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The Barefoot Executive (1971)

The Barefoot Executive (1971)

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In this Disney spoof of the TV business, Kurt Russell plays a page boy at a bottom-rated TV network. Stuck with his girlfriend's pet chimp, Russell discovers that the chimp has a gift for picking hit TV series. Appointed head of programming, Russell keeps the chimp's talent a secret.

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Cast

Kurt Russell
as Steven Post
Joe Flynn
as Francis X. Wilbanks
Harry Morgan
as E.J. Crampton
Wally Cox
as Mertons
Heather North
as Jennifer Scott
Alan Hewitt
as Farnsworth
Hayden Rourke
as Clifford
Hayden Rorke
as Clifford
Tom Anfinsen
as Dr. Schmidt
George N. Neise
as Network Executive
Morgan Farley
as Advertising Executive
Glenn Dixon
as Sponsor
Ed Reimers
as Announcer
J.B. Douglas
as Network Executive
Ed Prentiss
as Justice Department
Fabian Dean
as Jackhammer Man
Iris Adrian
as Woman Shopper
Jack Smith
as Clatworthy
Eve Brent Ashe
as Mrs. Crampton
Sandra Gould
as Mrs. Wilbanks
James Flavin
as Father O'Leary
Peter Renaday
as Policeman
Judson Pratt
as Policeman
Vince Howard
as Policeman
Hal Baylor
as Policeman
Bill Daily
as Navigator
Dave Willock
as Doorman
Anthony Teague
as TV Salesman
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Critic Reviews for The Barefoot Executive

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

In this genial but strained and arch frolic, the one real joke is not only "in" but it wears thin and even frantic.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

This is a very funny satire of television.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
TV Guide

A trenchant satire on corporate greed . . . oh, not really. Funny, silly chimp movie.

September 23, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for The Barefoot Executive

Great premise - which I'm tempted to believe is based on real events. A great supporting cast which wasn't used to potential.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

*** (out of four) Fun and charming Disney comedy with Kurt Russell as a mailroom worker at a failing television network. But he soon catches the eye of executives when his chimp is able to predict what television show will be a hit.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Come on Disney, we want more of the chimp. Kurt Russell is good and all, especially in his monologue about pepperoni pizza, and Henry Morgan is a given, but it's all a little too safe. It is fun to see young Russell and Ritter though.

J M
J M

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