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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
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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
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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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The Network BUNCH Goes BANANAS! 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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Final theatrical release for Wally Cox. See more »

Goofs

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: I tell you anybody who graduates from the Moonrise night school on Melrose Avenue is certainly not going to make it at the network!
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He's Gonna Make It
Written by Bruce Belland & Robert F. Brunner
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Chimp's Choices
5 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I could never give a truly bad review to a film with as talented a cast as this one. One of the things I liked about the Walt Disney Studios is that they gave employment to a lot of familiar faces from the big studio era when they were finding it hard to get work. But this was not one of the better efforts from the Magic Kingdom.

Disney's All American hero in films at this time was Kurt Russell who plays a kid who is a mail delivery clerk at the UBC network by day and a night school student looking to better himself. By accident he discovers that the chimpanzee his girlfriend Heather North has can pick winning television shows. His taste mirrors that of the American public which is a proposition a lot might agree with.

Russell is promoted to a Vice Presidency in charge of programming keeping the chimp's participation a closely guarded secret. But a whole lot of vested interests want to find out. They stop at nothing as you will see.

Some might call this film cute and innocuous as most of the Russell Disney flicks were, but I think The Barefoot Executive is the worst of what he did for that studio. To me the whole thing was so dopey and even a cast that has Harry Morgan, Wally Cox, Alan Hewitt, Joe Flynn, and Iris Adrian in it can't sell this one. I will say that Adrian has only a small bit, but it is memorable.

John Ritter is also in The Barefoot Executive playing a role that might have led him to be cast as Jack Tripper in Three's Company. Maybe the film did his career some good.

I'd see The Barefoot Executive should be seen for the marvelous cast, but I think you'll agree with me when you see how silly it is.


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