The Monkees (1966–1968)
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Monkees Mind Their Manor 

The Monkees travel to England when Davy inherits the estate of Young Lord Malcolm Kibee on the condition that he lives there for the next five years. Davy has no intention of staying, but ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Davy (as David Jones)
Lance Kibee, The Sot (as Jack Goode)
Jack H. Williams ...
Customs Man / Real Prop Man
Myra De Groot ...
Mary Friar
Old Man (as William Benedict)
Mr. Friar


The Monkees travel to England when Davy inherits the estate of Young Lord Malcolm Kibee on the condition that he lives there for the next five years. Davy has no intention of staying, but does not want the Lord's nephew, Lance Kibee, to sell it to a land developer either. So, the Monkees put on a medieval fair to raise enough money for the local villagers to buy the manor. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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26 February 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Peter Tork directed this episode (credited under his real name, Peter H. Thorkelson), as part of a deal worked out with series producers Bob Rafelson and 'Bert Schneider', who refused to let the Monkees direct themselves in their movie Head (1968). (Micky Dolenz also agreed to this deal, directing "Mijacogeo".) Tork was the only Monkee to show up on the set, the first shooting day of "Head"; the other members staged a one-day walkout against Rafelson and Schneider. See more »


Mickey's mouth is uncovered, then bandaged, and back to uncovered while the custom's man talks to Davy. See more »


Mike: Oh! Hello there! Well, that wraps up another half-hour of hilarious situation comedy of The Fantastic Four: Daby, Peekel, Micky and Perkal, Mycontchek...
[clears throat]
Mike: us! And we'll be back next week with more riotous fun laughters and hilarious bits of antics and humor...
Peter: Hey Mike, can I say something?
Mike: [thinks about it for a moment] Yeah, ok, go ahead.
Peter: I just wanted to give our viewers, and listeners who's been so nice to us, I wanted to give them our Christmas message which is all about peace...
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Edited from Around the World in 80 Days (1956) See more »


Three Blind Mice
Performed by television orchestra as The Monkees follow Butler
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Directed by Peter Tork
2 February 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Broadcast no. 55 (Feb 26 1968), "Monkees Mind Their Manor" is clearly a throwback to the first season, with the added distinction of being directed, for the first and only time, by Peter Tork, whose birth name is 'Peter Halsten Thorkelson' (the 'H' in 'Thorkelson' being silent). Davy returns to England to claim his inheritance, the estate of eccentric Lord Malcolm Kibbee, provided he remain for five years; otherwise, the nearby townspeople will lose their homes to the Kibbee nephew, drunken sot Lance (Jack Good). Hardly working for his commission is hard working Sir Twiggly Toppin Middlebottom (Bernard Fox), who tries to foil the group's attempts to save the estate by holding a medieval fair. Laurie Main spends more time on floors than Jack Good, an actor better known as producer of SHINDIG! (who later wrote and produced 33 1/3 REVOLUTIONS PER Monkey, Peter Tork's farewell to the band). Short but funny turns also come from Billy Benedict, previously seen in "Monkee Mayor," and Jack H. Williams, who banters with Davy about doing double duty in front of as well as behind the camera, ending with a Dean Martin tribute that doesn't go unnoticed by mummy Micky. Longtime Hollywood Britisher Reginald Gardiner, who started out in Hitchcock's "The Lodger" in 1927, here garners a few laughs playing the nearsighted butler, in his very last role. This would be the fifth and final appearance of Goffin-King's "Star Collector," the lone song featured, while snippets of "Greensleeves" and "Iranian Tango" (Davy's second song) made the rounds on vinyl bootlegs over the years. As a director, Peter Tork is less experimental than Micky, and worked with a more conventional script as well; his final verdict on his work was that his pacing was just too slow. Perhaps he just wanted to try his hand behind the camera one time, for he never actively pursued a career outside music. 56th in production, filmed Dec 5-7 1967, next up- "Some Like It Lukewarm."

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