Thursday, June 8, 2017

Monkees--"Hillbilly Honeymoon"

     It was inevitable The Monkees would eventually satirize the rural television show craze of the mid to late '60's. The only surprise is it took until the second season for it to happen. I never cared for the Lil' Abner portrayal of the South on television. I would rather be beaten with a sack of doorknobs than sit through an episode of Green Acres or The Beverly Hillbillies. Keep my bias in mind when reading my review for “Hillbilly Honeymoon.”
      The Monkees, lost on a road trip, come to a hillbilly town to ask for directions to the highway. There is a white line down the middle of town dilating two feuding families, the Weskitts and the Chubbers. Davy becomes a pawn in the battle between the two families when Ella Mae Clubber decides she wants to marry him, but he winds up on the other side kidnapped by her boyfriend, Judd Weskitt. As usual, Peter is held captive while Mike and Micky come to the rescue. Davy is still stuck marrying Ella Mae until the rest of the guys turn Judd into the closest hick equivalent to a gentleman and he marries Ella Mae, their marriage ends the feud.
      Country singers Lester Flatt an Earl Scrugs scored much of the incidental music in order to give the episode its rural feel. The rural feel is in stark contrast to the Monkees' incorporation of their own style of clothing. Peter in particular is wildly decked out in a paisley shirt, Nehru collar, and love beads. He is the George Harrison of the group. Micky sports his naturally curly hair for the first time.
      “Hillbilly Honeymoon” has some fun moments, but the whole rural theme just is not my thing. The plots of rescuing Davy from a situation involving a girl, separating Peter from the rest of the group, and playing match maker for a wedding couple have been used too many times so far to be amusing. There I no amusement factor for me. If you enjoy those rural shows of which it is poking fun, you might find more here to amuse than I did.
      Rating: ** (out of 5)

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