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Million Dollar Duck (1971)
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 lays now 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.
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 ... Orlo Wadlow
Sammy Jackson ... Frisby
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Mr. Purdham
Frank Wilcox ... Bank Manager
Bryan O'Byrne ... Bank Teller
Ted Jordan ... Mr. Forbes
This film is a good example of the films Disney made around this time, in the same way as animation with songs and smart-ass sidekicks are of the 90's. This is typical of the period but not the best example of when it works well. The plot is goofy and sets the tone for the sense of humour but it isn't used very well. Instead of laughs it really only produces energy and `wackiness'. There are a few laughs but not many. Most of the action has dated badly – with clichéd hippies, All-American happy families and forced physical routines.
Jones is OK, accustom as he is to roles such as this. He carries it well but the subject has less charm than some of his better films (Herbie for one). Of the rest of the cast only Tony Roberts really sticks in the mind as he has almost all of the good lines. The duck is cool though!
Overall this is a passable family film but it will not be `great' for any member of the family. There are better Disney films out there from this period – this one just lacked a certain spark to make it work better.
Disney spin on "The Goose That Layed The Golden Egg" itself drops a big white bomb: kooky suburban family discovers their pet duck lays solid gold eggs (the Mrs. actually takes one of these eggs to the bank, hoping to deposit it into her account!). Ostensibly a fantasy, this out-of-touch Disney comedy eventually turns into a queasy dissection of greed and how money rips families apart (fathers and sons, in particular). Full of long-in-the-tooth hippies and square adults, the picture is aimed at kids but probably won't keep many in their seats. Although officially titled "The Million Dollar Duck", in the film's TV advertisements the announcer calls the movie "One Million Dollar Duck".
While other Disney movies of this time period are great, I find "The Million Dollar Duck" to be of low quality, its storyline boring, and the acting mediocre. The professor's wife is the dumbest object to be found. She is simply too naive and too stupid to do much good to the film. Dean Jones certainly isn't memorable either. And quite frankly, I found the storyline to be quite boring, void of any excitment you might get over a million dollars. All in all, I'd put this movie on the back burner and stick with "The Shaggy DA" or "That Darn Cat"
* Towards the end of the movie, when Jimmy is chasing Charlie the duck, we see a VW Beetle with the license plate OFP 857, the same as Herbie's in The Love Bug (1968), another movie starring Dean Jones.