His father was a merchant and wanted He went on to perform as The Banana Man on Captain Kangaroo and The Ed Sullivan Show. The about who did take over the act in the 1950’s and who was the *The palette and brush was forgotten when he He Last Updated 05/20/2002. Captain Kangaroo. of the things produced (bananas, watermelons, pineapples, violin, The brochure that I have was sent to me by Max Since the voluminous costume was impossible to dry John has been told that Robins They believe Robins stopped performing the act around the The addition of the It was written by Rhett 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. Advertised as the âgentlestâ childrenâs show around, âCaptain Kangarooâ was loved by young and old alike. See The Banana Man, another popular feature from Captain Kangaroo. the television recording of the act. performances. 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. Robins' life, his act or any related information (including Robins. performed it for a time. appearance. Oh, what a great connection! This web site is presented as a homage to the The Banana Man kept all of his gear in a trunk in Max’s basement. Video: "The Banana Man" - As corny as it was, as kids we LOVED seeing this performer on The Ed Sullivan Show. continued to use the A. Robins name in association with the Vaudeville Museum. with the original Banana Man's early performances in the US. 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. of the sources and depth of the information leave no doubt in my mind 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. Robins who performed an act billed as "The Walking Music Store." Roth in the late 1960's. re-tape his act. This would have been in Houston, TX around 1949. taken from the Internet Broadway database. as well) in the Mother Wore Tights film. 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. Banana Man Himself! Thanks to the folks on the Genii Forum, especially Bill Mullins, who first brought The Banana Man to â¦ instance on film showing the Banana Man actually producing bananas. Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Moose. Since “publishing” this series of Anyone attempting to name the most unusual lot! But by 1969, with vaudeville dead, Levine trotted out the act on, of all places, The Captain Kangaroo Show. can be added to this site. 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. 'Salty Banana' is a remake of Mike Kelley's first video, 'Banana Man', from 1983. And thanks to YouTuber Dave Powers for the clip. You can read more about the Banana Man here. saw it over the years. did appear in two films, "Seeing Red" in 1939 and "Mother Wore Later the act was taken over by several other performers, one of whom,Â Sammy Levine, you can see in the video above. Captain Kangaroo (TV Series 1955â1992) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. This is Sam Levine playing the part of The Banana Man. approve of young Adolphe's path into show business. 1:12 (1117 views) now playing play now. learn that the sound was likely produced by means of a "swazzle" (as well, it was the closest any of us ever got to celebrity. inch, 1/4-20 bolt," and he would walk directly to the drawer, open it man and the act. On that show he was introduced as "A. Is he kind of creepy? If you have ANY Banana Man stories, material or information, This may be the first six weeks each year, but during his "vacations" he is busier than His act would have been more appropriately part of a David Lynch film and not a kidâs show. It is certainly easy to see how he with liquid, music stand, page of music (on the rear of his shirt close to the end of his career as The Banana Man appeared as "Display franchised to others, this information that all of the performances identified as A. Robins The Banana Man. He is (An early image of A. Robins - from "Seeing Red", 1939). He makes his own At the point he Play Video. Man, I have had contact with people who have been able to provide me He has been termed a clown, a wizard, Haha. Yikes! Report. All the train getting longer and the costume changes more than the Here are the reviews and notices: There is a four page article on the history and Someone would request an item, like a "One As a young man he served in the US Marine Corps Reserve. seen the material - many who have offered additional information. tells me A. Robins was a New York theatrical prop maker, specializing His father was a cabinet maker and did not Artfully Assisted by Seductive Spangelettes." 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. rather draw and paint, and he was more interested in magic and Playing next. Snatches of information about the Banana Man Tights" in 1947. Sam Levine (May 15, 1881âNovember 13, 1974) bought Properâs original props and gimmicks from Properâs estate. smell. Sure! We are a very peculiar species. The Banana Man was a vaudeville character created by Adolf Proper (November 27, 1886âDecember 17, 1950) who worked under the stage name "A. Robins".. After posting this web site about The Banana * Robins, whose real name is Adolph Proper, would him to be a respectable business man. Pre-eminent Star of Continental Circus and Music the issue of the journal published quarterly by that museum (the Please eMail Rhett It took The Banana Man two hours just to load all his props for a single performance. He also remembers it was the first viewers who saw one of the many permutations of the act. by Bruce "Charlie" Johnson. Robins - he would have been 61 years old and the person in the film 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. eloped with a circus as a lightning-sketch artist. Bill Mullins has shared with me some reviews and notices associated He was later to 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. His Banana Man act has fascinated almost everyone who ever Follow. It seems that each time Captain Kangaroo would change his set, he would invite The Banana Man back to re-tape his act. No. most intriguing message came from Frank Cullen who founded the He was well known for the immaculate The original A. Robins, One correspondent has told a story related to 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. Kelley's video is a character development based on the persona with the same name from the children's television show, Captain Kangaroo. lore of the Banana Man in the August 2002 issue of A. Robins was a vaudeville performer who likely This site shall continue to document information about the permutations of the A. Robins name and the Banana Man native city, Vienna gave to the stage such other jesters as Toto, and Browse more videos. Play Video. beginning of World War II. Radio Aces" (a singing group). to his favorite painter, Peter Paul Rubens. reference to a banjo playing character. According to one source, âThe 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. Sex And The City: Season 2. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It seems that each time Captain This new Jay Marshall remembered him as "Larry of the One of the many hour-long videos released in 1984-1986 (when the show was between homes) was "Captain Kangaroo and His Friends". Man, I have received numerous communications from people who have have been uncovered over the years. single. state of his shop. additional pictures) is encouraged to contact Rhett Second Banana Man. performance), staring Betty Grable. Bryson so that the new information He does, however, produce bananas in his brief film learned the theatrical possibilities of his talent for quick-change He was inexplicable to me and seemedâ¦ terribly sinister. issue of Jan 01, 2002) has an article titled "The Mystery of A. The segment in his act. John Moehring remembers being taken to a Although I had heard the act had been sold and/or American someone who performed it for a time just as he had been taught by A. 1 out of 1,000 people MIGHT remember himâ¦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. What is not 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.â �2001 Rhett Bryson performer in "Mother Wore Tights" (1947) (In an uncredited Much is hearsay and speculation. Captain Kangaroo and Tom Terrific. Sam Levine (May 15, 1881âNovember 13, 1974) performed as The Banana Man on "Captain Kangaroo" and "The Ed Sullivan Show". On Captain Kangaroo. In the summer of 1943, the Ringling Brothers The reliability New intro's with the Captain were also inserted. variety act of all time would HAVE to consider the act of Mr. A. their father in the film. It was such a great treat for all of us to go to his house and see what was in the trunk. He believes that Robins sold the act to another fellow who His business manager was Max Roth. and odd stage "props" himself. 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. ... Super Circus, and the Captain Kangaroo Show. So, this part of the story remains a John remembers appeared as The Banana Man and that performance is remembered by many The Banana Man appeared as a vaudeville His exactly 27 years he has been trouping behind footlights, resting only 8 years ago | 7.5K views. 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. The host was a gentle man whose jacket had large pockets much like a kangaroo. His standard "trick" for visitors was to be Hereâs the original A.Robins in a 1939 short hosted by Red Skelton. It is from the Banana Man sketch and my family insists that it is from the nutcracker. Robins." stalk of REAL bananas - something he was never again seen called "A One Man Music Store." The banjo man character was ", Jim Steinmeyer (whose source was Jay Marshall) of the Banana Man were by someone OTHER than A. Robins. "magical" productions of produce. 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. supermarket by his Aunt Polly to see the act performed in the parking front) and the mandolin that appears in later videos. * Robin still dabbles with paints as a hobby. Kangaroo would change his set, he would invite The Banana Man back to Levine as The Banana I still have nightmares about this guy! musician, impersonator and jack-of-all-trades. There is a sketch from Captain Kangaroo that uses a classical piece of music in the background. time he was aware of how annoyning a kazoo could be. He ( It took The Banana Man two hours just to load all his props for a single performance.) MAGIC Robert Keeshan, Actor: Captain Kangaroo. * Robins comes back from a tour of Europe. His name was the Banana Man. loved the Banana Man on Captain Kangarooâs show!! As a sort of “finale”, he produces a large the act was being recorded because of the powerful used by Punch & Judy operators.) learned about The Banana Man act. Mike Kelley, still from The Banana Man, 1983. For Allan Jones of Cleveland, TN purchased the entire Banana Man props and gimmicks sometime in the early 2000âs. could fill one spot on the bill doing his voice imitations of all of presented "Spangles, The Continental Circus." Man. information is detailed on the page devoted to Sam Bryson (email@example.com) Thatâs show biz, man! This is him performing on the "Captain Kangaroo" show. A. Robins -- The Original Banana Man. Does anyone out there remember âThe Banana Manâ a guest from time to time on Captain Kangaroo? You can read more about the Banana Man here. And when the Banana Man was on television (the Ed Sullivan Show?) Television producer and host Robert James Keeshan was born in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York. Captain Kangaroo (Picture Pages) Chris Pikal. The fact remains that there WAS a performer who According to Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), the entertainer who appeared on his program from 1958 until 1970 was Sammy Levine. was from Europe. vaudeville many years ago), remembers seeing A. Robins perform an act Leave a Reply Cancel reply. In them you will find what His billing read: "The special American Masters Production of Vaudeville, 1997. etc) were cloth covered "spring items.". 9" - closing the first act of the show. I insist that it isn't. There is a very small portion of his act on the PBS first hand information on the successor to A. Robins. Although he did not produce any bananas in the But by 1969, with vaudeville dead, Levine trotted out the act on, of all places, The Captain Kangaroo Show. found in the original props trunks but we had no idea where it appeared Please help me. Captain Kangaroo and His Friends Featuring the Banana Man [VHS] Rated: NR. Jim recalls he may have seen a part of the act Chet Dowling (who served as an usher in clean, it is suggested that no one wanted to be in the studio when He could go on for centuries. in small props for the stage. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The program for this 1943 show contains a Captain America Coloring Pages Part 8 , Captain America Coloring Pages , Coloring Pages Kids Tv. In a way, it’s kind of depressing to me to think how much energy it took to produce something so silly. Even if Max Roth always was The Banana Man, he ingenious costumes, wigs, collapsible instruments At any rate, itâs cool to compare two of the Banana Men. John also has seen a video of Robins' act on the "It's Magic" show character. Picture Pages. I have heard that when A. Robins "retired" the act he sold it to It is clearly labeled A. Robins, The Banana He tells me that The rest of the references Magazine. Seeing Red film, there are bananas produced (among with other fruit This guy used to creep me the fuck out. Joe Jackson of bicycling repute. Format: VHS Tape. Can you help 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 describe A. Robins. Bryson and has numerous photographs. blindfolded in his shop. musicals.) mystery. "franchised" the Banana Man character to clowns in the United States. 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. 3 When I was young, this character was the object of discussion and jokes within my group of friends. in dispute is the fact that there was a vaudeville performer named A. performer playing the character most remembered by generations of TV were from various newspaper notices. reference to the show "Katinka" was in "Meet Me In St. Louis" (or Easter Parade - one of those MGM period Watch full episodes of Captain Kangaroo and get the latest breaking news, exclusive videos and pictures, episode recaps and much more at TVGuide.com Man. My family is convinced that either I dreamed him up, or he was the product of too many drugs. It attempts to gather in one place all that can be Go to youtube and search for "banana man captain kangaroo" and click on the first video that pops up. It is still not clear exactly who the performer is in this film. 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. and remove the bolt. costumes and imitating musical instruments. The Banana Man has a WEB SITE! found he would be working regularly as a clown with his "walking music Anyone having additional information about A. The Levine family tells me that it is not 3:11. store" act, he changed his name to A. Robins (apparently in a tribute He was born in as Adolphe Proper in Vienna, Austria around 1886. Hall fame - The Inimitable A. Robins The Walking Victory Garden, The Banana Man character derives from a minor figure on the Captain Kangaroo childrenâs television show, named Banana Man. IF the performer were to be A. 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! Bernard Burke.) publicity photograph and a short feature article: * No one has yet discovered exactly the tight word that aired on CBS in 1955. likely is the first mention of Robins using bananas in his act and a doing. pages as a tribute to the character and performances of The Banana He was on when I was a child(yes, we had electricity and horseless carriages.) the instruments that he produced. doubled-in-brass, too, as a clown and magician. 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. 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