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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 »

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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 channel pickin' CHAMP is a CHIMP! See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rating Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical release for Wally Cox. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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TV station gets a hairy helping hand from the animal kingdom
11 August 2001 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

One of the funniest comedies I've seen yet. What made this so was the interplay between Wally Cox and Joe Flynn [one of my favorite comics]. The bit on the building ledge was too much and had me rolling. The bellowing company prez was well played by Harry Morgan, a man I well remember from the early 60's sitcom "Pete & Gladys" where he played the put upon hubby, Pete Porter. John Ritter performed the snobbish, suck-up nephew to the hilt who, of course, gets his just payment in the end. 4 stars.


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