6.9/10
478
14 user 3 critic

The Fuller Brush Man (1948)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | June 1948 (USA)
Poor Red Jones gets fired from every job he tries. His fiancée gives him one last chance to make good when he becomes a Fuller Brush man. His awkward attempts at sales are further ... See full summary »

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Roy Huggins (story), Frank Tashlin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Scatterbrained Sally Elliott tries to get a job as a Fuller brush girl and desperate for money she borrows her friend's kit without permission and her attempts at selling cosmetics ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Carl Benton Reid
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Pirdy is accident prone. He has been denied insurance from every company in town because he is always getting hit or hurt in some way. On the day that he meets the lovely Ellen of the ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Donohue
Stars: Red Skelton, Gloria DeHaven, Walter Slezak
Comedy | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hapless bellboy in a St. Louis hotel near the end of the Civil War is recruited by the Union secret service to impersonate a notorious Confederate spy.

Director: Edward Sedgwick
Stars: Red Skelton, Brian Donlevy, Arlene Dahl
I Dood It (1943)
Romance | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bumbling pants presser at an upscale hotel's valet service nurses an unrequited crush on a Broadway star. He gets more than he bargained for when she agrees to marry him, to spite her womanizing fiance, and encounters Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Richard Ainley
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Radio sleuth Wally "The Fox" Benton forgoes his honeymoon to help his wife's old friend solve a murder and hunt for Civil War gold inside a spooky mansion and fort.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Red Skelton, Ann Rutherford, George Bancroft
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A night club's coatroom attendant who's in-love with the club's singer accidentally sips a drugged drink that makes him dream he's French King Louis XV courting the infamous Madame Du Barry.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly
Certificate: Passed Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Radio crime show host "The Fox" finds himself on the trail of a serial killer while a suspect himself.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Red Skelton, Ann Rutherford, Jean Rogers
The Uninvited (1944)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Joe, inventor in an American Small town of 1895 has problems with his new invention, a car, driven with a gasoline motor. Everybody is making fun about his "crazy invention", only his girl ... See full summary »

Directors: Roy Rowland, Buster Keaton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Red Skelton, Sally Forrest, Macdonald Carey
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A Kansas bumpkin goes to Hollywood to become a movie star and gets a job burlesquing his favorite actor - only he thinks the role is serious.

Director: Robert Alton
Stars: Red Skelton, Virginia O'Brien, Gloria Grahame
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A showmen team is mistaken for a cattle baron and his sister.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Howard Keel
The Clown (1953)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Once a famous Ziegfeld star, Dodo Delwyn, is reduced to playing clowns in burlesque and amusement parks as a result of his drinking. His son Little Dink idolizes Dodo and faithfully ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Red Skelton, Jane Greer, Tim Considine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Red Skelton ... Red Jones
Janet Blair ... Ann Elliot
Don McGuire ... Keenan Wallick
Hillary Brooke ... Mildred Trist
Adele Jergens ... Miss Sharmley
Ross Ford ... Freddie Trist
Trudy Marshall ... Sara Franzen
Nicholas Joy ... Commissioner Gordon Trist
Donald Curtis ... Gregory Cruckston
Arthur Space ... Police Lt. Quint
Edit

Storyline

Poor Red Jones gets fired from every job he tries. His fiancée gives him one last chance to make good when he becomes a Fuller Brush man. His awkward attempts at sales are further complicated when one of his customers is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Only 200 Laughs to a Customer! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That Mad Mr. Jones See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Fuller Brush Co., was founded in 1906 by Alfred Fuller in Hartford, CT. It was one of the largest firms that relied entirely on door-to-door sales. Starting in the 1980s, when there were fewer women at home during the day, the company started catalog sales and opened a few stores. The company was sold to Sara Lee in 1968 and has changed hands a few times since, but as of 2017 is still in business. See more »

Quotes

Radio announcer: And now we shall hear the Senator from Massachusetts who will speak on what the government should do about big business.
Red Jones: [to Ann, over the surplus radios in the warehouse, about the life rafts] Blow 'em up! Blow 'em up! Hurry, blow 'em up!
Chess-Playing Club Member: That's the Democrats for ya!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Half a Hero (1953) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Frantic screwball with the Tashlin touch...
13 November 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The opening scenes of "The Fuller Brush Man" are hardly promising: Red Skelton, playing a ne'er-do-well who can't hold a job, hopes to impress his lady-love with his skills as a door-to-door salesman, not knowing that he's been sent to the worst neighborhood in town by his adversary, his gal's other boyfriend. Seeing charming Skelton (with his happy chatter and lilting walk) being set-up as a chump is awfully sour, and the slapstick chaos which ensues isn't funny as a result. Thankfully, writer Frank Tashlin quickly gets off this baleful track, turning the proceedings instead into a comedic murder mystery, with Red one of the suspects in the killing of his former boss. The new plot thread--while neither original nor ingenious--does allow Skelton lots of funny business as an actor, with Janet Blair the perfect counterpart to Red's unintentional hero. The wild, free-for-all finale in a warehouse has staging and stunt-work as good as anything from the silent era, if not better. No wonder this was a box-office smash in 1948--it leaves the audience with a succession of happy highs. Followed two years later by "The Fuller Brush Girl". *** from ****


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed