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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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Fred Hines
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Rutledge
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Orlo Wadlow
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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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When the truck brakes and Albert, in the cherry picker, hits the bridge, the shot changes from a mid shot of Albert to a close up. However, the background remains the same in both shots, revealing that Albert was filmed in front of a chroma key background. See more »

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Jimmy Dooley: I didn't want a duck! I wanted a puppy!
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Dated, silly stuff from Disney with a few laughs
19 April 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hard pressed scientist Albert Dooley has little money to spend as his work with animals isn't proving as profitable as he hoped it would be. However one day his worthless duck is exposed to high levels of radiation. Taking the duck home with him he finds that it can be stimulated to lay eggs – eggs made of solid gold. The more eggs it lays the more Albert becomes consumed with it and also the more attention the sudden increase in gold deposits in the local reserves draws from the Treasury Department.

This film is a good example of the films Disney made around this time, in the same way as animation with songs and smart-ass sidekicks are of the 90's. This is typical of the period but not the best example of when it works well. The plot is goofy and sets the tone for the sense of humour but it isn't used very well. Instead of laughs it really only produces energy and `wackiness'. There are a few laughs but not many. Most of the action has dated badly – with clichéd hippies, All-American happy families and forced physical routines.

Jones is OK, accustom as he is to roles such as this. He carries it well but the subject has less charm than some of his better films (Herbie for one). Of the rest of the cast only Tony Roberts really sticks in the mind as he has almost all of the good lines. The duck is cool though!

Overall this is a passable family film but it will not be `great' for any member of the family. There are better Disney films out there from this period – this one just lacked a certain spark to make it work better.


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