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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)
Benjie Bancroft ... Reporter (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)

James Gonzalez ... TV Executive (uncredited)

John Harmon ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Robert Hitchcock ... TV Executive (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Waiter (uncredited)

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

Hank Robinson ... TV Executive (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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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Final theatrical release for Wally Cox.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
[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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
So that's who took off "T.J. Hooker"...., 27 August 1999
Author: Mister-6 from United States

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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