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The Hucksters (1947)

 -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kay Dorrance
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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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Drama | Comedy | Romance

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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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Trivia

The novel upon which this film is based was itself inspired by a real-life exposé in "The Saturday Evening Post". The four-part article, entitled "The Star Spangled Octopus," was a look at how the talent and promotional agency MCA had managed to monopolize most areas of popular entertainment by the mid-1940s. In the novel, the character of Dave Lash is based directly on MCA founder and president Jules C. Stein and his right-hand-man is based on Lew Wasserman. The movie version retains these elements of the book's form but is otherwise fairly sanitized. The one exception: the exterior of the fictional agency Talent Ltd. is shown once during the movie - and the building in the shot is unmistakably MCA's Beverly Hills headquarters. See more »

Goofs

At the Kimberly's apartment, Kay sits at the opposite end of a couch from Mrs. Kimberly. In the next shot they are sitting side by side. See more »

Quotes

Jean Ogilvie: Wanna secretary, Mr. Norman?
Victor Albee Norman: How's your shorthand?
Jean Ogilvie: [Adding to the double-entendre] Some people like it.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 9 August 1953 (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Over There
(uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan (1917)
Part of first line sung by Clark Gable and Sydney Greenstreet at different times.
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Sophisticated, well-dressed, and just a little bit dull...
2 April 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Clark Gable is in good form playing an advertising ace, unemployed after spending the last four years in the Army, talking his way into a top Wall Street radio and print agency and landing the company's biggest account: Beautee Soap, run by a despicable, disrespectful tyrant. Sydney Greenstreet is the spitting, bug-eyed soap czar who keeps all his yes-men clucking like frightened geese, and his scenes around the conference table very nearly go over the top (but their payoff is in the finale); Deborah Kerr is a glamorous war widow whom Gable chases; and young Ava Gardner is well-cast as a nightclub singer--and Gable's rebound girl after Kerr plays tough-to-get. It's a slick, handsome piece of refined goods, not satiric as one might expect, though not quite stuffy, either. There are leisurely laughs, a cute sequence with Gable and Gardner on the train to Hollywood, and a satisfying wrap-up. If the picture doesn't exactly deliver fireworks, it does gives us Gable nicely contemplative, blowing kisses at the girls while at the same time re-examining his place in the work force. **1/2 from ****


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