MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,323 this week

The Hucksters (1947)

 -  Drama | Comedy | Romance  -  27 August 1947 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 956 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 7 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: February

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in February.

Related News

DVD: DVD: The Hucksters
| avclub.com

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 19 Oct 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 16 May 2012
 
a list of 230 titles
created 22 Jan 2014
 
a list of 35 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Hucksters" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Hucksters (1947)

The Hucksters (1947) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Hucksters.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mogambo (1953)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon
Hold Your Man (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ruby falls in love with small-time con man Eddie. During a botched blackmail scheme, Eddie accidentally kills the man they were setting up. Eddie takes off and Ruby is sent to a reformatory for two years.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin
Test Pilot (1938)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Russ Ward, after 30 years of producing Broadway plays, is ready to quit. His secretary, Ellie Brown, on being given notice, tells him she loves him. Russ proceeds to turn this into a hit ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Clark Gable, Carroll Baker, Lilli Palmer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas
Western | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Esqueda, an outlaw, attempts to force settlers King and Cordelia Cameron out of his territory. Esqueda's mother raised Rio as her own. Rio has loyalty to Esqueda but also feels the settlers... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Lewis Stone
Boom Town (1940)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two buddies who rise from fly-by-night wildcatters to oil tycoons over a twenty year period both love the same woman.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Poitier
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Alison Kirbe of London, receives a telegram from Texas, that she has inherited a livestock ranch. It is plastered throughout the London newspapers that Alison has become a rich heiress, and... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, Mark Stevens
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gage
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A házalók  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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 ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.12 (2005) 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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Slick entertainment, it's a perfect vehicle for Clark Gable...
11 May 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There's a lot to enjoy in THE HUCKSTERS.

For starters, CLARK GABLE has a role that could have been written for him, in a story about a man just out of the Army who tries to fit back into society by taking a job with an ad agency with one of the world's most obnoxious clients, SYDNEY GREENSTREET. From the start, we know that Gable is not going to sit back and take anything from anyone--even a man like Greenstreet who has all of his employees practically clicking their heels in agreement with him.

We also know that he's going to find meeting DEBORAH KERR a pleasurable experience, setting the stage for the film's romantic angle. For added charm, we have AVA GARDNER as a good-natured nightclub singer with her hopes pinned on landing a man like Gable. There's a modicum of suspense in wondering who he'll end up with.

It's a spoof of the advertising business with its inane insistence on commercials where words are spelled out for the product, assuming the audience has an IQ of 20. Gable has to satisfy the whims of the very demanding Greenstreet, who almost steals the picture with his merciless depiction of an egotistical executive whose Beautee Soap is seeking a new angle to promote its product on the radio airwaves.

The dialog is snappy and believable and all of the supporting players--including ADOLPHE MENJOU, EDWARD ARNOLD and KEENAN WYNN, do excellent jobs. Very entertaining film, it marks Gable's return to the screen after his service in WWII. He's more mature, but still has all of his charisma intact. It's a good, solid performance and Kerr is delightful opposite him.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sidney Greenstreet Spitting on conference table.... lmakov
compare to Mad Men DeniseMG
$35K / year allthumbs-3
Beautiful Cars allthumbs-3
Lovely Deborah Kerr dlevy1201
Dreamy Clark Gable dlevy1201
Discuss The Hucksters (1947) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?