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Top Banana (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 February 1954 (USA)
A filmed version of Phil Silvers' hit Broadway show about a television comic who tried to regain his ratings on TV.

Directors:

Alfred E. Green, Albert Zugsmith (uncredited)

Writer:

Gene Towne
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phil Silvers ... Jerry Biffle
Rose Marie ... Betty Dillon
Danny Scholl Danny Scholl ... Cliff Lane
Judy Lynn Judy Lynn ... Sally Peters
Jack Albertson ... Vic Davis
Bradford Hatton ... Mr. Parker
Johnny Coy Johnny Coy ... Tommy Phelps
Dick Dana Dick Dana ... Danny
Joey Faye Joey Faye ... Pinky
Johnny Trama Johnny Trama ... Little Man
Herbie Faye ... Moe
Gloria Smith Gloria Smith ... Featured Dancer
Walter Darewahl Walter Darewahl ... Walter (as Walter Dare Wahl)
George Marcy ... Featured Dancer (as George Marci)
Flash Hogan Flash Hogan ... Singing Dog (as 'Flash' Hogan the Singing Dog)
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A filmed version of Phil Silvers' hit Broadway show about a television comic who tried to regain his ratings on TV.

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For the First Time in Movie History...A Big Hit Musical Comedy Filmed Exactly As It Appeared on the New York Stage!! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1954 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Roadshow Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director Alfred E. Green. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Biffle: Any girl who'd go with a tenor will do anything.
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Connections

Referenced in The Muppet Show: Milton Berle (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Elevator Song
Music and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Appreciating The Movie
26 February 2003 | by filmkrSee all my reviews

I believe the only current way to truely appreciate this movie is to get the soundtrack of the stage play on disc or CD and listen to it. It will certainly fill in a lot of the gaps and lessen the confusion when the VHS video is viewed. Somewhere I read that "A Word A Day" was never filmed; too bad, as it's a great number. Based on the soundtrack, which has surprisingly good fidelity (especially after listening to the video), one can envision the play, and possibly uncut movie, as having been very enjoyable. So after watching the video, close your eyes and listen to all the outstanding musical numbers on the soundtrack and envision the stage play as it was and movie as it should have been. Let's hope an full length print someday surfaces.


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