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The Hucksters (1947)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Comedy, Romance  |  27 August 1947 (USA)
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A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Evan Llewellyn Evans
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Mr. Kimberly
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Jean Ogilvie
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Buddy Hare
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David 'Dave' Lash
Aubrey Mather ...
Mr. Glass, Valet
Richard Gaines ...
Cooke
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Max Herman
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Georgie Gaver
Clinton Sundberg ...
Michael Michaelson
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Mrs. Kimberly
Connie Gilchrist ...
Betty - Switchboard Operator
Kathryn Card ...
Miss Regina Kennedy
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Storyline

Victor Norman is just out of the service and looking for a job in advertising. By playing hard to get, he figures that he can get a good job and a large salary. The first thing he has to do is get a war widow to endorse Beautee Soap - a client of the Kimberly Agency. He meets with Kay Dorrance and gets the endorsement and Mr. Evans, the head of Beautee Soap is temporarily happy. Victors job is now to work with Mr. Evans, a man who is a strict and demanding client. Everything should be rosy, but Victor, a bachelor, finds himself more attracted to Kay, a widow, than young single Jean Ogilvie. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Gable's New Star is Deborah Kerr (rhymes with star) See more »

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

27 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A házalók  »

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This picture marked the American film debut of British actress Deborah Kerr. See more »

Goofs

When Gable and Kerr are lying on the beach at night, the background scene of the sea is a still shot, the waves stayed fixed during the entire scene See more »

Quotes

Victor Albee Norman: Miss Hammer, take a memorandum. To Mr. Kimberly: Dear Kim, For four years I haven't been listening to the radio much. Paragraph. Kim, in that time, it's gotten worse, if possible. More irritating, more commercials per minute, more spelling out of words, as if no one in the audience had gotten past the first grade. Paragraph. I know how tough Evans is, and some of the other sponsors, but I think we make a great mistake in letting them have their own way. We're paid to advise them. Why can't we ...
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Spoofed in The Ducksters (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Over There
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Written by George M. Cohan (1917)
Part of first line sung by Clark Gable and Sydney Greenstreet at different times.
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One of Gable's better films, though it is often forgotten
6 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is a very cynical look at the advertising business. Gable plays a slick liar who could charm the stripes off a snake who sets out to charm a widow for his own ends. However, over time he grows to hate himself and his sleazy business--ultimately culminating with a confrontation with the revolting and incredibly disgusting Sidney Greenstreet! Speaking of Mr. Greenstreet, he is FABULOUS in the film as the president from a soap factory with no soul. You MUST see the segment when he is first introduced, as it is one of the most memorable and disgusting scenes in the 1940s! You gotta see it to believe it! Also notable is the performance of a young Keenan Wynn as an obnoxious and untalented star. He does a good job of being annoying!


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