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The Fuller Brush Man (1948)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | June 1948 (USA)
Poor Red Jones gets fired from every job he tries. His fiancée gives him one last chance to make good when he becomes a Fuller Brush man. His awkward attempts at sales are further ... See full summary »

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Poor Red Jones gets fired from every job he tries. His fiancée gives him one last chance to make good when he becomes a Fuller Brush man. His awkward attempts at sales are further complicated when one of his customers is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"OH, MY ACHING FEET!" OH, YOUR ACHING SIDES! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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As Loucuras de Mr. Jones  »

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Trivia

The warehouse at the dock (exteriors, at least) was the El Monte Legion Stadium---originally the El Monte (CA) Union High School gymnasium, built in 1927. The stadium (interior) also served for televised wrestling matches, Roller Derby, and Cliffie Stone's "Hometown Jamboree" (with '50's C&W stars such as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Molly Bee and others). L.A. disk jockey, Art Laboe, brought "name" R&R performers for dances/concerts through the '60's. The stadium was sadly demolished in 1974. See more »

Quotes

Red Jones: [kisses Ann, then blows out smoke] What a kiss.
Ann Elliot: [blows out smoke] What a Fuller Brush Man.
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A very good Skelton effort
19 August 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I've seen most of Red Skelton's films, so I can safely say that this is one of his better films. It's not his best, mostly because his character was goofy but not as sweet as likable as he was in some of his other pictures...plus the end seem to go on a bit long. Still, it's enjoyable and you could do a lot worse!

When the film begins, Red (Red Skelton) is a total loser who wants to marry his sweetie (Janet Blair). However, she is a realist and knows that Red can't hold a job...and their marriage would be doomed. When he fired from yet another job, he decides he wants to become a Fuller Brush man...selling brushes door to door. Oddly, about a third of the way into the movie, the plot changes dramatically---and Red is pulled into a murder mystery. And, to make it worse, the cops think he's the most likely suspect. Can he, with the help of his girl, manage to find out what really happened and prove his innocence?

This film is pleasant and fun. As I mentioned above, the ending was a bit of a disappointment as Red's fight with the baddies took very long--too long. It was full of stunts and folks getting bonked on the head. I would have preferred one or two less bonks! Still, it is a lot better than many of his films with MGM where the studio insisted on placing this comic in musicals--which wasted his many talents.


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