Sunday, March 5, 2017

From Primetime to Daytime: Rose Marie moves in with the Monkees! (1967)

The Monkees are faced with eviction from theirshared apartment, and the landlord, Mr. Babbitt (Henry Corden) isn't waiting around for them to clean house. Instead, a middle-aged woman, Millie, who carries a parrot and a stuffed dog for company, moves in. You might notice she's a bit, ah, eccentric. Rose Marie, fresh from The Dick Van Dyke Show, and newly settled into The Hollywood Squares, guest stars in "Monkee Mother":



As we'll see, Millie and the boys find a common ground. Rose would play a number of different characters during the series' two season run, and Corden would return periodically, as well. Oh, by the way, this is also a You Know The Voice double-play (Corden & Micky Dolenz), plus the added bonus that Rose Marie would later land a gig at Hanna-Barbera, as she guest-starred on Yogi's Gang 6 1/2 years later as the shape-changing Lotta Litter. Right now, I'm  not entirely sure if Corden & Dolenz worked together on a project at H-B. As we know, Micky worked on 4 series for the studio between 1971-7 (Funky Phantom, Butch Cassidy, Devlin, Wonder Wheels). Digression over.

Rating: A-. I remember seeing this in syndication back in the 70's and during the show's MTV run in the 80's.

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