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The voices of the show were typical great voices from that era.
- Arnold Stang – Top Cat
- Maurice Gosfield – Benjamin T. “Benny the Ball” Ball, Jr.
- Marvin Kaplan – Choo Choo
- John Stephenson – Fancy Fancy
- Leo De Lyon – The Brain/Spook Avi
- Allen Jenkins – Officer Charles “Charlie” Dibble
|Above: the voice cast of Top Cat|
Top Cat has it’s roots in the Phil Silvers Show. Sgt Ernie Bilko and T.C. are both charismatic schemers, dragging their admiring gang into their plans. The characters are scored almost one for one to the Silvers show. Maurice Gosfield was even in both shows, playing Benny the Ball in TC and Private Doberman on Phil Silvers making an even stronger connection.Of course there’s a Bowery Boys influence as well. Same type of mold, same location, same types of characters.
The show was modeled after the famous Phil Silvers Show. Top Cat’s voice (Arnold Stang) even resembled that of Silver. Always a scam. Always
30 stand-alone episodes in 1961 and 62 and appearances on a few other things.
In the UK there was a brand of cat food called Top Cat, so it was known as Boss Cat there. It was presented in many other languages around the world. For example in Italy, he was Temistocle in Sinhala, he was Pissu Pusa, in spanish he was known as Don Gato and in Finland, Topi Katti. Top Cat’s story was recognized around the world as a common culture character. It shows what masters Hanna and Barbera were. And their work still remains viable today. Ageless.
Here is a clip of the TC opening and closing theme/credits.
He’s the most tip-top TOP CAT
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