The $1,000,000 Derby

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The $1,000,000 Derby
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Premiere date: September 27, 1961
Starring: Arnold Stang
Maurice Gosfield
Marvin Kaplan
Leo De Lyon
John Stephenson
Allen Jenkins
Hal Smith
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writers: Harvey Bullock
Directors: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Animation directors: Charles A. Nichols
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"The $1,000,000 Derby" is the first episode of Top Cat season one. It aired on September 27, 1961 on ABC. It was produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the series and the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Characters

Legend
Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Top Cat Arnold Stang
Choo Choo Marvin Kaplan
Brain Leo De Lyon
Fancy Fancy John Stephenson
Spook Leo De Lyon
Benny the Ball Maurice Gosfield
Arabelle Unavailable
Rin Tin Tin
Arabelle's father
Officer Dibble Allen Jenkins
Sergeant Flanagan
Dockmaster John Stephenson
Head zookeeper Unavailable
Gertrude Unavailable
Horse buyer Unavailable
Horse buyer's wife
Horse buyer's children
Reporter #1 Unavailable
Reporter #2 Unavailable
Senator Flubb Unavailable
Reporter #3 Unavailable
Billy Blabbermouth
Mayor John Stephenson
Reporter #4 John Stephenson
J.J. Flitney Unavailable
Racetrack announcer Hal Smith
Tea Biscuit
Froufrou
Barmaid
Cucamonga
Lucky Lady
Miramar N/A


Organizations

Locations

Objects

  • Bugle newspaper

Vehicles

Production

Development

Filming

Music

The music was composed by Hanna and Hoyt Curtin.

Release

Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: September 27, 1961 on ABC

Behind the scenes

  • Top Cat refers to Benny as Zorro when he's taking a photo of the horse.
  • Tea Biscuit is a parody of the famous racehorse Seabiscuit.

Errors

  • The back sides of a couple of horses are seen which could've belonged to either Tea Biscuit, Froufrou, Barmaid, Cucamonga, or Lucky Lady, but those horses seen aren't explicitly identified by name.

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning

Home availability

References