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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 »

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S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

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

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Based Upon a SATURDAY EVENING POST Story by Roy Huggins (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That Mad Mr. Jones See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The Spanish release title, "El Loco Pelirrojo" translates to "That Crazy Redhead". See more »

Quotes

Keenan Wallick: [as he sees Ann kissing Red, who he thinks is a murderer] Arrest that man!
Lt. Quint: Why, is there a law against it?
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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 ****


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