The Monkees (1966–1968)
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Monkees at the Movies 

The Monkees are asked to appear as extras in Luther Kramm's new beach movie, but soon take offense to the film's star, Frankie Catalina. After upstaging him during the production, Catalina ... See full summary »


Russ Mayberry




Episode complete credited cast:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Hamilton Camp ... Philo
David M. Frank David M. Frank ... Photographer (as David Frank)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Girl (credit only)
Aileen Carlyle Aileen Carlyle ... Mother (credit only)
Linda Albertano Linda Albertano ... Tina
Jerry Lester Jerry Lester ... Kramm
Bobby Sherman ... Frankie Catalina


The Monkees are asked to appear as extras in Luther Kramm's new beach movie, but soon take offense to the film's star, Frankie Catalina. After upstaging him during the production, Catalina walks off the movie and the Monkees push Davy into the limelight as the new teen idol. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

17 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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"Teen sensation" Frankie Catalina's name refers to Frankie Avalon, a real teen idol at the time the episode was made. "Avalon" is the largest city on the island of Catalina, 22 miles from Los Angeles. See more »


Kramm picks up Davy's album and reads off the title as "Davy Jones Sings," but the cover reads simply "David Jones". See more »


Frankie Catalina: I knew you resented me, but I never knew you'd go this far. Ruining the film and my beautiful million dollar image!
Kramm: Frankie, you're overwrought.
Frankie Catalina: Oh yeah? Well, I don't have to put up with it. I'm walking out of my contract! I can do a mystery at Mammoth studios
[walks off]
Philo: Mamoth Studios has been out of business for years!
Kramm: That must be the mystery.
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Crazy Credits

Pamelyn Ferdin and Aileen Carlyle, are credited as 'Girl' and 'Mother', respectively, even though they don't appear in the finished episode. See more »


Edited into Hey, Hey We're the Monkees (1997) See more »


New Girl in School
Written by Brian Wilson
Performed by Bobby Sherman
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Bobby Sherman in a devastating takeoff on Frankie Avalon
28 November 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Monkees at the Movies" remains one of the brightest episodes of them all, with the unexpected bonus of future teen idol Bobby Sherman doing a devastating putdown of the diva-like attitude of former teen heartthrob Frankie Avalon. For better or worse, anyone who saw Avalon's desperate jabs at The Beatles in 1964's "Bikini Beach" (as the horrendously-accented British pop star The Potato Bug) can see the germ of such an ego already forming, with the incredibly handsome Sherman playing the unsubtly-named 'Frankie Catalina,' whose latest beach flick features The Monkees as extras, their antics eventually driving him off the picture. Does Frankie sing: "no we dub in his voice" Does he score with the chicks: "no, girls make him break out in a rash, actually" Can he surf: "no, he's afraid of the water!" What makes him so popular: "are you kidding, he's the perfect teenager!" Once the star has stormed off, The Monkees try to get the producer (Jerry Lester) to replace him with Davy, who quickly develops the same giant ego that ruined his predecessor (the 1965 David JONES Colpix LP makes a cameo). Bobby sounds good singing Brian Wilson's "New Girl in School," while this provided the only appearance for "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You," a Neil Diamond composition recorded Jan 21 1967, at Jeff Barry's final session as Monkees producer, effectively ending Don Kirshner's involvement (there's also another reprise of Boyce and Hart's "Last Train to Clarksville"). "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" was issued as The Monkees' third single Mar 8 1967, backed with "The Girl I Knew Somewhere." Kirshner's fatal mistake was putting a non Monkees-sponsored track on the flip, a fairly lifeless rendition of Jeff Barry's "She Hangs Out," which received a far grittier treatment by the band on their fourth LP, PISCES AQUARIUS CAPRICORN & JONES LTD (disproving Kirshner's egotistical assertion that the four deserved no credit for their own success). Although the first season's final scripted entry to be broadcast (no. 31- Apr 17 1967), "Monkees at the Movies" was actually completed months earlier, 12th in production (Aug 22-26 1966).

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