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The Hucksters (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 27 August 1947 (USA)
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

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Evan Llewellyn Evans
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David 'Dave' Lash
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Mr. Glass, Valet
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Cooke
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Max Herman
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Georgie Gaver
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Michael Michaelson
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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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$2,300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A July 1947 MGM News news item noted that the film was set to open simultaneously in one thousand theatres on 15 Jul, and that it would constitute the largest pre-release opening in film history. 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

Clerk: Anything?
Victor Albee Norman: I want a very sincere necktie.
Clerk: I beg your pardon?
Victor Albee Norman: I want something that makes me seem sincere. You know, honest; genuine; upright; trustworthy.
Clerk: Well... um, here's a handpainted one in four colors; at thirty-five dollars. Is that sincere enough?
Victor Albee Norman: I think, my friend, any more sincerity would be downright foolhardy.
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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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Great Cast, Shallow and Pointless Story
24 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

After the World War II, the arrogant and self-confident Victor Norman (Clark Gable) returns to New York and seeks a job in the advertising agency of Mr. Kimberly (Adolphe Menjou). He is assigned to convince the widow Kay Dorrance (Deborah Kerr) to modeling to promote the the flagship of the agency Beautee Soap. The he has a meeting with the rude and capricious millionaire Evan Llewellyn Evans (Sydney Greenstreet, who is the tyrannical owner of Beautee Soap.

Victor dates Kay but they have a misunderstanding and Victor returns to the arms of his former lover, the singer and aspirant Hollywood actress Jean Ogilvie (Ava Gardner). But Victor misses Kay and does not like the treatment of the untouchable Mr. Evans to him.

"The Hucksters" is a film with a great cast, with Clark Gable, the gorgeous and elegant Deborah Kerr and the seductive Ava Gardner that unfortunately has a shallow and pointless story. The female characters are lovely, but Evan Llewellyn Evans is a gross, despicable and stupid character and Victor Norman is arrogant and boastful. In the end, the weak story of "The Hucksters" wastes a magnificent cast. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "O Mercador de Ilusões" ("The Merchant of Illusions")


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