Jim Lindsey, the once-wayward guitar player that Andy helped get started in his career, returns to Mayberry a success with a brand new sports car and a hit single "Rock n' Roll Rosie from ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Opie Taylor (as Ronnie Howard)
Jim Lindsey
Dick Elliott ...
Herbert Ellis ...
Bobby Fleet (as Herb Ellis)
Jason the Hotel Clerk
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Man who repossesses Jim's car (as Thomas B. Henry)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Slate ...
Bobby Fleet / Freddy Fleet


Jim Lindsey, the once-wayward guitar player that Andy helped get started in his career, returns to Mayberry a success with a brand new sports car and a hit single "Rock n' Roll Rosie from Raleigh." Everyone is excited to see the hometown boy that made good but Andy notices something strange. Within a day, the car has disappeared, and Ellie, Floyd and Barney have noticed that despite his success, he seems to be charging a lot of his bills and asking to borrow money. Plus, as successful as he claims to be, he isn't receiving any mail. Andy gets in touch with Bobby Fleet, the bandleader who hired Jim and gets the information that the guitar player walked away from the band because Bobby wouldn't make him a partner. Out of work, Jim is flat broke and his car has been repossessed. Andy tries to talk to Jim about reconnecting with Bobby and the band, but Jim won't hear of it. So, as is tradition, Andy arrests Jim as a ruse to reconnect Jim and Bobby so that Jim can get his career going ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Family





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15 May 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In "The Guitar Player," Bobby Fleet was played Henry Slate. Here he is played by Herb Ellis. See more »


Jim's acoustic guitar makes electric guitar sounds. See more »


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Written by Carl Sandburg.
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I am not sure why they made this episode...
12 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The third episode of the series ("The Guitar Player") is a rather weak episode starring James Best as a frustrated musician (Jim Lindsey). In it, Andy breaks many laws in order to force a traveling band to listen to Lindsey's guitar playing--knowing that the ends justified the violations of the band's civil rights! It seemed to be an excuse to have Best on the show and really didn't seem to fit the overall style of the show. So why, then, did they decide to once again have Lindsey return later in the season?! If it was weak to begin with, having him return was even weaker.

The plot apparently finds Lindsey unemployed but still pretending he's with the band. When the truth is discovered by Andy, the Sheriff once again begins arresting folks to force them together so they'll kiss and make up. Considering it's almost like the first episode all over again, I don't think it's much more than a time-passer and a show that is easy to skip. Not bad--just not very good.

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