The Monkees (1966–1968)
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The Christmas Show 

It's Christmas and the group has to teach a neglected boy about the magic and love of the season.

Director:

Jon C. Andersen (as Jon Andersen)

Writers:

Neil Burstyn (teleplay), Dave Evans (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Butch Patrick ... Melvin
Burt Mustin ... Butler
Jeanne Sorel Jeanne Sorel ... Mrs. Vandersnoot
Regis Cordic ... Doctor (as Rege Cordic)
Larry Gelman ... Salesman
Toby Adler Toby Adler ... Salesgirl (as Jill Chandler)
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Storyline

It's Christmas and the group has to teach a neglected boy about the magic and love of the season.

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The word "Beatles" is written on chalkboard where Micky attempts a math problem. See more »

Goofs

The Salesman is seen chasing Peter through the toy department and cheering himself on from the sidelines at the same time. See more »

Quotes

Salesman: Very funny, very funny. You belong in the movies. Or worse yet, television!
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Crazy Credits

This episode ends without the usual closing theme or graphics. Instead the Monkees bring several of the crew out on stage and introduce them (in a setting that looks like a Christmas party) as the credits roll silently. See more »

Soundtracks

The 12 Days of Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Deck The Halls, Jingle Bells and Pop Goes The Weasel
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(Christmas Medley)
Traditional, arranged by Frederic Austin (uncredited) / traditional / traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited) / James Pierpont / traditional
Arranged and conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Monkees
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Butch Patrick as the little grinch
25 December 2013 | by kevin olzakSee all my reviews

It's rather a shame that The Monkees didn't do their "Christmas Show" the year before, because by the time of this 47th broadcast (Dec 23 1967), 54th episode produced (Nov 20-22), the series looked like it was on its last legs. As the four are hired to entertain a 14 year old boy (Butch Patrick, THE MUNSTERS) at Christmastime, they quickly learn that the little grinch is a whiz with numbers, but impossible to entertain. Painfully unfunny from start to finish, with some amusement to be had from Burt Mustin's butler, Regis Cordic's doctor, and Larry Gelman's salesman. Still, there's magic to be made by The Monkees, all four performing a cappella without any musical accompaniment, a 15th century Spanish Christmas carol, "Riu Chiu," which translates as "Roaring River"; Mike begins alone, joined by first Peter, then Davy, and Micky, who solos during the verses (both Peter and Davy clearly delighted). Produced by Chip Douglas, who first performed it with The Modern Folk Quartet, this would have been the Oct 3 recording done by all four (the Aug 24 recording featured Douglas substituting for Davy). Unreleased during the 60s, both are now easily available, this TV version first issued on 1990's MISSING LINKS 2. Next in production- "Mijacogeo," the directorial debut for Micky Dolenz.


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