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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 »


Robert Butler


Joseph L. McEveety (screenplay), Lila Garrett (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Tom Anfinsen ... Dr. Schmidt
George N. Neise ... Network Executive
Edwin Reimers Edwin Reimers ... Announcer (as Ed Reimers)
Morgan Farley ... Advertising Executive
Glenn Dixon Glenn Dixon ... Sponsor
Robert Shayne ... Sponsor


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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The Network BUNCH Goes BANANAS! See more »


Family | Comedy


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Final theatrical release for Wally Cox. See more »


When Wilbanks and Mertons are on the ledge high up outside the building, at one point Mertons falls over backwards and hangs upside-down, but his hat - which is shown to fit loosely on his head - does not fall off. See more »


News Broadcaster: We interrupt to bring you a special newscast of a sensational suicide try on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Crampton: Oh, isn't it sad how many nuts are running around loose today?
E. J. Crampton: It certainly is, sweetheart.
News Broadcaster: Our special UBC helicopter enables us to bring you an exclusive close-up view of the pair attempting suicide. These pictures, live from the scene.
E. J. Crampton: There you are. Another first for UBC.
[a closeup from the news helicopter reveals the stranded Wilbanks and Mertons]
E. J. Crampton: [Stands up] Oh, no!
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Monkeying Around with an Industry
2 September 2003 | by koconnor-1See all my reviews

Nice, safe family comedy featuring a television network, a cute/funny chimp, and a young Kurt Russell in the prime of his Disney phase.

Kurt is a low-level employee with a big television network with high-level ideas. By shear chance, he discovers that his neighbor's pet chimp is able to correctly predict the big ratings winners for each week's programs, and surreptitiously uses the animal to move up within the organization.

The chimp demonstrating his disdain for poor programming (clearly enunciated raspberries, followed by screams of displeasure, and culminating in his throwing some destructive object at the screen) sent me into fits of laughter.

But it also gave me (as a seven year old) an inkling into how the television industry works, and thereby planted the seeds of a life-long interest in the boob tube. And to this day, I am still wondering what the subject matter of "Devil Dan" is, and why it was so much more of a winner program than "The Happy Harringtons"...

Get the kids away from "Nickelodeon" for a couple of hours with this campy treat...

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17 March 1971 (USA) See more »

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The Rating Game See more »

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Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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