The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Guitar Player Returns 

Mayberry's own guitar celebrity Jim Lindsey returns, but he's not the conquering musical hero everyone thinks he is.



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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Herbert Ellis ...
Bobby Fleet (as Herb Ellis)
Jason the Hotel Clerk
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Man Who Repossesses Jim's Car (as Thomas B. Henry)


Jim Lindsey, the once-wayward guitar player whom Andy helped start his musical 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 gets wind of something strange. Within a day, the car disappears, and Ellie, Floyd and Jason report that, despite his "success," he seems to be charging a lot of his bills, and even asking Barney for 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 learns that Jim walked away from the band after Bobby wouldn't make him a partner. Unable to make it on his own, Jim is flat broke with his car repossessed. Andy tries to talk to him 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 him with Bobby so that Jim can get his career going again. Bobby is ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <>

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Comedy | Family





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15 May 1961 (USA)  »

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Elinor Donahue decided not to return after the first season because she felt she had no on-screen chemistry with Andy Griffith. Griffith later admitted that it was his own fault because he had a hard time showing affection on-screen, and as a result, the relationship didn't appear real or believable. See more »


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


Jim Lindsey: What'd you expect me to do, come back to my own hometown and say "Come on, folks, come look at your hometown failure."
Andy Taylor: I think you kinda underestimatin' your friends a little.
Jim Lindsey: Whadda you mean?
Andy Taylor: Wasn't you treated pretty good before you left, and you wasn't a big star or nothin'? Why should folks think any less of ya now?
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Midnight Special
Written by Huddie Ledbetter, aka Leadbelly
Performed by Andy Griffith and James Best.
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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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