The Hucksters (1947)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by , adaptation by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Clark Gable looks tired in this humdrum melodrama, which marks the major American debut of the stunning Deborah Kerr.  He plays an advertising executive (or ‘Huckster’, as they called them) recently returned from military service, whose hard work to land his company a new important account also results in his meeting a wealthy widow (Kerr) with whom he falls in love. Getting her to accept his affections ends up being far more complicated than his day job, which involve asking her to endorse a beauty soap, but neither of them are particularly interesting to the viewer. Gable himself is a disappointment, his bad dentures clicking audibly and his old age making him a ridiculous companion for his magnificent co-star. They’ve both done much better elsewhere.

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