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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 ...
Announcer (as Ed 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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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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Heather North did this after she was done with Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) Second Season. 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 »

Quotes

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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Features Yellowstone Cubs (1963) See more »

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He's Gonna Make It
Written by Bruce Belland & Robert F. Brunner
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More Than Simple Humor
10 July 2004 | by (CA) – See all my reviews

Although not part of the Dexter Riley series (in fact made just after the first one), it carries Russell where Dexter might have gone after college. The same type of humor skims the surface of this movie but, it is the biting satire that is it's heart. Playing to the pretentious attitudes of people who cater to each other more than their clients, in this case the TV audience, they are completely stumped when an outsider successfully predicts the new favorite shows. But Russell holds a secret that would completely demoralize everyone in charge. Never mind a young mail clerk seems smarter than seasoned pros, but what about a monkey!

This movie showed a maturity the Riley series never did, although the concept of a bunch of college slackers was ahead of it's time, and stood out from the rest of the Disney fare at that time. Well worth viewing as it shows Russell at the beginning of his adult career. His comedic timing and relaxed, natural acting talent are quite evident here.


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