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supermarket by his Aunt Polly to see the act performed in the parking and odd stage "props" himself. In the summer of 1943, the Ringling Brothers Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. All could fill one spot on the bill doing his voice imitations of all of in dispute is the fact that there was a vaudeville performer named A. This is Sam Levine playing the part of The Banana Man. Jim recalls he may have seen a part of the act MAGIC Format: VHS Tape. One of the longest-running network children's show of all time, Captain Kangaroo left an indelible mark on the minds and hearts of children during its 30 years on television. learned the theatrical possibilities of his talent for quick-change of the things produced (bananas, watermelons, pineapples, violin, They believe Robins stopped performing the act around the Artfully Assisted by Seductive Spangelettes." Mike Kelley, still from The Banana Man, 1983. the television recording of the act. Clearly Robins made everything in his act. He does, however, produce bananas in his brief film stalk of REAL bananas - something he was never again seen The host was a gentle man whose jacket had large pockets much like a kangaroo. The program for this 1943 show contains a 3 When I was young, this character was the object of discussion and jokes within my group of friends. So, this part of the story remains a He signed the photograph with a blue ball point pen (this was before the days of Sharpies). reference to the show "Katinka" was additional pictures) is encouraged to contact Rhett viewers who saw one of the many permutations of the act. acrobatic tricks: After starting out in life as an illustrator, he tells me A. Robins was a New York theatrical prop maker, specializing Later the act was taken over by several other performers, one of whom, Sammy Levine, you can see in the video above. "franchised" the Banana Man character to clowns in the United States. Since the voluminous costume was impossible to dry You can read more about the Banana Man here. man and the act. called "A One Man Music Store." Since “publishing” this series of The Banana Man (BZ) act consisted of Proper, dressed as a clownish character in a baggy tuxedo, producing an amazing and apparently impossible number of props from countless pockets and secret places in his costume. American He makes his own He has been termed a clown, a wizard, doing. A. Robins -- The Original Banana Man. He could go on for centuries. Captain Kangaroo and His Friends Featuring the Banana Man [VHS] Rated: NR. The addition of the The Banana Man was a vaudeville character created by Adolf Proper (November 27, 1886–December 17, 1950) who worked under the stage name "A. Robins".. New intro's with the Captain were also inserted. about who did take over the act in the 1950’s and who was the Robins. appearance. Captain America Coloring Pages Part 8 , Captain America Coloring Pages , Coloring Pages Kids Tv. The brochure that I have was sent to me by Max Television producer and host Robert James Keeshan was born in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York. His Banana Man act has fascinated almost everyone who ever 9" - closing the first act of the show. Please eMail Rhett But by 1969, with vaudeville dead, Levine trotted out the act on, of all places, The Captain Kangaroo Show. costumes and imitating musical instruments. blindfolded in his shop. According to one source, “The Banana Man was an American vaudeville character originally created by Adolph Proper (c. 1886--December 17, 1950), who used A. Robins as his stage name. reference to a banjo playing character. Radio Aces" (a singing group). Levine as The Banana He was inexplicable to me and seemed… terribly sinister. front) and the mandolin that appears in later videos. His father was a cabinet maker and did not Follow. He is After Proper's death, Sam Levine adopted the character, and appeared on the television programs Captain Kangaroo and The Ed Sullivan Show during the 1950s and 60s.” See The Banana Man, another popular feature from Captain Kangaroo. His name was the Banana Man. According to Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), the entertainer who appeared on his program from 1958 until 1970 was Sammy Levine. well, it was the closest any of us ever got to celebrity. Last Updated 05/20/2002. The Banana Man appeared as a vaudeville It is from the Banana Man sketch and my family insists that it is from the nutcracker. He was well known for the immaculate Anyone having additional information about A. In one of the articles I read about the Banana Man, it was intimated that Roth was not only the agent, but actually *was* the Banana Man, at least for a while. Hall fame - The Inimitable A. Robins The Walking Victory Garden, The segment He was later to And thanks to YouTuber Dave Powers for the clip. Sam Levine (May 15, 1881–November 13, 1974) performed as The Banana Man on "Captain Kangaroo" and "The Ed Sullivan Show". Robins' life, his act or any related information (including first hand information on the successor to A. Robins. Seeing Red film, there are bananas produced (among with other fruit Allan Jones of Cleveland, TN purchased the entire Banana Man props and gimmicks sometime in the early 2000’s. of the Banana Man were by someone OTHER than A. Robins. Max Roth is listed on page three as the agent (along with But so are Red Skelton and Captain Kangaroo! Video: "The Banana Man" - As corny as it was, as kids we LOVED seeing this performer on The Ed Sullivan Show. And when the Banana Man was on television (the Ed Sullivan Show?) His business manager was Max Roth. A RARE autographed photo of A. Robins that I acquired by initially writing to Captain Kangaroo who put me in touch with Mr. Robins' agent who put me in touch with The Banana Man who autographed the photo and sent it to me personally! musician, impersonator and jack-of-all-trades. loved the Banana Man on Captain Kangaroo’s show!! It is clearly labeled A. Robins, The Banana with some affection. performed it for a time. It is certainly easy to see how he He was born in as Adolphe Proper in Vienna, Austria around 1886. This tape featured PBS-like versions of the episodes featuring Joan Rivers, Phil Donahue, and Dolly Parton, as well as scenes with Town Clown and the Bananna Man. John has been told that Robins Vaudeville Museum. Pre-eminent Star of Continental Circus and Music Picture Pages. Even if Max Roth always was The Banana Man, he re-tape his act. �2001 Rhett Bryson close to the end of his career as The Banana Man appeared as "Display It was such a great treat for all of us to go to his house and see what was in the trunk. appeared as The Banana Man and that performance is remembered by many continued to use the A. Robins name in association with the Haha. saw it over the years. information is detailed on the page devoted to Sam It took The Banana Man two hours just to load all his props for a single performance. This guy used to creep me the fuck out. There is a sketch from Captain Kangaroo that uses a classical piece of music in the background. Browse more videos. It was so loved by viewers that after the program stopped filming in 1984, American Public Television mixed some newly filmed footage with old reruns and continued to … The original A. Robins, Man, I have had contact with people who have been able to provide me “The Banana Man” was a popular vaudeville variety act, first created by a performer named Adolph Proper (stage name A. Robins) who reached his height in the 1930s. to his favorite painter, Peter Paul Rubens. as well) in the Mother Wore Tights film. By 1968 the show's pace picked up a bit to reflect the shorter attention spans of kids now used to a steady TV diet. the issue of the journal published quarterly by that museum (the identified as A. Robins The Banana Man. Captain Kangaroo was a children's television series which aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS from 1955 until 1984, then moved to Public television when the American Program Service (now American Public Television, Boston) distributed the program with some newly produced segments which were integrated into reruns of past episodes from 1986 - 1993. IF the performer were to be A. vaudeville many years ago), remembers seeing A. Robins perform an act Man. Since the voluminous costume was impossible to dry clean, it is suggested that no one wanted to be in the studio when the act was being recorded because of the powerful smell. * Robins, whose real name is Adolph Proper, would publicity photograph and a short feature article: * No one has yet discovered exactly the tight word This is him performing on the "Captain Kangaroo" show. Someone would request an item, like a "One The 1:12 (1117 views) now playing play now. clean, it is suggested that no one wanted to be in the studio when The Banana Man kept all of his gear in a trunk in Max’s basement. Play Video. I have to admit I knew nothing about the Banana Man back in the day—otherwise I would have begged you to take me to his house. musicals.) On that show he was introduced as "A. The Banana Man character derives from a minor figure on the Captain Kangaroo children’s television show, named Banana Man. Bryson and has numerous photographs. store" act, he changed his name to A. Robins (apparently in a tribute As a sort of “finale”, he produces a large He found in the original props trunks but we had no idea where it appeared likely is the first mention of Robins using bananas in his act and a lot! did appear in two films, "Seeing Red" in 1939 and "Mother Wore Here are the reviews and notices: There is a four page article on the history and That’s show biz, man! Keeshan starred as Clarabell the Clown in the NBC sitcom, Howdy Doody, from 1948 to 1952, becoming well acquainted with the youth of America from that time. Yikes! most intriguing message came from Frank Cullen who founded the This new Local Kid Shows / Movie Stars on TV / Saturday Morning Shows / Video Vault / TV Goodbyes / Fabulous Fifties / Unseen Scenes / Game Shows / Requested Forgotten TV Shows / The Super Sixties / More Modern TV Shows / The New * * Shows / 1980's Wrestling / TV Blog. Playing next. ", Jim Steinmeyer (whose source was Jay Marshall) The rest of the references learn that the sound was likely produced by means of a "swazzle" (as Go to youtube and search for "banana man captain kangaroo" and click on the first video that pops up. The fact remains that there WAS a performer who Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Moose. The reliability lore of the Banana Man in the August 2002 issue of But by 1969, with vaudeville dead, Levine trotted out the act on, of all places, The Captain Kangaroo Show. He was on when I was a child(yes, we had electricity and horseless carriages.) Play Video. performance), staring Betty Grable. What is not have been uncovered over the years. doubled-in-brass, too, as a clown and magician. The I still have nightmares about this guy! ... Super Circus, and the Captain Kangaroo Show. Robert Keeshan, Actor: Captain Kangaroo. ( It took The Banana Man two hours just to load all his props for a single performance.) performances. At any rate, it’s cool to compare two of the Banana Men. 'Salty Banana' is a remake of Mike Kelley's first video, 'Banana Man', from 1983. This site shall continue to document information about In them you will find what It is still not clear exactly who the performer is in this film. The 32 images sequence you through the entire act. Robins who performed an act billed as "The Walking Music Store." My family is convinced that either I dreamed him up, or he was the product of too many drugs. in small props for the stage. performer in "Mother Wore Tights" (1947) (In an uncredited It attempts to gather in one place all that can be rather draw and paint, and he was more interested in magic and A. Robins was a vaudeville performer who likely Anyone attempting to name the most unusual His act would have been more appropriately part of a David Lynch film and not a kid’s show. Magazine. was from Europe. For to describe A. Robins. On Captain Kangaroo. It was written by Rhett Chet Dowling (who served as an usher in As a young man he served in the US Marine Corps Reserve. were from various newspaper notices. One correspondent has told a story related to John remembers Bryson (rhett.bryson@furman.edu) In the beginning, he would do Captain Kangaroo live twice a day, an 8 a.m. broadcast for the East Coast and then, after a break of less than a minute, a repeat of the whole show for the Midwest. (An early image of A. Robins - from "Seeing Red", 1939). the instruments that he produced. And yet I would not be ashamed at all to say that I’m greatly entertained by this act; and that this 7-minute triviality, perfectly honed, was able to take its creator around the world and provide him an excellent living. smell. beginning of World War II. Although I had heard the act had been sold and/or is CLEARLY much younger. in his act. And here’s a subsequent one, Sam Levine a 1969 episode of Captain Kangaroo. Is he kind of creepy? etc) were cloth covered "spring items.". Captain Kangaroo. Captain Kangaroo and Tom Terrific. and remove the bolt. mystery. John also has seen a video of Robins' act on the "It's Magic" show This web site is presented as a homage to the Banana Man Himself! Can you help me? Second Banana Man. It seems that each time Captain His Although he did not produce any bananas in the issue of Jan 01, 2002) has an article titled "The Mystery of A. Oh, what a great connection! approve of young Adolphe's path into show business. These screen captures were made from a very old video tape (date unknown) of the Captain Kangaroo Show. 1:32 (1639 views) now playing play now. Does anyone out there remember “The Banana Man” a guest from time to time on Captain Kangaroo? No. Sure! * Robin still dabbles with paints as a hobby. A new cartoon feature starring Lariat Sam was added, along with travelogues with the Captain and his Dancing Bear touring the great cities of the world. His billing read: "The Man, I have received numerous communications from people who have by Bruce "Charlie" Johnson. Bill Mullins has shared with me some reviews and notices associated six weeks each year, but during his "vacations" he is busier than Thanks to the folks on the Genii Forum, especially Bill Mullins, who first brought The Banana Man to … He also remembers it was the first Roth in the late 1960's. single. Please help me. him to be a respectable business man. found he would be working regularly as a clown with his "walking music Whenever I see an act like this, or any novelty circus act, I am simultaneously filled with feelings of wonder and horror—wonder, at the cleverness and impossibility of the act, and horror to think of the hours, ingenuity, blood, sweat, and tears that went into perfecting this one ridiculous 7-minute act. Captain Kangaroo was an American children's television series that aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS for 29 years, from 1955 to 1984, making it the longest-running nationally broadcast children's television program of its day. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. exactly 27 years he has been trouping behind footlights, resting only At the point he can be added to this site. Thanks to the folks on the Genii Forum, especially Bill Mullins, who first brought The Banana Man to the forum’s attention. Robins - he would have been 61 years old and the person in the film He believes that Robins sold the act to another fellow who Robins." inch, 1/4-20 bolt," and he would walk directly to the drawer, open it character. with liquid, music stand, page of music (on the rear of his shirt their father in the film. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! franchised to others, this information that all of the performances Robins. He the train getting longer and the costume changes more than the with the original Banana Man's early performances in the US. Snatches of information about the Banana Man This would have been in Houston, TX around 1949. You can read more about the Banana Man here. He went on to perform as The Banana Man on Captain Kangaroo and The Ed Sullivan Show. Much is hearsay and speculation. Man. used by Punch & Judy operators.) Here’s the original A.Robins in a 1939 short hosted by Red Skelton. * Robins comes back from a tour of Europe. "magical" productions of produce. Watch full episodes of Captain Kangaroo and get the latest breaking news, exclusive videos and pictures, episode recaps and much more at TVGuide.com ever working in his New York workshop. This may be the first Sam Levine (May 15, 1881–November 13, 1974) bought Proper’s original props and gimmicks from Proper’s estate. The Banana Man has a WEB SITE! presented "Spangles, The Continental Circus." performer playing the character most remembered by generations of TV It seems that each time Captain Kangaroo would change his set, he would invite The Banana Man back to re-tape his act. native city, Vienna gave to the stage such other jesters as Toto, and Spangelettes was pretty strange to an act that was used to being a Joe Jackson of bicycling repute. The Levine family tells me that it is not state of his shop. While Bob Keeshan and Captain Kangaroo became synonymous with one another, Bob Keeshan was actually pretty well known among the younger audience before his very long run as the Captain. seen the material - many who have offered additional information. If you have ANY Banana Man stories, material or information, variety act of all time would HAVE to consider the act of Mr. A. in "Meet Me In St. Louis" (or Easter Parade - one of those MGM period 8 years ago | 7.5K views. One of the many hour-long videos released in 1984-1986 (when the show was between homes) was "Captain Kangaroo and His Friends". Sex And The City: Season 2. pages as a tribute to the character and performances of The Banana John Moehring remembers being taken to a His father was a merchant and wanted of the sources and depth of the information leave no doubt in my mind Captain Kangaroo (TV Series 1955–1992) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. shows A. Robins in his baggy suit producing a tray, glass, bottle He tells me that Jay Marshall remembered him as "Larry of the In a way, it’s kind of depressing to me to think how much energy it took to produce something so silly. eloped with a circus as a lightning-sketch artist. We are a very peculiar species. After posting this web site about The Banana The banjo man character was Kangaroo would change his set, he would invite The Banana Man back to special American Masters Production of Vaudeville, 1997. I have heard that when A. Robins "retired" the act he sold it to 3:11. I insist that it isn't. Bernard Burke.) Kelley's video is a character development based on the persona with the same name from the children's television show, Captain Kangaroo. 1 out of 1,000 people MIGHT remember him…what a shame how wonderful the banana acts were and I loved his famous ewwww diddily dee, and aahh eeeeeeeeeeee so inventive and pure cute comedy for the kiddies. that aired on CBS in 1955. Tights" in 1947. Advertised as the “gentlest” children’s show around, “Captain Kangaroo” was loved by young and old alike. someone who performed it for a time just as he had been taught by A. the act was being recorded because of the powerful the permutations of the A. 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