The Hucksters (1947)

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In this film, Clark Gable plays Vic Norman, a radio advertising executive just returned from WWII. His wartime experiences have soured him on the phony aspects of his profession; nonetheless, he takes a job with the biggest and phoniest agency in town, headed by the glad-handing Kimberly.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
MGM

Cast

Clark Gable
as Victor Albee Norman
Deborah Kerr
as Kay Dorrance
Sydney Greenstreet
as Evan Llewellyn Evans
Adolphe Menjou
as Mr. Kimberly
Ava Gardner
as Jean Ogilvie
Keenan Wynn
as Buddy Hare
Edward Arnold
as Dave Lash
Frank Albertson
as Max Herman
Clinton Sundberg
as Michael Michaelson
Douglas Fowley
as Georgie Gaver
Gloria Holden
as Mrs. Kimberly
Kathryn Card
as Regina Kennedy
Lillian Bronson
as Miss Hammer
Vera Marshe
as Secretary
Ralph Bunker
as Allison
Virginia Dale
as Kimberly Receptionist
George O'Hanlon
as Freddie Callahan
Ransom Sherman
as George Rockton
Tom Stevenson
as Paul Evans
John Hiestand
as Radio Announcer
Richard Abbott
as Elevator Starter
Anne Nagel
as Teletypist
Joan Valerie
as Receptionist
Almeda Fowler
as Woman in Elevator
Byron Morgan
as Radio Soundman
Tiny Jones
as Flower Woman
Sammy McKim
as Western Union messenger
Jack Rice
as Clerk
Edwin Cooper
as Harry Spooner
Florence Stephens
as Secretary
Mahlon Hamilton
as Businessman
Harry V. Cheshire
as Joe Lorrison
Gordon Richards
as Kimberly Butler
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Critic Reviews for The Hucksters

All Critics (2)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This topical chronice of Madison Avenue was one of Gable's most popular films after WWII; it features Deborah Kerr in her first American movie

Full Review… | August 11, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Even though the film turns out as a passable farce it doesn't have the same sting as the book.

Full Review… | May 14, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Hucksters

½

This topical chronice of Madison Avenue was one of Gable's most popular films after WWII; it features Deborah Kerr in her first American movie

Greg Wood
Greg Wood
½

It was fun to catch this oldie. The story was a bit weak to me but the cast made it up in cannonballs. A real good Gable, and Deborah Kerr... well, if she's ever less than excellent I've yet to see it. Also Ava Gardner still in her "discovery" days. Perfect flick for a lazy afternoon or late night.

Phil Penny
Phil Penny

The Hucksters (1947) Victor Norman (Clark Gable) is a veteran, home from the war and anxious to get back to his work in the advertising game. One ad man, Mr. Kimberly (Adolphe Menjou) is interested in giving him a job but has Vic prove himself by getting a prominent war widow, Kay Dorrance (Deborah Kerr) to endorse a brand of beauty soap. The owner of the Soap company Evan Evans, (Sydney Greenstreet) is a difficult, ball buster of a client and has his own ideas how he wants to sell his soap. Evan wants to produce a radio comedy show, hosted by a second rate vaudevillian, Buddy Hare (Keenan Wynn) and Vic needs to do all of the work that this entails. Vic is sent off to Hollywood to do Evan's bidding. Will Vic sell his soul to the Ad game, or can he still be his own man? This is really a surprisingly good romantic comedy. Clark Gable's scenes with Eva Gardner are sizzling as are the ones with American new-comer, Deborah Kerr. This is well worth a look.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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