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
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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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$150,000 (estimated)
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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: Any girl who'd go with a tenor will do anything.
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Connections

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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TCM Purees It Too!
28 October 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Turner Classic Movies just aired it this past weekend. I was aware of the show because the cast album is (I think) in release on CD, and was pleasantly suprised to learn of this "rendering" of the property. A joyfully disappointing "non-adaptation".

There are two or three redeeming features of the film. The vaudeville-derived visual-physical comedy is vintage. The "long takes" are engrossing and reminiscent, strangely, of live TV. The polished performances of Silvers and his entourage as they command the stage are as thrilling to watch as vintage Marx Brothers. The portions of the play not ruined by cuts are a great demonstration of the way musicals were engineered for continuous flow, as first pioneered by R & H's "South Pacific" a few years earlier.

Only worth it for aficionados of Silvers, 50s Broadway, and rabid film buffs. Not recommended for general family entertainment; go rent "The Music Man" instead.


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