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"The Monkees" Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth (1966)

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Original Air Date:
31 October 1966 (Season 1, Episode 8)
There are no pets allowed in the Monkees' apartment. This leads to comic complications when Davy watches a horse for a kid. The Monkees get a taste of farm living when they try to return the horse. | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)

Micky Dolenz ... Micky

Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter

Henry Corden ... Babbit
Jesslyn Fax ... Mrs. Purdy
Jim Boles ... Farmer Fisher
Charles Bail ... Jenkins (as Chuck Bail)
Kerry MacLane ... Jonathan
Jerry Colonna ... Dr. Mann
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Highland Dale ... Jeremy (Horse) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bob Rafelson  (as Robert Rafelson)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dave Evans 

Produced by
Bob Rafelson .... producer (as Robert Rafelson)
Bert Schneider .... producer
Ward Sylvester .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stu Phillips 
Cinematography by
Irving Lippman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gerald Shepard  (as Gerald S. Shepard)
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
Malcolm C. Bert 
Set Decoration by
Fred Price 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lawrence Werner .... post-production executive
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Landry .... assistant director
Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (as James Nelson)
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Blymyer .... head gaffer
Music Department
Igo Kantor .... music coordinator
Don Kirshner .... music supervisor
Stu Phillips .... conductor: background music
Other crew
Dee Caruso .... story editor
Gerald Gardner .... script editor
Dean Jeffries .... monkee mobile stylist (as Dean Jefferies)
Paul Mazursky .... developer
Larry Tucker .... developer
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. (uncredited)
Richard Klein .... stand-in: Micky Dolenz (uncredited)
John London .... stand-in: Michael Nesmith (uncredited)
Anita Mann .... choreographer (uncredited)
Ralph McCutcheon .... horse trainer (uncredited)
David Pearl .... stand-in: Peter Tork (uncredited)
David Price .... stand-in: Davy Jones (uncredited)
Winnie Rich .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

30 min
Color (as color by Pathé)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Mike:Hi, I'm the fella that called before.
Dr. Mann:Where's the monkey?
Mike:Oh, I'm the Monkee.
Dr. Mann:You're the monkey? You don't need a vet, young man, you need a psychiatrist!
Mike:No, wait a minute, you don't, you don't understand. I'm not a real monkey, I'm the kind of Monkee that sings!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees (1997) (TV)See more »
Papa Gene's BluesSee more »


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Jerry Colonna as a crazy veterinarian, 13 December 2013
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

The 8th broadcast (Oct 31 1966), "Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth" was actually second in production (May 31-June 3), the first since the series had been picked up by NBC (six months after the pilot was completed). This was also co-producer Robert Rafelson's first time behind the camera, as Davy finds himself the sole caretaker of a horse left by a little boy who confesses that his farmer father (Jim Boles) cannot afford to keep it. The Monkees prove to be little help with the daily chores, so it's up to Davy's jockey skills to make things right. Veteran radio funnyman Jerry Colonna made his final acting performance here, as Dr. Mann, a veterinarian who can't do anything with the horse, but manages to make their neighbor faint. This would have been the first appearance of Henry Corden as Monkees landlord Babbit, who hears Micky's werewolf impression and assumes the group is hiding a dog on the premises. Both Michael Nesmith tracks had been heard in previous episodes, "Papa Gene's Blues," from the debut LP, and "All the King's Horses," unreleased until 1990.

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