Top Cat (1961–1962)
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The $1,000,000 Derby 

Benny gets a new pet: a devoted camera-loving nag. Top Cat tries everything to get rid of the horse, but changes his mind when he sees the horse's shock-induced superior racing abilities.



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Episode credited cast:
Top Cat (voice)
Brain / Spook (voice) (as Leo De Lyon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Gosfield ...
Benny the Ball (voice)
Officer Dibble (voice)
Choo Choo (voice)
Racetrack Announcer (voice)
Fancy / Flitney J.J. Flitney of the Derby committe (voice)


Top Cat discovers that the horse Benny bought for a concession stand to photograph children on a pony runs wild when it hears a whistle (in fact, it ran up a million dollars1 worth of damage inside Macy's!). Attempting to capitalize on the horse's talents, Top Cat poses as Arabian oil king Aly Khat and enters the nag in a million dollar derby, spurring it on by running a screaming ambulance alongside the track. The horse almost wins, but at the last minute vainly stops to smile and pose for the photo finish camera. Written by Anonymous

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14 October 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the race scene, Benny tries to get Arabelle to run faster by imitating bell noises after the bell falls off. However, earlier in, Benny says that Arabelle goes wild over bells and whistles, so Benny could have just whistled and there would not have been a problem. See more »


Top Cat: Before Ali Khat took this stuff he was nobody! Now he's got five hundred dancing girls fighting over him!
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