The Andy Griffith Show

Season 1 Episode 3

The Guitar Player

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

  • Allusions

    • 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.