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The Milkman (1950)

Approved | | Comedy | 17 October 1950 (USA)
Roger Bradley, son of a milk magnate, isn't allowed to work for his dad's company because of a lingering war trauma: in moments of stress he quacks like a duck. Desperate to escape from ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Barton

Writers:

Albert Beich (screenplay), James O'Hanlon (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Roger Bradley
Jimmy Durante ... Breezy Albright
Piper Laurie ... Chris Abbott
Joyce Holden ... Ginger Burton
William Conrad ... Mike Morrel
Henry O'Neill ... Roger Bradley Sr.
Paul Harvey ... D.A. Abbott
Jess Barker ... John Carter
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Laura Carter
Frank Nelson ... Mr. Green
Charles Flynn Charles Flynn ... Sergeant Larkin
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Irving
John Cliff ... Joe
Billy Nelson ... Duke (as Bill Nelson)
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Storyline

Roger Bradley, son of a milk magnate, isn't allowed to work for his dad's company because of a lingering war trauma: in moments of stress he quacks like a duck. Desperate to escape from idleness, he gets a job with his father's arch-rival, sponsored by eccentric milkman Breezy Albright, and promptly falls in love with the boss's daughter. But his career as a milkman soon degenerates into slapstick. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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milkman | quacking | See All (2) »

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Homogenized hilarity hits the screen!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il lattaio bussa una volta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films (1941-1950) includes an actor named 'Jerry Lewis' in an uncredited role as one of the milkmen. This is not the well-known comedian, 'Jerry Lewis' (I), who was under contract to Hal Wallis at this time, and a prominent player in his own right. See more »

Quotes

Ginger Burton: I guess my brain wasn't working.
Breezy Albright: That's understandable, Ginger. After all, there's a law against child labor.
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THAT'S MY BOY
Written by Sammy Fain, Lyrics Jackie Barnett
Sung and danced by Jimmy Durante, Donald O'Connor
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Quite Funny
7 July 2002 | by lzf0See all my reviews

Donald O'Connor and Jimmy Durante star in this musical comedy concerning an ambitious milkman and his mentor. Universal was a good studio for O'Connor. They recognized his gifts for comedy, especially physical comedy, and gave him lots of opportunities to show his stuff. This is one of his last films before he moved on to bigger budget projects. However, it is in these budget minded Universal comedies that O'Connor really shines. Giving him Durante as his mentor adds to the comic possibilities. Durante was one of the most lovable comedians and this film gives him plenty of time to sing, strut, and do the kind of shtick he is most associated with. Piper Laurie, in a very early role, is a fine leading lady for O'Connor. She stays out of his way, which cannot be said for former leading lady Peggy Ryan. Jerry Lewis makes a very brief appearance as a milkman. For fans of low comedy hi-jinks, this film is a must see.


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