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|Million Dollar Duck|
Actors: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn, Tony Roberts, James Gregory
Director: Vincent McEveety
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Kids & Family
Bring home surefire Disney fun starring classic comedians Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, and Joe Flynn. Research professor Albert Dooley (Jones) is stuck with past-due bills and one downy, dense lab duck. But an ordinary bird t... more »
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Janine O. from MISSOULA, MT
Reviewed on 11/4/2013...
Another great comedy with Dean Jones. The plot is farfetched perhaps but my boys, who love the "Old Disney" although they are both teens, enjoy the antics of Dean & Sandy in this film. It is a film the whole family can enjoy without worry.
Million Dollar Duck
A.J. | Ohio, USA | 05/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am delighted to see that two of my favorite Disney films have been released on dvd, "Million Dollar Duck" and "The Barefoot Executive." Descriptions of the plots for these movies are already noted here, but I will say that both these films are very enjoyable family viewing. I can remember going to the theater as a child and watching these films, and I still enjoy them today. Nobody's claiming they're the best films ever, or even the best Disney films ever, just good, fun entertainment in the grand Disney tradition.Some have complained about these films not being released in their original aspect ratio's, or being remastered for dvd. Although I would have preferred them released letterboxed as well, neither film was released in a very wide aspect ratio, so they play fine on tv, and as for Disney using the same masters they used for the vhs releases and tv airings, if that's what they did, big deal. Those prints are fine. Sharp, clear pictures, with good color.Sure, it would have been nice to have remastered letterboxed versions on dvd, but be grateful we have them on dvd at all. They've both been a long time coming."
Be careful what you wish for...
microjoe | 10/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE STORY: Professor Dooley (Dean Jones) and Katie (Sandy Duncan) are a married couple that is having a hard time making it financially. Now to top it off their son wants a dog, but they can't afford it. Dooley is working as a low-level scientist at a laboratory that uses animals as test subjects for intelligence, and his ownh duck subject is a failure. One day the duck gets gamma rays by accident and the boss says, "Get rid of that duck". The duck goes home with Dooley and becomes the boys new pet, Charlie. But trouble starts when he begins to lay golden eggs. The family wants to take the duck for their own use and gets greedy, upsetting the boy. It turns out the duck will only lay eggs for a certain sound and watching Dean Jones try to attempt this sound is hilarious. The government is trying to track down the source of the gold eggs that keep showing up around town. But the party is interrupted by a hostile neighbor (played by Disney regular Joe Flynn) that works for the IRS, and leads up to a wild car chase by the IRS agents and this leads to tons of slapstick humor. Good clean family movie.
TRIVIA & BEHIND THE SCENES: Directed by Vince McEveety. Dean Jones returns for his seventh movie with Disney. Screenplay by by Roswell Rogers, based an original story by Ted Key. Title sequences featured animation by Disney animator Ward Kimball. Filmed at the Walt Disney studios lot. The studio announced auditions at the time for the key roles as... the duck. People from all around brought their ducks, and Disney chose 3 of them to play the part. They were treated like royalty while there, and had recreational swims in the pond at one of the outdoor berms. Sandy Duncan received a Golden Globe nomination as "New Star of the Year", and a nomination from the Globes for "Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)" went to Dean Jones. Running time: 92 minutes.
Released theatrically on June 30, 1971 with a G rating. It aired on the "The Wonderful World of Disney" television show in 1974, '79, and '82. During the climactic scene when Dooley is chasing the duck, we see a Volkswagen Beetle. It has the same license plate number Herbie's from Disney's "The Love Bug", Dean Jones most popular movie ever.
The current release on DVD of this movie has not been remastered, does not seem as if the image or sound has been cleaned up. No extras on the DVD.
B. Slagle | Knoxville, TN | 03/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, I used to think this was the funniest movie when I was a kid! Sandy Duncan and Dean Jones were always great!
Everything from that Eugene character to that farmer who demanded "Hep me get these ducks back in the pen!" LOL! Too funny.
If you're wanting a little 'value added' with Italian and German dubs (ie. learning those langs and want to hear familiar dialog by native speakers), and have a multi region or Region 2 DVD player, search amazon.de for "Die Millionen-Dollar-Ente." You can select whether you want to hear the movie with English, Italian or German speech before you play the movie.
Most people in America don't realize how enriching their DVD experience can be, since the industry only bundles the english track on the discs sold here. You MUST have a "Region Free" or "Region 2" (sold in Europe & UK) to play the German DVD. Thank the movie industry for wanting to control what you watch and how you watch it. (And to think of the hundreds of dollars Americans spend on tape sets to hear dialog by native speakers in another language.)
I rate this one an 8 1/2 of 10 on the "Rewatchability" scale."