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The Million Dollar Duck (1971)

 -  Comedy | Family  -  30 June 1971 (USA)
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Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a toy for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.

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Katie Dooley
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Finley Hooper
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Fred Hines
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Rutledge
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Jimmy Dooley (as Lee Harcourt Montgomery)
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Doctor Gottlieb
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Orlo Wadlow
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Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Mr. Purdham
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Mr. Forbes
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To save it from being put to death, Professor Albert Dooley takes home a dumb duck from the research laboratory, which accidentally was exposed to X-rays. At home he discovers that it lays now golden eggs. Since he's broke all the time, his family welcomes this new source of income greatly, and tries to keep it secret. But their greedy neighbors become suspicious. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The $1,000,000 Duck  »

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The Million Dollar Duck (1971) is the first of three movies that film critic Gene Siskel walked out on during his professional career. The other two were the horror film Maniac (1980) and the comedy Black Sheep (1996). See more »

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Katie hands Albert his lunch bag, telling him that the applesauce is on top, which suggests that there are other lunch items in the bag. Later, when the chimpanzee opens the sack, there's only the applesauce. See more »

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Jimmy Dooley: I didn't want a duck! I wanted a puppy!
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One of Disney's Best
18 February 2012 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

An absolutely excellent movie.

I cannot, for anything, understand any criticism of this fine film, such as Mr. Siskel, walking out on it, as he did this for only three movies, out of all the thousands he watched for reviewing.

Any movie, I say, any movie, with Joe Flynn, is great, and you add in Edward Arnold, and the solid Disney characters similar to those of the Dexter Riley era, and you have a smash hit.

The plot, what is wrong with that? The last I knew, Disney was known for fantasy, and family tales, with a happy ending.

Dean Jones, as usual, is superb, Sandy Duncan, great, as his loving and supportive, sweet wife. And Tony Roberts, great- punchy, yet a friend to the professor (Jones).

Concerning the portrayal of sweet, middle-class American family life, what is wrong with that? Nothing. Just because it does not look like life of today, is no reason to knock it, plus it provides deep joy for those who grew up in that era (1971), especially those who did so, in the Southland, where this gem was filmed.

Happy ending, with good lessons learned, a fine film.


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