Going through an old suit of clothes, The Kingfish (Tim Moore) finds part of an advertisement that reads "Best in Town - Free." He is intrigued and calls the phone number included in the ad... See full synopsis »

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Alvin Childress ...
Spencer Williams ...
Andy (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Tim Moore ...
Ernestine Wade ...
Johnny Lee ...
Nick Stewart ...
Lightnin' (as Nick O'Demus)
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Going through an old suit of clothes, The Kingfish (Tim Moore) finds part of an advertisement that reads "Best in Town - Free." He is intrigued and calls the phone number included in the ad... See full synopsis »

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30 August 1951 (USA)  »

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Sapphire is reading from the July 17th 1951 issue of LOOK Magazine. The cover shows Five different dancing stars from MGM. See more »

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When the Kingfish exits The Elite Restaurant, the hole in the large menu board that Sapphire has smashed over his head onto his shoulders has a jagged outline that extends down to the bottom-lettering of the board. In the next shot, as he's running down the sidewalk, the hole is smaller, and its outline is no longer jagged. See more »

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George 'Kingfish' Stevens: What's goin' on here?
Sapphire Stevens: If it's anything to you, I'm cleaning the house. What do you think I'm doin' with this broom?
George 'Kingfish' Stevens: Well, from that outfit and the looks of you, I thought you were gonna ride the thing.
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What a great sitcom.
29 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the funniest episodes in the history of television sitcoms. Everybody in the cast was wonderful and what's even better, there was absolutely nothing racist about the skit. Nothing. It was pure comedy, meant to make one laugh. Tim Moore was brilliant as the Kingfish. The Kingfish is without a doubt the funniest and most wonderful character ever shown on television. And Ernestine Wade, who played Sapphire, was equally marvelous. What great comic performers, really talented. Now, the Kingfish is funny not because he is black but because of the nature of the character. It must be pointed out that African-Americans are shown as judges, lawyers, business people and professionals in almost every episode and that the character of the Kingfish transcends race; he is just a guy who is the victim of misunderstandings, most of which are of his own making, which is why the show was so funny. The Kingfish could be anybody. It's unfortunate that A & A was canceled because it was a wonderful show, and this particular episode proves.


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