The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Those Gossipin' Men 

When a shoe salesman comes to town, riled Aunt Bee uses him to teach Andy a lesson in men being just as big a bunch of gossips as women.


Bob Sweeney


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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
Cheerio Meredith Cheerio Meredith ... Emma Brand
Jack Finch Jack Finch ... Wilber Finch
Jonathan Hole ... Orville Monroe
Mary Treen ... Clara Lindsey
Phil Chambers ... Jason, the Hotel Clerk
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Fred Walker
Sara Seegar ... Gossip on Telephone


Aunt Bee, Emma Brand and Clara Lindsey are having a gossip session at Walker's Drug Store when Andy comes by to get some sulfur powder for Barney, who cut his finger cleaning his gun. Emma doesn't believe that's the whole story and she, Bee and Clara begin a grapevine that balloons the story up until the whole town thinks Barney shot himself in the chest. Andy has a laugh at the women and their dispensing of misinformation and claims that gossip doesn't come as natural to men as it does to women. Angry at their dismissal of women as nothing more than blabbermouths, Aunt Bee fosters a line of gossip in the male population of Mayberry over an unassuming traveling shoe salesman passing through town. Soon, Andy and Barney begin to wonder about this man. Rumor grows and grows, and soon the men in town, believing the salesman to be a New York talent scout, line up outside his hotel room door ready to audition for what they think is The Manhattan Showtime television program. The meek little ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts <> / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

16 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Those Gossipin' Men See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks Jonathan Hole's last appearance as Funeral Director Orville Monroe. See more »


In the final scene, when Aunt Bea walks into Andy's office, she pushes the door shut behind her, but it doesn't shut all the way, and you can see a hand thru the opening, go for the door handle and pull the door shut. See more »


Opie Taylor: Golly Aunt Bee, she's way younger than you are. She's in her forties and you're already...
Aunt Bee Taylor: Opie, why don't you go over there and get yourself a candy bar.
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Alternate Versions

The DVDs released by Raintree Home Video replaces the classic Andy Griffith Show theme with a generic instrumental song. See more »


The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen
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Two busy tongues and four sharp ears
22 August 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

It's fair to say that even Willy Loman could have lapped Wilbur Finch's sales record prior to the shoe saleman's arrival in a Mayberry desperate to have the fame it believed it so rightly deserved. Emma has it right when she claims that he is the tamest travelling salesman she's seen. What an odd plot device to have a man from New York City roaming the southeast lugging a stack of shoe boxes, trying to make a living selling shoes. Was this a common sight in the early 60s? Among the townsfolk lined up to audition for Mr. Finch is the high-cheek-boned bit player who is often seen but never heard throughout the run of the series (usually referred to as Nice Dress Nellie from Andy's comment to her in "Andy Saves Barney's Morale"). We are left to wonder not only what talent she would spring upon the unsuspecting Finch but also what style shoes she might expect to find among his less than stylish line.The not-so-uncommon need in those days for a guest to request a television in one's hotel room is what spurs this story along into making Mr. Finch out to be much more influential than he could ever hope to be and introducing us to Floyd's son and his horn, a son who, like Barney's mother in episode 2, vanishes without fanfare or even a sax riff in subsequent episodes. You have to love Orville Monroe's mock sincerity as he enters the courthouse to offer his funerary services to Andy and his sudden realization that his hearse might be parked illegally.

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