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The Barefoot Executive (1971)

 -  Family | Comedy  -  17 March 1971 (USA)
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A young man who works in the mailroom at a TV network wants to move up the corporate ladder but finds himself stymied by his selfish boss. By chance he discovers that his neighbor's ... See full summary »

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Steven Post
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Francis X. Wilbanks
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E.J. Crampton
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Mertons
Heather North ...
Jennifer Scott
Alan Hewitt ...
Farnsworth
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Clifford
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Roger
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Tom
Tom Anfinsen ...
George N. Neise ...
Network Executive
Edwin Reimers ...
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Morgan Farley ...
Advertising Executive
Glenn Dixon ...
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Robert Shayne ...
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A young man who works in the mailroom at a TV network wants to move up the corporate ladder but finds himself stymied by his selfish boss. By chance he discovers that his neighbor's chimpanzee has a knack for picking successful TV programs. He uses the chimp's programming skills to land himself a job in the programming department of the network. Written by Anonymous

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Final theatrical release for Wally Cox. See more »

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When Wilbanks and Mertons are on the ledge high up outside the building, at one point Mertons falls over backwards and hangs upside-down, but his hat - which is shown to fit loosely on his head - does not fall off. See more »

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Roger: Let me tell you something. Anybody who graduates from Melrose Avenue certainly won't make it at the network.
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Remade as The Barefoot Executive (1995) See more »

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He's Gonna Make It
Written by Bruce Belland & Robert F. Brunner
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An Unusual Disney Film
28 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I think most of us know what is a Disney film. It is for all the family to enjoy, often taken from a classic story. Don't get me wrong. I love Disney films. Apart from Dick Van Dyke's goddawful accent in Mary Poppins, Disney films are characterised by quality and attention to detail. But a film that launches an attack on the entertainment industry and corporate America, now that is unusual for Disney.

The basic plot has been dealt with by other reviewers. It is interesting that corporate America's first reaction to the chimp was first disbelief, then abduction. Was it just coincidence, or was it deliberate, that all the business executives in this film - all the bad guys - wear spectacles that look like goggles?

Fascinating was the use of the adjective "simple", when an executive says to his chauffeur: "Will you stop that simple wheezing!" I liked it so much, I started using it myself.

This is one of Disney's forgotten films, true it will never be as spectacular as Lady and the Tramp or Mary Poppins, but it deserves a watch now and again.


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