Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote 'Em

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart penned some of the Monkees’ biggest tunes—”Last Train to Clarksville,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” the TV show’s “hey-hey” theme song—and later scored a few hits as a performing duo themselves (“I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight”) before shuffling off to Vegas for an act with Zsa Zsa Gabor and finally calling it quits in the early 70s. The exuberant Boyce died by his own hand in 1994, leaving his more reserved partner to supply the affable (if none-too-revealing) voice-over narration for this colorful survey of their creative collaboration. A few more witnesses contribute their own voice-over reminiscences to the treasure trove of performance clips, including Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith; the documentary is most interesting for its insider’s view of the various producers and songwriters who fought for a piece of the Monkees pie. Rachel Lichtman directed.