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