Monday 10 August 2020


Arnold Stang (1918-2009)
I'm indebted to Twitter for pointing me in the direction of this charming vinyl oddity from the late 50s. Released on the Fontana label it featured the vocal stylings of Arthur Stang, best known as the guy who voiced Top Cat; albeit Stang doing an impersonation of Phil Silvers doing a wisecracking alley cat who lived in a dustbin. Sorry, trash can.

Arnold Stang - Where Ya Callin' From, Charlie? (1959)

Hard to believe Hanna Barbera only ever made 30 episodes of Top Cat (originally airing between September 1961 & April 1962). It was a ratings failure - forcing HB, after less than a year, to consign it to the, er, trash can; all the episodes we saw when we were growing up (in the 70s and beyond), would have been at least ten years old - reruns that were syndicated around the world again (and again).


  1. A charming oddity indeed - Can't believe there were only 30 episodes of Top Cat. Seemed to be on all the time, with new stories - Officer Dibble, Benny and of course TC himself. The theme is spinning in my head as I type

    1. I know! We must all have seen the same episodes over and over (and over) again. And it's still brilliant. The script was superb and comparisons with Bilko abound. I think I might have a Top Cat weekend!

  2. If tree a is near, it will provide a shade over the cubicle. small trash cans