Back in the 1960s, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, and Davy Jones made believers out of American teenagers, performing catchy pop tunes and getting into zany hijinx on their hit musical sitcom The Monkees. But before they were teen idols and pop phenomena, The Monkees were just a bunch of aspiring musicians who answered a casting call for “4 insane boys” interested in acting in an as-yet unnamed TV series. 

Nineteen-year-old Manchester native Davy Jones was in America, performing as the Artful Dodger in the Broadway rendition of Oliver! when he saw the casting notice. After performing in several initial auditions, Jones made it through to a screen test. In the final audition video, the future pop star monkeys around, and answers questions asked by an off-screen interviewer about his height, his fashion choices, and his luck with the ladies. Check it out the screen test, released by Criterion, above.

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