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The Barefoot Executive (1971)

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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Cast

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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
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Farnsworth
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Clifford
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Roger
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Tom
Tom Anfinsen ...
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Network Executive
Edwin Reimers ...
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Advertising Executive
Glenn Dixon ...
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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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...an imp of a chimp is the big brain behind the network's boy wonder! See more »

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Family | Comedy

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17 March 1971 (USA)  »

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The Rating Game  »

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical release for Wally Cox. See more »

Goofs

When Wilbanks and others are watching Steven's apartment, they are using an astronomical telescope and looking directly into the eyepiece. Without an erecting prism the image should be upside-down, but the view we see is a normal image. See more »

Quotes

[a helicopter is approaching the stranded Wilbanks and Mertons]
Mertons: Maybe they're coming to rescue us.
Francis X. Wilbanks: They're not coming to rescue us. That's our news helicopter.
Mertons: You mean our own network is taking pictures of us?
Francis X. Wilbanks: That's exactly what I mean.
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Connections

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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Monkeying Around with an Industry
2 September 2003 | by (Attleboro, MA) – See all my reviews

Nice, safe family comedy featuring a television network, a cute/funny chimp, and a young Kurt Russell in the prime of his Disney phase.

Kurt is a low-level employee with a big television network with high-level ideas. By shear chance, he discovers that his neighbor's pet chimp is able to correctly predict the big ratings winners for each week's programs, and surreptitiously uses the animal to move up within the organization.

The chimp demonstrating his disdain for poor programming (clearly enunciated raspberries, followed by screams of displeasure, and culminating in his throwing some destructive object at the screen) sent me into fits of laughter.

But it also gave me (as a seven year old) an inkling into how the television industry works, and thereby planted the seeds of a life-long interest in the boob tube. And to this day, I am still wondering what the subject matter of "Devil Dan" is, and why it was so much more of a winner program than "The Happy Harringtons"...

Get the kids away from "Nickelodeon" for a couple of hours with this campy treat...


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