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The Barefoot Executive (1971)

G  |   |  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 ...
Announcer (as Ed Reimers)
Morgan Farley ...
Advertising Executive
Glenn Dixon ...
Sponsor
Robert Shayne ...
Sponsor
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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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Heather North did this after she was done with Scooby-Doo Where Are You? Second Season. See more »

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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 »

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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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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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He's Gonna Make It
Written by Bruce Belland & Robert F. Brunner
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Silly but kids will like it
13 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Young idealistic Steven Post (Kurt Russell) wants to get ahead in the TV industry but obnoxious boss Francis Wilbanks (Joe Flynn) constantly ignores him. Then Steven's loving girlfriend Jennifer (Heather North) gets a chimp (don't ask) who can predict what TV shows will be hits (!!!). Steve uses the chimp (without telling anyone) and becomes vice-president of a network in no time (just like real life huh?)...but Wilbanks is VERY suspicious of how he knows what shows will be popular.

VERY silly Disney comedy. The humor and slapstick are either stupid and/or predictable, the characters are 1-dimensional and the lines would be laughed off "The Brady Bunch" as being too corny...but the kids will like this. Unlike the G rated movies today there's no crude humor, no violence and no jokes about bodily functions. This basically has good clean (if silly) humor.

I admit most of the movie had me rolling my eyes but I did keep watching. I actually did laugh a few times towards the end (the reactions of a woman being interviewed on the street were very funny) and it was fun seeing Russell and John Ritter so young. Also Flynn has his moments as does Harry Morgan as the president of the network. North is sweet (but not TOO sweet) as Jen and look for Bill Daily at the end. And the chimp was adorable! So it is silly and predictable with a title song that makes you want to cut your ears off...but it's perfect for the kids. I give it a 5.


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