When the Monkees are chosen over Maria and her four sons to perform at Madame Rantha's party, the gypsies lure them into a trap and force the guys to steal the precious Maltese Vulture from... See full summary »

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Davy (as David Jones)
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Peter Tork ...
Jeanne Arnold ...
Maria
Vincent Beck ...
Marco
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Rocco
Gene Dynarski ...
Zeppo
Mario Roccuzzo ...
Kiko
Elizabeth Camp ...
Mme. Rantha (as Elisabeth Camp)
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When the Monkees are chosen over Maria and her four sons to perform at Madame Rantha's party, the gypsies lure them into a trap and force the guys to steal the precious Maltese Vulture from the Rantha mansion, or else Peter will be killed. The eldest of Maria's sons, Marco, takes Peter's place in the group. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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26 December 1966 (USA)  »

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Mme. Rantha retrieves the Maltese Vulture without using the combination to open the wall safe. See more »

Quotes

Micky: You don't understand, we're not thieves, Maria. Ah, mamma. I mean mom, eh...
Mama Maria: Nonsense, the urge to steal is basic. We are al thieves at heart.
Davy: Where did she get that idea?
Mike: She stole it.
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Connections

References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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I'm A Believer
Written by Neil Diamond
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Jack Keller
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Vincent Beck and Vic Tayback
22 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Son of a Gypsy" has Peter held hostage by a thieving band of gypsies, who demand that Micky, Davy, and Mike steal for them the priceless 'Maltese Vulture' (Peter would also be kidnapped in the following episode). Led by Jeanne Arnold, they're an interesting bunch, with both Vincent Beck ("Royal Flush") and Vic Tayback ("Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers") returning a third time the second season. The best gags involve the three Monkees desperately trying to worm their way past two security guards; best of all, Mike and Micky nervously eye their lit matches as they attempt to start a fire, only to be branded as litterbugs by the guards! The lone song is again Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer," in its fourth straight appearance (and its last). Broadcast no. 16 (Dec 26 1966), "Son of a Gypsy" was 20th in production, filmed Oct 26-27.


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