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Release Date:
17 March 1971 (USA) See more »
Tagline: imp of a chimp is the big brain behind the network's boy wonder! See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Excellent work from one of my favorite periods of live-action Disney films See more (14 total) »


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Kurt Russell ... Steven Post

Joe Flynn ... Francis X. Wilbanks

Harry Morgan ... E.J. Crampton

Wally Cox ... Mertons
Heather North ... Jennifer Scott

Alan Hewitt ... Farnsworth

Hayden Rorke ... Clifford

John Ritter ... Roger

Jack Bender ... Tom
Tom Anfinsen ... Dr. Schmidt

George N. Neise ... Network Executive
Edwin Reimers ... Announcer (as Ed Reimers)

Morgan Farley ... Advertising Executive
Glenn Dixon ... Sponsor

Robert Shayne ... Sponsor

Tristram Coffin ... Sponsor (as Tris Coffin)
James B. Douglas ... Network Executive (as J.B. Douglas)

Ed Prentiss ... Harry - Justice Dept. Man
Fabian Dean ... Jackhammer Man

Iris Adrian ... Woman Shopper

Jack Smith ... Clathworthy

Eve Brent ... Mrs. Crampton

Sandra Gould ... Mrs. Wilbanks

James Flavin ... Father O'Leary
Peter Renaday ... Policeman (as Pete Renoudet)

Judson Pratt ... Policeman
Vince Howard ... Policeman

Hal Baylor ... Policeman

Bill Daily ... Navigator

Dave Willock ... Doorman
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ... TV Salesman (as Anthony Teague)

Edward Faulkner ... Reporter
Raffles ... Chimpanzee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leon Alton ... TV Executive (uncredited)

Beulah Bondi ... Granny Kincaid / (film clip 'So Dear to My Heart') (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Bernaducci (uncredited)
Jeffrey Burbank ... Homer J. Wilbanks (uncredited)

Cathy Crosby ... Assistant at TV Awards (uncredited)

Howard Culver ... (uncredited)
Peter Paul Eastman ... TV Executive (uncredited)

Ted Gehring ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
George Golden ... TV Executive (uncredited)

John Harmon ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Hank Jones ... Stan (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... TV Executive (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... TV Executive (uncredited)
Bruce Rhodewalt ... Jason R. Wilbanks (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... TV Executive (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... TV Executive (uncredited)

Ernest Sarracino ... Mr. Bernaducci (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... TV Executive (uncredited)
Chet Stratton ... Harry, TV Executive (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Man at Baseball Game (uncredited)

Herb Vigran ... Fireman (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Butler 
Writing credits
Joseph L. McEveety (screenplay)

Lila Garrett (story) &
Bernie Kahn (story) and
Stewart C. Billett (story)

Produced by
Bill Anderson .... producer
Original Music by
Robert F. Brunner 
Cinematography by
Charles F. Wheeler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Stafford 
Art Direction by
Ed Graves 
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Frank R. McKelvy 
Makeup Department
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Ray Steele .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vivian Thompson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
John D. Bloss .... production manager (uncredited)
Russ Walker .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Schilz .... assistant director
Art Department
John A. Kuri .... leadman (uncredited)
Leon Ocherman .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Wilbur L. Russell .... prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound mixer
Raymond Craddock .... supervising sound effects editor (uncredited)
Leonard Davison .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Frank Regula .... boom man (uncredited)
Bill Wylie .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert A. Mattey .... head special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Eustace Lycett .... optical effects
Alan Maley .... matte artist
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Brooker .... first company grip (uncredited)
Gene Jackson .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Floyd McCarty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harry Sundby .... chief set electrician (uncredited)
Ronald M. Vargas Sr. .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shelby Anderson .... wardrobe designer: "Raffles"
Chuck Keehne .... costumes
Emily Sundby .... costumes
Lynne Albright .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Richard Butz .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Franklyn Marks .... orchestrator
Other crew
Frank Lamping .... handler: "Raffles"
Gabe Essoe .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us] (uncredited)
Dan Novack .... first aid man (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Heather North did this after she was done with "Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" (1969) Second Season.See more »
Continuity: Steven's hair length fluctuates between shots.See more »
Francis X. Wilbanks:Oh, I'm ruined. I'm ruined! What's Crampton gonna say?
[Cuts to Crampton getting dressed while cursing Wilbanks loudly to himself]
E. J. Crampton:You lame brain. You thick-skulled, pin-headed, dim-witted bumbler!
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Excellent work from one of my favorite periods of live-action Disney films, 17 August 2006
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

The Barefoot Executive may appear to just be a light and fluffy 1960s/1970s-style Disney comedy, and it can certainly be enjoyed that way, but you don't have to dig very far below the surface to find a subtly clever satire of the television industry with a very insider feel. Having worked in radio for a while, and having friends and family who do or did work in television, as well as reading a lot of behind the scenes books on television programs, a lot of the jabs at the industry feel spot on.

The humorous premise, probably stemming from a common joke about this, is that a "monkey" (actually a chimpanzee here) could pick a television stations' programming and do just as good or even a better job at it. Screenwriter Joseph McEveety and director Robert Butler get the dynamics between various levels of employees right, including the bigwigs. There are nice, continuing threads of intertwined sycophancy, insular ideas, fears of getting canned or demoted over ratings or general incompetence, and self-righteous assertiveness. Some of those things may be contradictory, but nevertheless they're representative of life within the walls of a broadcast media outlet--and probably many other places of employment as well. To an extent, the personal dynamics aspects of The Barefoot Executive are suggestive of an early version of Office Space (1999). But towards the end of the film, The Barefoot Executive nicely diverges into slightly more absurdist territory.

Raffles, the chimpanzee, is charismatic and impressive. But an unexpected surprise was the scope and chemistry of the cast, which includes veteran character actors and Disney regulars Joe Flynn and Harry Morgan, veteran television actor Wally Cox, the woman who has supplied the voice of Daphne in most of the Scooby-Doo series and animated films since 1970, Heather North, and in one of his first films, John Ritter. Ritter is on fire here. He steals almost every one of his scenes. And that's quite a feat seeing that the star is an engaging Kurt Russell, who had already made a string of very successful films for Disney.

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