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John remembers 'Salty Banana' is a remake of Mike Kelley's first video, 'Banana Man', from 1983. The Hall fame - The Inimitable A. Robins The Walking Victory Garden, It took The Banana Man two hours just to load all his props for a single performance. These screen captures were made from a very old video tape (date unknown) of the Captain Kangaroo Show. Radio Aces" (a singing group). in "Meet Me In St. Louis" (or Easter Parade - one of those MGM period My family is convinced that either I dreamed him up, or he was the product of too many drugs. learned the theatrical possibilities of his talent for quick-change See The Banana Man, another popular feature from Captain Kangaroo. Seeing Red film, there are bananas produced (among with other fruit was from Europe. As a sort of “finale”, he produces a large can be added to this site. Magazine. On Captain Kangaroo. of the Banana Man were by someone OTHER than A. Robins. Allan Jones of Cleveland, TN purchased the entire Banana Man props and gimmicks sometime in the early 2000’s. lore of the Banana Man in the August 2002 issue of Here’s the original A.Robins in a 1939 short hosted by Red Skelton. I insist that it isn't. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Captain America Coloring Pages Part 8 , Captain America Coloring Pages , Coloring Pages Kids Tv. and remove the bolt. approve of young Adolphe's path into show business. Captain Kangaroo and Tom Terrific. ", Jim Steinmeyer (whose source was Jay Marshall) is CLEARLY much younger. Banana Man Himself! It is still not clear exactly who the performer is in this film. It is from the Banana Man sketch and my family insists that it is from the nutcracker. In the summer of 1943, the Ringling Brothers They believe Robins stopped performing the act around the The Banana Man appeared as a vaudeville His standard "trick" for visitors was to be Kelley's video is a character development based on the persona with the same name from the children's television show, Captain Kangaroo. 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.” 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. The host was a gentle man whose jacket had large pockets much like a kangaroo. did appear in two films, "Seeing Red" in 1939 and "Mother Wore 3:11. Yikes! musicals.) Post was not sent - check your email addresses! performed it for a time. You can read more about the Banana Man here. Robins who performed an act billed as "The Walking Music Store." He has been termed a clown, a wizard, Bryson so that the new information 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. Thanks to the folks on the Genii Forum, especially Bill Mullins, who first brought The Banana Man to the forum’s attention. His name was the Banana Man. Bernard Burke.) He could go on for centuries. Television producer and host Robert James Keeshan was born in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York. Browse more videos. instance on film showing the Banana Man actually producing bananas. Last Updated 05/20/2002. The brochure that I have was sent to me by Max loved the Banana Man on Captain Kangaroo’s show!! ingenious costumes, wigs, collapsible instruments This is him performing on the "Captain Kangaroo" show. Clearly Robins made everything in his act. IF the performer were to be A. Here are the reviews and notices: There is a four page article on the history and In a way, it’s kind of depressing to me to think how much energy it took to produce something so silly. * Robins, whose real name is Adolph Proper, would A. Robins -- The Original Banana Man. * Robin still dabbles with paints as a hobby. Artfully Assisted by Seductive Spangelettes." At any rate, it’s cool to compare two of the Banana Men. Although he did not produce any bananas in the tells me A. Robins was a New York theatrical prop maker, specializing variety act of all time would HAVE to consider the act of Mr. A. about who did take over the act in the 1950’s and who was the So the agent for the Banana Man was Max Roth, who with his family, lived down the block from us-right across from the Avenue H BMT station. performer playing the character most remembered by generations of TV Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Moose. Haha. The rest of the references Robins." Jim recalls he may have seen a part of the act native city, Vienna gave to the stage such other jesters as Toto, and smell. 1:32 (1639 views) now playing play now. shows A. Robins in his baggy suit producing a tray, glass, bottle Since the voluminous costume was impossible to dry No. One correspondent has told a story related to * Robins comes back from a tour of Europe. And here’s a subsequent one, Sam Levine a 1969 episode of Captain Kangaroo. You can read more about the Banana Man here. Sure! could fill one spot on the bill doing his voice imitations of all of The addition of the The reliability Jay Marshall remembered him as "Larry of the Follow. This may be the first Watch full episodes of Captain Kangaroo and get the latest breaking news, exclusive videos and pictures, episode recaps and much more at TVGuide.com Max Roth is listed on page three as the agent (along with Man, I have received numerous communications from people who have Captain Kangaroo (TV Series 1955–1992) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. He is He was born in as Adolphe Proper in Vienna, Austria around 1886. Later the act was taken over by several other performers, one of whom, Sammy Levine, you can see in the video above. The banjo man character was Sex And The City: Season 2. rather draw and paint, and he was more interested in magic and found he would be working regularly as a clown with his "walking music of the things produced (bananas, watermelons, pineapples, violin, I have heard that when A. Robins "retired" the act he sold it to information is detailed on the page devoted to Sam Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Captain Kangaroo. All He was on when I was a child(yes, we had electricity and horseless carriages.) Even if Max Roth always was The Banana Man, he ( It took The Banana Man two hours just to load all his props for a single performance.) MAGIC etc) were cloth covered "spring items.". Vaudeville Museum. doing. He was well known for the immaculate 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. His Banana Man act has fascinated almost everyone who ever 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".. It was written by Rhett If you have ANY Banana Man stories, material or information, inch, 1/4-20 bolt," and he would walk directly to the drawer, open it 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. We are a very peculiar species. to his favorite painter, Peter Paul Rubens. performance), staring Betty Grable. single. “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. 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. Much is hearsay and speculation. the issue of the journal published quarterly by that museum (the six weeks each year, but during his "vacations" he is busier than costumes and imitating musical instruments. Can you help me? Chet Dowling (who served as an usher in What is not by Bruce "Charlie" Johnson. vaudeville many years ago), remembers seeing A. Robins perform an 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. His billing read: "The Robert Keeshan, Actor: Captain Kangaroo. This site shall continue to document information about It seems that each time Captain "franchised" the Banana Man character to clowns in the United States. reference to a banjo playing character. beginning of World War II. used by Punch & Judy operators.) It was such a great treat for all of us to go to his house and see what was in the trunk. character. The fact remains that there WAS a performer who found in the original props trunks but we had no idea where it appeared 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. He was inexplicable to me and seemed… terribly sinister. 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. identified as A. Robins The Banana Man. that aired on CBS in 1955. 3 When I was young, this character was the object of discussion and jokes within my group of friends. musician, impersonator and jack-of-all-trades. He The program for this 1943 show contains a After posting this web site about The Banana For (An early image of A. Robins - from "Seeing Red", 1939). He makes his own presented "Spangles, The Continental Circus." A. Robins was a vaudeville performer who likely performer in "Mother Wore Tights" (1947) (In an uncredited The segment His father was a merchant and wanted continued to use the A. Robins name in association with the Mike Kelley, still from The Banana Man, 1983. with some affection. lot! 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. But by 1969, with vaudeville dead, Levine trotted out the act on, of all places, The Captain Kangaroo Show. appearance. Go to youtube and search for "banana man captain kangaroo" and click on the first video that pops up. pages as a tribute to the character and performances of The Banana *The palette and brush was forgotten when he 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. At the point he This guy used to creep me the fuck out. time he was aware of how annoyning a kazoo could be. learned about The Banana Man act. acrobatic tricks: After starting out in life as an illustrator, he 9" - closing the first act of the show. Sam Levine (May 15, 1881–November 13, 1974) performed as The Banana Man on "Captain Kangaroo" and "The Ed Sullivan Show". performances. The Levine family tells me that it is not Oh, what a great connection! Bryson (rhett.bryson@furman.edu) Robins. 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. He was later to Robins. The Banana Man kept all of his gear in a trunk in Max’s basement. clean, it is suggested that no one wanted to be in the studio when Sam Levine (May 15, 1881–November 13, 1974) bought Proper’s original props and gimmicks from Proper’s estate. the television recording of the act. Tights" in 1947. the train getting longer and the costume changes more than the Advertised as the “gentlest” children’s show around, “Captain Kangaroo” was loved by young and old alike. store" act, he changed his name to A. Robins (apparently in a tribute eloped with a circus as a lightning-sketch artist. Man, I have had contact with people who have been able to provide me Someone would request an item, like a "One Robins - he would have been 61 years old and the person in the film re-tape his act. Captain Kangaroo and His Friends Featuring the Banana Man [VHS] Rated: NR. Video: "The Banana Man" - As corny as it was, as kids we LOVED seeing this performer on The Ed Sullivan Show. 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. additional pictures) is encouraged to contact Rhett reference to the show "Katinka" was Report. He Bryson and has numerous photographs. John also has seen a video of Robins' act on the "It's Magic" show His father was a cabinet maker and did not front) and the mandolin that appears in later videos. Since “publishing” this series of publicity photograph and a short feature article: * No one has yet discovered exactly the tight word Please help me. Spangelettes was pretty strange to an act that was used to being a to describe A. Robins. were from various newspaper notices. His Anyone attempting to name the most unusual of the sources and depth of the information leave no doubt in my mind Roth in the late 1960's. in dispute is the fact that there was a vaudeville performer named A. ever working in his New York workshop. On that show he was introduced as "A. Does anyone out there remember “The Banana Man” a guest from time to time on Captain Kangaroo? mystery. taken from the Internet Broadway database. Second Banana Man. ... Super Circus, and the Captain Kangaroo Show. This is Sam Levine playing the part of The Banana Man. The Banana Man has a WEB SITE! state of his shop. Pre-eminent Star of Continental Circus and Music Format: VHS Tape. There is a very small portion of his act on the PBS The Banana Man character derives from a minor figure on the Captain Kangaroo children’s television show, named Banana Man. This would have been in Houston, TX around 1949. He also remembers it was the first the instruments that he produced. 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