failing an insurance policy medical exam, the Kingfish exploits the sympathies of Andy, Sapphire, and lodge brothers, whom mistakenly believe that he has only three weeks left to live.

6

The Kingfish Gets Amnesia

The Kingfish (Tim Moore) must buy Sapphire (Ernestine Wade) a new dress, so he sells his friend Andy (Spencer Williams) a broken down Model-T roadster. When Amos (Alvin Childress) hears what has happened, he steps into the picture, and The Kingfish says he has turned over a new leaf. Hearing that The Kingfish has gone straight, his office fills with people trying to collect old debts. The only way out is for The Kingfish to be hit on the head and develop amnesia.

7

The Girl at the Station

The Kingfish (Tim Moore) volunteers to help his hostess serve coffee at a party. Sapphire (Ernestine Wade) walks into the kitchen just as he is trying to retrieve a necklace that has fallen down the back of the lady's dress. He tries to explain, but Sapphire leaves in a huff. Trying to buy a present to appease his wife, he finds he lacks the cash, as usual. Andy (Spencer Williams) and The Kingfish decide to collect a $10 debt from a train steward, when The Kingfish is mistaken for a debutante's uncle. A photo of her kissing him appears in the afternoon paper.

8

Kingfish Teaches Andy to Fly

9

The Kingfish Becomes a Press Agent

Andy and Calhoun assist the Kingfish in scamming an upscale hotel into contracting his services as a press agent.

10

The Meal Ticket

Noticing that most of his friends eat their meals out and use a meal ticket for each month the Kingfish decides to sell them meal tickets and feed them at his place. Of course he has to figure out how to do this without Sapphire catching on.

11

Second Honeymoon

After twenty-five years of marriage, Kingfish and Sapphire's second honeymoon plans may result in divorce.

12

Father by Proxy

Andy (Spencer Williams) volunteers to take over Amos' (Alvin Childress) cab and has to rush a pretty young woman to the hospital. The nurse mistakes Andy for the husband, who is away in the Army. Though Andy tries to explain, the domineering nurse is convinced that Andy is the father, Calhoun (Johnny Lee) the uncle, and The Kingfish (Tim Moore) the grandfather. The more they protest, the more complicated the matter becomes.

13

Story of the Invisible Glass

Kingfish has an opportunity to reap a huge profit from some shares of stock in Consolidated Glass Company that he bought years ago. Trouble is, he subsequently sold the shares to Andy, and now he has to figure out how to get them back.

14

Charge it