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Son of a Gypsy 

When the Monkees are chosen over Maria and her four sons to perform at Madame Rantha's party, the gypsies lure them into a trap and force the guys to steal the precious Maltese Vulture from... See full summary »

Director:

James Frawley

Writers:

Gerald Gardner (teleplay), Dee Caruso (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Jeanne Arnold Jeanne Arnold ... Maria
Vincent Beck ... Marco
Vic Tayback ... Rocco
Gene Dynarski ... Zeppo
Mario Roccuzzo Mario Roccuzzo ... Kiko
Elizabeth Camp Elizabeth Camp ... Mme. Rantha (as Elisabeth Camp)
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Storyline

When the Monkees are chosen over Maria and her four sons to perform at Madame Rantha's party, the gypsies lure them into a trap and force the guys to steal the precious Maltese Vulture from the Rantha mansion, or Peter will be killed. Maria's eldest son Marco takes Peter's place in the group. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Vic Tayback (Marco) was previously in The Monkees: Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers (1966) as George. See more »

Goofs

Mme. Rantha retrieves the Maltese Vulture without using the combination to open the wall safe. See more »

Quotes

Mama Maria: He's a very tricky young man. You can tell he's a thief. It's written all over his face.
Mama Maria: [Peter has 'theif' written on his forehead] A good thief, but a bad speller.
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Connections

References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Dance On
(uncredited)
Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart and Jack Keller
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Vincent Beck and Vic Tayback
22 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Son of a Gypsy" has Peter held hostage by a thieving band of gypsies, who demand that Micky, Davy, and Mike steal for them the priceless 'Maltese Vulture' (Peter would also be kidnapped in the following episode). Led by Jeanne Arnold, they're an interesting bunch, with both Vincent Beck ("Royal Flush") and Vic Tayback ("Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers") returning a third time the second season. The best gags involve the three Monkees desperately trying to worm their way past two security guards; best of all, Mike and Micky nervously eye their lit matches as they attempt to start a fire, only to be branded as litterbugs by the guards! The lone song is again Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer," in its fourth straight appearance (and its last). Broadcast no. 16 (Dec 26 1966), "Son of a Gypsy" was 20th in production, filmed Oct 26-27.


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