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Top Cat - The Gang & Officer Dibble

Top Cat – The Gang & Officer Dibble

Based on the success of The Flintstones Hanna Barbera created Top Cat. Just as The Flintstones was loosely based on the Honeymooners, Top Cat was loosely based on the Phil Silvers Show aka “You’ll Never Get Rich”. The gang is also said to be influenced on The East End Kids and Guys and Dolls but, in my opinion there is no doubt that the show was based on the Phil Silvers Show.

The series ran from November 26, 1961 to April 18, 1962 for a total of 30 episodes on the ABC network.

As with other Hanna Barbera series the show was sponsored by Kellogg’s and Bristol-Myers for their Bufferin product.

The basis of the show was how TC led the gang on one mischievous adventure after another. Always on the hustle Top Cat schemes one madcap strategy after another in his endless hunt to turn a quick dollar. TC prides himself as always being one step ahead of Dibble.

Top Cat, a yellow furred New York wise-guy cat was the central character, loosely based on Phil Silvers. He was voiced by Arnold Stang who did a slew of cartoon voices. Benny the Ball was voiced by and based on Maurice Gosfield who played Duane Doberman on the Phil Silvers Show. Top Cat also called TC by his close friends who, of course, said TC with dignity was the leader of a group of alley cats living in the streets of Manhattan. The other characters were Fancy Pants, Spook, Brain and Choo Choo. The alley was called Hoagy’s Alley.

His purpose was that of a protagonist to the masses of general society, particularly to Officer Charlie Dibble, affectionately called Dribble by TC. He could always get away with anything as Dibble was easy to butter up. A frequent plot-line revolved around Charles “Charlie” Dibble, NYPD the local beat policeman, and his useless attempts to remove the hooligans from the alley. The only reason that he wanted them gone was that Top Cat and his gang were always on the hustle, usually purporting an illegal scam. Officer Dibble was modeled after the man who did his voice (ALLEN Jenkins), which was an often used trick of the trade. Dibble, means to make holes in preparation of planting seeds but is now slang for police. previously only an implement for making holes for planting seeds, has acquired a second meaning in the vernacular as slang for police officers.

He was the smartest cat in town possessing charm, wit, style and an arrangement for every situation. He is the chairman of the board, the alley cat board that is. Sporting a primrose hat and a vest he reveled in ripping off whomever possible and generally playing pranks even on his own gang. That being said, his loyalty to the members of the gang is unquestionable.

The series ran from November 26, 1961 to April 18, 1962 for a total of 30 episodes on the ABC network.




Filmography with Links
Hawaii, Here We Come
The Maharajah of Pookajee
All That Jazz
The $1,000,000 Derby
The Violin Player
The Missing Heir
Top Cat Falls in Love
A Visit from Mother
Naked Town
Sergeant Top Cat
Choo-Choo’s Romance
The Unscratchables
The Tycoon
The Long Hot Winter
The Case of the Absent Anteater
T.C. Minds the Baby
Farewell, Mr. Dibble
The Grand Tour
The Golden Fleecing
Space Monkey
The Late T.C.
Dibble’s Birthday
Choo-Choo Goes Ga-Ga
King for a Day
The Con Men
Dibble Breaks the Record
Dibble Sings Again
Dibble’s Double
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