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->''It had the romance of the 1930s, the bigger-than-life hero with the leather jacket, and the elements of intrigue of that time period. It was a lot of fun. That plane [the Goose] was a magic carpet and it could take you anywhere.''
-->-- Director '''Donald A. Baer''' on the show

Tropical islands, [[TwoFistedTales high-flying adventure]], political intrigue, "talking" dogs and [[AllMythsAreTrue legends come alive]]! This is the world of Tales of the Gold Monkey, a one-season adventure series that aired on ABC in 1982. Set in the mythical South Pacific island of Bora Gora (in the equally mythical Marivellas archipelago) in {{The Thirties}}, it follows the adventures of Jake Cutter, pilot of a Grumman Goose flying boat named ''Cutter's Goose'', his one-eyed [[NonHumanSidekick canine sidekick]] Jack, and [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits his various allies and associates]] as they battle the villainous schemes of [[DragonLady Princess Koji]] and other ne'er-do-wells. Jake, a former Pan Am pilot and former member of the Flying Tigers American Volunteer Group, just wants to settle in to a quiet life as a legitimate pilot-for-hire. Needless to say, adventure tends to find him.

An early [[DonaldPBellisario Belisarius Production]], it shares many of the traits common with his works, such as action/adventure, {{Camp}}, {{Rule of Cool}}, and a former military protagonist (Jake Cutter, former Flying Tigers AVG pilot) who narrates his own life through an inner voice. It ran for but a single season (Sept. 1982-July 1983) for a total of 21 episodes, counting the 2 hour pilot, but built up a large cult following that [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes kept circulating the tapes]] for decades before it finally made its way to DVD in 2009 (UK/Australia) and 2010 (US/Canada). While many assume the show was a Spiritual Successor of ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', Bellisario originally pitched the idea in the late 1970s and always claimed the inspiration to be the 1939 film ''Only Angels Have Wings''.

While short-lived, ''Tales of the Gold Monkey'' was critically acclaimed (winning several Emmys) and had a notable influence on future shows, including the animated {{Spiritual Successor}} Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.

[[AC: The cast included:]]
* Stephen Collins as ''Jake Cutter'', our AcePilot and main protagonist, pilot of Cutter's Goose
* Jeff [=MacKay=] as ''Corky'', Jake's [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] [[MrFixit mechanic]] and occasional co-pilot
* Caitlin O'Heaney as ''Sarah Stickney White'', an American spy undercover as a bar singer and Jake's quasi-{{Love Interest}}
* Roddy [=McDowall=] (Ron Moody in the Pilot) as ''Bon Chance Louie'', French magistrate and owner of the [[LocalHangout Monkey Bar]]
* John Calvin as ''Rev. Willie Tenboom'', a Dutch priest and German spy with more devotion [[DirtyOldMonk to his libido]] than to the Reich
* Marta [=DuBois=] as ''Princess Koji'', half-Japanese {{Dragon Lady}} and main antagonist
* John Fujioka as ''Todo'', Koji's samurai henchman
* Les Jankey as ''Gushie'', Louie's wheelchair-bound partner and {{The Bartender}}
* "Leo" as ''Jack'', Jake's impossibly intelligent one-eyed bull terrier

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!!This show provides examples of:
* AcePilot: Jake, of the ''Plugger'' variety (rather necessary in an unarmed flying boat). He was also a literal Ace, having scored five confirmed kills against the Japanese while with the Flying Tigers.
* TheAlcoholic: Corky
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AnachronismStew: mostly averted (save for [[EightiesHair the hairstyles]] and other giveaways of its 1982 origins) but has a few notable anachronisms:
** Though set in 1938, it features Japanese Zeros (not developed until 1939 and not operational until 1940)
** Jake is a former member of the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers), which didn't exist until 1941.
** Samurai in full O'Yoroi armor (possibly justified as ceremonial)
* AnimalAthleteLoophole: Jake is told he can't fly without a co-pilot, and attempts to claim that Jack is his co-pilot, using [[AnimalAthleteLoophole Ain't No Rule]]. While there ''isn't'' a rule saying a dog can't be a co-pilot, there ''is'' a rule saying that your co-pilot has to have two working eyes, regardless of species.
** [[IncrediblyLamePun Dog]] [[GodWasMyCopilot Was My Copilot?]]
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Todo's Samurai armor
* AwesomeYetPractical: The Gold Monkey, which both America and Germany want for its heat-resistant alloy.
* {{Back to Back Badasses}}: Jake and Corky go into this routine during a brawl in a Philippine bar.
* BadassPreacher: The one time Reverend Tenboom involves himself in a brawl, he shows himself to be very good at it.
* BarBrawl: a staple of the show, naturally, along with a RunningGag of Louie doing up the bill for damages as the fight takes place.
* TheBartender: Gushie and to a lesser degree Louie
* BigBad: Princess Koji
* BiggerBad: Par for the course for the [[TheThirties time period]], AdolfHitler.
* BigDamnHeroes
* BottleEpisode: ''Force of Habit''. Half the episode takes place in the Goose's cockpit, and it was written to be an episode that could be filmed in half the time of the normal episodes, because they were behind schedule.
* {{Camp}}: volcanoes, Bigfoot, native rituals, samurai, and a "talking" dog
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: Gandy Dancer from "Legends are Forever", convinced that [[Literature/LostHorizon James Hilton]] really ''did'' visit Shangri-Li and that HRiderHaggard really ''did'' find Literature/KingSolomonsMines. [[spoiler: The ending of the episode shows he [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight might not have been far off...]]]]
* ChasedByAngryNatives: African ones...in the South Pacific!
* ChivalrousPervert: Rev. Willy Tenboom will sleep with any and all of the attractive female population on the island, but when one of those girls is coerced into prostitution, he responds by tearing down the pimp's tent and brawling with his enforcers.
* CoolPlane: Subverted by Cutter's Goose, a vintage Grumman Goose flying boat. She's temperamental, requires regular maintenance, and certainly isn't sleek and futuristic, even for the [[TheThirties time portrayed in the show]]. [[WhatAPieceOfJunk But she'll surprise you]]. '''Note''': while totally a cool plane in the subjective sense, the [[CoolPlane Trope itself]] doesn't really apply to the Goose. See the main entry.
* CreatorCameo: DonaldPBellisario appears, along with his son, as a man and child being evacuated from Boragora when its volcano is erupting in the episode ''A Distant Shout of Thunder.''
* CrewOfOne: Averted; Jake relies on Corky and others for repairs, co-piloting, emergency damage control, etc.
* DuelingShows: With ''Series/BringEmBackAlive'', which is why Stephen Collins is sometimes mistaken for Bruce Boxleitner. Collins considers it a huge compliment.
* TheDragon: Todo
* DragonLady: Princess Koji
* DreamSequence
* DonaldPBellisario
* DoubleMeaningTitle and PunBasedTitle: Evoked in some episodes, ex: "Force of Habit", "Last Chance Louie", and "Cooked Goose"
** The original name for the series, "Tales of the ''Brass'' Monkey" applies as well...
* EditedForSyndication: In the late 80s two episodes were edited together to form a "movie" retitled "Curse of the Gold Monkey"
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Todo
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Koji
* ExecutiveMeddling: the studio kept trying to make the series LighterAndSofter and more kid-oriented, not to mention [[ViewersAreMorons ease up on the intrigue and plot turns]].
-->'''Donald Baer (director):''' The network didn't like the lush look of the series. They wanted it to be light and sunny, like a kid's show. They saw it as bright. The villains had to be clear cut and the very idea that characters might speak with foreign accents really bothered them. It was unbelievable. Everything had to be articulated and clear and the intrigue was not what they were looking for, so the show was considered controversial. Right after the pilot, we had a meeting with network staff in Bellisaro's office, and Don was reciting some of the developing story lines. We were all nodding our heads...it was great stuff. But the network staff just sat there and said, "No, that's wrong. Don't do that."
-->'''Tom Greene (writer):''' The studio kept pushing for mud people and monkey people and other elements that would play up the similarities [to 'Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''].
* ExpandedUniverse: a short-lived series of comics, among others.
* ExpansionPackPast: Bon Chance Louie; for a single season show it's amazing how fast his Mysterious Past grew!
* EyepatchOfPower: on Jack (the dog)! Turns out the dog has a GlassEye, but Jake lost it gambling. In one episode he gets it back, only to lose it again when he needs to pay for something.
* FemmeFatale: Koji, obviously!
* TheGambler: in "High Stakes Lady". She's also a FemmeFatal.
* GoodGuyBar: The Monkey Bar
* HeroicDog: Jack, of course!
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jake and Corky.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: Justified with Cutter's Goose...it ''is'' a flying boat, after all!
* IntellectualAnimal and TalkingAnimal: Jack (barks once for "no", twice for "yes")
** He's even multilingual: "Speaks" Japanese ("The Lady and the Tiger") and Spanish ("The Late Sarah White")!
** Possibly also a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot. To quote Jeff [=MacKay=] in a ''Cinescape'' interview, "That dog had more brains than any of us."
* JungleOpera
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: the only way to see it until very recently
* KickTheDog: ThoseWackyNazis, naturally
* KnightInShiningArmor: Jake's childhood ambition. He admits it was largely for the DamselsInDistress.
* LocalHangout: the Monkey Bar; also at various times the GoodGuyBar, {{Bad Guy Bar}}, and/or WretchedHive. (Seeing as it's the only bar on the island they all have to share.)
* LoveableRogue: Jake
* LoveAtFirstPunch: Jake's introduction to Sarah is her hitting him with a champaign bottle
* MoralGuardians: the reason the name was changed from "Tales of the Brass Monkey", since a Brass Monkey was an alcoholic cocktail.
** Certain "cold weather effects" to "brass monkeys" may have been another factor.
* MrFixit: Corky
* MysteriousPast: Bon Chance Louie
* NobleDemon: Koji, who will go out of her way to help Jake out.
* NonHumanSidekick: Jack (a one-eyed Jack Russell terrier)
* NonIndicativeName: The gold monkey at the bar is actually a brass monkey. [[spoiler:The ''real'' gold monkey is still out there, though.]] It also [[ArtifactTitle isn't relevant to the overall plot]] past the pilot.
* NubileSavage: One takes a liking to Corky in "Shanghaied."
* {{Pass the Popcorn}}: Louie and his patrons tend to take bets on the outcome of bar brawls.
* PenalColony: In "Escape from Death Island". Subverted in that [[spoiler:the inmates run the colony. The gang that seized control is pretending to be the commandant and guards to any visitors, while still treating the other inmates like crap, until the supply boat comes so that they can steal it, and get away.]]
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: of Cutter's Goose, as required
* PunchClockVillain: Rev. Tenboom
* QuicksandSucks
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* RareVehicles: [=A6M=] Zero fighters are pretty common [[AnachronismStew for a fighter not even in prototype phase yet]]
* RuleOfCool: pretty much runs on it
* ScrewedByTheNetwork
-->'''Jeff [=MacKay=]:''' Between the time we finished shooting the season and were waiting to hear about renewal, I had contacts at the other networks, and they all told me that CBS and NBC were programming against our show. The other networks were assuming Gold Monkey would be a successful part of the ABC line-up for the next five years or so. But ABC didn't have the same confidence in us that our competition did. The word ''asshole'' leaps to mind.
* ShootTheDog: "narrowly averted" literal example in "Escape from Death Island". Admittedly more of a KickTheDog case, but yeah...
* SinisterMinister: Reverend Tenboom, sinner, womanizer, and German spy!
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Only Angels Have Wings'' (1939) and other depression-era adventure and noir films (despite assumptions to the contrary, it was not a Spiritual Successor of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', having been originally pitched and rejected in 1979...though the idea was finally accepted following the success of Raiders.
** Influenced its own Spiritual Successor in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* StockFootage:
** No they didn't [[spoiler:destroy their expensive main set]] in the dramatic conclusion of "The Distant Sound of Thunder", that was footage from the 1961 Spencer Tracy/Frank Sinatra film ''The Devil at 4 O'Clock'', whose bar plans were copied when building the Monkey Bar!
** Some very conspicuous stock footage shows up whenever they showed the Pan Am clipper in flight -- suddenly the show's in black and white.
*** In one episode, footage that is supposed to be of the China Clipper in flight shows a plane with the distinctive humped tailfin of the Boeing B-17.
* StupidJetpackHitler: in "Black Pearl" ThoseWackyNazis make an atomic bomb, in 1938!
* {{Thememobile}}: Cutter's Goose
* TheThirties: 1938, to be specific.
* ThoseWackyNazis: "monocle guy" Fritz in the pilot and the scientists building an atomic bomb in "Black Pearl."
** While Reverend Tenboom ''is'' German, he is ''not'' a Nazi.
* TwoFistedTales and/or DieselPunk
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Jake and Sarah, Jake and Koji...well, Jake and about any unrelated female
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Cutter's Goose

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->''It had the romance of the 1930s, the bigger-than-life hero with the leather jacket, and the elements of intrigue of that time period. It was a lot of fun. That plane [the Goose] was a magic carpet and it could take you anywhere.''
-->-- Director '''Donald A. Baer''' on the show

Tropical islands, [[TwoFistedTales high-flying adventure]], political intrigue, "talking" dogs and [[AllMythsAreTrue legends come alive]]! This is the world of Tales of the Gold Monkey, a one-season adventure series that aired on ABC in 1982. Set in the mythical South Pacific island of Bora Gora (in the equally mythical Marivellas archipelago) in {{The Thirties}}, it follows the adventures of Jake Cutter, pilot of a Grumman Goose flying boat named ''Cutter's Goose'', his one-eyed [[NonHumanSidekick canine sidekick]] Jack, and [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits his various allies and associates]] as they battle the villainous schemes of [[DragonLady Princess Koji]] and other ne'er-do-wells. Jake, a former Pan Am pilot and former member of the Flying Tigers American Volunteer Group, just wants to settle in to a quiet life as a legitimate pilot-for-hire. Needless to say, adventure tends to find him.

An early [[DonaldPBellisario Belisarius Production]], it shares many of the traits common with his works, such as action/adventure, {{Camp}}, {{Rule of Cool}}, and a former military protagonist (Jake Cutter, former Flying Tigers AVG pilot) who narrates his own life through an inner voice. It ran for but a single season (Sept. 1982-July 1983) for a total of 21 episodes, counting the 2 hour pilot, but built up a large cult following that [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes kept circulating the tapes]] for decades before it finally made its way to DVD in 2009 (UK/Australia) and 2010 (US/Canada). While many assume the show was a Spiritual Successor of ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', Bellisario originally pitched the idea in the late 1970s and always claimed the inspiration to be the 1939 film ''Only Angels Have Wings''.

While short-lived, ''Tales of the Gold Monkey'' was critically acclaimed (winning several Emmys) and had a notable influence on future shows, including the animated {{Spiritual Successor}} Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.

[[AC: The cast included:]]
* Stephen Collins as ''Jake Cutter'', our AcePilot and main protagonist, pilot of Cutter's Goose
* Jeff [=MacKay=] as ''Corky'', Jake's [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] [[MrFixit mechanic]] and occasional co-pilot
* Caitlin O'Heaney as ''Sarah Stickney White'', an American spy undercover as a bar singer and Jake's quasi-{{Love Interest}}
* Roddy [=McDowall=] (Ron Moody in the Pilot) as ''Bon Chance Louie'', French magistrate and owner of the [[LocalHangout Monkey Bar]]
* John Calvin as ''Rev. Willie Tenboom'', a Dutch priest and German spy with more devotion [[DirtyOldMonk to his libido]] than to the Reich
* Marta [=DuBois=] as ''Princess Koji'', half-Japanese {{Dragon Lady}} and main antagonist
* John Fujioka as ''Todo'', Koji's samurai henchman
* Les Jankey as ''Gushie'', Louie's wheelchair-bound partner and {{The Bartender}}
* "Leo" as ''Jack'', Jake's impossibly intelligent one-eyed bull terrier

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!!This show provides examples of:
* AcePilot: Jake, of the ''Plugger'' variety (rather necessary in an unarmed flying boat). He was also a literal Ace, having scored five confirmed kills against the Japanese while with the Flying Tigers.
* TheAlcoholic: Corky
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AnachronismStew: mostly averted (save for [[EightiesHair the hairstyles]] and other giveaways of its 1982 origins) but has a few notable anachronisms:
** Though set in 1938, it features Japanese Zeros (not developed until 1939 and not operational until 1940)
** Jake is a former member of the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers), which didn't exist until 1941.
** Samurai in full O'Yoroi armor (possibly justified as ceremonial)
* AnimalAthleteLoophole: Jake is told he can't fly without a co-pilot, and attempts to claim that Jack is his co-pilot, using [[AnimalAthleteLoophole Ain't No Rule]]. While there ''isn't'' a rule saying a dog can't be a co-pilot, there ''is'' a rule saying that your co-pilot has to have two working eyes, regardless of species.
** [[IncrediblyLamePun Dog]] [[GodWasMyCopilot Was My Copilot?]]
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Todo's Samurai armor
* AwesomeYetPractical: The Gold Monkey, which both America and Germany want for its heat-resistant alloy.
* {{Back to Back Badasses}}: Jake and Corky go into this routine during a brawl in a Philippine bar.
* BadassPreacher: The one time Reverend Tenboom involves himself in a brawl, he shows himself to be very good at it.
* BarBrawl: a staple of the show, naturally, along with a RunningGag of Louie doing up the bill for damages as the fight takes place.
* TheBartender: Gushie and to a lesser degree Louie
* BigBad: Princess Koji
* BiggerBad: Par for the course for the [[TheThirties time period]], AdolfHitler.
* BigDamnHeroes
* BottleEpisode: ''Force of Habit''. Half the episode takes place in the Goose's cockpit, and it was written to be an episode that could be filmed in half the time of the normal episodes, because they were behind schedule.
* {{Camp}}: volcanoes, Bigfoot, native rituals, samurai, and a "talking" dog
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: Gandy Dancer from "Legends are Forever", convinced that [[Literature/LostHorizon James Hilton]] really ''did'' visit Shangri-Li and that HRiderHaggard really ''did'' find Literature/KingSolomonsMines. [[spoiler: The ending of the episode shows he [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight might not have been far off...]]]]
* ChasedByAngryNatives: African ones...in the South Pacific!
* ChivalrousPervert: Rev. Willy Tenboom will sleep with any and all of the attractive female population on the island, but when one of those girls is coerced into prostitution, he responds by tearing down the pimp's tent and brawling with his enforcers.
* CoolPlane: Subverted by Cutter's Goose, a vintage Grumman Goose flying boat. She's temperamental, requires regular maintenance, and certainly isn't sleek and futuristic, even for the [[TheThirties time portrayed in the show]]. [[WhatAPieceOfJunk But she'll surprise you]]. '''Note''': while totally a cool plane in the subjective sense, the [[CoolPlane Trope itself]] doesn't really apply to the Goose. See the main entry.
* CreatorCameo: DonaldPBellisario appears, along with his son, as a man and child being evacuated from Boragora when its volcano is erupting in the episode ''A Distant Shout of Thunder.''
* CrewOfOne: Averted; Jake relies on Corky and others for repairs, co-piloting, emergency damage control, etc.
* DuelingShows: With ''Series/BringEmBackAlive'', which is why Stephen Collins is sometimes mistaken for Bruce Boxleitner. Collins considers it a huge compliment.
* TheDragon: Todo
* DragonLady: Princess Koji
* DreamSequence
* DonaldPBellisario
* DoubleMeaningTitle and PunBasedTitle: Evoked in some episodes, ex: "Force of Habit", "Last Chance Louie", and "Cooked Goose"
** The original name for the series, "Tales of the ''Brass'' Monkey" applies as well...
* EditedForSyndication: In the late 80s two episodes were edited together to form a "movie" retitled "Curse of the Gold Monkey"
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: Todo
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Koji
* ExecutiveMeddling: the studio kept trying to make the series LighterAndSofter and more kid-oriented, not to mention [[ViewersAreMorons ease up on the intrigue and plot turns]].
-->'''Donald Baer (director):''' The network didn't like the lush look of the series. They wanted it to be light and sunny, like a kid's show. They saw it as bright. The villains had to be clear cut and the very idea that characters might speak with foreign accents really bothered them. It was unbelievable. Everything had to be articulated and clear and the intrigue was not what they were looking for, so the show was considered controversial. Right after the pilot, we had a meeting with network staff in Bellisaro's office, and Don was reciting some of the developing story lines. We were all nodding our heads...it was great stuff. But the network staff just sat there and said, "No, that's wrong. Don't do that."
-->'''Tom Greene (writer):''' The studio kept pushing for mud people and monkey people and other elements that would play up the similarities [to 'Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''].
* ExpandedUniverse: a short-lived series of comics, among others.
* ExpansionPackPast: Bon Chance Louie; for a single season show it's amazing how fast his Mysterious Past grew!
* EyepatchOfPower: on Jack (the dog)! Turns out the dog has a GlassEye, but Jake lost it gambling. In one episode he gets it back, only to lose it again when he needs to pay for something.
* FemmeFatale: Koji, obviously!
* TheGambler: in "High Stakes Lady". She's also a FemmeFatal.
* GoodGuyBar: The Monkey Bar
* HeroicDog: Jack, of course!
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jake and Corky.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: Justified with Cutter's Goose...it ''is'' a flying boat, after all!
* IntellectualAnimal and TalkingAnimal: Jack (barks once for "no", twice for "yes")
** He's even multilingual: "Speaks" Japanese ("The Lady and the Tiger") and Spanish ("The Late Sarah White")!
** Possibly also a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot. To quote Jeff [=MacKay=] in a ''Cinescape'' interview, "That dog had more brains than any of us."
* JungleOpera
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: the only way to see it until very recently
* KickTheDog: ThoseWackyNazis, naturally
* KnightInShiningArmor: Jake's childhood ambition. He admits it was largely for the DamselsInDistress.
* LocalHangout: the Monkey Bar; also at various times the GoodGuyBar, {{Bad Guy Bar}}, and/or WretchedHive. (Seeing as it's the only bar on the island they all have to share.)
* LoveableRogue: Jake
* LoveAtFirstPunch: Jake's introduction to Sarah is her hitting him with a champaign bottle
* MoralGuardians: the reason the name was changed from "Tales of the Brass Monkey", since a Brass Monkey was an alcoholic cocktail.
** Certain "cold weather effects" to "brass monkeys" may have been another factor.
* MrFixit: Corky
* MysteriousPast: Bon Chance Louie
* NobleDemon: Koji, who will go out of her way to help Jake out.
* NonHumanSidekick: Jack (a one-eyed Jack Russell terrier)
* NonIndicativeName: The gold monkey at the bar is actually a brass monkey. [[spoiler:The ''real'' gold monkey is still out there, though.]] It also [[ArtifactTitle isn't relevant to the overall plot]] past the pilot.
* NubileSavage: One takes a liking to Corky in "Shanghaied."
* {{Pass the Popcorn}}: Louie and his patrons tend to take bets on the outcome of bar brawls.
* PenalColony: In "Escape from Death Island". Subverted in that [[spoiler:the inmates run the colony. The gang that seized control is pretending to be the commandant and guards to any visitors, while still treating the other inmates like crap, until the supply boat comes so that they can steal it, and get away.]]
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: of Cutter's Goose, as required
* PunchClockVillain: Rev. Tenboom
* QuicksandSucks
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* RareVehicles: [=A6M=] Zero fighters are pretty common [[AnachronismStew for a fighter not even in prototype phase yet]]
* RuleOfCool: pretty much runs on it
* ScrewedByTheNetwork
-->'''Jeff [=MacKay=]:''' Between the time we finished shooting the season and were waiting to hear about renewal, I had contacts at the other networks, and they all told me that CBS and NBC were programming against our show. The other networks were assuming Gold Monkey would be a successful part of the ABC line-up for the next five years or so. But ABC didn't have the same confidence in us that our competition did. The word ''asshole'' leaps to mind.
* ShootTheDog: "narrowly averted" literal example in "Escape from Death Island". Admittedly more of a KickTheDog case, but yeah...
* SinisterMinister: Reverend Tenboom, sinner, womanizer, and German spy!
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Only Angels Have Wings'' (1939) and other depression-era adventure and noir films (despite assumptions to the contrary, it was not a Spiritual Successor of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', having been originally pitched and rejected in 1979...though the idea was finally accepted following the success of Raiders.
** Influenced its own Spiritual Successor in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* StockFootage:
** No they didn't [[spoiler:destroy their expensive main set]] in the dramatic conclusion of "The Distant Sound of Thunder", that was footage from the 1961 Spencer Tracy/Frank Sinatra film ''The Devil at 4 O'Clock'', whose bar plans were copied when building the Monkey Bar!
** Some very conspicuous stock footage shows up whenever they showed the Pan Am clipper in flight -- suddenly the show's in black and white.
*** In one episode, footage that is supposed to be of the China Clipper in flight shows a plane with the distinctive humped tailfin of the Boeing B-17.
* StupidJetpackHitler: in "Black Pearl" ThoseWackyNazis make an atomic bomb, in 1938!
* {{Thememobile}}: Cutter's Goose
* TheThirties: 1938, to be specific.
* ThoseWackyNazis: "monocle guy" Fritz in the pilot and the scientists building an atomic bomb in "Black Pearl."
** While Reverend Tenboom ''is'' German, he is ''not'' a Nazi.
* TwoFistedTales and/or DieselPunk
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Jake and Sarah, Jake and Koji...well, Jake and about any unrelated female
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Cutter's Goose

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19th Nov '13 5:08:32 AM maxwellsilver
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Tropical islands, [[TwoFistedTales high-flying adventure]], political intrigue, "talking" dogs and [[AllMythsAreTrue legends come alive]]! This is the world of {{Tales of the Gold Monkey}}, a one-season adventure series that aired on ABC in 1982. Set in the mythical South Pacific island of Bora Gora (in the equally mythical Marivellas archipelago) in {{The Thirties}}, it follows the adventures of Jake Cutter, pilot of a Grumman Goose flying boat named ''Cutter's Goose'', his one-eyed [[NonHumanSidekick canine sidekick]] Jack, and [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits his various allies and associates]] as they battle the villainous schemes of [[DragonLady Princess Koji]] and other ne'er-do-wells. Jake, a former Pan Am pilot and former member of the Flying Tigers American Volunteer Group, just wants to settle in to a quiet life as a legitimate pilot-for-hire. Needless to say, adventure tends to find him.

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Tropical islands, [[TwoFistedTales high-flying adventure]], political intrigue, "talking" dogs and [[AllMythsAreTrue legends come alive]]! This is the world of {{Tales Tales of the Gold Monkey}}, Monkey, a one-season adventure series that aired on ABC in 1982. Set in the mythical South Pacific island of Bora Gora (in the equally mythical Marivellas archipelago) in {{The Thirties}}, it follows the adventures of Jake Cutter, pilot of a Grumman Goose flying boat named ''Cutter's Goose'', his one-eyed [[NonHumanSidekick canine sidekick]] Jack, and [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits his various allies and associates]] as they battle the villainous schemes of [[DragonLady Princess Koji]] and other ne'er-do-wells. Jake, a former Pan Am pilot and former member of the Flying Tigers American Volunteer Group, just wants to settle in to a quiet life as a legitimate pilot-for-hire. Needless to say, adventure tends to find him.
9th Oct '13 4:38:52 PM BlueGuy
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* DuelingShows: With BringEmBackAlive, which is why Stephen Collins is sometimes mistaken for Bruce Boxleitner. Collins considers it a huge compliment.

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* DuelingShows: With BringEmBackAlive, ''Series/BringEmBackAlive'', which is why Stephen Collins is sometimes mistaken for Bruce Boxleitner. Collins considers it a huge compliment.
17th Sep '13 6:29:02 AM VoxAquila
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* NonIndicativeName: The gold monkey at the bar is actually a brass monkey. [[spoiler:The ''real'' gold monkey is still out there, though.]] It also isn't relevant to the overall plot past the pilot.

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* NonIndicativeName: The gold monkey at the bar is actually a brass monkey. [[spoiler:The ''real'' gold monkey is still out there, though.]] It also [[ArtifactTitle isn't relevant to the overall plot plot]] past the pilot.
17th Sep '13 6:25:24 AM VoxAquila
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* NonIndicativeName: The gold monkey at the bar is actually a brass monkey. [[spoiler:The ''real'' gold monkey is still out there, though.]]

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* NonIndicativeName: The gold monkey at the bar is actually a brass monkey. [[spoiler:The ''real'' gold monkey is still out there, though.]]]] It also isn't relevant to the overall plot past the pilot.
16th Sep '13 3:05:17 PM VoxAquila
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* KnightInShiningArmor: Jake's childhood ambition. He admits it was largely for the DamselsInDistress.
15th Sep '13 9:30:44 PM RoboTesla
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* DuellingShows: With BringEmBackAlive, which is why Stephen Collins is sometimes mistaken for Bruce Boxleitner. Collins considers it a huge compliment.

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* DuellingShows: DuelingShows: With BringEmBackAlive, which is why Stephen Collins is sometimes mistaken for Bruce Boxleitner. Collins considers it a huge compliment.
15th Sep '13 9:28:50 PM RoboTesla
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* DuellingShows: With BringEmBackAlive, which is why Stephen Collins is sometimes mistaken for Bruce Boxleitner. Collins considers it a huge compliment.
15th Apr '13 10:14:06 AM Odon
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* John Calvin as ''Rev. Willie Tenboom'', a Dutch priest and German spy with more devotion to his libido than to the Reich

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* John Calvin as ''Rev. Willie Tenboom'', a Dutch priest and German spy with more devotion [[DirtyOldMonk to his libido libido]] than to the Reich
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