The Monkees

Season 2 Episode 2

The Picture Frame (a.k.a. The Bank Robbery)

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Aired Monday 7:30 PM Sep 18, 1967 on NBC

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    • Goof: After the holdup, as Micky, Mike and Davy race back to the crook's hideout. Davy can be seen dropping some money.

    • Here Micky Dolenz gets to exhibit directing skills for the first time in coaching Robert Michaels (Cop); he would direct Michaels again in his second showing as a "Cop" on The Monkees in Episode No. 58, "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper"), The Monkees' series finale--and Dolenz's directorial debut! Little did Micky suspect that this little chore would later on set the pace for his newfound career behind the camera as a director!

    • The sign on The Monkees' table in court says, "Vote Innocent."

    • Notice Peter with a Sherlock Holmes hat, pipe and magnifying glass as he attempts to uncover the evidence that will eventually exonerate his mates. Micky was previously disguised as Holmes in a dream sequence in Episode No. 2, "Monkee See, Monkee Die".

    • In the wake of The Summer Of Love, "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery") marks the first utterance of the word "psychedelic." Other mentions occur in Episode No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes", No. 45, "The Monkees In Texas", No. 49, "The Monkees Watch Their Feet", and No. 57, "The Monkees Blow Their Minds". And the black and white musical number of "Daily Nightly", which appears at the end of "The Monkees Blow Their Minds" and Episode No. 48, "Fairytale", ends with Micky Dolenz saying, "Psychedelic!"

    • The set used here as the interior of Mammoth Studios was previously used for the "Mary, Mary" romp in Episode No. 12, "I've Got A Little Song Here". It will be used again in No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes", as a theater for The Druvanian National Ballet, No. 58, "Mijacogeo" (a.k.a. "The Frodis Caper"), as Wizard Glick (Rip Taylor)'s sinsiter arsenal in the KXIW-TV studio.

    • The rooftop set where J.L. and Harvey supposedly have Peter trapped during the "Pleasant Valley Sunday" number was used again in Episode No. 37, "Art, For Monkee's Sake," in the scene where the boys, decked out in catburglar garb, climb on top of the roof to break into the museum and switch paintings.

    • A unique, yet ersatz rendition of the 3-note NBC chime can be heard during the police interrogation scene where Micky hands out 3 degrees to Michael, David and himself.

    • Elisabeth Fraser (Judge) played Sergeant Joan Hogan in The Phil Silvers Show (CBS, 1955-59), which also starred Monkee guest actors Harvey Lembeck and Karl Lukas (both in "Monkees A La Carte"). Fraser previously appeared with pre-Monkee guest star Diana Chesney ("The Chaperone") in a December 16, 1965 episode of Bewitched (ABC, 1964-72), "Speak The Truth."

    • This is the first of 5 season-2 Monkees teleplays composed by Jack Winter, including the next episode, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", and Episode No. 36, "Monkee Mayor", 44, "Hitting The High Seas", and 45, "The Monkees In Texas".

    • According to its Screen Gems Storyline, "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery") originally ended with David scolding Peter for using their $20,000 reward for bail money for J.L. and Harvey. (Peter announces they own 50% of J.L.'s next movie!) It also stated that the baby picture which got Micky, Michael and David off was that of David Jones.

    • This episode marked Michael Nesmith's celluloid debut in his blue-green wool hat adorned with 6 buttons.

    • About the same time of this episode's original telecast, The Monkees appeared on the front cover of TV Guide for the second and final time, on its Sept. 23-29, 1967 issue.

    • A second reference to the late actor Sonny Tufts is made on this series in this episode; the first was made in Episode No. 12, "I've Got A Little Song Here".

    • For those of you who were just as bewildered as the bank V.P. (Donald Foster) by the questions given in Micky's crossexamination, here's a quick rundown: the capital of Nova Scotia is Halifax, Hamasaka is a Japanese term literally translated as "little angel", and it was Beau Bell of the St. Louis Browns who led The American League in doubles in 1937 by, in 642 at-bats, hitting 51 doubles, 14 homers, and 117 RBI.

    • The late Cliff Norton (J.L.) was a regular on Garroway At Large (NBC, 1949-54), portrayed The Boss on It's About Time (CBS, 1966-67), provided the voice of Ed Huddles on Hanna-Barbera's Where's Huddles (CBS, Summer 1970/1971), and played Harry on Dream On (HBO, 1990-96). He succumbed to lung cancer at age 84 on Saturday, January 25, 2003.

    • This is one of many occasion which finds David squeaking out, "Oh!" Listen for him to say it again in the previous episode, "It's A Nice Place To Visit...", the next episode, "Everywhere A Sheik Sheik", Episode No. 38, "I Was A 99-lb. Weakling", No. 44, "Hitting The High Seas", and No. 52, "The Devil And Peter Tork".

    • Paintings of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln can be seen hanging on the courtroom wall. Other Monkee references to America's 16th President can be found in Episode No. 36, "Monkee Mayor", No. 40, "Monkees Marooned", and No. 51, "The Monkee's Paw", and "Monkee Mayor", Episode No. 24, "Monkees A La Mode", and No. 41, "The Card-Carrying Red Shoes", boast references to the first President.

    • When The Cop (Robert Michaels) riddles The Monkees' pad with bullets, the scene is intercut with a succession of old film clips which exemplify destruction. Brief snippets of the following episodes of The Monkees can be seen: Episode No. 24, "Monkees A La Mode" (a chicken flapping its wings in midair during the musical romp for "Laugh") and Episode No. 37, "Art For Monkee's Sake" (a statue which David accidentally knocks over in the museum where the boys attempt to switch paintings).

    • Goffin & King's "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and Micky Dolenz's "Randy Scouse Git" make their first appearances in a firstrun Monkees episode in "The Picture Frame" (a.k.a. "The Bank Robbery"), having first appeared in redubbed summer 1967 repeats ("Pleasant Valley Sunday" in "Captain Crocodile" [7-10-67] and "The Case Of The Missing Monkee" [7-24-67] and "Randy Scouse Git" in "The Spy Who Came In From The Cool" [6-19-67] and "The Monkees On Tour" [8-21-67]).

    • During the police interrogation, Micky, Michael and David run through an impromptu rendition of "Zilch", a track from The Monkees' Headquarters written by David Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz and produced by Douglas Farthing Hatlelid. Note that only Micky and David are "singing" their lines from "Zilch" ("Never mind the furthermore, the plea is self defense." and "China Clipper calling Alameda.") whereas Michael "sings" Peter's line ("Mister Dobalena, Mister Bob Dobalena.").

    • This was the first episode of The Monkees to be produced for its second season, a good nine days after The Monkees finished recording their third album The Monkees' Headquarters. It was also one of 10 second-season segments to be filmed from leftover first-season scripts!

    • A different edit of Tork and Richards' "For Pete's Sake" makes its first appearance in "The Picture Frame"'s end titles; this is the most commonly-heard edit of the tune, which will be used for the duration of The Monkees' second season.

    • Features the songs: "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Randy Scouse Git." During the police interrogation, Micky, Michael and David run through an impromptu rendition of "Zilch" (a track from the album The Monkees' Headquarters written by David Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz and produced by Douglas Farthing Hatlelid).

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