The Monkees (1966–1968)
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Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth 

There are no pets allowed in the Monkees' apartment. This leads to comic complications when Davy watches a horse for a kid. The Monkees get a taste of farm living when they try to return the horse.

Director:

Bob Rafelson (as Robert Rafelson)

Writer:

Dave Evans
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Henry Corden ... Babbit
Jesslyn Fax ... Mrs. Purdy
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Farmer Fisher
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Jenkins (as Chuck Bail)
Kerry MacLane ... Jonathan
Jerry Colonna ... Dr. Mann
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Storyline

There are no pets allowed in the Monkees' apartment. This leads to comic complications when Davy watches a horse for a kid. The Monkees get a taste of farm living when they try to return the horse.

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Davy Jones performs as a jockey in one scene. He was an apprentice jockey before he got into acting. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mann: You have a very sick horse here.
Mike: Oh, eh, Dr. Mann, you don't understand.
Dr. Mann: Please don't explain, there's no time to waste, I may have to operate.
Peter: [dressed as the front end of a horse] You can't operate. I'm not a horse, I'm a Monkee.
Dr. Mann: Hahaha, A likely story. I suppose you sing, too?
Davy: [dressed as the back end of a horse] Yeah, both of us in here do.
Dr. Mann: Egad, it's even worse than I thought. This horse not only has delusions of singing, it has a split personality!
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Connections

Referenced in Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

All the King's Horses
Written and Produced by Michael Nesmith
Performed by The Monkees
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Jerry Colonna as a crazy veterinarian
13 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

The 8th broadcast (Oct 31 1966), "Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth" was actually second in production (May 31-June 3), the first since the series had been picked up by NBC (six months after the pilot was completed). This was also co-producer Robert Rafelson's first time behind the camera, as Davy finds himself the sole caretaker of a horse left by a little boy who confesses that his farmer father (Jim Boles) cannot afford to keep it. The Monkees prove to be little help with the daily chores, so it's up to Davy's jockey skills to make things right. Veteran radio funnyman Jerry Colonna made his final acting performance here, as Dr. Mann, a veterinarian who can't do anything with the horse, but manages to make their neighbor faint. This would have been the first appearance of Henry Corden as Monkees landlord Babbit, who hears Micky's werewolf impression and assumes the group is hiding a dog on the premises. Both Michael Nesmith tracks had been heard in previous episodes, "Papa Gene's Blues," from the debut LP, and "All the King's Horses," unreleased until 1990.


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