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The Monkey's Uncle (1965) Poster

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Director Robert Stevenson directed both the original The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964) movie and this sequel The Monkey's Uncle (1965). Both pictures featured many of the same production crew as well as stars Tommy Kirk and Annette Funicello, composer Buddy Baker, producers Ron Miller and Walt Disney, and actors Leon Ames, Alan Hewitt, Connie Gilchrist and Norman Grabowski.
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Final film for the Walt Disney Pictures studio for both actor Tommy Kirk and actress Annette Funicello.
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Cinema movie debut of actor Mark Goddard.
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This 1965 sequel to The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964) was made and released the very next year after that picture had debuted in 1964.
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Annette Funicello was billed in the opening credits just as "Annette".
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The name of the educational institution was "Midvale College".
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In 2006, the movie's title song was covered by Devo 2.0 on Volume 4 of the music CD "Disneymania".
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The name of Merlin Jones (Tommy Kirk)'s pet chimpanzee ape was "Stanley".
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Norman Grabowski played a character, Norman, who had the same first name as his own.
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The movie's opening title song was sung by co-lead star Annette Funicello with back-up vocals from The Beach Boys.
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Second and final of two "Merlin Jones" motion pictures. It's The Monkey's Uncle (1965) title had nothing in common with the title of its precursor The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964).
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This Walt Disney Pictures production co-starred Annette Funicello who had previously been a "Mouseketeer" at Disney.
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This sequel to The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964) got made because that earlier film had been a surprise hit at the American box-office in the USA.
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The amount of money that Mr. Dearborne (Frank Faylen) offered the college if they would discontinue football was US $1 million.
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The amount of money that Darius Green III (Arthur O'Connell) said he would donate to the college if they could build a man-powered flying machine was US $10 million.
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The meaning and relevance of the film's title "The Monkey's Uncle" is that it reference to the nick-name of Merlin Jones (Tommy Kirk)'s pet chimpanzee "Stanley".
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The screen-writing credit on this film, "Screenplay by Tom and Helen August", was for Tom August and Helen August. These were nom de plumes for scriptwriters Alfred Lewis Levitt and Helen Levitt respectively. The pseudonyms were used because they were both blacklisted writers on the Hollywood blacklist.
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Tommy Kirk was asked by Disney to reprise his role in this film after Walt Disney had terminated his contract prior to the film.
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