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Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #15 - Those Gossipin' Men

Updated on January 31, 2008

Those Gossipin' Men


After Andy teases the opposite sex about gossiping, Aunt Bee pulls a prank to prove that men can gossip too.

Episode Number: 15 Season Number: 1

Writers: Jack Elinson, Charles Stewart

Director: Bob Sweeney

Cast/Crew/Guest Stars

  • Andy Griffith (Andy Taylor)
  • Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)
  • Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee Taylor)
  • Don Knotts (Barney Fife)
  • Cheerio Meredith (Emma Brand)
  • Howard McNear (Floyd Lawson)
  • Sara Seegar (Telephone Gossiper)
  • Jack Finch (Wilbur Finch)
  • Harry Antrim (Fred Walker)
  • Phil Chambers (Jason)
  • Jonathan Hole (Orville Monroe)
  • Mary Treen (Clara Lindsey)

When Barney accidentally injures a finger while cleaning his gun, gossip around town has him shot and killed. Andy teases the ladies for believing such gossip.

In response to the teasing, Aunt Bea decides to pull a prank on Andy to show that men gossip too. She spreads a rumor that a down-on-his-luck visiting shoe salesman is really a talent scout for the television show Manhattan Show Time.

The men of Mayberry believe the rumor and visit the saleman with their children hoping that one of them would be discovered. The salesman eventually leaves town after achieving record shoe sales.


  • In this episode, Floyd has a son named Norman. In a later episode Floyd claims to be a widower with no children.
  • As Andy walks into the drug store, there is a TV Guide with Lucy on the cover.
  • The series was filmed entirely in Hollywood, at Desilu Productions on the former RKO Pictures lot. Mayberry exteriors were shot on the former Selznick International Pictures lot, later known as Forty Acres. The rural fishing hole that opened each episode was Franklin Canyon Lake, just north of Beverly Hills. Franklin Canyon was also the site of the show's Myers Lake and other outdoor locales.
  • The whistled theme song, "The Fishin' Hole" was composed by Earle Hagen (the music coordinator and famous whistler of the show) and Herbert Spencer, with unsung lyrics by Everett Sloane. Hagen also wrote the music for the series

Aunt Bee: "I suppose you think men aren't capable of gossip."

Andy: "Oh, we're capable enough, it just doesn't come as natural to us."

Aunt Bee: "According to you, the Lord made two sexes... men and blabbermouths."

Andy: "That was well put."


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Also see:

Episode #1 - The New Housekeeper

Episode #2 - The Manhunt

Episode #3 - The Guitar Player

Episode #4 - Ellie Comes to Town

Episode #5 - Irresistible Andy

Episode #6 - Runaway Kid

Episode #7 - Andy the Matchmaker

Episode #8 - Opie's Charity

Episode #9 - A Feud is a Feud

Episode #10 - Ellie for Council

Episode #11 - Christmas Story

Episode #12 - Stranger in Town

Episode #13 - Mayberry Goes Hollywood

Episode #14 - The Horse Trader


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