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A Monkee in the Circus

January 27, 2013

With a fair amount of attention being paid to The Monkees following the passing of Davey Jones and then the current tour by the group, it's fun to revisit one our favorite Monkees-related trivia bits.

Did you know that the Mickey Braddock credited with having the lead in the 1950's series Circus Boy was actually The Monkees' Micky Dolenz?

Micky played Corky, the little boy who grew up under the big top in the live-action television show that ran from September 1956 to 1958, first on NBC and then on ABC.

Tragically, Corky's parents - a high wire act billed as the Flying Falcons - died and left their only son in the care of the circus' owner, Big Tim Champion. It was a twist of fate that made Corky the envy of countless kids growing up in the late '50s.

So with Uncle Joey the clown, the spirited Pete, the trusty baby elephant Bimbo and a whole assortment of other characters in tow, Corky faced all the normal problems of any adolescent boy against a backdrop of circus high-jinx and never-ending adventure. Records, comic books and other merchandise resulted, and Micky's popularity was sealed. In fact, in certain episodes of The Monkees, which aired ten years later, subtle references are often dropped in honor of his early television days.

Among other credits, Dolenz also voiced Arthur on the first season of The Tick cartoon series.

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