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The Monkees: Monkee See, Monkee Die

The Monkees spend the night in a deceased millionaire's haunted mansion in order to collect the unexpected legacy he has left them.

Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 4705
Airdate: Monday September 19th, 1966



Guest Stars
Henry CordenHenry Corden
As Babbitt
Recurring
Lea MarmerLea Marmer
As Madame Roselle
Recurring
Oliver McGowanOliver McGowan
As McQuinney
Recurring
Mark Harris (1)Mark Harris (1)
As Harris Kingsley
Stacey GreggStacey Gregg
As Ellie Reynolds

Recap

The impoverished Monkees are left an inheritance by an eccentric millionaire. They arrive at the spooky mansion where they are greeted by the butler and introduced to the deceased's traveling companion, Kingsley, his spiritual adviser, Madame Roselle, and his pretty niece, Ellen. Davy promptly falls in love with Ellen and The Monkees spend the night. People begin to mysteriously disappear and the mansion appears to be haunted...

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Episode Notes
The table on the landing is later used in "Monkees Chow Mein".

Random clips from this episodes second romp set to "Tomorrows Gonna Be Another Day" featuring the boys traipsing about in monster masks and capes, skipping about a public fountain, and hamming it up as fur-coated trappers and Indians were recycled in Episode 19, "Find The Monkees" (a.k.a. "The Audition"), No. 30, "The Monkees In Manhattan" (a.k.a. "The Monkees Manhattan Style"), No. 36, "Monkee Mayor," and No. 50, "The Monsterous Monkee Mash." Further snippets from this romp featuring The Monkees playing body croquet in orange sharkskin suits and a snarling, leopardskin-clad David Jones beating his chest were adapted into the second season opening credit sequence for The Monkees.

Boyce & Hart's "Last Train To Clarksville" debuted in this episode. The Next 2 episodes would feature the tune, and the prolonged TV exposure would help displace ? and The Mysterians' "96 Tears" to ensure "Last Train To Clarksvilles's" status as the first #1 hit for The Monkees for 2 weeks (it was issued as a single on August 16, 1966, well ahead of time-almost 4 weeks before the official NBC debut of The Monkees' TV series -to accurately time it for weekly network promotion). Given, it's natural that it would also become the most frequently used song on The Monkees TV series, with a record 7 episode appearances. Clips from the series pilot film featuring The Monkees playing and singing on the merry-go-round in the Kiddieland amusement park can be seen in the romp that accompanies "Last Train To Clarksville."

"Monkee See, Monkee Die" is the first Monkes teleplay by Treva Silverman, who authored 3 more first-season shows (Episode 12, "I've Gotta Little Song Here," No. 13, "One Man Shy" [a.k.a. "Peter And The Debutante"], and No.16, "The Son Of A Gypsy") and one second-season show (Episode 33 "It's A Nice Place To Visit..."). She later went on to contribute teleplays to The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS, 1970-77), for which she won 2 Emmy Awards in 1974.

This episode also features Vincent Howard as Captain and George Perina as Policeman, neither of whom received credit. Vince Howard often played policemen, with some frequency alongside David Janssen, in several episodes of The Fugitive (ABC, 1963-67) as well as with Janssen in the October 3, 1979 CBS-TV movie The Golden Gate Murders. Howard also played police officers in The Barefoot Executive and on Emergency! (NBC, 1972-77) and Barnaby Jones (CBS, 1973-80). He also played a Preacher in the Danny Glover/Mel Gibson/ Joe Pesci police romp Lethal Weapon 3 (1992).

The character of Madame Rosell in "Monkee See, Monkee Die" is the first of several female villians on The Monkees TV series. More can be found in Episodes 5, "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool," No. 7, "The Monkees In A Ghost Town," No. 15, "Too Many Girls" (a.k.a. "Davy And Fern"), No. 16, "The Son Of A Gypsy," No. 24, "Monkees A La Mode," No. 49, "The Monkees Watch Their Feet," and No. 50. "The Monsterous Monkee Mash."

Also note the debut appearance of Henry Corden as avaricious landlord Mr. Babbitt, who would be featured in 3 more episodes in The Monkees' first season: Epsiode 8, "Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth," Episode 9, "The Chaperone," and No. 27, "Monkee Mother.'

Oliver MacGowen and Lea Marmer also pop up in further episodes in The Monkees' first season: Marmer as Mrs. Smith in Episode 28, "The Monkees On The Line," and MacGowen as broadcasting tycoon J.J. Pontoon in Episode 23, "Captain Crocodile." MacGowen is recognized by devotees of Star Trek (NBC, 1966-69) as a Caretaker in the episode "Shore Leave," and Marmer later portrayed Madame Tinkertoy, proprietess of The House Of Blue Lights in New Orleans, in Easy Rider (1969), which was funded mostly by Monkee money.

In the end credits of the 1986 Colex syndicated edition of "Monkee See, Monkee Die," the guest cast list is spaced far apart from each other and the captaion "Musical Supervision Don Kirshner" is nowhere in sight (it could have been a native of the much convoluted CBS Saturday Afternoon run, as opposed to it's original NBC airing).

The Monkees are seen with their legendary eight-button long sleeved shirts (designed by the late Gene Ashman) for the first time in this episode. The shirts were inspired by the shirt John Wayne wore in many of his movies. Of course red is the shirts most common color, but over the course of The Monkees short run, they can also be seen in a dazzling array of colors:white, gold, blue and black. Also notice the black turtleneck shirts the boys are wearing under their red 8-button shirts; they would be sen with them again in Episode 5, "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool."

First use of the line "He's/She's/They're/It's gone!" is made in "Monkee See, Monkee Die." Further use of the line will be made in Episode 19, "Find The Monkees" (a.k.a. "The Audition"), No. 49, "The Monkees Watch Their Feet," No. 50, "The Monsterous Monkee Mash," No. 53, "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave The Driving To Us"), and No. 58 "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper").

Another popular line on The Monkees series, "Don't do that!" first eminated in this episode as well, and it will be repeated in Episode 14, "Dance, Monkee, Dance," No. 18, "I Was A Teenage Monster," No. 20, "The Monkees In The Ring," No. 24, "Monkees A La Mode," No. 26, "Monkee Chow Mein," No. 27, Monkee Mother," No. 28, "The Monkees On Line," No. 38, "I Was A 99-lb. Weakling," No. 50, "The Monsterous Monkee Mash," and No. 57, "The Monkees Blow Their Minds."

"Monkee See, Monkee Die's" entry in Screen Gems Storylines reveals a deleted scene in which lawyer McQuinney arrives with the police and finds Ellie and The Monkees surrounded by the plotters fast asleep on the floor.

General David Sarnoff is mentioned in a graphic while Micky is fixing the radio in this episode ("Did General Sarnoff Really start like this?). Sarnoff was one of the first people to see the full possibilities of using radio and television for entertainment. Early in his career, while working as a wireless operator in 1912, he picked up word that the Titanic was sinking and stayed at his post for 72 hours directing ships to the sinking ocean liner. Also worth noting is that Sarnoff became president of RCA Victor (at whose studios The Monkees and more recent stars like country beauty Martina McBride did all their recording) and also founded The National Broadcasting Company - which aired The Monkees TV show.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesTomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day 
The MonkeesLast Train To Clarksville 
The MonkeesA Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You(in syndication) 


Episode Quotes
Babbitt: I - am - kicking - you - out!
Davy: What's the matter? We paid our rent the first of September?
Babbitt: Yeah, but that was for July!
Mike: OK look. We'll promise to pay the rent once you fix the stuff you promised to fix.
Babbitt: Fix? What fix? This place...this place...is like a castle.
Mike: Yeah well, in this castle the moat overflows.
Micky: And the roof leaks.
Peter: And the plaster's falling.
Davy: And the phone doesn't work.
Babbitt: (angrily) You guys, I'm tired of being Mr. Nice-guy. My lawyers coming over...and he is coming with dispossess papers...and then out - you -go!

Ralph: How do you do gentlemen. You are just in time for the reading of the will. I am Ralph, butler to the late Mr. John Cunningham.
Mike: Excuse me Ralph, We don't even know why we are here. I don't think we ever met the late Mr. John Cunningham...even when he was early.
Ralph: Ah, but you did. A long time ago you returned a wallet to him containing $600. He always appreciated that.
Micky: Ah, it's because of our honesty.
Ralph: Oh no sir, because it wasn't his wallet.



Episode Goofs
Peter's button at the end of the episode goes from unbuttoned to buttoned between shots.

Everyone jumps to the conclusion that people are being murdered when there are no bodies and no blood to be found. I know that the Madame wanted to put this thought into people's minds, but you think someone would have thought of it.

The boys arrive at the mansion without any luggage and not planning to stay the night- but yet somehow they had their pajamas handy when told the ferry was too fogged in to take them back to the mainland that night.

In this episodes end credits, "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" was erroneously billed as "Tomorrow Is Another Day." The end credits of another Monkees episode to showcase "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day," Episode 7, "The Monkees In A Ghost Town," would finally get the name right. Also, "Monkee See, Monkee Die's" ends credits and all further Yardley-sponsored NBC-TV telecasts of The Monkees sported the infamous Yardley Black Label insignia, This lasted until Episode 19, "Find The Missing Monkees" Yardley Black Label Aftershave in favor of promoting new Yardley products (some clips seen in the "Lat Train To Clarksville" romp in "Monkees See, Monkee Die were also used in The Monkees 28-second commercial for Yardley Black Label Aftershave).



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