Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp

Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp
Created byStan Burns
Mike Marmer
StarringTongo (chimpanzee)
Voices ofDayton Allen
Joan Gerber
Bernie Kopell
Narrated byMalachi Throne
Composer(s)Bob Emenegger
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes13[1]/17[2]
Producer(s)Stan Burns
Mike Marmer
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Sandler-Burns-Marmer Productions
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1970 (1970-09-12) – January 2, 1971 (1971-01-02)

Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp is an American action/adventure comedy series that originally aired on ABC from September 12, 1970 to January 2, 1971. The Saturday morning live-action film series featured a cast of chimpanzees given apparent speaking roles by overdubbing with human voices.


Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp had a "seven-figure budget"[1] with location filming, props and costumes, and the laborious staging and training of the animals. The filmmakers made the most of the budget, staging multiple episodes with the same settings and wardrobe, occasionally reusing the more elaborate chase footage that sometimes included a Rolls Royce.[citation needed]

Two of the three producers/creators were Stan Burns and Mike Marmer, former writers for Get Smart! Both resigned from their jobs as head writers on The Carol Burnett Show to work on Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.[1]

According to The Believer, "to make the dialogue fit the chimps’ lip action, Burns and Marmer went to ridiculous lengths. Voiceovers were ad-libbed on the set, giving birth to beautifully absurd moments of the chimps breaking into songs at the end of sentences or spontaneously reciting Mother Goose rhymes just so it would look right."[1]

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