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Mister Drake's Duck (1951)

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Mr. Drake and his wife live a nice, quiet life on their Sussex farm, until one of their ducks lays a radioactive egg made of uranium! When the government finds out about this, the Armed ... See full summary »

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Donald 'Don' Drake
Yolande Donlan ...
Penny Drake
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Reuben
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Mr. May
Reginald Beckwith ...
Mr. Boothby
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Maj. Travers
Peter Butterworth ...
Higgins
A.E. Matthews ...
Brig. Matthews
Tom Gill ...
Capt. White
John Boxer ...
Sergeant
Gilbert Davis ...
Sergeant Major
Ballard Berkeley ...
Maj. Deans
Roger Maxwell ...
Col. Maitland
Harry Fowler ...
Corporal
Bruce Belfrage ...
Air Vice Marshal
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Mr. Drake and his wife live a nice, quiet life on their Sussex farm, until one of their ducks lays a radioactive egg made of uranium! When the government finds out about this, the Armed Forces storm onto the farm in a frantic search for the duck responsible. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The hilarious story of the duck that lays ATOMIC eggs!

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21 September 1951 (USA)  »

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Alto comando: operazione uranio  »

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An English version of Green Acres with uranium.
9 May 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In one of his last feature films Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. plays American expatriate Donald Drake who has inherited a farm in Sussex where he has brought his new bride to settle. Kind of an English version of Green Acres. His bride is also an American, Yolande Donlon. She's very much like Eva Gabor and there are the English rustic types just like on Green Acres.

Yolande goes on a shopping trip to town with their hired hand Jon Pertwee and while waving to him at an auction she accidentally buys five dozen ducks. So far so good, but one of the ducks turns out to lay uranium eggs with a lead shell. In come all the British armed services, quarantining the Fairbanks farm and turning his honeymoon into a nightmare. Adding to their problems the Doug and Yolande are also trapped with Jon Pertwee and their loan officer from the bank, a handyman, and an official from the Agricultural Ministry all of whom happen to be on the premises when the quarantine order is issued.

It's an amusing film, nothing terribly spectacular about it. I always enjoy seeing Jon Pertwee in anything. Back when the Doctor Who show was run on American television he was my favorite of all the actors who played the Doctor.

Yolande Donlon was competent enough, but if the film had been made five years later, Marilyn Monroe would have been a natural for the part.

My only question is, why didn't the British Army just take the ducks instead of quarantining the farm. Because there would have been no film at all.


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