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"The Andy Griffith Show" The Guitar Player (1960)

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Mayberry's Jailhouse Rock!

10/10
Author: 63x927is58401 from United States
18 January 2013

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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Best episode of the entire series in my mind

10/10
Author: dashriprock-236-833446 from CANADA
11 February 2015

I can watch this one a lot, very good, the others covered it well.BY THE BY, my favorite episode is one called the guitar player, nice fellow hangs around Mayberry playing his guitar on the street, Andy tells him he is the best guitar player he has ever heard, the guy is down on himself, does not see it that way..

A traveling band comes through town, a bunch of loud mouth musicians, pretty hip, Andy throws them in jail so that they will have to listen to the young guitar player, the young guy wont play for them, and the leader of the band says he has no time for a hill billy concert, they eventually mock the guy so bad that he eventually plays and knocks their socks off, he is hooted by the band and they go off together.

There is a sequel to it down the road, he returns broke, claiming to be on a holiday, says he made it so big going solo that he is just deciding between offers, truth is he got a swelled head, he wanted his name as the star of the band, so walked away to go it alone...so now broke running up bills everywhere, saying expecting big royalty check any day..not true.

Anyway Andy calls the band leader he wants his great guitar player back, so Andy works his magic again putting them back together, but this time without the swelled head

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Not a bad episode, but not one of the better ones either.

7/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
11 October 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is a fair episode of "The Andy Griffith Show"--mostly because it lacked the style of most of the rest of the shows. Instead of focusing on Barney and Andy and the locals, the show focuses mostly on Jim Lindsey (James Best) who also appeared in a follow-up episode later in the series.

Jim is a talented but head-strong local musician. He wants to make it big but is easily frustrated. So, Andy decides to try to help out the guy by pulling some strings. First, he arrests a traveling band on trumped up charges (a weakness in the plot--as the Bill of Rights should still apply in small town America). Then he arrests Jim and places him in the adjoining cell--hoping that this will give him a chance to show the big city musicians that he is talented and worth taking with them on tour.

Overall, worth seeing but that's about all. I wanted more development of the regular characters, so this one manages to only be fair.

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