The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 3

The Guitar Player

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 17, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Andy arrests guitar wizard Jim Lindsey again for disturbing the peace it becomes clear that the only way the boy and his talent are ever going to get out of Mayberry is if Andy takes matters into his own hands.

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  • The Music Man!

    The third episode in the series gives another good portrayal of Mayberry and its townspeople. James Best as Jim Lindsey is phenomenal and the chemistry between him and Andy Griffith is exceptional.Barney comes into his own into this episode, and the character of Barney Fife is truly launched! Watching Barney dance is definitely worthe the price of admission on this one!
  • Andy helps Jim get a job.

    I always enjoy watching this episode when it comes on. This show was very good. A very young Rosco (James Best)tries and tries to make it. Andy helps him make a band. It is a good ep to watch.

    It shows from beginning Andy was a good man around Mayberry and was very popular and respected and thats how he became sheriff.\'

    You can see his influence in this episode.

    Jim Lindsey and the gang would come on later in the season. Jim and Andy have a great chemistry together and act very well together.

    This is a very enjoyable episode for all to watch.moreless
Henry Slate

Henry Slate

Bobby Fleet

Guest Star

Jonathan Hole

Jonathan Hole

Orville Monroe

Guest Star

Dub Taylor

Dub Taylor

Postman Talbot

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Orville Monroe makes his first series appearance. Orville's Funeral Home and TV Repair would be one of the four businesses that make up the city block in which the Mayberry Courthouse resides. To the left of Orville's is both a Beauty Shop and a Barber Shop (although Floyd the barber is not introduced until later in the season) and to the right is Foley's Market.

    • As was quite standard to TV at the time, there was often more meeting the ear than the eye when music was performed. In front of the funeral home, Jim appears to be playing both rhythm and electric lead guitar at the same time. When he plays with Andy and Barney in the jail, his guitar also magically sounds like an electric. And during his jam session with Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat, the drummer manages to get snare drums, bass drums, and cymbals with nothing more than a couple of drum sticks tapping on the bars of the cell!

    • The band Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat, was later referred to as "Freddy Fleet and His Band with a Beat".

    • While Jim plays outside the funeral parlor, you will take notice that Foley's market is not shown,,,but in fact one-half of it is. One-half of Foley's market was converted into the funeral parlor. The door that the proprietor opens is (was) actually Foley's door.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (after Andy, Barney and Jim play a song together)
      Aunt Bee: You sure brighten up this place when you get arrested.
      Andy: He sure does.
      Jim: Thank you again. You know, Andy told me we gonna have chicken and dumplin's.
      Aunt Bee: And that is what it is.
      Andy: Let's see, let's see, let's see … Hmmm, don't that look good enough to eat!
      Jim: Hey, you know somethin'? I'd rather be arrested by you folks than anybody I know.

    • Andy: Jim?
      Jim: Huh?
      Andy: Why in the world don't you do somethin' about yourself?
      Jim: What do you mean, Andy?
      Andy: Well, you got a fine talent there. You're the best guitar player I ever heard.
      Jim: Oh, well, that's mighty nice a you, Andy … but Mayberry ain't very big.
      Andy: Well, now, who says you got to stay in Mayberry? You heard all these fellas that come through here playin' in the shows. How 'bout that fella we see every now and then on television - a shakin' and a screamin' - sound like somebody's beatin' his dog. You're better than all of them.

  • NOTES (2)


    • In this episode Andy describes a singer he saw on TV jerking and shaking "like someone was beating his dog." This is most likely a reference to Elvis Presley's infamous appearance on The Milton Berle Show circa 1956. Elvis's gyrations were so intense that they were deemed too sensual for TV and he was broadcast from the waist up on most stations.