An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat.

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On one of his bratty son Eric's annual visits, the plutocrat U.S. Bates takes him to his department store and offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor who has made him laugh with his antics. At first the man suffers many indignities as Eric's "toy", but gradually teaches the lonely boy what it is like to have and to be a friend. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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When Jackie Gleason Told His Son He Could Have Any Present He Wanted, He Picked The Most Outrageous Gift Of All... Richard Pryor.

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$50,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The Confederate flag is hanging over Jack in the background during the store scene when Master Bates convinces his dad's employees to 'buy' Jack for the week... while they are haggling a price for his hourly rate. See more »

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The first time Jack knocks down the dominoes, the dominoes fall up the platform twice. See more »

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O'Brien: Eric Bates will delighted to meet you! The gentleman would be too, his name is Jack Brown. Jack! Master Bates!
Jack Brown: HA HA! MAST!
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The closing credits are shown aside four toy darts. See more »

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Referenced in Guess Who (2005) See more »

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I Just Want To Be Your Friend
Performed by Jeffrey Osborne
Music and Lyrics by Trevor Lawrence and Frank Musker
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Chill Folks
18 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone wants to talk about the racial overtones. ***NEWS FLASH*** White folks do not wake up every morning thinking about how to screw over black folks. The movie was great. I loved it then and I love it now. I'm pretty sure the people who made this movie decided to make a funny movie with a great comedian of that era. I couldn't think of a better comedian to have as a toy, white or black.

To all my folks who seem to get upset at Richard Pryor and or the directors for making this movie, don't be. Be upset at Petey Greene for showing everyone how to eat a watermelon. You Tube that if you don't believe me.


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