The Monkees (1966–1968)
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Art for Monkees' Sake 

When Peter displays a talent for copying art, crooked museum guards Duke and Chuche force him to copy Frans Hals' 'The Laughing Cavalier' and switch it with the real one. The Monkees mount ... See full summary »


Alexander Singer (as Alex Singer)

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Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Arthur Malet ... Curator
Vic Tayback ... Chuche (as Victor Tayback)
Michael Bell ... Artist
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Duce (as Monty Landis)


When Peter displays a talent for copying art, crooked museum guards Duke and Chuche force him to copy Frans Hals' 'The Laughing Cavalier' and switch it with the real one. The Monkees mount Mission: Ridiculous to put the actual artwork back and take on the code names 'Manchester Marauder' (Davy), Conneticut Counterspy (Peter), Towering Texan (Mike) and the Los Angeles Leopard (Micky). Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

9 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


By the calendar on the wall in the museum guards' office, around 15:12 and elsewhere, it's the month of February 1967 (though the year is blacked out). The calendar features ad art for Carta Blanca, a Mexican beer brand that is still in business. See more »


In the first scene following the opening credits, when Duce stops Chuche from hitting Peter, a piece of camera equipment pop into frame from below. Also, in the background two chalk marks are visible on the floor to indicate the places for the next piece of dialog between Duce and Chuche, who immediately move on to these marks. See more »


Duce: [Peter has painted a copy of The Laughing Cavalier, but has included Mike's wool hat] What's with the hat? The hat's not needed.
Peter: It's Mike's hat. It's knitted.
Duce: I know it's knitted, but it's not needed.
Peter: How did you know it was knitted?
Duce: I can tell it's knitted, but it's not needed.
Peter: Oh, for a minute I thought you knew Mike.
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References Knock on Any Door (1949) See more »


Daydream Believer
Written by John Stewart
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Chip Douglas
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First appearance for Monty Landis
7 January 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Broadcast no. 37 (Oct 9 1967), "Art for Monkees' Sake" was 34th in production (filmed Apr 12-14), marking it as the debut episode for Monty Landis, who totaled seven in all the second season. Making his third and final appearance on the show is Vic Tayback, with he and Landis a pair of crooked museum guards who count on Peter's newfound artistic abilities to duplicate 'The Laughing Cavalier,' so they can sell the original and take a European vacation. A surprise uncredited cameo is supplied by Liberace, doing unexpected things to a piano, following his ratings success on BATMAN. Apart from a second showing for Micky's "Randy Scouse Git," we get the debut of The Monkees' fifth single, "Daydream Believer," which would not be issued until two weeks after this telecast, even before the PISCES LP's Nov 14 release. Composed by John Stewart of The Modern Folk Quartet, its June 14 recording featured Tork's piano and Nesmith's 12-string guitar, making it the last single to feature any Monkees playing, and their last no. 1 hit. Next in production- "Monkees Blow Their Minds."

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