Tired of the same old scripts, the Monkees walk off the set and take a holiday in Paris. Director James Frawley is left having to come up with a way to change the formula.

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(as Robert Rafelson)
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Tired of the same old scripts, the Monkees walk off the set and take a holiday in Paris. Director James Frawley is left having to come up with a way to change the formula.

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19 February 1968 (USA)  »

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The episode includes Michael Nesmith's song "Don't Call On Me", which he'd written before the Monkees, as an experiment with lounge-style music. Producer Chip Douglas coached Nesmith on singing softly and up close to the microphone, to utilize the "proximity effect" and sound warmer to listeners. Released versions included an intro and outro (recorded later, as the Monkees pretended to visit Chicago's Pump Room, and TV producer Robert Rafelson noodled on a piano) with applause and dialogue, to give the track a live feel. Most of these versions segue directly from one part to the next; the 1986 Rhino LP and cassette reissues leave a noticeable gap. See more »

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Davy: [realizing they're filming the same episode they deserted before] Jim, what is this? The secret apple?
Mike: We just got back, we wanted to get away from this.
Micky: And it's the same thing!
Peter: [holding up the prop gun held by Art Lewis] And what's with this? What's with this? Violence on the show? Every time we turn around somebody's got a gun!
Director: [motioning to Art Lewis] Will you listen to me? He doesn't have a mustache, he's not using an accent, and it's not the microfilm, it's the secret apple.
Davy: Yeah, and when's...
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Getting an eyeful at the Eiffel
6 January 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Broadcast no. 54 (Feb 19 1968- 43rd in production), "The Monkees in Paris" serves as a rare and welcome departure from formula, as the group leave regular director James Frawley behind and fly to Paris for a holiday (filming June 24-28 1967 done by Bob Rafelson). Paris was chosen because plans to do it in England fell apart, but since The Monkees were still unknown in France, girl models actually had to be hired to chase them through the Paris streets. There is no plot to speak of, only a document of their adventures overseas, just not as fascinating as "The Monkees on Tour." Three songs from the Pisces LP get another airing: "Love is Only Sleeping," "Star Collector," and "Goin' Down," while making its only series appearance is "Don't Call on Me," a pre-Monkees composition from Michael Nesmith, co-written by John London, his regular stand-in and future bandmate in The First National Band. "Don't Call on Me" features Nesmith on electric guitar, Tork on organ, 'Fast' Eddie Hoh on drums and claves, and producer Chip Douglas contributing both bass and acoustic guitar. The show would go on hiatus for the band's summer tour, only resuming Sept 13 with "Hillbilly Honeymoon."


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