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Top Banana (1954)

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A filmed version of Phil Silvers' hit Broadway show about a television comic who tried to regain his ratings on TV.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jerry Biffle
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Betty Dillon
Danny Scholl ...
Cliff Lane
Judy Lynn ...
Sally Peters
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Vic Davis
Bradford Hatton ...
Mr. Parker
Johnny Coy ...
Tommy Phelps
Dick Dana ...
Danny
Joey Faye ...
Pinky
Johnny Trama ...
Little Man
Herbie Faye ...
Moe
Gloria Smith ...
Featured Dancer
Walter Darewahl ...
Walter (as Walter Dare Wahl)
George Marcy ...
Featured Dancer (as George Marci)
Flash Hogan ...
Singing Dog (as 'Flash' Hogan the Singing Dog)
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A filmed version of Phil Silvers' hit Broadway show about a television comic who tried to regain his ratings on TV.

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22 February 1954 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Broadway production of "Top Banana" opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York on November 1, 1951 and ran for 350 performances. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Biffle: "He's in love" - that's why tenors were born.
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Connections

Referenced in The Muppet Show: Milton Berle (1977) See more »

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Music and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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UGH
13 September 2004 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Previous users have done a great job of commenting on this "film." It's definitely B-grade - a poorly filmed Broadway production. Actually, quite a bit of early-50s television is BETTER than this Vaudeville rehash. TCM plays this every once in a while, and I happened to tape it this afternoon. Although I rarely fast-forward through a film, I couldn't resist it with this bomb. Sure, it is great to see Rose Marie as an early version of "Sally" from "The Dick Van Dyke Show," but that's about all it has going for it.....well, that, and the Johnny Mercer score. I'm really surprised at how low-tech this film appears, in production value, as well as color quality.


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