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The Million Dollar Duck (1971)

Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a pet for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

Ted Key (story), Roswell Rogers
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Professor Albert Dooley
Sandy Duncan ... Katie Dooley
Joe Flynn ... Finley Hooper
Tony Roberts ... Fred Hines
James Gregory ... Rutledge
Lee Montgomery ... Jimmy Dooley (as Lee Harcourt Montgomery)
Jack Kruschen ... Doctor Gottlieb
Virginia Vincent ... Eunice Hooper
Jack Bender ... Arvin Wadlow
Billy Bowles Billy Bowles ... Orlo Wadlow
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson ... Frisby
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Mr. Purdham
Frank Wilcox ... Bank Manager
Bryan O'Byrne ... Bank Teller
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Mr. Forbes
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Storyline

To save it from being put to death, Professor Albert Dooley takes home a dumb duck from the research laboratory, which accidentally was exposed to X-rays. At home he discovers that it now lays golden eggs. Since he's broke all the time, his family welcomes this new source of income greatly, and tries to keep it secret. But their greedy neighbors become suspicious. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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What a way to feather your nest! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

The Million Dollar Duck (1971) is the first of three movies that film critic Gene Siskel walked out on during his professional career. The other two were the horror film Maniac (1980) and the comedy Black Sheep (1996). See more »

Goofs

When the truck brakes and Albert, in the cherry picker, hits the bridge, the shot changes from a mid shot of Albert to a close-up. However, the background remains the same in both shots, revealing that he was filmed in front of a chroma key background. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Dooley: I didn't want a duck! I wanted a puppy!
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: The Lion King (2019) See more »

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One of Disney's Best
18 February 2012 | by Seattle10See all my reviews

An absolutely excellent movie.

I cannot, for anything, understand any criticism of this fine film, such as Mr. Siskel, walking out on it, as he did this for only three movies, out of all the thousands he watched for reviewing.

Any movie, I say, any movie, with Joe Flynn, is great, and you add in Edward Arnold, and the solid Disney characters similar to those of the Dexter Riley era, and you have a smash hit.

The plot, what is wrong with that? The last I knew, Disney was known for fantasy, and family tales, with a happy ending.

Dean Jones, as usual, is superb, Sandy Duncan, great, as his loving and supportive, sweet wife. And Tony Roberts, great- punchy, yet a friend to the professor (Jones).

Concerning the portrayal of sweet, middle-class American family life, what is wrong with that? Nothing. Just because it does not look like life of today, is no reason to knock it, plus it provides deep joy for those who grew up in that era (1971), especially those who did so, in the Southland, where this gem was filmed.

Happy ending, with good lessons learned, a fine film.


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

$1,000,000 Duck See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,118,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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