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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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Boldly based on the big, blushing book that became the blazing best-seller ! See more »

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

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27 August 1947 (USA)  »

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$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 character portrayed by Sydney Greenstreet was allegedly based on the CEO of American Tobacco in the 1940's, whose relentless slogans were drilled into the radio audience: "LS/MFT: Yes, Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco" and,when the cigarette package changed from forest green to white, in order to appeal to women, "Lucky Strike Green has gone to war!" See more »

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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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Don't Tell Me
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Music and Lyrics by Buddy Pepper
Sung by Ava Gardner (dubbed by Eileen Wilson)
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Ad Man's Progress
30 December 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

The Hucksters has a lot of good clean fun with the advertising business of the 1940's. Clark Gable, newly discharged from the service, returns to his old haunts as an ad man and finds himself involved with two women, a tyrannical client, and an obnoxious, not too talented radio comedian. This is high class melodrama, and has some pretty good satirical moments, though I don't think that the guys who wrote it were as smart as they thought they were, it's a decent, watchable movie.

One can see Gable slipping into middle age here, and though he seems spry enough, he's clearly not the man he was five years earlier, and I couldn't help but feel a little sorry for him. Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner are attractive if otherwise unremarkable as the women in his life. Sidney Greenstreet does a nice turn as the sinister, demanding client. Keenan Wynn's the one to watch here, as the (so-called) comedian Gable must contend with; and he does a smashing job, managing to be pathetic, sympathetic and obnoxious all at once, not, I imagine, an easy thing for an actor to do.

Worth keeping an eye out for: excellent production values from MGM's art department in its glory years. Marvelous sets, expert lighting. The movie is a pleasure to look at, if not always to listen to.


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