The Monkees (1966–1968)
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Success Story 

When Davy's grandfather visits 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.


James Frawley

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Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Ben Wright ... Grandfather
Ray Ballard Ray Ballard ... Messenger
Ceil Cabot Ceil Cabot ... Old Woman
Donald Foster Donald Foster ... Rolls Owner
Charlie Callas ... Ice Cream Man (as Charles Callas)


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

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Comedy | Music





Release Date:

17 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color (as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Airport scenes with Davy's grandfather were filmed at the Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field) in Long Beach, CA. See more »


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 »


Mike: Hey, are you Davy Jones?
Davy: Yes.
[to his grandfather]
Davy: My public.
Mike: Can I have your autograph?
Davy: Yes you can.
Mike: Mr. Jones, I just want to tell you that my family sleep a little better every night, knowin' that you are out there singin'.
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Alternate Versions

On its first repeat showing on May 29, 1967 the song "I wanna be free" was replaced by the newer "Shades Of Grey". Later Saturday morning repeat showings in turn replaced "Shades Of Grey" with the even newer "French Song" (though in later years, the second version was more often repeated on television) See more »


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 kevinolzakSee 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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