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