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Fairy Tale 

Peter, peasant of Tork is the only one who can save the fair Princess Gwen (Mike) who is being held in the tower. The Fairy of the Magic Locket orders Mike the Cobbler to make Peter a ... See full summary »


James Frawley


Peter Meyerson




Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Murray Roman ... Harold
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Richard
Regis Cordic ... Narrator - Town Cryer (as Rege Cordic)
Diane Shalet Diane Shalet ... Fairy of the Locket
Richard Klein Richard Klein ... Horseman #1


Peter, peasant of Tork is the only one who can save the fair Princess Gwen (Mike) who is being held in the tower. The Fairy of the Magic Locket orders Mike the Cobbler to make Peter a gravity defying pair of shoes, Davy the Tailor to sew a impenetrable suit of chain mail, and Micky the Innkeeper to forge a magic sword. On his way to the tower guarded by the Dragon of the moat, Peter bumps into Little Red Riding Hood (Davy) Hansel & Gretel (Micky and Davy) and Goldilocks (Micky). Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Comedy | Music


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According to the narrator, the story takes place in the village of Avon-On-Calling, an obvious reference to "Avon Calling" which was a phrase associated with Avon beauty products in the 1960's. See more »


Peter, peasant of Tork: [Princess Gwen throws Peter a locket] What's this?
Princess Gwen: It's junk!
Peter, peasant of Tork: I don't deserve it!
Princess Gwen: Yes, I'm hip, but wear it anyway, it looks good on you.
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References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955) See more »


Daily Nightly
Written by Michael Nesmith (as Mike Nesmith)
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Chip Douglas
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Peasant of Tork loves Michael of Gwendolyn
31 January 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Broadcast no. 48 (Jan 8 1968), "Fairy Tale" is a product of high inspiration, namely casting Michael Nesmith in the role of the captive Princess Gwendolyn, with whom Peasant of Tork falls in love, and Michael the Cobbler praises as a groovy lookin' chick with a great body (what sideburns!). Micky and Davy dress up as Hansel and Gretel (Peter thinks Davy was 'very Gretel'), Micky plays Goldilocks, being chased by the two bears, Papa Bear preferring she 'hang around!' Davy also wanders about in the guise of Red Riding Hood, fortunate she has more than one grandma for that hungry wolf (we do get a mention for the Texas prairie chicken). Papa Nes, whom Peter feels should have won an Emmy, has a field day hamming it up with the insults, while Diane Shalet ("The Night Strangler") literally pops up as the Fairy of the Locket, the only way Peasant of Tork can defeat the mighty Dragon and rescue the Princess (no surprise this is both Michael and Peter's favorite episode). The lone song featured is a Nesmith original, "Daily Nightly," composed on Hammond organ (like The Beatles' "Blue Jay Way"), one of the band's most acclaimed excursions into psychedelic obscurity, the cryptic lyrics a Nesmith poem conceived prior to the Aug 1967 demolition of Pandora's Box, a youth hangout at Sunset and Crescent in Los Angeles. It was the 10PM curfew that drew the wrath of patrons such as Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda, their Nov 1966 protest inspiring Stephen Stills to write The Buffalo Springfield response, "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey, What's That Sound)" (the group's lone top 40 hit). Recorded June 19 1967, "Daily Nightly" features Nes on electric guitar, Tork on organ, producer Chip Douglas on melodic bass, Eddie Hoh on drums. Listening to the original mix, with Tork's keyboards more prominent, it's gratifying that Micky Dolenz decided to add an additional touch, spaced out sound effects generated by his newly acquired Moog synthesizer, differing slightly in both mono and stereo, resulting in a fascinating aural experience. 52nd in production, "Fairy Tale" was filmed Nov 8-10 1967, next up- "The Monkees' Paw."

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8 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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