Hucksters, The (MGM 1947, Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr)

The Hucksters

Deborah Kerr made her American debut in drama about the advertising business The Hucksters. The story pits Clark Gable, an ex-G.I. who returned from the war with ideals, against the ranks of yes-men vying for the approval of a sadistic soap tycoon (Sydney Greenstreet). Kerr and Ava Gardner vie for his attention when he’s not busy fighting the agency wars.

When promoting The Hucksters, MGM chief Louis B. Mayer came up with his own bit of hucksterism to promote his new leading lady. The ads read, “Deborah Kerr (rhymes with ‘star’).

The Hucksters

Cast: Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner, Sidney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold, Aubrey Mather,

Director: Jack Conway
Producer: Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Original Story: Frederic Wakeman
Director of Photography: Harold Rosson
Editor: Frank Sullivan
Composer: Lennie Hayton
Screenwriters: Edward Chodorov, Luther Davis, George Wells
Production Designers: Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary

USA / MGM / 116 minutes / 1947

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