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Top Banana (1954)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  22 February 1954 (USA)
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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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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 ...
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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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$150,000 (estimated)
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Originally shot and edited in 3-D, the idea of this film was to for the audience to experience a major Broadway show in the best seat in the house for the price of a movie ticket. Unfortunately, the film was released flat when the 3-D craze ended and no longer exists in that format. Two versions of the film exist, one with extended scenes and longer numbers. The current broadcast version is the truncated version. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Biffle: Any girl who'd go with a tenor will do anything.
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Referenced in The Muppet Show: Milton Berle (1977) See more »

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You're O.K. for TV
Music and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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To Eschew Reality
17 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I imagine that Top Banana was a Broadway show that was difficult to adapt to the big screen. The producers decided to eschew reality and settle for a photographed stage play. Not unlike the early musicals made when the talkies arrived. Guys And Dolls did that also, but it was a much better show.

Fans who liked old time burlesque flocked to see Top Banana on Broadway which ran for 350 performances. Phil Silvers, Rose Marie, Jack Albertson and a whole bunch of the cast repeated their roles. For all the other talent Top Banana is essentially a showcase for Phil Silvers. You'd better be a big fan of his otherwise you will not enjoy this film.

Silvers was a guy who scored his biggest success on the small screen as Sergeant Ernie Bilko. For me he's fine in small doses, but I've often wondered what he was like in private life, was he always 'on' as he is here.

The plot such as it is has Silvers unwittingly playing cupid for the singer in his show Danny Scholl with Judy Lynn whom he likes. In the meantime Rose Marie likes Silvers, but he can't see her. Do I need to go any further.

Johnny Mercer one of the most talented men of music ever, mostly wrote lyrics to other's melodies, but occasionally did music as well. Here he wrote the music and lyrics for the whole score, but you'll find nothing here that especially stands out.

For fans of Phil Silvers and others curious to see what his comedy style was about this film is recommended.


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