The Monkees: Season 1, Episode 19

Find the Monkees (23 Jan. 1967)

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TV producer Hubbell Benson has invited many young groups, including The Four Martians, The Foreign Agents and The Jolly Green Giants to audition for a new TV show, but not The Monkees. ... See full summary »

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TV producer Hubbell Benson has invited many young groups, including The Four Martians, The Foreign Agents and The Jolly Green Giants to audition for a new TV show, but not The Monkees. However, when he hears their music on a hired tape recorder, he sets out to find this mystery band, not knowing that the Monkees are having great difficulty getting into the auditions at the same time. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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During the romp when the Monkees are pestering Hubbell Benson on bicycles with sidecars, four 'directors chairs' with the Monkees' names on them are visible on the sidewalk behind them. See more »

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Reporter: That's quite a story. The mystery group and the half a million dollar contract.
Hubbell Benson: You'd better make that a million dollars. It's gonna be an hour show.
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References Fine Feathers (1921) See more »

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Sweet Young Thing
Written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, and Michael Nesmith
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Michael Nesmith
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Carl Ballantine and Bobo Lewis
23 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Find the Monkees" gives us a look at other out-of-work rock groups besides our own, all hoping to star in a new TV show from producer Hubbell Bensen, played in scene stealing fashion by Carl Ballantine. The Four Martians, The Foreign Agents, and The Jolly Green Giants all received invitations to audition for Bensen, so The Monkees, left out in the cold, have to scramble to make themselves heard. Meanwhile, Bensen's secretary (Bobo Lewis) has rented a tape machine to use in place of a Dictaphone, which just happens to have The Monkees' last recording still on it; this is the sound and the group that Bensen wants, and never the twain shall meet. Joe Higgins, who played the security guard in the original pilot, has some funny business as Bensen's masseur, and Art Lewis heads up the missing persons bureau (can't even find a pencil), but nobody can top funnyman Ballantine (there's even a mention of Annette Funicello, who later appears in The Monkees' 1968 movie "Head"). Three Michael Nesmith songs featured from previous episodes: "Sweet Young Thing" (second appearance), "Papa Gene's Blues" (third appearance), and "Mary, Mary" (second appearance, on the tape machine). Broadcast no. 19 (Jan 23 1967), "Find the Monkees" was 15th in production, filmed Sept 23-27 1966 (director Richard Nunis died of cancer two months before its Jan 23 airing).


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