The Monkees (1966–1968)
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I've Got a Little Song Here 

Mike writes a new song, but the publishing company he tries to sell it to tries to rip him off.


Bruce Kessler


Treva Silverman




Episode complete credited cast:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Phil Leeds ... Bernie
Irwin Charone Irwin Charone ... Producer
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Harry
Owen McGiveney ... Old Man
Buddy Lewis Buddy Lewis ... Watchman
Mary Foran Mary Foran ... Hilda
Bobby Johnson Bobby Johnson ... Postman
Larry Gelman ... Director
Leigh Chapman Leigh Chapman ... Joannie


Mike writes a new song, but the publishing company he tries to sell it to tries to rip him off.

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Comedy | Music





Release Date:

28 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Color (as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The door lettering on the glass pane of the door to High Class Music Publishers reads: "High Class Music Publishers Inc., Greeting Cards, Storm Windows, Reconditioned Vacuum Cleaners, Magazine Subscriptions - and- Door Lettering ". See more »


During the video clip of the boys running around the stage set chasing Peter Tork, all four begin wearing red shirts, then Peter has a yellow shirt while the others have white shirts, and finally all four of them at the conclusion of the bit are wearing red shirts again. See more »


Bernard Class: Someday you'll be passing a theater marquee and then you'll see it in neon letters ten feet high, your name: Mike Nashmirth.
Mike: Nesmith!
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Alternate Versions

This episode's first repeat showing on June 26, 1967 featured the song "For Pete's Sake" while CBS and ABC Saturday morning repeats used the song "Steam Engine". See more »


Edited into Hey, Hey We're the Monkees (1997) See more »


Mary, Mary
Written and Produced by Michael Nesmith
Performed by The Monkees
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Phil Leeds buys a ballad
27 November 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"I've Got a Little Song Here" features the comic expertise of Phil Leeds, owner of High Class Publishing Company, who finagles Mike Nesmith out of his first song for a cool hundred bucks, promising to give it to teen sensation Joannie Jans. After the 3 'Monkee Men' discover him to be a fraud, Micky poses as super rich studio impresario 'M.D.' in order to get the song back. Being a former child actor, Micky Dolenz was perfect for this impersonation, clearly one of his best, discussing the phoniness and fakery of Hollywood. Leigh Chapman gets her share of laughs as the narcissistic Joannie Jans, who is proud and humble to give 'one of the little people' her autograph (stamped and engraved!), while asking the producer of her new monster movie not to let the vampire get so emotionally involved. Phil Leeds effortlessly steals his scenes as Bernie Class, who hears the title of Mike's song, "Gonna Buy Me a Dog," and proclaims it a ballad! Interestingly enough, Nesmith himself produced his own version (minus vocals, on July 7) of "Gonna Buy Me a Dog," composed by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, more than two weeks before Boyce and Hart produced their own (July 23), which ended up the final track on The Monkees' debut album in Oct. However, the other song featured is a Nesmith original, "Mary, Mary" (recorded July 25, with Glen Campbell on guitar), which didn't appear until their Jan 1967 album, MORE OF THE MONKEES, but would first be released by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band on their Aug 1966 LP EAST-WEST. The fact that one of The Monkees actually wrote such a cool Butterfield song gave them a welcome boost of much needed credibility at the time. Broadcast no. 12 (Nov 28 1966), "I've Got a Little Song Here" was 10th to be filmed, Aug 1-5.

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