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Top Banana (1954)

Top Banana (1954)

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Shot on location in New York City's Winter Garden Theatre, this is essentially a filmed performance of Phil Silver's hit Broadway show in which he plays a moody and egotistical television comic (allegedly patterned after Milton Berle). Trouble begins when the ratings for Jerry Biffle's (Silvers) television show begin to sag. The producer spice up the show by adding sales clerk Sally Peters (Judy Lynn) and handsome young Cliff Lane (Danny Scholl) as love interests. Jerry falls in love with Sally, but Sally is in love with Cliff. The ensuing tension is most problematic for Jerry's every diplomatic personal assistant Vic Davis (Jack Albertson).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gene Towne
On DVD: Feb 27, 1996
United Artists


Phil Silvers
as Jerry Biffle
Rose Marie
as Betty Dillon
Danny Scholl
as Cliff Lane
Judy Lynn
as Sally Peters
Jack Albertson
as Vic Davis
Johnny Coy
as Tommy Phelps
Joey Faye
as Pinky
Brad Hatton
as Mr. Parker
Bradford Hatton
as Mr. Parker
Dick Dana
as Danny
Johnny Trama
as Little Man
Gloria Smith
as Featured Dancer
George Marci
as Featured Dancer
Mara Lynn
as Dancer
Bill Joyce
as Dancer
Dave Gard
as Singer
Pat Welch
as Singer
Ed Whitman
as Singer
Tommy Ryan
as Singer
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Silvers' role is loosely modeled after his good friend Milton Berle.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
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I am a fan of mid-Century content, especially related to New York, so this was interesting to me for its boatload of dated references to everybody and everything from the Essex House to the Jersey tubes to Toot Shors. After that, however, it ran pretty dry for me. I wouldn't recommend going too far out of one's way to see it.

Still it's an excellent showcase of Phil Silvers delivering a bunch of classic Vaudevillian shtick and one-liners. Available on VHS only, pulled from the sole surviving 16mm positive, no resto.

The film was based on an earlier Broadway play and this was subsequently shot on an L.A. sound stage one day with the original cast members, no editing, one take, just as it would have been seen by an audience member sitting in the Winter Garden where it ran.

There's a bit more background available over at Wikipedia. Never DVD released.

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