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33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (1969)

Four individuals are brainwashed into forming a musical group, featuring guest appearances from some of the superstars of 1950s rock'n'roll.

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Art Fisher

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Cast overview:
Micky Dolenz ... Himself - Monkee #1
Peter Tork ... Himself - Monkee #2
Michael Nesmith ... Himself - Monkee #3
Davy Jones ... Himself - Monkee #4
Julie Driscoll Julie Driscoll ... Herself - Special Guest
Brian Auger Brian Auger ... Himself - Special Guest (as Brian Auger and The Trinity)
Jerry Lee Lewis ... Himself - Special Guest
Fats Domino ... Himself - Special Guest
Little Richard ... Himself - Special Guest
Clara Ward ... Herself - Special Guest (as The Clara Ward Singers)
Buddy Miles Buddy Miles ... Himself - Special Guest (as The Buddy Miles Express)
Paul Arnold Paul Arnold ... Himself - Special Guest (as Paul Arnold and The Moon Express)
We Three We Three ... Themselves - Special Guest
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Four individuals are brainwashed into forming a musical group, featuring guest appearances from some of the superstars of 1950s rock'n'roll.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1969 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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TV Zone Special #11 (1990) voted this one of the "ten best" final episodes of any television series, citing the ending, which killed off the fictional Monkees, was "a stroke of genius". See more »

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Charles Darwin: And now my masterpeace of evolution. And here they are, the son of the hat of the book of the film of the tram... of the telephone directory of the same name.
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Alternate Versions

There is a print that reverses the order of the second and third segments of the special due to a TV engineer's mishap. Rhino Video has released the version of "33 1/3" with the correct running order of segments on a separate VHS cassette in 1997. The print with the mishap can be found on the 1995 Deluxe Edition VHS set of the entire Monkees TV series. See more »

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References Shindig! (1964) See more »

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Come On Up
Performed by The Trinity
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Dated, But Not Obsolete
25 September 2002 | by stp43See all my reviews

33.3 Revolutions Per Monkey was the last project by The Monkees in their original incarnation, a television special intended as the first of a series. Here the plot line is a bizarre self-satire on the group's "pre-fab" formation as told by a maniacal overlord billed as Charles Darwin. The special certainly suffers from its overdose of self-aware psychedelia and its savage self-mockery, but its basic plot is hardly obsolete - fans of the feature film Josie & The Pussycats should recognize The Monkees' plot line quite quickly.

The special features a number of musical pieces, and among the highlights are Micky Dolenz and Julie Driscoll's soulful rendition of "I'm A Believer" (when the two harmonize their voices blend so well it becomes hard to decifier which one belongs to which singer), Mike Nesmith's bifurcated country-rocker "Naked Persimmons," the group's faux-1956 TV special with reallife 50s legends such as Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis, and Peter Tork's instrumental on electric organ "Bach's Toccata In D."

Some have attacked the use of 1950s rock legends as second fiddle to Monkees, a grossly unfair attack as The Monkees show a genuine respect for the '50s rock genre in the special that was largely lost in the psychedelia and self-important breast-beating about '60s rock through the latter portion of the decade. That The Monkees have remained as fresh and engaging today as the '50s rock legends who appeared on the special speaks volumes about how wrong-headed Monkey-bashing was and is.

The strengths and weaknesses of the special converge in the group's final 1960s performance as a quartet, Mike Nesmith's country-rock classic "Listen To The Band." The number begins with just The Monkees, with numerous young people entering the area to dance. But other musicians enter in as well and the song degenerates into an ill-advised mishmash; Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll's intervention ruins the piece almost single-handedly. Thus does the old cliché of too many cooks prove itself in what should have been a showcase for The Monkees but instead became a major disappointment that nonetheless was no total loss.


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