The Monkees (1966–1968)
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The Picture Frame 

Micky, Davy and Mike are duped into robbing a bank, thinking they're the stars of a new heist movie. After their arrest, it is up to Peter to prove his band mates' innocence while the trio ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Elisabeth Fraser ... Judge
Henry Beckman ... D. A.
Kelton Garwood Kelton Garwood ... Harvey (as Jonathan Harper)
Dort Clark ... Sergeant
Donald Foster Donald Foster ... Vice President
Art Lewis ... Lawyer
Joy Harmon ... Cashier
Bob Michaels ... Cop (as Robert Michaels)
Cliff Norton Cliff Norton ... J. L.


Micky, Davy and Mike are duped into robbing a bank, thinking they're the stars of a new heist movie. After their arrest, it is up to Peter to prove his band mates' innocence while the trio of accused Monkees handle their own defense during the trial. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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18 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The baby picture Davy Jones hands over had previously been used in an episode of [ink=tt0050032]. See more »


When The Monkees enter the abandoned Mammoth Studios, several of their own folding 'director's chairs can be seen in the background. Although they are too far away to identify any names on them, on one of them the guitar shaped Monkees logo can clearly be seen. Later on, during the romp Peter Tork is driving a studio 'golf' cart that also has the Monkees logo on the back. See more »


Micky: Mr. Thomas, you say you can positively identify Mr. Nesmith as the man who held you up?
Mr. Thomas, Vice-President: Yes, that's right.
Micky: Mr. Thomas, what is the capital of Nova Scotia?
Mr. Thomas, Vice-President: Er, I'm not sure...
Micky: What is the literal translation of the Japanese term Hamasaka?
Mr. Thomas, Vice-President: Er, I'm not sure...
Micky: Mr. Thomas, who led the American League in doubles in 1937?
Mr. Thomas, Vice-President: Er, I'm not sure...
Micky: Then how can you be sure that Mr. Nesmith is the man that held you up?
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Edited into The Monkees: Monkees Watch Their Feet (1968) See more »


Hooray for Hollywood
Composed by Richard A. Whiting and Johnny Mercer
Arranged by Stu Phillips
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Cliff Norton and Joy Harmon
6 January 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

The production of broadcast no. 34 (Sept 18 1967), "The Picture Frame," took place Apr 5-7, marking the second season's debut episode (but second telecast). After a two month hiatus recording third LP HEADQUARTERS, spirits are running high, with Micky, Davy, and Mike hired by J. L. (Cliff Norton) to play bank robbers in a movie, but after returning with the loot are quickly rounded up by the cops (Dort Clark, from "Monkees a la Carte") and put on trial. Only Peter and his trusty magnifying glass can recover the incriminating photo that will reveal their innocence. So much is going on that it's difficult to keep up; particularly notable as the bank cashier is the irresistible Joy Harmon, who always brightened everything in which she appeared, remembered for cult films like "Village of the Giants" and "Cool Hand Luke" (returning, along with Dort Clark, for "Monkees on the Wheel"). Both songs debut on the series: "Pleasant Valley Sunday," composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, from the PISCES LP, already a huge summer hit as the band's fourth single, backed with Boyce and Hart's "Words." An unsympathetic take on suburbia, it was perhaps Chip Douglas' most accomplished production, featuring 'Fast' Eddie Hoh on drums, Douglas on bass, Micky's acoustic guitar, Peter on piano, and Nesmith himself on electric guitar, performing the famous opening lick that would do Louie Shelton proud. The second song is "Randy Scouse Git," the closing track on HEADQUARTERS (previously issued on May 22), Micky's very first band composition, conceived in England in the presence of 'the 4 kings of EMI' (The Beatles of course). The Mar 2 recording features Micky's drums, Peter on both piano and organ, Nesmith's electric guitar, and producer Chip Douglas on bass (when issued as a single in Britain, the possibly offensive title was changed to "Alternate Title"). Next in production- "Art for Monkees' Sake."

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