The Other Andy: The Girl in the Empty Grave (1977)
Pray for the Wildcats, is the stuff of myth and legend around The LBL for throwing Andy Taylor and Captain Kirk into conflict during a dirt biking journey, but he made a large number of these films, some of them one offs, some of them hopeful backdoor pilots, but all of them showing off The Other Andy. Today, I want to talk about one that leaves Griffith in the role of Sheriff, actually Chief of Police in this case, with a few bumbling deputies and no gun on his side, but the problems are larger than Aunt Bee’s nasty pickles or a few rogue moonshiners. This time Griffith has murder on his hands in The Girl in the Empty Grave.
Griffith stars as Abel Marsh, the Police Chief of a small Southwestern town. It’s a quiet relaxed kind of community where the local petty thief comes and goes as he pleases at the Police station. Abel is assisted by character actor Claude Earl Jones and James Cromwell (?!?) as his inept Police force. When Abel's deputy reports that he saw Elizabeth Alden (Deborah White), a notorious wild child who drove plunged to her death after driving here car off a cliff, Abel scoffs at his deputy. Then he sees her himself and begins to poke around the investigation of Elizabeth’s death. As he starts to come up with more questions than answers, he starts to believe that it may not be the Alden’s daughter buried in her grave. As Abel gets closer to the truth, people start getting murdered, imposters show up to claim to be Elizabeth, and even his friends will come under suspicion.
Sadly there's no trailer for this one, but here's another side of Andy singing the song "Mama Guitar"