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The Barefoot Executive(1971)

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The opening credits include the statement "With the co-operation of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences." In June 1967, Variety reported that Walt Disney Productions had bought an original story by Bernie Kahn and Lila Garrett, who were set to write the screenplay. The story was entitled The Rating Game, which was also the film's working title. However, Kahn and Garrett receive onscreen credit for story only, along with Stewart C. Billett.
       During the scene in which "Jennifer Scott" and "Roger" attend a baseball game while "Steven Post" steals a chimpanzee, a split screen shows both actions at once. Although Hollywood Reporter production charts include Richard Roat and Ron Husmann in the cast, their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. A modern source adds the following actors to the cast: Jeffrey Burbank (Homer J. Wilbanks), Hank Jones (Stan), Bruce Rhodewalt (Jason R. Wilbanks), Paul Bradley and Howard Culver.
       The Barefoot Executive marked the feature film debut of John Ritter (1948-2003), son of famed country-and-western singing star Tex Ritter, and perhaps best known for his role as "Jack Tripper" on the late 1970s-early 1980s television series Three's Company. The film also marked the fourth Disney production to feature Kurt Russell, who went on to star in many of the studio's pictures. He had previously appeared in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970, see below), which had the same producer, director and screenwriter as The Barefoot Executive.