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The Monkees: I've Got a Little Song Here

An unscrupulous music producer tries to take Mike for a ride, until The Monkees turn the tables.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 4707
Airdate: Monday November 28th, 1966



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Guest Stars
Larry Gelman
As Director
Recurring
Bobby Johnson
As Postman
Buddy Lewis
As Watchman
Joseph Mell
As Harry
Leigh Chapman (1)
As Joanie Janz
Mary Foran
As Hilda
Owen McGiveney
As Old Man
Phil Leeds
As Bernard Class
Episode Notes



After her appearance as Joanie in this episode, Leigh Chapman forsook acting for writing, a vocation she had engaged in before The Wild Wild West (CBS, 19657-70) and the United Screens Arts movie A Swingin' Summer. Chapman later helped script screen and teleplays such as the December 3, 1966 Mission: Impossible (CBS, 1966-73) episode "Fakeout" and such movies as Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, The Octagon, and her most recent writting effort to date, Storm And Sorrow, which is based on her book.

Irwin Charone (producer) and Larry Gelman (director) make other appearances on The Monkees show: Charone as Mayor Motley (who has the same problem pronouncing Mikes surmane as did Bernie Class) in Episode 36, "Monkee Mayor" and Gelman as the stage manager in Episode 23, "Captain Crocodile" and the Salesman in No. 47, "The Monkees Christmas Show." Gelman later went on to play Vinnie on The Odd Couple (ABC, 1970-75) and Dr. Tupperman on The Bob Newhart Show (CBS, 1972-78).

The Mammoth Studio lot resurfaced (abandoned, yet) in Episode 34, "The Picture Frame" where it served as a secret hideout for sleazy con artist J.L. and his toady, Harvey. A mention of Mammoth Studios is made in Episode 31, "The Monkees At The Movies" (there, Philo's report of Mammoth Studios' "being closed for years" adds pretext as to why it's abandonned in "The Picture Frame").

Screen Gems' original synopsis for this episode features a rejected story idea in which Mike, in Bernie's office, meets Ceil, Bernie's secretary, and two other aspiring songwriters: a little old lady and a truck driver.

This is the first appearance of The Monkeemen. Other appearances were in Episode 26, "Monkee Chow Mein," and in the "Sunny Girlfriend" musical sequence of Episode 38, "I Was A 99-lbs. Weakling." The footage from this episode of the superhero-garbed Davy and Micky taking off from their pad (leaving Peter behind) was used in The Monkees second season main title opening.

Appearing for the first time in the soundtrack of The Monkees is a musical cue composed by Stu Phillips based on the song "Hooray For Hollywood," a tune composed by Richard A. Whiting and Johnny Mercer and sung by Johnny Davis and Frances Langford and performed by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra in the 1938 Warner Brothers musical romance Hollywood Hotel. Other Monkees segments to use the "Hooray For Hollywood"-inspired piece were Episode 30, "The Monkees In Manhattan" (a.k.a. "The Monkees Manhattan Style"), No. 32, "The Monkees At The Movies," and No. 34, "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery").

Joseph Mell portrayed Bill Pence on Gunsmoke (CBS, 1955-75).

If you guessed the threads Micky, Mike and Davy were wearing at the end of this episode looked familiar, you guessed correctly. This is the same clothing they wore in Episode 7, "The Monkees In A Ghost Town." Another episode, No. 4, "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers," finds Davy Peter and Mike wearing the same clothes (Micky wears a different shirt) in the scene where they place their hands in cement in front of The Chinese Theater.

In his disguise as "M.D.," Micky is seen wearing a pair of sunglasses...which will reappear in Episode 34, "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery"), No. 35, "Everywhere A Sheik, Sheik," and No. 46, "The Monkees On The Wheel.

Other Monkee encounters with con artists can be seen in Episode 38, "I Was A 99-lb. Weakling," and No. 57, "The Monkees Blow Their Minds."



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesGonna Buy Me A Dog 
The MonkeesMary, Mary 
The MonkeesFor Pete's Sake (in syndication) 


Episode Goofs
The postman (played by Bobby Johnson) is called Bobby on screen by Mike Nesmith.

It isn't possible to determine if a single note is on pitch unless compared to another pitch, but Peter plays only one note when making this determination.



Warning: The Monkees season 1 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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