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27 September 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats, always trying to cheat someone. Full summary »
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Classic cartoon from the days when they really cared. See more (18 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 10)
Leo DeLyon ... Spook / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)

Allen Jenkins ... Officer Charlie Dibble / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)

Arnold Stang ... Top Cat (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Maurice Gosfield ... Benny the Ball (30 episodes, 1961-1962)

Marvin Kaplan ... Choo Choo / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Stephenson ... Fancy-Fancy / ... (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
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Series Directed by
Joseph Barbera (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
William Hanna (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Writing credits
Barry E. Blitzer (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
Tony Benedict (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Joanna Lee (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Larry Markes (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
R.S. Allen (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Harvey Bullock (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Kin Platt (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Michael Maltese (3 episodes, 1961)

Series Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alan Dinehart .... associate producer (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
William Hanna .... producer (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Original Music by
Hoyt Curtin (12 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Film Editing by
Warner E. Leighton (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Greg Watson (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Production Management
Howard Hanson .... production supervisor (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Flekal .... camera operator (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frank Paiker .... camera operator (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Norman Stainback .... camera operator (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Roy Wade .... camera operator (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Animation Department
Charles A. Nichols .... animation director (30 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack Huber .... layout artist (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Dan Noonan .... layout artist (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard Bickenbach .... layout artist (22 episodes, 1961-1962)
Neenah Maxwell .... background artist (22 episodes, 1961-1962)
Walt Clinton .... layout artist (21 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Gentle .... background artist (20 episodes, 1961-1962)
Art Lozzi .... background artist (19 episodes, 1961-1962)
Fernando Montealegre .... background artist (19 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard H. Thomas .... background artist (18 episodes, 1961-1962)
Anthony Rizzo .... background artist (17 episodes, 1961-1962)
Kenneth Muse .... animator (13 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jerry Hathcock .... animator (10 episodes, 1961-1962)
Carlo Vinci .... animator (9 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ed Love .... animator (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
Edwin Aardal .... animator (7 episodes, 1961-1962)
George Goepper .... animator (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Harry Holt .... animator (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Irven Spence .... animator (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Tony Love .... animator (3 episodes, 1962)
Dick Lundy .... animator (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Don Williams .... animator (2 episodes, 1961-1962)

Ray Patterson .... animator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Hoyt Curtin .... musical director / composer: stock music (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Other crew
Lawrence Goble .... titles (23 episodes, 1961-1962)
Lewis Marshall .... story director (22 episodes, 1961-1962)
Paul Sommer .... story director (20 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alex Lovy .... story director (19 episodes, 1961-1962)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (30 episodes)
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Color | Black and White (original broadcasts)
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Trivia:
The show was a parody of "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955), with Arnold Stang imitating Sgt Bilko's voice for the character of Top Cat. Benny the Ball was voiced by Maurice Gosfield who played Pvt Duane Doberman in The Phil Silvers Show. Benny and Pvt Doberman both shared the same demeanor and rotund appearance.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the opening title song "Top Cat" (seen in every episode) the waiter should be shown in front of the lunch box on the table. His torso is behind the box until Top Cat jumps up and runs for the taxi. At that point the waiter "pops" fully in front of the lunch box. This was related by Arnold Stang on the DVD commentary and he was very annoyed (even years later!) that the studio would let such an error occur every week.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Zimbach:[admiring a contemporary painting] This man has artistic temperament, like Van Gogh. You know, the painter who cut off his ear and sent it to his girlfriend.
Top Cat:Oh, yeah, to ask her why he hadn't heard from her.
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Classic cartoon from the days when they really cared., 26 February 2004
Author: mike robson from cramlington u.k.

Based on "The Phil Silvers show",this cartoon translates army capers into the adventures of a bunch of cats in a rundown New York alley.They are led by Top Cat,a conniver who could even teach Bilko a thing or two!Their nemesis and sometime victim is policeman Charlie Dibble.Each of the cats has his own very distinct character.I especially like Spook with his beatnik "hep cat" language. The show is full of humor,wit and charm.The voice actors are superb-including Bilko regular Maurice Gosfield("Benny").Fortunately Hanna-Barbera haven't revived the show;the result would undoubtedly be of much lower standard than the 30 original gems from 1961-2

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Anyone else think that Choo Choo's voice sounds a bit ....... guiltyrain
I named my cat Chooch ... EJF
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