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Top Cat 

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Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats, always trying to cheat someone.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Leo DeLyon ...  Spook / ... 30 episodes, 1961-1962
Allen Jenkins ...  Officer Dibble 30 episodes, 1961-1962
Arnold Stang ...  Top Cat 30 episodes, 1961-1962
Maurice Gosfield Maurice Gosfield ...  Benny the Ball 30 episodes, 1961-1962
Marvin Kaplan ...  Choo Choo / ... 30 episodes, 1961-1962
John Stephenson ...  Fancy-Fancy / ... 30 episodes, 1961-1962
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Storyline

Set in the Alleys of New York, "Top Cat" tells the story of a gang of low-life cats with their charismatic Leader, Top Cat. With ability and mischief, Top Cat will always try to get rich gambling, to eat for free, or to play jokes on someone, but he is always being watched by Officer Dibble, who is very strict and fierce with them, but in fact is a friend to all of them. Written by Tato

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He's the most tip-top!


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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Gato See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color | Black and White (original broadcasts)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the success of the show and the nostalgia for the characters in other countries, there's a recent movie made in Mexico trying to recover the essence of the original show. See more »

Goofs

In the opening title song "Top Cat" (seen in every episode) the waiter should be shown in front of the lunch box on the table. His torso is behind the box until Top Cat jumps up and runs for the taxi. At that point the waiter "pops" fully in front of the lunch box. This was related by Arnold Stang on the DVD commentary and he was very annoyed (even years later!) that the studio would let such an error occur every week. See more »

Quotes

Professor Zimbach: [admiring a contemporary painting] This man has artistic temperament, like Van Gogh. You know, the painter who cut off his ear and sent it to his girlfriend.
Top Cat: Oh, yeah, to ask her why he hadn't heard from her.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature Top Cat returning to his alley and going to bed. The series title also appears on a billboard above the alley. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Mexico's Spanish dubbed version the name of characters was changed to:
  • Don Gato (Top Cat)
  • Benito B. Bodoque y B. (Benny the Ball)
  • Panza (Fancy-Fancy)
  • Demóstenes (The Brain)
  • Cucho (Choo-Choo)
  • Espanto (Spook)
  • Agente Carlitos Matute (Officer Dibble)
  • Also the voice of Benito B. Bodoque y B. sound like a child and every cat had an accent in voice of some different Mexican regions.
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Featured in 100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) See more »

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Ahead of its time
20 April 2001 | by pireSee all my reviews

This is a jewel of a show: fun, clean, sometimes even very clever. Why was this show so short running? Maybe it was ahead of its time. As not as cynic as more recent cats (like Garfield), Top Cat has its dose of pinching quotes and memorable, clever one-liners, as the 'hobo-like' background puts the acid dose to the series. The show is maybe naive for the 90's and beyond, but in the innocence of the early 60's it had punch and spice, maybe 20 years before its time.


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