The Monkees: Season 1, Episode 3

Monkee vs. Machine (26 Sep. 1966)

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After Peter fails a job interview at a toy factory conducted by a computer, Mike makes the same machine short circuit and is promptly hired. Soon all four Monkees take a stand against the ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Davy (as David Jones)
Peter Tork ...
Severn Darden ...
J.B. Guggins Jr.
Walter Janovitz ...
Pop Harper (as Walter Janowitz)
Dorothy Konrad ...
Mrs. Zuckerman
Elaine Fielding ...


After Peter fails a job interview at a toy factory conducted by a computer, Mike makes the same machine short circuit and is promptly hired. Soon all four Monkees take a stand against the technology minded Mr Daggart (Stan Freberg) in favor of old fashioned, hand made toys. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Comedy | Music




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26 September 1966 (USA)  »

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(as color by Pathé)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode featured a number of Mattel toys: on the shelf in the main office is an American Girl Barbie, a Francie doll, and Barbie fashions, and gold statute of Barbie on the desk; in the toy testing room, Mike is playing with the Blackbird Pie (the 1966 model), the kids are asked to build a bridge with Hot Wheels tracks, and there is a See-N-Say displayed with other toys on a table. See more »


When DJ-61, the interview machine, spits a stack of forms out at Mike, he brushes them off onto the floor, but after Daggart enters the room they are again in a neat stack on the machine. See more »


Daggart: Harper. Used to design all our toys. Totally useless. I'd fire him like that, but J.B. promised him his job for life. What are you going to do?
Mike: Wow, you're all heart.
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Edited into Hey, Hey We're the Monkees (1997) See more »


Last Train To Clarksville
Written and Produced by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
Performed by The Monkees
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Stan Freberg and Severn Darden
7 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Monkee vs. Machine" guest stars famed voice-over artist and novelty recording star Stan Freberg, who unfortunately doesn't get much to do as the straight bad guy, manager of a toy company that uses a computer to hire its applicants. Severn Darden is the owner, but when an old toymaker gets dumped after a lifetime of bringing happiness to children, The Monkees plot to foil Freberg's cold-hearted approach to toymaking (Severn Darden retuned the second season for "The Monkees' Paw"). Before a reprise of "Last Train to Clarksville," we first hear "Saturday's Child" (recorded July 9), composed by David Gates (later with Bread), and featured on the debut LP THE MONKEES. The third broadcast (Sept 26), "Monkee vs. Machine" was fourth in production, filmed June 13-17 1966, only the second to be directed by co-producer Bob Rafelson.

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