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The Monkees: The Monkees in Manhattan (a.k.a. The Monkees Manhattan Style)

At the urging of a would-be producer, The Monkees hit the Big Apple to star in his rock-n-roll musical.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x30
Production Number: 4728
Airdate: Monday April 10th, 1967

Director: Russ Mayberry
Writer: Gerald Gardner


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Guest Stars
Alfred Dennis
As Dr. Corell
Dick Anders
As Baker
Foster Brooks
As Conventioneer
John Graham (1)
As Compton
Olan Soule
As Waiter
Philip Ober
As Mr. Weatherwax
Susan Howard
As Bride
Episode Notes



As The Monkees book into The Compton Plaza Hotel, Davy Jones can be heard singing "New York, New York" ("New York, New York , what a wonderful town!/The Bronx is up and the Battery's down!"). The song was composed by Adolph Green, Leonard Bernstein and Betty Comden and performed by Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshkin in the film On The Town (1949).

The late Phillip Ober had a previous stint playing Gen. Wingard Stone in the first season of I Dream Of Jeanie (NBC, 1965-70). A second actor to play a general on Jeanie, the late Barton MacLaine (Gen. Martin Peterson), portrayed Black Bart/Ben Cartwheel in Episode 45, "The Monkees In Texas."

The late Olan Soule would later spend a great deal of his time providing the voice of the animated Batman, beginning with Filmation's Batman/Superman Hour (CBS, 1968-69) and its sequels, and continuing through the many incarnations of Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends (ABC, 1973-75). Soule also played Mr. Pfeiffer in My Three Sons (ABC/CBS, 1960-72), Carmichael in Battlestar Galactica (ABC, 1978-79), Ray Murray in Dragnet (NBC, 1967-70) and Ray Pinker in the original 1951-59 NBC version and the 1954 Universal big-screen version of Dragnet.

Geoffrey Deuel is the brother of the late Pete Duel, best remembered as the first Joshua Smith in the TV western Alias Smith And Jones (ABC, 1970-73).

The late Foster Brooks (a.k.a. "The Lovable Lush") created his famous drunk act (in which he plays a drunk trying to hide his drinking) in the 1960's. In reality. he was a spokesman for MADD (Mother's Against Drunk Driving) and did public service announcements on their behalf. A former newscaster and disc jockey, Brooks' national debut was on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (NBC, 1962-92), after entertainer Perry Como spotted Brooks doing his drunk act at a celebrity golf tournament; afterwards the singer invited Brooks to be his opening act at the opening of the new Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. His television work included the role of Miles Sternhagen in Mork & Mindy (ABC, 1978-82), as well as being a regular Roaster on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.

Susan Howard is best remembered for her role as Donna Krebbs in the TV series Dallas (CBS, 1978-91). Trekkies recognize her as Mara from the November 1, 1968 "Day Of The Dove" episode of Star Trek (NBC, 1966-69).

The late Winstead Sheffield "Doodles" Weaver, well remembered at Stanford for his many pranks and practical jokes as well as a varied acting career (including his spoonerizing character for Spike Jones' Radio Show ["Professor Feitlebaum"]), was the brother of NBC-TV executive Sylvester 'Pat' Weaver and uncle of actress Sigourney Weaver.

This is one of directorial efforts for The Monkees by Russell Mayberry; his other was the next episode, "The Monkees At The Movies."

The version of "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" used in this episode features an intricate organ solo part that was deleted from the final version that was used on the More Of The Monkees LP. This version would remain unreleased until 2001, when it was finally released as part of Rhino's Monkees Music Box compilation. A similar version featuring vocals by Peter Tork was included as a bonus selection on Rhino's 1994 CD release of More Of The Monkees.

Some footage from the "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" romp seen in this episode was later used in the Remember Next Year NBC-TV 1967-68 Fall Preview hosted by Jan Murray and the late Danny Thomas.

Look carefully at the musical number for "Words" --appearing in an early version of the song that was remade for the B-side of the single and The Monkees' fourth album, Pices, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd.--and you will notice a slight difference in The Monkees' musical roles; they have all been swapped. Here, Davy is playing the drums, Micky is playing the tambourine, Peter the guitar, and Mike the bass. (Collector's note: The original "Words" was finally released 22 years later on Rhino's Missing Links Volume 2, in which, unlike the TV version, adds an intricate "backwards tape" section).

"The Monkees In Manhattan" incorporates footage (used and unused) from Episode 2, "Monkee See, Monkee Die," No. 3, "Monkee Versus Machine," No. 4, "Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers," No. 7 "The Monkees In A Ghost Town," No. 9, "The Chaperone," No. 10, "Here Comes The Monkees (original pilot film)," No. 12, "I've Got A Little Song Here," No. 14, "Dance, Monkee, Dance," No. 16, "The Son Of A Gypsy," No.17, "The Case Of The Missing Monkee," No. 22, "The Monkees At The Circus," No. 23, "Captain Crocodile" and No.27, "Monkee Mother."

Snippets from this segment featuring Peter wearing lopsided bunny ears grinning and Mike, after the "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" romp saying "Uh Hello?" can be seen in the season 2 opening for The Monkees.

When noon chimes, Micky, with cowboy hat and gun holster, draws and intones "High noon!'' imitating Gary Cooper as Marshall Will Kane from the 1952 Western of the same name.

The set of Room 304 in The Compton Plaza Hotel was previously filmed as a room adjoining The Royal Suite at The Ritz Swank Hotel in Episode 1, "The Royal Flush."



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The MonkeesThe Girl I Knew Somewhere 
The MonkeesWords 
The MonkeesLook Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)(rare version) 


Episode Quotes
Compton: Your hour is up!
Mike: Shh! Please be quiet. You can come in, but you can only stay a few minutes.
Compton: I can what?
Mike: Shh! Please be quiet?
(They enter, Peter is laying on the bed and Micky is dressed as a doctor)
Micky: He's a very sick boy. Are you his next of kin?
Compton: I am not...
(Micky holds a stethoscope up to Compton's mouth)
Micky: Speak up, I can't hear you.
Compton: I am not! I am the manager of this hotel. Get the house physician.
(His assistant leaves)
Micky: I'm afraid he's in a lot of pain. (hits Pete with a hammer) Come on hold on big fellow.
Compton: Well I'm sorry but he'll have to evacuate this room.
Micky: What? Are you mad? I can't move a case of the plague.
Compton: The plague? Is it contagious?
Micky: Have you ever seen a plague that wasn't.
(Pete starts eating a thermometer)
Mr. Weatherwax: Here's the hotel doctor!
Dr. Corell: You know my visiting hours are over?
Davy: But it's 9 a.m.?
Micky: Hi, I'm Dr. Dolenz. It's terrible about medicare isn't it?
Compton: Never mind that. Examine him doctor. What I want to know, is he really sick or is it a sham?
Micky: Of course he's sick, he had sham when he was 12 years old.
(looks into Pete's eye)
Dr. Corell: Say ah. (Pete opens his mouth)
Micky: Just a minute. If you examine that man, I surrender all responsibility to this case.
Dr. Corell: Now just a...
Micky: Mmm Hmm. Barging in on a man's case. I think the ethics practice committee would like to hear about this.
Dr. Corell: Well, i don't want to get involved with them again. (he leaves the room)
Peter: How's my heartbeat?
Micky: Fine, but the melody won't make it.

Compton: Your hour is up!
Mike: Shh! Please be quiet. You can come in, but you can only stay a few minutes.
Compton: I can what?
Mike: Shh! Please be quiet?
(They enter, Peter is laying on the bed and Micky is dressed as a doctor)
Micky: He's a very sick boy. Are you his next of kin?
Compton: I am not...
(Micky holds a stethoscope up to Compton's mouth)
Micky: Speak up, I can't hear you.
Compton: I am not! I am the manager of this hotel. Get the house physician.
(His assistant leaves)
Micky: I'm afraid he's in a lot of pain. (hits Pete with a hammer) Come on hold on big fellow.
Compton: Well I'm sorry but he'll have to evacuate this room.
Micky: What? Are you mad? I can't move a case of the plague.
Compton: The plague? Is it contagious?
Micky: Have you ever seen a plague that wasn't.
(Pete starts eating a thermometer)
Mr. Weatherwax: Here's the hotel doctor!
Dr. Corell: You know my visiting hours are over?
Davy: But it's 9 a.m.?
Micky: Hi, I'm Dr. Dolenz. It's terrible about medicare isn't it?
Compton: Never mind that. Examine him doctor. What I want to know, is he really sick or is it a sham?
Micky: Of course he's sick, he had sham when he was 12 years old.
(looks into Pete's eye)
Dr. Corell: Say ah. (Pete opens his mouth)
Micky: Just a minute. If you examine that man, I surrender all responsibility to this case.
Dr. Corell: Now just a...
Micky: Mmm Hmm. Barging in on a man's case. I think the ethics practice committee would like to hear about this.
Dr. Corell: Well, I don't want to get involved with them again. (he leaves the room)
Peter: How's my heartbeat?
Micky: Fine, but the melody won't make it.



Cultural References
Buntz's line "Good thinking Chief" is an allusion to Get Smart (NBC/CBS, 1965-70); Agent 99 tended to say "Good thinking Max" at various times, even though usually it was 99 who had come up with the good idea.

While chatting with a member at the Millionaires club, Davy makes reference to the Mark Goodman-Bill Todman game, What's My Line? (CBS, 1950-67). Seven episodes ago, in No. 23, "Captain Crocodile," The Monkees did an affectionate spoof of What's My Line? called What's My Scene?



Warning: The Monkees season 1 episode 30 guide may contain spoilers
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