Long before the TV show . . .

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Posted by Donn on December 23, 2000 at 10:02:36:

Hello Folks,

The first reference to the Gold Monkey legend that I ever remember seeing was a print ad campaign that ran in certain magazines (Playboy was one) during the mid to late 1960s. The product being advertised was a liquer (Kalua?) and the ad text made reference to the legend of the gold monkey which (according to the ad) circulated in the Pacific islands in the days before World War II.

I have often wondered what was the original source of the legend? Was it in a book? I was once told that it originated in one of the Mr. Moto novels written by Marquand between the mid-1920s and the early-1940s. I've read as many of them as I could find and never saw any reference to this legend.

After finding this wonderful website and lurking for awhile, I thought I might post this question to the members of this BBS. Any ideas?


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