Guitar Player, The (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

The Guitar Player

  • Filmed: 3
  • Aired: 3
  • Original Air Date: 1960/10/17
  • Writer(s): Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart
  • Director: Don Weis

Plot Summary

Andy helps local guitar player Jim Lindsey find a job with "Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat." When Fleet's band arrives for a lunch stop in Mayberry, Andy arrests them for a parking violation and forces them to listen to Lindsey while jailed in the courthouse.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Much has been said about whether the buildings on the 40 acres backlot had interiors. In this episode Bobby Fleet's band is in a restaurant situated across the street from the barbershop and the funeral parlor where Walkers' Drugstore is in the next episode. The view out the window of the diner makes it easy to see the location of the diner.
  • Dub Taylor, who played "Talbot" the postman in this episode, would later appear in episode 94, "Mountain Wedding," as the preacher who would marry Charlene Darling and Dud Wash. He reprises the postman role in "High Noon In Mayberry". His last appearance in the series was as "Ben Beecham" in the season 8 episode "Emmett's Brother-In-Law".
  • Actor James Best is best known for his part as "Sheriff Rosco. P. Coltrane" in 141 episodes of "The Dukes Of Hazzard". He also directed 3 episodes and was associate producer of the Burt Reynolds movie "The End". James is also a painter. He creates many oil paintings and has his own website.
  • Actor Henry Slate was in the movie "The Shootist".
  • James Best had a beach house destroyed by Hurricane Frederick when it slammed ashore at Ft. Morgan AL on Sept. 12, 1979.
  • The guitar Jim Lindsey plays throughout the episode is an acoustic guitar, but the music we hear is clearly made by an electric one. Besides that, if you listen closely, you can hear two guitars playing out front of the funeral parlor and in the jail.
  • When Jim Lindsey is jamming with the Bobby Fleet Band, the drummer taps his sticks on the bars of the cell. At the end of the number, you can clearly hear acoustic drums being played.
  • The calendar on the wall of Jim Lindsey's cell is for the month of June. There are two calendars in the cell walls. One calendar to Jim's left and one on the wall behind him.

Memorable Quotes

  • In the courthouse:
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: Well that's mighty nice of 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' - sounds like somebody's beatin' his dog. You're better than all of them.
Jim: Well now, I wouldn't say that.
Andy: Well yes you are, too...

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Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Don Knotts - Barney Fife
  • Frances Bavier - Aunt Bee Taylor
  • Jonathan Hole - Orville Monroe
  • Connie Van - waitress
  • Dub Taylor - Talbot, the postman
  • Henry Slate - Bobby Fleet
  • James Best - Jim Lindsey