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Episode No. 54:

“The Monkees In Paris”
(a.k.a. “The Paris Show”)

The Monkees take a vacation from the studio grind and are
chased all over The French Capital by girls and gendarmes.

Vital Stats, Credits and Releases On Home Video:

Production No. 4771
Filmed At: Screen Gems Studio 6, Hollywood, CA, and on location in Paris, France.
Filming Dates: June 26 (6:30 a.m.) - 28, 1967 (Paris), December 24, 1967 (Hollywood)
Original Air Date: February 19, 1968
Ratings: 17.1 rating/26.9 share (9,580,000 viewers)
© Raybert Productions; 2-19-68; LP37625
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Rerun Dates: August 12, 1968 (NBC); August 12, 1972 (CBS)

Written & Directed by Robert Rafelson.
Executive Producers: Robert Rafelson & Bert Schnieder.
Associate Producer: Michael Burns.
Produced by Ward Sylvester.
Background Music Composed and Conducted by Hugo Montenegro.
"Star Collector" Written by
Jerry Goffin & Carole King; Produced by Chip Douglas.
"Love Is Only Sleeping" Written by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil; Produced by Chip Douglas.
"Don't Call On Me" Written by Michael Nesmith & John London; Produced by Chip Douglas.
"Goin' Down" Written by Diane Hilderbrand, P. Tork, M. Nesmith, M. Dolenz & D. Jones; Produced by Chip Douglas.

Home Video Releases:

Synopsis:

As the camera pulls back from a toy chimp to reveal Micky and David playing checkers and Michael engaging in a round of Chutes And Ladders, Peter runs in with an ultimatum telling them to give up the secret microfilm and get off the ranch or they will be killed. They react unenthusiastically when set upon by Artie, the guest villain, and they express to their key director, James Frawley, their frustration with the repetitious scenarios, complaining that it’s the same old thing and no longer funny. Then they all decide to take a vacation in Paris while James works on new plot twists in the script. After they leave the set, the director orders a close-up of the monkey as the scene shifts to them getting off the plane upon their arrival in Paris.

The Monkees ride around the streets of Paris on motorcycles when they are spotted by Veronique, Karine, Carole and Francoise four beautiful French women. The pace becomes as frantic as The Beatles' hardest day's night as a mad musical chase to the song "Love Is Only Sleeping" is given through the meat and vegetable markets and all over the street as the quartet try futilely to dodge the pursuing beauties while confused onlookers watch on. They finally manage to ditch them by jumping on the back of a minibus. Meanwhile back on the set, James is explaining over the phone to series co-creator/executive producer Bob Rafelson on the phone that The Monkees just walked off the set and suggest that they put on another episode but Bob isn’t pleased. Back in Gay Paree, Micky, Michael, Peter and David escape pursuit on a truck and pile onto a canal barge which sails on the River Seine and as the waterfall flows Peter shows off with his hand gestures to the classical tune of Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyrides”. The girls follow and it seems they have the boys trapped, but they immediately leap onto the mainland, leaving the ladies stranded on the barge. Soon, The Monkees are at the amusement park where they are engaged in toy cars and tricycles but the four girls are after them once more and then each Monkee is enjoying the rides with each girl next to them.

Later, each Monkee pairs off with each girl as they stroll romantically through a beautiful garden to the song "Don't Call On Me." At the Les Halles Flea Market, through a rendition of "Star Collector", The Monkees are back on motorcycles strolling through a crowd when once again they are being pursued by Veronique, Karine, Carole and Francoise. Now on their feet, a chase continues through the crowd as they try to dodge the women with hilarious results, posing as vendors and musicians, but they give in and type letters and hand them to the girls, who slap them. They type some more, and the girls, won over, hug and kiss our heroes. Next to the tune of "Goin' Down", The Monkees are hounded through downtown Paris' Champs-Elysses by crowds led by the 4 girls, with gendarmes bringing up the rear as they pull every trick in the book to avoid them from climbing a flagpole, hiding under a bench, inside an old brownstone and climbing onto a balcony...but all, alas and alack, to no avail. At one point, Micky is mobbed by the fans leaving him half shirtless! When David and Micky enter the Montparnasse cemetery, the tune is quickly interrupted by the strains of Johahn Sebastian Bach’s Toccatta and Fugue in D minor as they stroll through the site, but returns to "Goin' Down" forcibly takes over again when they rejoin Michael and Peter back on the street. They continue to elude pursuit on bicycles, motorcycles and then a small truck as the mob surrounds them but then backs off when the guys remove their shirts and jackets. They are finally able to escape but not before pulling the four ladies onto the truck with as it takes off.

Next, The Monkees, chased once again (!!!!) by the girls, romp all over a tour boat where Micky fools around with lifesavers and the wheel wearing the captain’s hat, and Peter and David are being pursued by two of the girls all dressed in old fashioned bathing suits at a swimming pool where they wind up toppling into the pool. Next, to a reprise of "Don't Call On Me," the group are all riding in a broken-down station with the women through Paris admiring the scenery when the buggy ceases functioning at The Arc De Triomphe, causing a gargantuan traffic jam. Back at the Monkees set, director James Frawley tells Artie the guest villain about new twists in the weekly script, insisting that the phony moustache and accent is out and the secret microfilm is now the secret apple but Artie fails to notice the differences. Meanwhile, The Monkees are now riding the elevator at the Eiffel Tower and (you guessed it!) once again are plagued by the pursuing women as they are chased around the tower and continue to try to hide from them. During the pursuit, a solo Davy pulls one of the girls in with him in a booth and soon all eight of them flee from the booth. While monkeeing around, they climb up the tower and all wind up in on sprawled on the ground in a "dead" heap.

A while later, back at the pad, as the camera once more pulls back from the toy chimp to again reveal Micky and David playing checkers and Michael engaging in a round of Chutes And Ladders, Peter runs in with another ultimatum, this one telling them to give up the secret apple and get off the base or they will be killed. The boys again unenthusiastically react to Artie, but recognize that it's the same old thing! They angrily balk to director Jim Frawley and want to leave, but he settles them down. The Monkees ask the audience to stick around until next week; they'll try to think of something by then. Frawley again orders a close up of the monkey, and the boys find themselves back in the French capital, romping to the strains of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky's War Of 1812 Overture.

Production Notes:

Strangely enough, during filming of “The Monkees In Paris,” The Fun Four were virtually unknown in France as the stars they were in America (or even England!), for The Monkees TV show did not air in France! The French would later on, however, instantly embrace the group's unconventional feature film HEAD. “The Monkees In Paris” (a.k.a. “The Paris Show”) remains the only episode of The Monkees TV series to be filmed on location overseas.

Noted composer Hugo Montenegro (Hurry Sundown [Paramount, 1967], I Dream Of Jeannie [NBC, 1965-70]) is the author of this episode's incidental soundtrack, which he recorded from 1pm to 4pm on Thursday, January 4, 1968 in Hollywood. A cue from this soundtrack heard during The Monkees' romp around the Eiffel Tower is reused in The Monkees' series finale, Episode No. 58, "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper"), in the scene where Micky, Michael and David, with the aid of Nyles Brown, discover the door to the Frodis Room. A snippet from Montenegro's greatest piece, the theme music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (United Artists, 1968), is heard in the scene where the girls appear to have The Monkees trapped on the barge.

2 days after “The Monkees In Paris” first aired on NBC, Rafelson, The Monkees and the rest of the cast and crew of the movie HEAD (at the time called Untitled) headed for Bronson Canyon to shoot the war sequence, the first location for the film. (The same day, NBC pulled the plug on 8 of its programs, amongst them The Monkees.)

The wraparound segments of “The Monkees In Paris” were shot in Screen Gems' Studio 7 during the "Fairy Tale"/"The Monkee's Paw" closing interview sessions on Christmas Eve, 1967. These were the last portions of The Monkees television series Raybert Productions saw to compleetion. Notice in these segments the boys' ill feelings about being saddled with the same old Monkee scripts, which was an unfortunate reality (hence their decision to halt the series).

“The Monkees In Paris” (a.k.a. “The Paris Show”), filmed during a short vacation in The French Capital in the week prior to the start of The Monkees' summer tour, was the 11th and last episode finished during Phase 1 of production on Monkees episodes for the second season, and the first second-season Monkees epsiode to be produced from fresher, more original material, and well suited to second-season standards. This came about when The Monkees balked at having to contend with filming first-season rejects; more fresher scripts were presented to the group when filming for their TV series resumed in September 1967. (Probably why Coslough Johnson's "Monkees Toy Around" was never used...)

Michael Burns, who was associate producer of “The Monkees In Paris,” was one of the actors tested for a role on The Monkees TV series in 1965. In late 1963, Burns joined the cast of Wagon Train (NBC/ABC, 1957-65), playing Barnaby West, a 13 year old who has walked from Virginia in search of his father. Billed as "Snrub Ekim" ("Mike Burns" in reverse), he had a brief role as "Gnihton" ("Nothing") in the movie HEAD.

For the lone Saturday Afternoon repeat of “The Monkees In Paris” on CBS August 12, 1972 (a full 4 years after its NBC repeat!), 3 of its musical romps were altered to feature both sides of The Monkees' last single, "Oh My My" b/w "I Love You Better," and "Tell Me Love." “The Monkees In Paris” (a.k.a. “The Paris Show”) was one of 4 episodes of The Monkees to see onetime airings on CBS Saturday, along with No. 22, “The Monkees At The Circus” (Jul. 17, 1971), No. 32, “The Monkees On Tour” (Dec. 18, 1971), and No. 33, "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." (Nov. 22, 1969).

Trivia Notes:

This was the only episode of The Monkees in its entire second season with Bob Rafelson at the director's helm, as well as the sixth overall and last; its first-run NBC telecast fell 2 days short of his 35th birthday.  

This was the last episode of The Monkees to be filmed with Micky Dolenz and his straight hair. Micky grew tired of having to comb it, and so, during the course of the summer tour and recording sessions for Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., he allowed it to grow wildly, resulting in the curly "afro" he adorned for the rest of the series' production. 

“The Monkees In Paris” is the second episode of The Monkees to feature a record four songs; the first was Episode No. 5, “The Spy Who Came In From The Cool.” 

This episode aired on composer Bobby Hart's 29th birthday.

Unlike most of its previous appearances, Mann and Weil's "Love Is Only Sleeping" makes its only appearance on The Monkees TV show in this episode in its mono mix heard on the mono version of Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd., whereas Nesmith and London's "Don't Call On Me" (another cut from PAC&J, Ltd.) makes its only appearance on the series here altogether.

Composer Gerry Goffin is misspelled as "Jerry" in screen credits.

TV Guide featured a Close-Up on “The Monkees In Paris” for its August 12, 1968 repeat; it was the only TV Guide Close-Up on The Monkees ever printed.

Trivia Footnote: “The Monkees In Paris,” as we well know, was not “filmed during a 1967 concert appearance,” as implied by its TV Guide Close-Up description. 

3 classical music pieces can be heard in “The Monkees In Paris”: Richard Wagner's Ride Of The Valkyries and the aforementioned Toccatta and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach and Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky's War Of 1812 Overture. In Episode No. 35, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", Stu Phillips' own rendition of Tchaikovsky's War Of 1812 Overture was heard during Micky's hilarious Napoleonic speech ("And the dreaded Nahudi Camel Corps marches straight to Moscow!").

Toccatta and Fugue in D minor is one of 2 Bach pieces utilized for a Monkees TV project; in the 1969 TV special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, Peter Tork can be seen playing an harpsichord rendition of Solfeggietto, by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), second son of the great Johann Sebastian Bach.

In the romps filmed at Les Halles and The Eiffel Tower, David Jones can be seen wearing an outfit closely resembling that of The Artful Dodger...an affectionate nod to the role which he played in 1964 on Broadway in Oliver!.

In this and the previous episode, No. 53, "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave The Driving To Us"), Peter expresses his distaste of guns and violence...yet in No. 10, “Here Come The Monkees” (Original Pilot Film), No. 11, “Monkees A La Carte”, No. 13, “One Man Shy” (a.k.a. "Peter And The Debutante") and No. 33, "It's A Nice Place To Visit...", he has a gun!

This is also the only episode in The Monkees' second season to display this shot of David Jones doffing his kooky hat during the end credits. This shot was presented briefly in the first season, during the end credits for the first four shows and Episode No. 6, “The Success Story”.

The Monkees also played checkers in Episode No. 12, “I've Got A Little Song Here”, and No. 31, “The Monkees At The Movies”

Guest Cast Notes:

The girls chasing The Monkees throughout this segment are models.

The gendarmes here are portrayed by Bill Chadwick, David Price, Charles Rockett and Richard Klein. Price and Klein are both Monkee stunt doubles.

Keep a sharp lookout for Micky's future wife, BBC television host Samantha Juste, who makes a quick cameo during a particular short scene of this episode.

Original TV Guide Close-Up (for August 12, 1968 repeat):


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