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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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?
Set in the fictional city of "Bates" in Louisiana, the film was actually shot in the state capital of Baton Rouge. Some sections of the city were temporarily transformed into "Bates", confusing some residents who weren't aware a movie was being filmed there and saw familiar sights and landmarks replaced by the name "Bates"--e.g., an Exxon refinery suddenly sprouted a huge sign that said "Bates Oil" and a department store parking lot was transformed overnight into an additional department store (the facade of one, anyway). See more
The boxing robot does not hit Jack in the groin. It actually hits Jack on the outside of his left hip. See more
Hang on, I got the key.
You got the key? Why didn't you say so?
You didn't ask me.
The closing credits are shown aside four toy darts. See more
Referenced in Deathrow Gameshow
I Just Want To Be Your Friend
Performed by Jeffrey Osborne
Music and Lyrics by Trevor Lawrence
and Frank Musker See more