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The Hucksters

Released Aug 27, 1947 1h 55m Drama List
60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 56% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Eager to reestablish his advertising career after the war, Vic Norman (Clark Gable) convinces an executive (Adolphe Menjou) that he can secure the challenging Evans Beauty Soap account. Despite the grating eccentricity of the company head (Sydney Greenstreet) Vic pitches a campaign that includes war widow Kay Dorrance (Deborah Kerr) and tells her the ad will be aboveboard. Falling for the proper Kay, however, Vic grows uncomfortable with the increasingly slick shenanigans necessary to succeed. Read More Read Less

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Ian Kane Epoch Times “The Hucksters” serves up some scathing satire along with lots of heartfelt romance, and quite a few hilarious scenes. Rated: 4/5 Dec 31, 2023 Full Review Moira Walsh America Magazine Even the broadly farcical elements of its presentation here have the ring of truth. Jul 15, 2021 Full Review James Agee The Nation I dislike the movie as I disliked what little I could read of the book: for I find uniquely nauseating the spectacle of incurable corruption laboring under delusions of honesty. Jun 28, 2021 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com 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 Rated: B- Aug 11, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Even though the film turns out as a passable farce it doesn't have the same sting as the book. Rated: C+ May 15, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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ashley h The Hucksters is a decent film. It is about a World War II veteran who wants to return to advertising on his own terms. Clark Gable and Deborah Kerr give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Jack Conway did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and romance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d Passable fun because of the stars. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member 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 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Clark Gable plays something of a post-war Don Draper in this film about Madison Avenue, but what's most fun is watching Ava Gardner in a support ing film steal the film from Deborah Kerr, in what was supposed to be her big American film debut. The other big highlight of the film are the scenes between Gable standing up to overbearing and blustery client Sydney Greenstreet. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting picture about Clark Cable who goes into advertising and ends up falling for the woman who is the object of his ad campaigns. Unlikely pairing but hey, worse things have happened in moviedom. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Eager to reestablish his advertising career after the war, Vic Norman (Clark Gable) convinces an executive (Adolphe Menjou) that he can secure the challenging Evans Beauty Soap account. Despite the grating eccentricity of the company head (Sydney Greenstreet) Vic pitches a campaign that includes war widow Kay Dorrance (Deborah Kerr) and tells her the ad will be aboveboard. Falling for the proper Kay, however, Vic grows uncomfortable with the increasingly slick shenanigans necessary to succeed.
Director
Jack Conway
Producer
Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Screenwriter
Luther Davis, Edward Chodorov, George Wells
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 27, 1947, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 5, 2017
Runtime
1h 55m
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