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The Devil and Peter Tork ()


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Peter browses through a pawn shop owned by a mysterious man known as S. Zero. He meets Zero and the two chat about the varied instruments he is selling, Zero talking cryptically about the... See more »

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Davy (as David Jones)
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Micky
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Mike
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Peter
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Blackbeard (as Ted De Corsia)
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Roy Bean
Peter Canon ...
Billy the Kid
Lee Kolima ...
Attila the Hun
Monte Landis ...
Zero (as Monty Landis)
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Juror (uncredited)
James J. Casino ...
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Daniel Elam ...
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James Frawley ...
Voice on telephone (uncredited) (voice)
Ralph Gambina ...
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Sammy Shack ...
Juror (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Frawley

Written by

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Robert Kaufman ... (teleplay) and
Gerald Gardner ... (teleplay) &
Dee Caruso ... (teleplay)
 
Robert Kaufman ... (story)

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Bob Rafelson ... producer (as Robert Rafelson)
Bert Schneider ... producer
Gerald Shepard ... associate producer (as Gerald S. Shepard)
Ward Sylvester ... associate producer (uncredited)

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Stu Phillips ... (background music composed by)

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Irving Lippman ... director of photography

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Michael Pozen ... (as Mike Pozen)

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Ross Bellah
Malcolm C. Bert

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Sidney Clifford

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Gene Ashman

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Ben Lane ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Lawrence Werner ... post-production executive

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Jon C. Andersen ... assistant director

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James Nelson ... supervising sound editor
Terrance Emerson ... sound playback (uncredited)

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Chuck Gaspar ... special effects (uncredited)

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Pat Blymyer ... head gaffer

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Igo Kantor ... music coordinator
Stu Phillips ... conductor: background music

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Neil Burstyn ... story editor
Dean Jeffries ... monkee mobile stylist
Paul Mazursky ... developer
Marilyn Schlossberg ... production assistant
Ward Sylvester ... production executive
Larry Tucker ... developer
Richard Klein ... stand-in: Micky Dolenz (uncredited)
John London ... stand-in: Michael Nesmith (uncredited)
Anita Mann ... choreographer (uncredited)
David Pearl ... stand-in: Peter Tork (uncredited)
David Price ... stand-in: Davy Jones (uncredited)
Winnie Rich ... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

Peter browses through a pawn shop owned by a mysterious man known as S. Zero. He meets Zero and the two chat about the varied instruments he is selling, Zero talking cryptically about the previous owners of the instruments. Peter then notices a harp and falls in love with the instrument even though he has never played the instrument before. When Peter says he would give anything for the harp, Zero makes a deal - Peter will sign a contract to own the harp and pay for it later. Peter happily signs and carries the harp home, and does not see when Zero makes a phone call to inform his home office that he - in reality The Prince Of Darkness - has purchased Peter's soul. Zero later appears at The Monkees' beach house and tells Peter he can play the harp; when the initially disbelieving Peter begins playing and finds he has great dexterity in doing so, Zero disappears and Micky, Mike, and Davy are left surprised at Peter's ability. The Monkees integrate the harp into their touring act and are an enormous success - until Zero returns and it is revealed that he is The Devil, who now wants Peter's soul by midnight, although Mike vows to take Zero to court over his contract, leading to a trial in Hades itself at which Peter must prove to a waiting gaggle of criminals that he can play the harp on his own, without the help of Zero. Written by Michael Daly

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  • 30 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Filmed in late April 1967, the episode was the fifth episode of the second season produced, but was held back from broadcast. Two reasons were cited - the first revolved around the song "Salesman" used in the episode's first act to depict The Monkees being subjugated by The Devil. "Salesman" contained a drug reference in the third verse that NBC supposedly objected to. But according to Peter Tork, the real reason the episode was held back was because of the gag where Mike, Davy, and Micky say "hell" and the word is bleeped out; Peter has said that this gag was a direct attack on NBC's Standards & Practices division. See more »
Goofs Billy the Kid shatters the water jug on the desk where Davy. Mickey and Mike are seated. The drinking glass is upright. Within moments, all the remains are missing, except the glass, which has now toppled over. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Pleasant Valley Sunday See more »
Quotes [the Monkees get a visual idea of Hell via a video romp to their song "Salesman" and are noticably shaken when they snap back to their house]
Mike: So that's, uh, that's what...
[Mike mutters the term Hell, but his voice is replaced by a cuckoo sound effect]
Mike: ...is all about.
Davy: Yeah.
[cuckoo]
Davy: ...is pretty scary.
Micky: You know what's even more scary?
Peter: What?
Micky: [looking straight at the camera] You can't say...
[We hear the cuckoo sound effect but can clearly read Micky's lips as he says Hell]
Micky: ...on television.
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