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
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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.
Did You Know?
The movie is based on the French film The Toy
(1976), which translates into English as "The Toy", which was written and directed by Francis Veber
. Producer Ray Stark
, intrigued by this French movie, felt that its comic premise was universal and would travel well to a new locale, such as the Deep South. Equally important, its principal roles were ideally suited to the unique talents of actor-comedians Richard Pryor
and Jackie Gleason
, who had never teamed on the big screen before. See more
Jack is shown wearing slippers as Barkley delivers his breakfast. After Eric pulls Jack's breakfast off the cart and Jack begins to give Eric a spanking, he is no longer wearing slippers. See more
What do you think, Mr. O'Brien?
Forget you know me.
The closing credits are shown aside four toy darts. See more
I Just Want To Be Your Friend
Performed by Jeffrey Osborne
Music and Lyrics by Trevor Lawrence
and Frank Musker See more