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Andy Griffith Show Memories : Episode #31 - The Guitar Player Returns

Updated on February 28, 2008

The Guitar Player Returns


Mayberry guitarist, Jim Lindsey, returns to a hero's welcome. However, Andy suspects trouble with his solo career.

Season Number: 1

Episode Number: 31

First Aired: May 15, 1961

Writer: Jack Elinson, Charles Stewart

Director: Bob Sweeney

Cast/Crew/Guest Stars

Ron Howard (Opie Taylor)

Don Knotts (Barney Fife)

Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor)

Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee Taylor)

Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker)

Howard McNear (Floyd Lawson)

Dick Elliott (Mayor Pike)

James Best (Jim Lindsey)

Phil Chambers (Jason)

Thomas Browne Henry (Repossession Agent)

Herb Ellis (Bobby Fleet)

Episode Summary

Mayberry rolls out the red carpet for native son, guitarist Jim Lindsey. Jim has left Bobby Fleet's band and struck out on his own solo career. Jim tells everyone how well he's doing. But in reality, Jim is broke and his new sports car is reposessed. Jim has returned to Mayberry because he's got nowhere else to go. When Jim's old friends begin to question why he hasn't paid his bills, Andy sets out to find out the truth about Jim. Andy contacts Bobby Fleet and finds out that Jim's huge ego and ridiculous demands led to Jim to leaving the band. Realizing Jim's potential, Bobby can't pass up the chance to get back his main attraction. Andy forces a meeting between Bobby and Jim the only way he can, by arresting Jim. Bobby agrees to give Jim his job back, with a raise to boot.


This episode marks the last appearance of Elinor Donahue as Ellie.

  • According to Aunt Bee, Jim Lindsey's favorite dinner is fried chicken and cornbread.
  • According to Barney, Jim's big record is "Rock and Roll Rosie From Raleigh".
  • 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.

Barney: "You can't be an official police escort without a whistle, for heaven sakes."

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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

Episode #15 - Those Gossipin' Men

Episode #16 - The Beauty Contest

Episode #17 - Alcohol and Old Lace

Episode #18 - Andy the Marriage Counselor

Episode #19 - Mayberry on Record

Episode #20 - Andy Saves Barney's Morale

Episode #21 - Andy and the Gentleman Crook

Episode #22 - Cyrano Andy

Episode #23 - Andy and Opie, Housekeepers

Episode #24 - The New Doctor

Episode #25 - A Plaque for Mayberry

Episode #26 - The Inspector

Episode #27 - Ellie Saves a Female

Episode #28 - Andy Forecloses

Episode #29 - Quiet Sam

Episode #30 - Barney Gets His Man


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