The Monkees: Season 1, Episode 17

Case of the Missing Monkee (9 Jan. 1967)

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Peter is kidnapped, in a plot against a rocket scientist.


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Episode cast overview:
Davy (as David Jones)
Peter Tork ...
Norbert Schiller ...
Prof. Milo Schnitzler
Ivan Bonar ...
Dr. Marcovich


Peter is kidnapped, in a plot against a rocket scientist.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Music




Release Date:

9 January 1967 (USA)  »

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(as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Mike, Micky and Davy stick their heads around the hospital door, dressed as patients, their hair is parted on the wrong side. This shot has been flipped to make them appear to look in the right direction. See more »


Dr. Markovich: [Pointing a gun at Peter] What are you doing with that?
Bruno: He knows to much.
Peter: Thank you!
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References A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) See more »


(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Written and Produced by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
Performed by The Monkees
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Vito Scotti and Vincent Gardenia
22 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Case of the Missing Monkey," with Bob Rafelson back at the helm, is one of the standout first season entries, with veteran scene stealer Vito Scotti in fine form, kidnapping rocket scientist Schnitzler (Norbert Schiller), who slips Peter a note revealing where he's being taken; when Peter also disappears, his three bandmates try to infiltrate the clinic by posing as patients. Best remembered as the 'Japanese Sailor' in two episodes of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, Scotti even hilariously impersonates a Chinese restaurateur (Micky: "do you have Schnitzler here?" Scotti: "no, we have fried rice, chicken chow mein, won ton soup!"). Nancy Fish gets plenty of laughs as a helpful nurse who slips everyone powerful 'cough drops,' but Vincent Gardenia is sadly wasted in a throwaway thug henchman role. The lone song is Boyce and Hart's "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (its second airing), the B-side to the current single, "I'm a Believer." Broadcast no. 17, "The Case of the Missing Monkey" was 22nd in production, filmed Nov 10-11 1966. At this point, the group had basically shot 21 straight episodes with nary a break; filming only resumed following their debut concert performance in Honolulu on Dec 3, future shows sandwiched around live concert dates for most of the next year (their second LP, MORE OF THE MONKEES, was issued one day after this Jan 9 airing, the first of the new year).

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