The Monkees: Season 1, Episode 21

The Prince and the Paupers (6 Feb. 1967)

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Davy meets his double, the shy Prince Ludlow of Peruvia and soon learns the vertically challenged highness has to marry before his 18th birthday in order to ascend to the Peruvian throne. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Davy / Prince Ludlow (as David Jones)
Peter Tork ...
Joe Higgins ...
Heather North ...
Wendy / Girl
Donald Foster ...
William Chapman ...
Clegg Hoyt ...
Linda Kirk ...
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
Count (as Oscar Beregi)


Davy meets his double, the shy Prince Ludlow of Peruvia and soon learns the vertically challenged highness has to marry before his 18th birthday in order to ascend to the Peruvian throne. The other three Monkees convince Davy to swap places with the Prince and woo young socialite Wendy Forsythe in his stead. However, the evil Count Myron has his eye on the throne as well. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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6 February 1967 (USA)  »

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(as color by Pathé)

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1.33 : 1
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The Courtier and Michael are seen wearing exactly the same blue robes. In Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos (1967), William Campbell, can also be seen wearing the same coat as Trelane. 'The Squire of Gothos was filmed in October/November of 1966, "The Prince and the Paupers" in December of the same year. See more »


When the Monkees are talking Davy into doubling Prince Ludlow, the close-ups of Peter Tork are flipped horizontally. Notice his hair parts the wrong way. See more »


Count Myron: Now, in a few minutes, Miss Wendy Forsyth will arive to meet the prince. Somehow she took a liking to him when they met on the Riviera.
Max: But sire, they might marry!
Count Myron: I don't think so. I told her that he was sly, malicious, a pathalogical liar and a sadist.
Max: Yes, but what did you tell her was wrong with him?
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References Crime School (1938) See more »


Mary, Mary
Written and Produced by Michael Nesmith
Performed by The Monkees
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Oscar Beregi and Rodney Bingenheimer
28 December 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Prince and the Paupers" marks the first instance where the show began to repeat itself, a retread of the first telecast "Royal Flush," substituting a male prince for a female princess, an added gimmick making him a lookalike for Davy. Oscar Beregi is the villainous Count who must keep the shy Prince from marrying to gain the throne for himself; guess who has to impersonate the lad so he can wed the pretty Wendy (Heather North)? Still unbilled but in a genuine role is Monkey stand-in David Price (a cackling bad guy), while famed LA disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer doubles Davy from the back. The lone song featured is the third appearance of Michael Nesmith's "Mary, Mary," a great track but just not right for this episode. Broadcast no. 21 (Feb 6 1967), "The Prince and the Paupers" was 25th in production, filmed Dec 15-19 1966.

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