< The Picture Frame
The Monkees Second Season - Episode No. 34:


It's up to Peter to prove David, Micky and Michael's innocence when they
unwittingly rob a bank in the pretext of filming a gangster movie.

Technical & Telecast Info:

Production No.4759
Revised Final Draft:March 30, 1967.
Additional Page Revisions:March 31, 1967, April 3, 1967.
Filmed At:Screen Gems Studios, Hollywood, CA, and at Fred Niles Film Studios, Chicago, IL.
Filming Dates:April 5-7, 1967 (this episode); August 2, 1967 (musical numbers).
Original Air Date:September 18, 1967.
Ratings:14.5 rating/28.1 share (8,120,000 viewers)
© Raybert Productions; 9-18-67; LP37977
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Rerun Dates:April 1 , 1968 (NBC); November 15, 1969, January 30 and May 29, 1971, September 2, 1972 (CBS).

Production Credits:

Written byJack Winter.
Directed byJames Frawley.
Produced byRobert Rafelson & Bert Schneider.
Story Editor: Neil Burstyn.
Associate Producer:Gerald S. Shepard.
Production Executive:Ward Sylvester.
Background Music Composed and Conducted byStu Phillips.
“Randy Scouse Git”:Written by Micky Dolenz; Produced by Douglas Farthing Hatlelid.
“Pleasant Valley Sunday”:Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King; Produced by Douglas Farthing Hatlelid.
Guest cast:

Judge................................................... Elisabeth Fraser
D.A....................................................... Henry Beckman
Harvey.................................................. Jonathan G. Harper
Sergeant.............................................. Dort Clark
Vice President...................................... Donald Foster
Lawyer................................................. Art Lewis
Cashier................................................. Joy Harmon
Cop....................................................... Robert Michaels
Cliff Norton as J.L.

Releases On Home Video:

  • The Monkees TV Show 6 (VAP Video VHS Tape VPVU-63090 [Japan], November 1, 1992)
  • The Monkees - Special TV Collection - Disc 6 - Side 2 (VAP Video VPLU-70215 [Japan], December 1, 1992)
  • The Monkees: The Collector's Edition - VHS Tape #18 (Columbia House VHS #13224, May 22, 1995)
  • The Monkees Deluxe Limited Edition Boxed Set - VHS Tape #3 (Rhino R3 2960, October 17, 1995)
  • The Monkees - Volume 1 (Rhino VHS R3 2235, March 26, 1996)
  • The Monkees - Volumes 1-2 (Rhino RetroVision DVD R2 976025, May 22, 2001)
  • The Monkees - Season 2 DVD Boxed Set - Disc 1 (Rhino RetroVision DVD R2 970128, November 18, 2003)
  • The Monkees - Season 2 DVD Boxed Set - Disc 1 (Eagle Rock Entertainment DVD EM351369, September 27, 2011)
  • The Monkees - The Complete Series - Blu-Ray Disc 5 (Rhino BD2-552705, July 8, 2016)


David, Micky and Michael show up old abandoned Mammonth Studios, where two sly con artists, J.L. posing as a movie director and his sidekick Harvey, want to hire the Monkees for a “movie” in which they “play” “bank bandits.” JL asks them to let him see how they look in the part, and the trio instantly switch from their typical red 8-button shirts to gangster pinstripes. Then he asks the boys for photographs of themselves, and strangely, the only one they apparently carry around is a classic naked-baby-on-a-blanket photo. The “director,” J.L., discards the photo and asks for something a little more recent, and Micky, with the able use of a nearby camera, snaps a photo of David and Michael with the two pseudo producers against their vehement protests. The photo ends up in the trash on top of the baby pic. J.L. tells the Monkees that he’s got it all arranged to “shoot” at The Ninth National Bank. He hands them their scripts of lines to say telling them to ad-lib the rest, informs them they’ll be “filmed” via hidden cameras, and sends them on their way armed with Thompson submachine guns. After they leave, J.L. tells Harvey it’s a foolproof scheme: either they will get rich, or The Monkees will be caught and go to jail!

At The Ninth National Bank, Micky, Michael, and David burst in haphazardly, trying to impress the cameras they think are hidden in the rafters. The patrons are understandably scared of these bank robbers, but oddly not the bank teller, whom Micky and David demand $50,000, to which the teller responds with her catchphrase o’ the episode, “Do you have an account here, sir?” Meanwhile, Micky relieves the patrons of their cash and valuables, and Michael cleans out the bank’s safe while, predictably, David begs the teller for a date as she counts out the $50,000. The three guys make their exit with the goods, but not before Micky has a chance to get in his “imitable” James Cagney impression. As they back out of the doors, Micky briefly reemerges and announces, “Cut, print!” and is completely unfazed that the onlookers aren’t clapping or responding in any way befitting wrapping a shoot!

Amazed at the quality of their acting, Michael, Micky and David return to the studio. There they find Peter, who missed joining his pals for the great holdup scene since he had gone to stage 1 at 2:00 instead of stage 2 at 1:00. J.L. pays them each $100 and the boys take off. As they exit, the two criminals place an anonymous phone call to the police to report the culprits of the robbery. Later, as police converge upon the pad, Peter at first thinks its about his overdue book to which he opens the door slowly and slides the book out. When the cops still don't leave, Michael has arrived at the answer: the cops are there for the next day’s shooting. The Sergeant orders one of his officers to go in after the boys. The nervous cop enters the pad clutching a machine gun and attempts to apprehend the boys, stuttering and shaking; Micky criticizes the cop on what he thinks is bad acting and gives him direction on how to be ruthless and steely-eyed. The cop leaves and reemerges to shoot up the place with a stream of bullets!

At the station house, shown the pictures of them taken by the banks automatic cameras, Micky, Michael and David—surprised the film print is black and white instead of color!—still think it’s just a movie. In a fantasy sequence, Peter enters with popcorn for the movie, while David is being blocked up a kissing couple and Michael by a woman with a large hat. Then the sergeant, with the filmed evidence and Micky, David and Michael 's own admission, books them for the robbery of The Ninth National Bank—which convinces The Monkees that their situation is real! They try to explain to him that they thought they were shooting a movie but he doesn’t buy it. Soon the Sergeant grills the trio in the interrogation room, which just leads to comical antics as they put on sunglasses when the lights are shining on them and literally change their tune, spill the beans, each get the third degree and have the book thrown at them but all end up being charged for armed robbery and incarcerated.

While a framed David, Micky and Michael moan and meander in their jail cell, Peter arrives bringing the guys some files (nail files!) and asks them an honest question — did they actually do it? They admit they did, this time without the insistence that they were acting in a movie. But did Peter think they were guilty? “I didn’t think you were guilty,” he responds. “I just don’t see how you could possibly be innocent.” Peter’s also scored them a lawyer who informs them it's an open-and-shut case: they're guilty! David insists on their innocence, to which the surprised lawyer quips they're the only clients he ever had who were innocent. Micky asks their mouthpiece if he can get them off, but he says they don't stand a chance with the amount of incriminating evidence stacked against them; however, he says he can defend David because of his good looks, but urges Micky and Michael to “plead guilty.” The lawyer winds up charging them $40,000 plus carfare since they just robbed a bank and the three decide they need another lawyer.

At the trial, David, Micky and Michael act on their own behalves and each take turns with cross examinations wearing disguises with Michael disguised as a juror until the prosecutor exposes him to the angry woman judge where upon Michael manages to win her over by flattery and roses. Then Michael cross-exams the vice president of the bank with nonsense questions and then David cross examines Micky in drag disguised as his own mother. Soon the guys are causing chaos at their arraignment with their Monkee antics where David and Michael disguised as hot dog/peanut vendors selling to the crowd and handling dynamite that ends up exploding in the prosecutor’s face leaving him practically blackened. Meanwhile at Mammoth Studios, Peter, dressed in a Sherlock Holmes-deerstocker cap carrying a magnifying glass, enters the studio searching for clues. Harvey sees Peter taking a photo out of a wastebasket and, fearing it’s the incriminating picture taken earlier of Micky, Michael, David and the hoods and it would blow their cover, Harvey informs J.L. over the phone. J.L. orders Harvey to buy time until he arrives. Once there, he and Harvey try to get the photo from Peter which leads the two to give chase all over town set to “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” and finally into the courtroom. The other three’s hopes are dashed however, when the photo Peter has turns out to be the wrong one; it’s the baby picture Micky gave to J.L. earlier and it appears the two criminals are saved. Then the judge is handed the picture, and, won over, she decides to exonerate the boys, and they celebrate their acquittal with a rousing rendition of “Randy Scouse Git.”

Production Notes:

“The Picture Frame” (a.k.a. “The Bank Robbery”) was the first episode of The Monkees to be produced for its second season, a good nine days after The Monkees finished recording their third album The Monkees’ Headquarters.

It was also one of 10 second-season segments to be filmed from leftover first-season scripts! Others were the previous episode, "It's A Nice Place To Visit...", the next episode, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", Episode No. 36, "Monkee Mayor", No. 37, "Art For Monkee's Sake", No. 38, "I Was A 99-lb. Weakling", No. 40, "The Monkees Marooned", No. 49, "The Monkees Watch Their Feet", No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork", and No. 57, "The Monkees Blow Their Minds", all of which were shot during this first phase of season-2 episode production (April-June 1967).

Goffin & King's “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and Micky Dolenz's “Randy Scouse Git” make their first appearances in a firstrun Monkees episode in “The Picture Frame” (a.k.a. “The Bank Robbery”), having first appeared in redubbed summer 1967 repeats (“Pleasant Valley Sunday” in “Captain Crocodile” [July 10, 1967], “The Case Of The Missing Monkee” [July 24, 1967] and “The Monkees On Tour” [August 21, 1967], and “Randy Scouse Git” in “The Spy Who Came In From The Cool” [June 19, 1967]). 

This is the first of 5 season-2 Monkees teleplays composed by Jack Winter, including the next episode, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", and Episode No. 36, "Monkee Mayor", No. 44, "Hitting The High Seas", and No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas". Winters passed away on December 29, 2006 at age 64 from a series of health complications.

The rooftop set where J.L. and Harvey supposedly have Peter trapped during the “Pleasant Valley Sunday” number was used again in Episode No. 37, “Art, For Monkee's Sake,” in the scene where the boys, decked out in catburglar garb, climb on top of the roof to break into the museum and switch paintings.

According to its Screen Gems Storyline, “The Picture Frame” (a.k.a. “The Bank Robbery”) originally ended with David scolding Peter for using their $20,000 reward for bail money for J.L. and Harvey. (Peter announces they own 50% of J.L.'s next movie!) It also stated that the baby picture which got Micky, Michael and David off was that of David Jones.

About the same time of this episode's original telecast, The Monkees appeared on the front cover of TV Guide for the second and final time, on its Sept. 23-29, 1967 issue. The photos of The Monkees for both TV Guide covers were taken by Gene Trimble, who also photographed the faces of the boys shown in the series' end credits.

The set used here as the interior soundstage of Mammoth Studios was previously used for the “Mary, Mary” romp in Episode No. 12, “I've Got A Little Song Here”. It will be used again in No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes", as a theater for The Druvanian National Ballet, and No. 58, "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper"), as Wizard Glick (Rip Taylor)'s sinsiter arsenal in the KXIW-TV studio. The soundstage was first used in the April 16, 1966 episode of Batman (ABC, 1966-68), "The Riddler's False Notion" (prod. #8731 - Pt. 2); The Monkees use the same stage door which Batman comes in to find Riddler atop a stack of lumber. 

A rough take from “The Picture Frame” can be seen in Episode No. 49, "The Monkees Watch Their Feet".

A CBS Saturday Afternoon repeat of “The Picture Frame” (a.k.a. “The Bank Robbery”) on September 2, 1972 (its fourth) concluded The Monkees TV series' 3-season run on The Eye Network.

This episode marked Michael Nesmith's celluloid debut in his blue-green wool hat adorned with 6 buttons.

A different edit of Tork and Richards' "For Pete's Sake" makes its first appearance in “The Picture Frame”'s end titles; this is the most commonly-heard edit of the tune, which will be used for the duration of The Monkees' second season.

Trivia Footnote: According to Peter Tork, when The Monkees TV series was grabbed up for CBS and ABC Saturday Afternoon repeats, all 58 of its episodes had their end credits redubbed to feature "For Pete's Sake".

Trivia Notes:

Just as “Monkee See, Monkee Die”, the second episode of The Monkees' original run, had the honor of opening the 1966-67 summer rerun season, “The Picture Frame” (a.k.a. “The Bank Robbery”), the second first-run Monkees installment in Season 2, was the first summer repeat of 1967-68. 

This is one of many occasion which finds David squeaking out, "Oh!" Listen for him to say it again in the previous episode, "It's A Nice Place To Visit...", the next episode, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", Episode No. 38, "I Was A 99-lb. Weakling", No. 44, "Hitting The High Seas", and No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork".

During the police interrogation, Micky, Michael and David run through an impromptu rendition of “Zilch”, a track from The Monkees’ Headquarters written by David Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz and produced by Douglas Farthing Hatlelid. Note that only Micky and David are "singing" their lines from "Zilch" ("Never mind the furthermore, the plea is self defense." and "China Clipper calling Alameda.") whereas Michael "sings" Peter's line ("Mister Dobalena, Mister Bob Dobalena.").

When The Cop (Robert Michaels) riddles The Monkees' pad with bullets, the scene is intercut with a succession of old film clips which exemplify destruction. Brief snippets of the following episodes of The Monkees can be seen: Episode No. 24, “Monkees A La Mode” (a chicken flapping its wings in midair during the musical romp for “Laugh”) and Episode No. 37, "Art For Monkee's Sake" (a statue which David accidentally knocks over in the museum where the boys attempt to switch paintings). Also, clips from the 1965 20th Century-Fox release Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines appear (a plane takes off a few feet then takes a nose dive, a plane with 5 wings that caves in on itself and a man with a rocket pack). It's the second episode of The Monkees to feature clips from the film, following Episode No. 2, “Monkee See, Monkee Die” (a plane takes off on a bridge then falls into the water, a man with a rocket pack, a blimp with a propeller, a plane with 5 wings that caves in on itself and a car that jumps up and down with a propeller attached to the roof).

A second reference to the late actor Sonny Tufts is made on this series in this episode; the first was made in Episode No. 12, “I've Got A Little Song Here”. Tufts was in fact later among the crowd at the invite-only Los Angeles premiere of The Monkees' feature film HEAD on November 19, 1968 at The Vogue Theater on Hollywood Blvd. 

Paintings of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln can be seen hanging on the courtroom wall. Other Monkee references to America's 16th President can be found in Episode No. 36, "Monkee Mayor", No. 40, "The Monkees Marooned", and No. 51, "The Monkee's Paw", and "Monkee Mayor", Episode No. 24, “The Monkees A La Mode”, and No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes", boast references to the first President.

A unique, yet ersatz rendition of the 3-note NBC chime can be heard during the police interrogation scene where Micky hands out 3 degrees to Michael, David and himself.

For those of you who were just as bewildered as the bank V.P. (Donald Foster) by the questions given in Micky's crossexamination, here's a quick rundown: the capital of Nova Scotia is Halifax, Hamasaka is a Japanese term literally translated as “little angel”, and it was Beau Bell of the St. Louis Browns who led The American League in doubles in 1937 by, in 642 at-bats, hitting 51 doubles, 14 homers, and 117 RBI.

In the wake of The Summer Of Love, “The Picture Frame” (a.k.a. “The Bank Robbery”) marks the first utterance of the word "psychedelic." Other mentions occur in Episode No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes", No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas", No. 49, "The Monkees Watch Their Feet", and No. 57, "The Monkees Blow Their Minds". And the black and white musical number of “Daily Nightly”, which appears at the end of "The Monkees Blow Their Minds" and Episode No. 48, "Fairy Tale", ends with Micky Dolenz saying, "Psychedelic!"

The sign on The Monkees' table in court says, "Vote Innocent."

Notice Peter with a Sherlock Holmes hat, pipe and magnifying glass as he attempts to uncover the evidence that will eventually exonerate his mates. Micky was previously disguised as Holmes in a dream sequence in Episode No. 2, “Monkee See, Monkee Die”.

This is the third of five Monkees episodes which see them in gangster gear. Previous occasions were in Episode No. 7, “The Monkees In A Ghost Town” (Micky as The Big Man, Peter as Spider), No. 11, “The Monkees A La Carte” (The Monkees imitate The Purple Flower Gang), and No. 25, “Alias Micky Dolenz” (Micky poses as Baby Face Morales); a fifth will be No. 46, "The Monkees On The Wheel" (The Monkees dress as crooked gamblers).

The scene where Michael nibbles on a rose petal before The Judge parallels similar incidents in Episode No, 46, "The Monkees On The Wheel", at the end of the "The Door Into Summer" romp, wherein Michael walks over to the flower that Peter is holding (the one that keeps making everybody sneeze), takes a petal off and puts it in his mouth; No. 47, "The Monkees Christmas Show", in which David munches on fir bristles of a pine tree; and the tail end of No. 53, "The Monkees Race Again" (a.k.a. "Leave The Driving To Us"), which sees producer Bob "Robert" Rafelson scarfing on a chrysanthemum.

This is another occurrence on the show in which Peter saves the day! He also becomes the hero in the series premiere, “The Royal Flush”, Episode No. 13, “One Man Shy” (a.k.a. "Peter And The Debutante"), No. 48, "Fairy Tale", and the "silent movie" sequence in the movie HEAD.

The "lady with the hat" which obstructs Michael's view in the mock movie theater sequence also appears in Episode No. 57, "The Monkees Blow Their Minds".

As David, Micky and Michael enter The Ninth National Bank, David makes a rip on the famous tag line of the longtime Allen Funt favorite Candid Camera (ABC/NBC/CBS/Syndicated, 1948-78) with his comment, "Smile! We're on hidden camera!"

Once again, The Monkees land in hot water due to a red herring precipitated by con artists. Here they are taken in by bank robbers posing as a movie crew; whereas in Episode No. 4, “Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers”, they were tricked by the manager of a rival band masquerading as a publicity agent. 

Guest Cast Notes:

The late Cliff Norton (J.L.) was a regular on Garroway At Large (NBC, 1949-54), portrayed The Boss on It's About Time (CBS, 1966-67), provided the voice of Ed Huddles on Hanna-Barbera's Where's Huddles (CBS, Summer 1970/1971), and played Harry on Dream On (HBO, 1990-96). He succumbed to lung cancer at age 84 on Saturday, January 25, 2003.

2 principal members of “The Picture Frame”'s guest cast, Dort Clark (Sergeant) and Joy Harmon (Cashier), both reappear on The Monkees in Episode No. 46, "The Monkees On The Wheel". Harmon knew Nesmith because she and Phyllis Nesmith attended the same church. 

Trivia Footnote: R. Robert Rosenbaum, assistant director of No. 32, “The Monkees On Tour”, directed Joy Harmon in a May 5, 1965 episode of Bewitched [ABC, 1964-72], “Divided He Falls”. Clark previously played a Policeman in Part 1 of the series finale of The Fugitive (ABC, 1963-67), "The Judgment" (Aug. 27, 1967), which also featured Paul Sorensen (“The Monkees A La Carte”).

The late Elisabeth Fraser (Judge) played Sergeant Joan Hogan in The Phil Silvers Show (CBS, 1955-59), which also starred Monkee guest actors Harvey Lembeck and Karl Lukas (both in “The Monkees A La Carte”). Fraser previously appeared with pre-Monkee guest star Diana Chesney (“The Chaperone”) in a December 16, 1965 episode of Bewitched (ABC, 1964-72), "Speak The Truth," and with another pre-Monkee guest, Rupert Crosse ("The Monkees Marooned"), in a February 18, 1966 episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (NBC, 1964-68), "The Foreign Legion Affair." She passed away in May 2005 at age 85.

Over a mere month after this episode aired, Henry Beckman (D.A.) also appeared as a prosecutor in the October 23, 1967 episode of The Andy Griffith Show (CBS, 1960-68), “Aunt Bee, the Juror”. Who was he prosecuting? None other than future HEAD cowriter/coproducer Jack Nicholson!

Jonathan G. Harper (Harvey) is a pseudonym for stage/film/TV actor Kelton Bradford Garwood (1928-91). Onstage, his appearances include the play A Touch of the Poet (1963). Onscreen, his roles included Celebrant #2 in The Sandpiper (MGM, 1965), Mr. Moody in A Covenant With Death (Warner Bros., 1967), Big Daddy (United Film Organization, 1969), and his last, Crack Rider in Return To Snowy River (Hoyts Distribution, 1988). Perhaps Garwood was best known on TV in a recurring role as undertaker Percy Crump on the western television show Gunsmoke (CBS, 1955–75), but his standout role was a guest shot as The Hobo in the December 22, 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1959-64), "Five Characters In Search Of An Exit" (prod. #4805). His son is pro golfer Doug Garwood.

Character actor Robert Eugene Michaels (Cop) took on minor roles in The Big Fisherman (Buena Vista, 1959) and guest parts on Get Smart (NBC/CBS, 1965–70) and Buck Henry’s superhero spoof bomb Captain Nice (NBC, 1967), and  also played a friend in Paul Sills' play, The Coming of Bildad, at the Playwrights Theatre Club in Chicago, directed by David Shepherd. Michaels' second showing as a "Cop" on The Monkees was in Episode No. 58, "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper") (as Bob Michaels), The Monkees' final episode, cowritten and directed by Micky Dolenz (who foreshadowed this particular facet here in "The Picture Frame" in the scene where he directs Michaels on how to be a Cop!).

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