The Monkees (1966–1968)
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Monkees at the Circus 

A circus comes to town, and The Monkees visit the big top, only to soon discover that this particular circus is suffering from declining attendance, a situation embittered performers, who ... See full summary »


Bruce Kessler


Dee Caruso (story editor), Gerald Gardner (story editor) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Donna Baccala ... Susan
Forrest Lewis ... Pop
Carl Carlsson Carl Carlsson ... Sword Swallower
Ruth Carlsson Ruth Carlsson ... Juggler
Gene Rutherford ... Strong Man
Felix Silla ... Willy the Midget
Richard Devon ... The Great Victor


A circus comes to town, and The Monkees visit the big top, only to soon discover that this particular circus is suffering from declining attendance, a situation embittered performers, who have not been paid for some time, blame on rock & roll discotheques - an enmity personified when Victor, the circus' ace knife thrower, attacks Davy via perfectly aimed throws within inches of Davy's face and threatens to call the police. Susan, one of the performers, befriends the Monkees but is distraught when Victor delivers a written ultimatum to Pop, the circus' head master. The Monkees then pose as aerial performers from France who wish to perform in the circus, and this wins the confidence of Victor and other performers - but backfires on The Monkees when they are expected to actually perform the dangerous aerial tasks required. Forced to confess that they are in fact rock & roll singers, The Monkees are caustically shamed into leaving by the enraged Victor and the other performers, leaving ... Written by Michael Daly

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Obvious stock footage of elephants and other circus performers at a real circus in the second half the show. See more »


After Davy Jones makes the speech about the circus being tradition, Susan says, "Thank you Davy" yet they were never introduced. See more »


[Davy has replaced Victor in the circus' knife-throwing act]
Davy: First, I shall split the apple sitting atop my beautiful assistant's head!
[Peter has placed an apple on Susan's head, but when Davy throws the knife, it nearly stabs both Susan and Peter, earning a horrified gasp from the circus audience and gapes of horror from Susan and Peter]
Davy: [now very nervous] Uh, don't worry folks, I've got plenty more knives!
[picks up another knife]
The Great Victor: Wait!
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References Circus Boy (1956) See more »


Sometime in the Morning
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Jack Keller
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Circus Boys
30 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Monkees at the Circus" is not only a direct tie-in with The Marx Brothers, it also references the 50s TV series CIRCUS BOY, which of course starred Micky Dolenz, who frequently sings the theme song and does a spot of juggling. Davy wants to help a destitute circus owned by Pop (Forrest Lewis), mainly because of his pretty daughter (Donna Baccala), but must convince the underpaid performers not to follow the lead of knife thrower Victor (Richard Devon), who wants to quit. Victor blames rock and roll and discotheques for the drop in attendance, so The Monkees bring back the crowds by doing what they do best. Apart from the second appearance of Boyce and Hart's "She," we hear the debut of the exquisite "Sometime in the Morning" (recorded Oct 13 1966), composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and produced by Goffin, King, and Jeff Barry (from the second LP). Broadcast no. 22 (Feb 13 1967), "Monkees at the Circus" was 24th in production, filmed Dec 9-13 1966.

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13 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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