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"The Monkees" Monkees Watch Their Feet (TV Episode 1968) Poster

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The American flags used in the frame story were obsolete before the series was filmed. The small ones on Pat Paulsen's desk have 48 stars (World Wars era), while the large flag has only 35 stars (Civil War era). Since 1960, the flag has 50 stars.
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The weapons that the aliens use are Astro-Ray guns from Ohio Art painted white and gray instead of the customary red and white colors.
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Michael Nesmith was unavailable during the bulk of the shoot, but appears on camera for the first minute and one brief subsequent shot. Uniquely for the series, he appears without ever assuming his usual Monkee persona. Instead, he is one of the G-men from the Federal department of UFO watchers headed by Pat Paulsen. These scenes appear to have been added at a later stage to pad the story out to a usable length.
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There seem to be elements borrowed from Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957). The male-female team of alien invaders, with their grim determination contrasted with pathetic incompetence, resemble the characters Eros and Tanna from the film. Host Pat Paulsen's performance, delivered dreadfully on purpose, appears to be based on Criswell's ludicrous narration.
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When the Robot is going haywire, he spouts gibberish including the phrase "Klaatu barada nikto". This is the robot password from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). He also at one point claims to be Robby the Robot who first appeared in Forbidden Planet (1956).
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Musical number featured in this episode: "Star Collector".
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During the final battle, there is a curious moment, passing almost subliminally. The two aliens are seen at their control panel, when Nita Talbot abruptly lurches forward and mouths a silent roar, for no obvious reason. Studying the scene, the most probable explanation is that an unseen person slapped or pinched her butt, to elicit the correct angry reaction.
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The title "Monkees Watch Their Feet" is probably a play on "Keep watching the skies," the tagline for The Thing from Another World (1951), another alien invasion film.
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