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The Hucksters (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 27 August 1947 (USA)
A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.

Director:

Jack Conway

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Frederic Wakeman (novel), Luther Davis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Victor Albee Norman
Deborah Kerr ... Kay Dorrance
Sydney Greenstreet ... Evan Llewellyn Evans
Adolphe Menjou ... Mr. Kimberly
Ava Gardner ... Jean Ogilvie
Keenan Wynn ... Buddy Hare
Edward Arnold ... David 'Dave' Lash
Aubrey Mather ... Mr. Glass, Valet
Richard Gaines ... Cooke
Frank Albertson ... Max Herman
Douglas Fowley ... Georgie Gaver
Clinton Sundberg ... Michael Michaelson
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Kimberly
Connie Gilchrist ... Betty - Switchboard Operator
Kathryn Card ... Miss Regina Kennedy
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Storyline

Victor Norman is just out of the service and looking for a job in advertising. By playing hard to get, he figures that he can get a good job and a large salary. The first thing he has to do is get a war widow to endorse Beautee Soap - a client of the Kimberly Agency. He meets with Kay Dorrance and gets the endorsement and Mr. Evans, the head of Beautee Soap is temporarily happy. Victors job is now to work with Mr. Evans, a man who is a strict and demanding client. Everything should be rosy, but Victor, a bachelor, finds himself more attracted to Kay, a widow, than young single Jean Ogilvie. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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What will these hucksters do next? See more »

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hucksters See more »

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Budget:

$2,439,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Clark Gable sought to make a nervous Deborah Kerr feel relaxed when shooting commenced. He sent her six dozen roses on the first day, and "the two hit it off beautifully from the beginning, on and off the set." See more »

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When Gable and Kerr are lying on the beach at night, the background scene of the sea is a still shot, the waves stayed fixed during the entire scene See more »

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Victor Albee Norman: Hey, if you'll pardon a word of advice. Why don't you take the rest of the day off? Get a massage. Get drunk.
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Over There
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Written by George M. Cohan (1917)
Part of first line sung by Clark Gable and Sydney Greenstreet at different times.
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A COUPLE OF STARS LEFT AFLOAT...!
19 January 2020 | by masonfiskSee all my reviews

Clark Gable & Deborah Kerr star in this romantic comedy from 1947. Gable is a returning GI who longs to get back into the radio advertising game & when an opportunity presents itself to have a prominent war widow pitch a soap product, he jumps at the chance falling in love w/her (& her 2 rugrats) in the process. Not especially successful as a romance (Kerr falls in love w/him too quickly) or an insightful treatise on the advertising biz (the way products are shoved down consumers faces whether they like it or not), what we're left w/is a bunch of reliable performers, which include Adolphe Menjou, Sydney Greenstreet & Ava Gardner, left afloat in a directionless story whose focus is as amorphous as a sure fire product line.


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