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The Monkees: The Prince and the Paupers

Davy comes to the aid of a lovelorn Prince named Ludlow--who also just happens to be Jones' doppleganger.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x21
Production Number: 4733
Airdate: Monday February 06th, 1967

Guest Stars
Donald FosterDonald Foster
As Courtier
Joe HigginsJoe Higgins
As Max
Clegg HoytClegg Hoyt
As Jailer
Heather NorthHeather North
As Wendy / Girl
Oscar BeregiOscar Beregi
As Count
William ChapmanWilliam Chapman
As Cardinal
Episode Notes

The late Ocsar Beregi Jr., son of silent film star Oscar Beregi Sr., is known for his frequent onscreen portrayals of a great many Nazis - including that of a Nazi Admiral in the 1964 Warner Bros. comedy classic The Incredible Mr. Limpett starring Don Knotts.

Every time Prince Ludlow's head is turned, you are actually seeing future KROQ-F.M. DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, who also doubled as Davy Jones in a lion's share of his personal appearances.

Monkee stunt double David Price cameos as The Chemist.

Heather North went on to provide the voice of Daphne Blake in Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo (CBS, 1969-86); the second actress to do so (the original being Indira Stefanianna Christopherson). Suprisingly, 2 Monkees would have guest shot speaking roles in 2 episods of the series; Davy Jones voiced himself in the CBS New Scooby-Doo Movie "The Haunted Horseman In Hagglethorn Hall" [12/2/72], and Micky Dolenz voiced "Alex Cooper" in "Mamba Wamba And The Voodoo Hoodoo" which was telecast on ABC November 6, 1976 as part of The Scooby-Doo/Dynomut Hour.

Eight years later, Peter Meyerson and James Komack joined ranks in crafting Welcome Back Kotter (ABC, 1975-79); sadly, Komack succumed to heart failure in Los Angeles on December 24, 1997. He was 67.

The violin rendition of Mendelsohn's Wedding March heard here at the beginning of "The Prince And The Paupers" wedding sequence is heard again in Episode 30, "The Monkees In Manhattan" (a.k.a. "The Monkees Manhattan Style") in the scene where irate hotel manager Weatherwax barges in on a married couple.

For the scene in which he takes on Max in a fencing duel, dig those fancy knickerbockers in which Davy is decked out. He will be seen wearing them again, in The Monkees' movie HEAD, as cameras film him on the steps of a bowery brownstone setting serenading Minnie with a violin (just before Micky and Mike step into the scene, walk up the steps, and spoil the take).

Other Monkees episodes to deal with Monkee dopplegangers will be Episode 25, "Alias Micky Dolenz," in which Micky doubles as himself and as Baby Face Morales; the tail end of No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes," wherein Peter doubles as himself and Alexi, Natasha Pavlova's new love; and the final minutes of No. 48, "Fairytale," in which Mike doubles as himself twice: one of him clad in midevil peasant gear, and the other of him disrobing from his Princess Gwen makeup.

Clegg Hoyt had a reocurring role in Dr. Kildare (NBC, 1961-66)as Mac.

Number of times The Currier breaks his cane: 4.

Wendy Forsythe reveals to have run away at age 16 to take an apartment in Greenwich Village. Peter Tork spent a couple of his pre-Monkee years as a folk singer in The Village; he confesses that he'd even return to The Village to resume his folk singing career should his Monkee popularity be wiped out, in the closing interview segment of Episode 30, "The Monkees In Manhattan" (a.k.a. "The Monkees Manhattan Style").

Some of this episodes background musical cues are reused from the soundtrack of the series' premiere, "The Royal Flush," Snatches from "The Royal Flush" underscore can also be heard in Episode 5, "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool," the previous episode, "The Monkees In The Ring," No. 28, "The Monkees On The Line," No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes," No. 50, "The Monsterous Monkee Mash," and No. 53, "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave The Driving To Us").

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesMary, Mary 

Episode Quotes
Micky: Hey you did it man, you had her eating out of your hand.
Peter: (disappointed) I didn't see that part.
Ludlow: I have a great favor to ask of you Davy Jones. (whispers in his ear)
Davy: What, are you kidding me? He wants me to substitute for him for the next few days. Why, you must be out of your mind.
Micky: Oh come on Davy... you can do it, you really could
Sure you could.
Davy: But he wants me to convince the girl to marry him.
Micky & Peter: (shouting at Ludlow) Your out of your mind.
Mike: Come on Davy, Ludlow's in a jam and you could really help him out.
Davy: But running a country, even for a few days takes a man of peculiar talents.
Peter: Well, you have some of the most peculiar talents I've ever seen.

Episode Goofs
The end credits read "Mary, Mary" without the comma in the title. Another episode whose end titles miscredit the song is No. 12, "I've Got A Little Song Here."

The signal flags chart in the pad is upside down from normal.

Cultural References
Prior to playing "Pattycake" with Peter in front of The Jailer, which leads to the latter being punched unconscious, Micky makes reference to the film Road To Morocco (Paramount, 1942) starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

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