|The Maltese Monkey|
|Episode Number Dvd||01|
|Date First Aired||09/06/1975|
The Maltese Monkey was an episode of The Ghost Busters.
Jake Kong--Forrest Tucker
Tracy the Gorilla--"trained by" Bob Burns
The Rabbit --Billy Barty
Zero--Lou Scheimer (voice)
Two gangsters, Fat Man and the Rabbit (played by Billy Barty) use a crystal ball to summon the ghost of Big Al Caesar, a deceased crime lord, from the great beyond.
The Ghost Busters receive a message from Zero about the gangsters' activities and travel to the old castle where they overhear them planning to steal the Maltese Monkey, a priceless statue. It turns out Big Al and Spenser look exactly the same, right down to their suits, and Big Al switches places with him when the Ghost Busters go to the museum where the statue is kept to keep it safe. Big Al walks right through the vault door and heads back to the castle with the statue. After a series of chases the Ghost Busters use their dematerializer on Big Al, apprehend the other gangsters by knocking them down with a bowling ball, and return the Maltese Monkey to its rightful owners.
- This episode is a parody of the movie (1941 film) | The Maltese Falcon.
- The title of this episode was later used as a Zillion Dollar Adventures segment on the Richie Rich cartoon series in 1982.
- Zero's message is inside a fish.
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