The Hucksters

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"Gable's New Star is Deborah Kerr (rhymes with star)"
  • NR
  • 1947
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 6.7  (1,943)

The Hucksters is a 1947 drama film starring Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, and Sydney Greenstreet. The movie is based on a novel by Frederic Wakeman Sr. and is set in the post-World War II advertising industry. Clark Gable plays the role of Victor Albee, a World War II veteran who is hired by the advertising giant, Kimberly Advertising. He is tasked with selling a new product called 'Unnamed Beauty Soap'. The company wants him to use his exceptional marketing skills to persuade and create a buzz around the product.

Excited about the challenge and the opportunity, Albee dives deep into his work. But success can come at a high price. Albee soon realizes that the advertising industry is not as glamorous as he thought it would be. His co-workers, including his boss, Evan Llewellyn Evans (Sydney Greenstreet), are corrupt and ruthless in their dealings. They are willing to go to any extent to promote their products to consumers.

Deborah Kerr plays the role of Kay Dorrance, a young and attractive widow who Albee meets during one of his business meetings. Victor becomes enamored with her, and a love affair blossoms between them. However, their relationship is strained because of their different values and views on life.

As Albee becomes entangled in the world of advertising, he realizes that the industry is not what he thought it was. He begins to struggle with the morality of his job and the consequences of his actions on society. His growing apprehension about the industry is further fueled by his relationship with Kay, who disagrees with his work ethics.

Despite his growing doubts, Albee is determined to succeed in his job. He creates an exciting campaign for the beauty soap and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure its success. Along the way, he confronts his own demons and learns the importance of staying true to oneself.

The movie, directed by Jack Conway, explores the dark side of the advertising industry and the effect of its tactics on consumers. The Hucksters is a well-crafted drama with an exceptional cast. Clark Gable delivers an outstanding performance as Victor Albee, and Deborah Kerr is equally impressive as Kay Dorrance. Sidney Green-street's portrayal of the corrupt and ruthless Evan Llewellyn Evans adds depth and complexity to the film.

Overall, The Hucksters is an entertaining and thought-provoking movie that exposes the inner workings of the advertising industry. The film holds up well to this day and is a must-watch for fans of classic Hollywood cinema.

The Hucksters is a 1947 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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    6.7  (1,943)