Sheriff Taylor twists the law to help a musically gifted citizen leave the community nest by arresting a traveling band on trumped up charges.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Jim Lindsey
Henry Slate ...
Bobby Fleet
Jonathan Hole ...
Orville Monroe
Talbot - Postman
Connie Van ...


Andy is happy to once again arrest wayward guitar player Jim Lindsey on a charge of disturbing the peace (playing illegally on the public street) because it means he and Jim can play duets while Jim sits behind bars. After hearing a stellar performance of "New River Train," Andy wonders if the young prodigy isn't squandering his gifts and reasons that Jim could be bigger than "that fella we see every now and then on television, shakin' and screamin'." Jim, however, is reluctant and claims he isn't quite ready. Inspiration comes rolling through town in the form of Bobby Fleet and his Band with a Beat, a traveling band on their way to a gig in Raleigh. Andy suspects that the band could use a good guitar player, but setting up a meeting is a bit tricky since Jim isn't willing to play and Fleet isn't willing to listen; so, he uses the law to set up a meeting, arresting Fleet on an illegal parking charge and instructing Barney to bring Jim in for questioning (although what kind of ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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17 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Later in the series it is established that Barney can't sing but here, during the "New River Train" number with Jim, Andy invites him to join in singing the chorus. See more »


There is a little drum roll at the end of the song but only a guy banging sticks on the jail cell bars. See more »


[Shortly after Sheriff Taylor arrests Jim Lindsey, they jam together on guitars in the jailhouse]
Sheriff Andy Taylor: [singing solo as they play] Ridin' on that new river train. Ridin' on that new river train. Same old train that brought me here gonna take me back again.
[Andy and Jim play through an instrumental passage]
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Darlin', you can't love one. Darlin', you can't love one. Can't love one and have any fun. Oh, darlin', you can't love one.
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My Dog Has Fleas
Performed by Bobby Fleet and His Band With a Beat
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Mayberry's Jailhouse Rock!
18 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sheriff, Andy Griffith's remark of "a man screaming at his dog", in reality was referring to Elvis Presley, shortly after his release of Hound Dog and its extremely quick rise to popularity, in 1956 and 1957. Andy Griffith and Elvis Presley were on Steve Allen's Show, back on Sunday, July 1st, 1956. After with the arrest of Bobby Fleet and his Band with a Beat, then adding Jim Lindsey's arrest, just to introduce them to each other (secretly). Andy's psychology worked out correctly. After the continuous insults, by Bobby Fleet, Jim Lindsey started playing to stop the insults, after thirty seconds, Bobby Fleet's trombone player and trumpet added to Jim Lindsey's musical rhythm and Bobby Fleet listened to their playing together, leading Bobby Fleet to hire Jim Lindsey, there and then immediately. Jim Lindsey left the band later in season one and returned to Mayberry, near the conclusion of season one. Which lead Andy Griffith to call Bobby Fleet back and give Jim Lindsey a second chance.

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