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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
Alan Hewitt ...
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)
Morgan Farley ...
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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Family | Comedy

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17 March 1971 (USA)  »

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1.75 : 1
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Final theatrical release for Wally Cox. See more »

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Steven's hair length fluctuates between shots. 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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He's Gonna Make It
Written by Bruce Belland & Robert F. Brunner
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So that's who took off "T.J. Hooker"....
27 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A monkey who fills network slots?

Just another executive meeting at the networks, you might think, but this is the beauty of the plot that is "The Barefoot Executive", a movie made when Disney was in its live action glory.

A still-young Russell is a mail boy at one of the big networks who has ideas but the stuffy boss (Flynn) will have none of it. Then, Russell agress to babysit his girfriends' neighbor's pet chimp (probably a '70s thing) who turns out to be a whiz at picking out all the popular shows. One thing leads to another until Russell, playing all the chimp's hunches, finds himself on top of the TV programming world.

It's not Prokofiev but for pure fun this movie is a keeper. How can you dislike a movie that not only has Russell and a cute chimp but also the comedic timing of both Joe Flynn and Wally Cox? Their moments together are pure hilarity. Even "MASH"'s Col. Potter (aka - Harry Morgan) has plenty of good scenes as a blustering head honcho.

For kids and grown-ups who grew up on these movies, there can be no substitutes. "The Barefoot Executive" is monkeying around at its best.

Nine stars. And we'll get through this if we ALL KEEP COOL HEADS!


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