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The Million Dollar Duck (1971)

Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a toy for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

Ted Key (story), Roswell Rogers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Professor Albert Dooley
Sandy Duncan ... Katie Dooley
Joe Flynn ... Finley Hooper
Tony Roberts ... Fred Hines
James Gregory ... Rutledge
Lee Montgomery ... Jimmy Dooley (as Lee Harcourt Montgomery)
Jack Kruschen ... Doctor Gottlieb
Virginia Vincent ... Eunice Hooper
Jack Bender ... Arvin Wadlow
Billy Bowles Billy Bowles ... Orlo Wadlow
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson ... Frisby
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Mr. Purdham
Frank Wilcox ... Bank Manager
Bryan O'Byrne ... Bank Teller
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Mr. Forbes
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Storyline

To save it from being put to death, Professor Albert Dooley takes home a dumb duck from the research laboratory, which accidentally was exposed to X-rays. At home he discovers that it now lays golden eggs. Since he's broke all the time, his family welcomes this new source of income greatly, and tries to keep it secret. But their greedy neighbors become suspicious. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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It's Charlie...the webfoot wonder with the 24 karat layaway plan! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The $1,000,000 Duck See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of veteran character actor Frank Wilcox. See more »

Goofs

Charlie is supposedly a male duck, but only female ducks lay eggs. See more »

Quotes

Finley Hooper: I wish that fool professor made enough money so I could investigate him.
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Not great, but funny if not taken too seriously
17 June 2009 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

This movie, also known by the alternative title "The $1,000,000 Duck", isn't clearly one of Disney's most solid films. It's not a great movie, but has its fun and originality.

The movie stars Dean Jones and Joe Flynn, both from "The Love Bug". The movie happens to be about an animal, but here's where its biggest originality is: it's not about a cat or a dog or other familiar animals in movies, but a duck! The duck is a cute and likable chap, but very strange. After wandering into a radiation lab, the duck becomes irradiated and many unusual things happen to it, such as to lay golden eggs. Before that, it was already a poor dumb duck.

Dean Jones portrays Professor Albert Dooley, the guy who takes the duck home to offer his son. His son becomes attached to the duck. But because of the whole golden eggs story, Albert Dooley becomes obsessed with the idea of becoming rich thanks to that, proving how people can get so easily greedy for money.

Then again, it's not a super movie, but has its moments, such as Dooley's giant car polluting the air like that and doing those engine noises when it stops (very much like Uncle Buck's car) and some moments with Joe Flynn. I also liked that nice and beautiful yellow sports car.

Almost at the end of the movie, there is a sequence that is all about a chase. The whole sequence is really nuts yet hilarious! While watching it, I couldn't help myself thinking «Damn, what a chase!».


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