When Davey's grandfather comes to visit thinking his grandson has become a great success in the Colonies, the guys pretend to be on Davy's personal staff in an attempt to fool the elder Jones.




Episode cast overview:
Davy (as David Jones)
Peter Tork ...
Ben Wright ...
Ray Ballard ...
Ceil Cabot ...
Old Woman
Donald Foster ...
Rolls Owner
Ice Cream Man (as Charles Callas)


Davey receives a telegram announcing his grandfather's visit. Unfortunately Davey has told his grandfather he is a big star and very wealthy. Davey is afraid his grandfather will want to take him back to England if he discovers the truth. The boys set out to make Davey look like a millionaire. Written by tomtrekp

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Comedy | Music




Release Date:

17 October 1966 (USA)  »

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(as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter tells Davy that the fruit is plastic as he takes a bite. It's actually real. You can see Davy's teeth marks after he removes the apple from his mouth. See more »


Peter: Why am I the dummy? The dummy should be the dummy.
Davy: They're his cards, don't antagonize him.
Micky: What do you have to say about that, Mr. Schneider?
[pulls the dummy's string]
Mr. Schneider: It's a shame to waste youth on children.
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I wanna be free
(slow version)
Written and Produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
Performed by The Monkees
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Ben Wright and Charlie Callas
11 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Success Story" is a weaker effort, with Ben Wright cast as Davy's grandfather, who's been led to believe his grandson a huge success in America, only to learn differently after Micky, Peter, and Mike try to pull off an elaborate deception, playing Davy's chauffeur, chef, and houseboy (famed stand-up comic Charlie Callas plays an ice cream vendor). Boyce and Hart's "I Wanna Be Free" gets its third airing (including the pilot), while making its debut was Michael Nesmith's solid rocker "Sweet Young Thing" (written in collaboration with Gerry Goffin and Carole King), recorded July 18. The sixth broadcast (Oct 17 1966), "Success Story" was 13th in production, filmed Aug 27-30.

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