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The Hucksters (Remastered) (1947)

Clark Gable , Deborah Kerr , Jack Conway  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Ava Gardner
  • Directors: Jack Conway
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G8C3WE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Vic Norman is an advertising executive, a snappily suited huckster who dreams up ways of singing his clients' praises and selling their wares. Principles? That's something the ad biz isn't selling this year. Clark Gable portrays Norman, struggling to preserve his integrity while hustling to serve the whims and demands of a deep-pocketed client (Sydney Greenstreet) who, noted the New York Herald Tribune, "thinks of America as a blank space between New York and Hollywood where people buy soap." Deborah Kerr ("rhymes with star" said the film's publicity) and Ava Gardner join in an often funny look at Madison Avenue. Gable, Kerr, Gardner, Greenstreet: If they're selling, we're buying!

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing drama July 31, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
"The Hucksters" is a refreshingly adult drama with themes that resonate even today. Clark Gable plays an advertising agent (a "huckster") who is basically a decent man, but who finds himself increasingly compromising his principles in order to satisfy a despotic soap magnate played by Sydney Greenstreet, who obviously relishes in playing such a despicable, larger than life character.
As part of a promotion for his client's product, Gable convinces a lovely society war widow (sensitively played by Deborah Kerr) to endorse Greenstreet's beauty soap. Gable is immediately attracted to Kerr and vice versa.
But Gable and Kerr's characters are polar opposites. He is a driven sometimes ruthlessly ambitious businessman. She is a very proper, rather sheltered, but highly moral mother of two small children and a widow of a war hero.
In 1947, the year of this film's release, there was still a strong sense of morality in movies (something absent in most of today's films). The idea of having sex outside of marriage was not considered lightly. And in "The Hucksters", this issue is tastefully dealt with minus the vulgarity and gratuitous sexuality that permeate most of today's films. (Call me old fashioned, but I think we could do without so many explicit sex scenes in movies today.)
There are other contemporary topics in this film such as the power of big business to control the media and the dilemma of "getting ahead" in your profession by any means, ethical or not.
Even though this movie is over 50 years old, it holds up extremely well. It makes for an absorbing two hours of entertainment.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "And Mr. Evans, Your Ad is Not Clean." December 20, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The summation of ad man Clark Gable's reading of the riot act to soap magnate Sydney Greenstreet is just great in this a-one movie about the post-war radio advertising world. Gable has just hung up his uniform--literally--when the show begins, and is ready to resume his radio ad man career. Along the way, he has to tangle with Greenstreet, a really dopey Keenan Wynn, and decide which of two lovely ladies he wants to pursue. Quite a dilemma: the upper-crust war widow Deborah Kerr who seems like she'd be made of ice but is surprisingly warm to the touch, or sultry torch singer Ava Gardner, who might seem like a live wire but secretly yearns for an apron and a man in slippers. For those who are as confused as Gable as regards the woman issue, have no fear--just check out "Mogambo" where once again Gable has to choose between a lady (this time, Grace Kelly) and a, well, not so much of a lady (Gardner again). See both movies together, and you can play out both scenarios.
Really wonderful supporting work by Greenstreet as the overbearing soap dictator, used to making everyone alternately jump and grovel, and by Adolphe Menjou as the beleagured head of the ad agency, who has lost so many of his scruples that he embarrasses his wife in a terribly effective drunk scene in a nightclub double date with Gable/Kerr. Smaller role for veteran Edward Arnold, but just as solid as usual, playing a man who trusts Gable a little more than he ought.
If you're in the mood for great post-war King Gable and a bevy of top-rate supporting players, make a bee line for "The Hucksters"--and that's no soft soap.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Movie of Chesslike Stratagems July 21, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The Hucksters does an excellent job of portraying the cut throat business that advertising is. Clark Gable, playing the suave but ethical advertising man, is the protagonist and he is pitted against the larger than life business tycoon Sydney Greenstreet. Both are pitted against one another in this real life chess match, each making strategic moves of cunning, self-pride and power--Gable, in an attempt at making the advertising business a respectable one and Greenstreet by instilling fear into the bumbling idiots who surround him. Greenstreet operates as though his customers are mindless sheep easily persuaded by fancy packaging and jingles of no substance whereas Gable is convinced that the customer is intelligent and is looking for more than bells and whistles when purchasing a product.

Most interesting however is the internal struggle Gable, Kerr, and Gardner are each battling. Gable, basically a good man, is somewhat of a player and finds himself in love with Kerr. Kerr, a widow with children, is a righteous woman deeply attracted to Gable but cannot reconcile with his lifestyle. Gardner, a sultry singer of a sordid background, longs to settle down as a respectable housewife and mother and his her net set for Gable. All three do a magnificent job of portraying the internal struggles of their characters.

In the end Gable buckles but does not break before the formidable Greenstreet. Realizing that he cannot continue on working for this tyrant without compromising his standards, Gable passes on the company?s lucrative offer and walks, but not before he has publicly humiliated Greenstreet.

Of course, Gable does get the girl in the end. Which one? Watch the movie and find out!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CLARK AND KERR November 3, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Clark Gable zoomed back to the pre-eminent place he long held in Hollywood with this smash performance of Vic Norman, the attractive "huckster"; a radio advertising go-getter. He takes with him the lovely English Deborah Kerr, who made her American film debut in this film from 1947. Nearly everyone read the book by Frederic Wakeman back in the forties; it was very popular. The Gable-Kerr team is ideal. Kerr made an impressive bow on the U.S. screen, and the critics took notice. Sydney Greenstreet is great as Evan Llewellyn Evans, who thinks America as a blank space between New York and Hollywood where people buy soap! Producer Arthur Hornblow, Jr. garnered top technical talent for this film and Jack Conway's direction is first-rate. Ava Gardner is mesmerizingly beautiful as the nightclub singer, Jean Ogilvie. At the end of the excellent Luther Davis screenplay, Gable gives out with the kind of denunciation of his brow-beating boss that has been standard cinematurgy for years - the script ribs everything in radio of yore from soap operas to Forest Lawn commercials!
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is a movie of a womanizer.
Didn't care for this movie. This movie depicts how often too many men are womanizers. However, the woman this man finds changes his life.
Published 4 months ago by A concerned citizen
5.0 out of 5 stars Clark Gable plays a big-time peddler in this social drama
Brilliantly portrayed by Clark Gable as a huckster of a marketing firm, and beautifully supported by Deborah Kerr as his love interest; this movie is a pleasure to watch. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rama Rao
1.0 out of 5 stars This may be the worst online purchase I have ever made.
The movie freezes in numerous places and several scenes are not shown. Also the sound track went mute in several places even though the video continued to advance. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ray
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Published 8 months ago by LIZA DELLA REESE
5.0 out of 5 stars Madison Avenue lampooned
Clark Gable is an advertising huckster who doesn't play by the rules. The story revolves around a soap manufacturer who believes he owns the advertising agency he hired body and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sandi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hucksters
Again, if you are an avid Clark Gable fan, as I am, you will want to add this DVD to your collection. Product came as promised, as usual from Amazon.
Published 13 months ago by Roger
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as most Clark Gable Films
Sorry for the very low score but I was very disappointed. I really only purchased it because my home town is mentioned in the movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mee
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie could have been made today
You watch "The Hucksters," made some sixty-three years ago, and think the satire in it could have been made today. That's what makes a classic, by definition. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jeffery Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars You have to love Clark Gable ...
He plays an advertising man who is independent until he goes to work for Sidney Greenstreet who is fat, obnoxious and demands that everyone agree with him. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Angela Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
Well done and an excellent remastering of this old movie! You will like this work if you are a Gable fan and appreciate a good story.
Published 18 months ago by Robert J. Socha
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