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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 »

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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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A CHIMP is the CHAMP at picking the top TV shows! 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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Heather North did this after she was done with Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) Second Season. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Roger: I tell you anybody who graduates from the Moonrise night school on Melrose Avenue is certainly not going to make it at the network!
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Features The Shaggy Dog (1959) See more »

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He's Gonna Make It
Written by Bruce Belland & Robert F. Brunner
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So that's who took off "T.J. Hooker"....
27 August 1999 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

A monkey who fills network slots?

Just another executive meeting at the networks, you might think, but this is the beauty of the plot that is "The Barefoot Executive", a movie made when Disney was in its live action glory.

A still-young Russell is a mail boy at one of the big networks who has ideas but the stuffy boss (Flynn) will have none of it. Then, Russell agress to babysit his girfriends' neighbor's pet chimp (probably a '70s thing) who turns out to be a whiz at picking out all the popular shows. One thing leads to another until Russell, playing all the chimp's hunches, finds himself on top of the TV programming world.

It's not Prokofiev but for pure fun this movie is a keeper. How can you dislike a movie that not only has Russell and a cute chimp but also the comedic timing of both Joe Flynn and Wally Cox? Their moments together are pure hilarity. Even "MASH"'s Col. Potter (aka - Harry Morgan) has plenty of good scenes as a blustering head honcho.

For kids and grown-ups who grew up on these movies, there can be no substitutes. "The Barefoot Executive" is monkeying around at its best.

Nine stars. And we'll get through this if we ALL KEEP COOL HEADS!


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