The Monkees (1966–1968)
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The Monkee's Paw 

Micky buys a cursed Monkey's Paw from down on his luck Mendrek the Magician for a quarter and is given three wishes, all of them bound to backfire. Meanwhile, Mendrek, finally free of bad ... See full summary »

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James Frawley
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Henry Beckman ... Manager
Merri Ashley Merri Ashley ... Daughter
Jack Fife Jack Fife ... Tax Man
Hans Conried ... Mendrek
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Micky buys a cursed Monkey's Paw from down on his luck Mendrek the Magician for a quarter and is given three wishes, all of them bound to backfire. Meanwhile, Mendrek, finally free of bad luck, becomes a millionaire overnight. On the third wish, Micky loses his voice, leaving the other Monkees without their lead singer. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Comedy | Music

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English

Release Date:

29 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Tork's magic act scenes were not created for this episode. They are archive footage from The Monkees: Too Many Girls (1966) in the first season. See more »

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Quotes

Davy: Now look, we got no voice, no job and no rent.
Peter: Yeah, and the good times can't last forever.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Down
(uncredited)
Written by Diane Hildebrand, Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Chip Douglas
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Hans Conreid and Severn Darden
31 January 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Broadcast no. 51 (Jan 29 1968), "The Monkees' Paw" must be ranked a disappointment that held much promise, based on the 1902 W. W. Jacobs story about a monkey's paw that grants its owner three wishes, at a terrible price (THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR had filmed an eerie adaptation three years earlier). Hans Conreid plays Mendrek the Magician, whose run of bad luck comes to a screeching halt once he sells the monkey's paw to Micky, becoming a millionaire overnight while the band's dreams don't turn out well at all, leaving poor Micky without a voice (unless a crayon is nearby!). In a nod to the forthcoming "Mijacogeo," we get a mention of Frodis as the group try to recoup the Dolenz tonsils. Severn Darden, from the first season's "Monkee vs. Machine," makes an unbilled appearance as a psychiatrist who ends up replacing the silent Micky on the couch himself. The lone song featured is the second and last appearance of the band recording of Boyce and Hart's "Words," following a short rendition of "Goin' Down" minus vocals. 53rd in production, filmed Nov 13-15, next up- "Christmas Show" (shot just before Thanksgiving).


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