Davy’s Days As the “Artful Dodger”

Magazine: Monkee Spectacular
Editor: Ralph Benner
Volume: 1
Issue: 13
Publisher: Laufer Publishing Co.
Pages: 4–7

The theater world got its first glimpse of a bright new star when Davy Jones opened on Broadway in “Oliver.” Davy was a sensation as the “Dodger.” Just so we could look back and remember some of his early days in New York, Davy loaned us these groovy photos from his personal scrapbook. The year was 1962.

Late this year all of you will be able to see the movie version of Davy’s big stage hit when “Oliver” is released as a fab motion picture in Technicolor featuring all the great songs from the show. Unfortunately, Davy is now too old to play the “Dodger” but in his place is an outasite newcomer named Jack Wild.

Fifteen-year-old Jack Wild inherits Davy’s Dodger role in the screen version of “Oliver.” Just like Davy, Jack doesn’t hail from a theatrical family. His father works in a tire factory, his mother in a butcher shop. They live in a small town outside of London and just a few miles from where “Oliver” was filmed.

Jack’s hobbies consist of playing football, collecting stamps, swimming, and practicing on the drums. He’s saved the money he made in the movie in order to buy an outasite motor-car. Luckily for Jack, he won’t have too much time to wait. Who knows… maybe Jack will become as big a star as Davy!

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