The Monkees (1966–1968)
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Captain Crocodile 

The Monkees go up against a local kiddie show host, who will not let the group play on his show.


James Frawley


Gerald Gardner (teleplay), Dee Caruso (teleplay) | 5 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Oliver McGowan Oliver McGowan ... J.J. Pontoon
Philip Roth Philip Roth ... Howard Needleman (as Phil Roth)
Judy Howard ... Secretary
Larry Gelman ... Stage Manager
Joey Baio Joey Baio ... Junior Pinter
Joey Forman ... Captain Crocodile


The Monkees go up against a local kiddie show host, who will not let the group play on his show.

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Comedy | Music


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The song "Valleri" is misspelled as "Valerie" in the closing credits. See more »


Micky: So this is the world of television.
Peter: That's funny; it doesn't look like a vast wasteland.
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Spoofs The Caine Mutiny (1954) See more »


Your Auntie Grizelda
Written by Jack Keller and Diane Hildebrand
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Jeff Barry and Jack Keller
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Once Upon a Time in the Land of Kirshner
30 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Captain Crocodile" is a satire of Captain Kangaroo, with Joey Forman as the Captain, who wants to destroy The Monkees for trying to ruin his gig and take his show away from him. Along the way, there are a dizzying array of sketches spoofing various TV shows of the day: "To Tell a Fib," "Frogman and Tadpole," and a weather forecast that looks dire indeed, despite Nesmith's sunny disposition. One scene finds Micky attempting to entertain the 'Crocodile Corps' by telling a bedtime story, beginning with 'once upon a time in the land of Kirshner' ('The Man with the Golden Ear,' Don Kirshner's reign as Colgems music coordinator was soon to end), to which Mike continues about the 'wicked stepladder!' Best of all, the Captain Crocodile show is owned by a 12 year old (a birthday gift from his father), played by Joey Baio, older brother of Jimmy (SOAP), both cousins of Scott (HAPPY DAYS, CHARLES IN CHARGE). Apart from the second appearance of Peter's "Your Auntie Grizelda," we hear the debut of Boyce and Hart's "Valleri," their original Aug 6 1966 production, featuring the tricky guitar work of Louie Shelton, who also did the honors on "Last Train to Clarksville." Unreleased until 1990's MISSING LINKS 2, this particular version became so popular with deejays across the country that it would be rerecorded on Dec 26 1967, for single release Mar 2 1968, backed by Nesmith's "Tapioca Tundra."

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20 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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