The Monkees: Season 1, Episode 12

I've Got a Little Song Here (28 Nov. 1966)

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Mike writes a new song, but when he is going to be ripped by the publishing company, he's trying to sell the song to, his friends have to help him.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Davy (as David Jones)
Peter Tork ...
Irwin Charone ...
Joseph Mell ...
Owen McGiveney ...
Old Man
Buddy Lewis ...
Mary Foran ...
Bobby Johnson ...
Larry Gelman ...
Leigh Chapman ...


Mike writes a new song, but when he is going to be ripped by the publishing company, he's trying to sell the song to, his friends have to help him.

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Comedy | Music




Release Date:

28 November 1966 (USA)  »

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(as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The song that figures prominently in the plot, "Gonna Buy Me A Dog," is "credited" to Michael Nesmith but is in actuality a Tommy Boyce / Bobby Hart novelty tune. The reason the song is "credited" to Mike is because during mid-summer 1966 recording sessions for the show, Mike produced a bluesy instrumental version of the song for possible use on the series and the group's first album. Mike's version was not used and languished in storage until 2006. See more »


After Mike is a nickel short, he tells Bernie that it's all the money he has; however, immediately after Bernie accepts the money, Mike runs to the phone booth just outside his office and drops a dime in to place a call. See more »


Mike: Joanie Janz? She's the hottest thing in showbusiness!
Bernard Class: Joanie Jans in my opinion is the finest living or dead singer alive today.
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References With a Song in My Heart (1952) See more »


Mary, Mary
Written and Produced by Michael Nesmith
Performed by The Monkees
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Phil Leeds buys a ballad
27 November 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"I've Got a Little Song Here" features the comic expertise of Phil Leeds, owner of High Class Publishing Company, who finagles Mike Nesmith out of his first song for a cool hundred bucks, promising to give it to teen sensation Joannie Jans. After the 3 'Monkee Men' discover him to be a fraud, Micky poses as super rich studio impresario 'M.D.' in order to get the song back. Being a former child actor, Micky Dolenz was perfect for this impersonation, clearly one of his best, discussing the phoniness and fakery of Hollywood. Leigh Chapman gets her share of laughs as the narcissistic Joannie Jans, who is proud and humble to give 'one of the little people' her autograph (stamped and engraved!), while asking the producer of her new monster movie not to let the vampire get so emotionally involved. Phil Leeds effortlessly steals his scenes as Bernie Class, who hears the title of Mike's song, "Gonna Buy Me a Dog," and proclaims it a ballad! Interestingly enough, Nesmith himself produced his own version (minus vocals, on July 7) of "Gonna Buy Me a Dog," composed by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, more than two weeks before Boyce and Hart produced their own (July 23), which ended up the final track on The Monkees' debut album in Oct. However, the other song featured is a Nesmith original, "Mary, Mary" (recorded July 25, with Glen Campbell on guitar), which didn't appear until their Jan 1967 album, MORE OF THE MONKEES, but would first be released by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band on their Aug 1966 LP EAST-WEST. The fact that one of The Monkees actually wrote such a cool Butterfield song gave them a welcome boost of much needed credibility at the time. Broadcast no. 12 (Nov 28 1966), "I've Got a Little Song Here" was 10th to be filmed, Aug 1-5.

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