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


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 <>

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Release Date:

27 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A házalók  »

Box Office


$2,300,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In director Michael Powell's autobiography, 'A Life in Film', he says he received a letter from Deborah Kerr while she was filming 'The Hucksters'. It said the movie included a newcomer named Ava Gardner who almost stole the show from her - "but not quite." See more »


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 »


Mrs. Kimberly: [to Kay] I'm sorry. I'm afraid now it's going to be two subjects: business talk and oomph.
Mr. Kimberly: Well, what else is there?
Victor Albee Norman: [Tongue in cheek] There's always mah-jong.
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Written by Buddy Pepper
Sung by Eileen Wilson (Ava Gardner singing voice)
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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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