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Theatrical release poster by Ward Kimball and Ted Berman
|Directed by||Vincent McEveety|
|Produced by||Bill Anderson|
|Screenplay by||Roswell Rogers|
|Story by||Ted Key|
|Music by||Buddy Baker|
|Cinematography||William E. Snyder|
|Editing by||Lloyd L. Richardson|
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Release date(s)||June 30, 1971|
|Running time||89 minutes|
|Money made||$5.1 million (North America) (rentals)|
The Million Dollar Duck (also titled as $1,000,000 Duck) is a 1971 American comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions about a goose that lays golden eggs scenario. It was directed by Vincent McEveety, and stars Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan and Joe Flynn. The film was released on June 30, 1971, and received negative reviews from critics.
Scientist Albert Dooley (Dean Jones) struggles to pay the bills. His wife, Katie (Sandy Duncan) gets a recipe for applesauce wrong and gives it to her husband to take to work for lunch, hoping it will help cut down on the budget. In a humorous chain reaction, the duck Albert is testing steals the applesauce after Albert has thrown it away in the trash and then wanders into a radiation lab and becomes irradiated. Albert is ordered to get rid of the duck, so he figures he can give it to his son, Jimmy (Lee Montgomery) who has been wanting a pet, only to discover it now lays eggs with solid gold yolks.
In a Pavlovian manner, the duck, named "Charley" (despite being female), lays an egg when prompted by the barking of a dog. At first, the only ones who know of Charley's golden yolks are Albert, Katie, Jimmy and Albert's friend, Fred, but as they sell the yolks of gold, they gain the attention of a suspicious neighbor, a government bureaucrat from the U.S. Treasury Department named Mr. Hooper (Joe Flynn). Hooper spies on the Dooleys in a haphazard manner, often suffering a mishap such as falling off a tree branch after being yelled at by Mrs. Hooper to leave the neighbors alone. However, Hooper sees a golden yolk laid firsthand, with Fred and Albert celebrating.
Hooper warns his boss Rutledge (James Gregory) about the economic upheaval. Although Rutledge doesn't believe Hooper at first, a series of nationwide phone calls among politicians spreads rumors, culminating in Rutledge getting a phone call from President Nixon ordering him to capture the duck. Albert becomes greedy and no longer cares for his son, which saddens Jimmy. The Treasury Department officials (with Mr. Hooper) soon arrive at the house and order the family to turn over the duck. Jimmy, watching from upstairs, climbs out the window with Charley and then rides off with a couple of teenage boys and their hot rod as the government officials try to seize Charley.
Jimmy is then suspended on a ladder between two parking garages and Albert attempts to convince his son to grab his hand before the ladder falls. Jimmy tells his dad to go away, believing he only wants to save Charley, but when the ladder begins to break, he grows fearful and realizes that his dad is there to help. Right before the ladder falls, Albert saves Jimmy. Immediately afterwards, Albert is arrested for owning gold as a private citizen. The family ends up in court and the judge breaks an egg into a glass after Mr. Hooper (unsuccessfully) and then Albert (successfully) barks at the duck to prompt the laying of the egg, which surprisingly turns out to be an ordinary egg yolk, as the effects of the radiation had worn off. The judge dismisses the charges, as there is no proof of the duck laying golden eggs, and Albert tells the family that the golden duck was nice while it lasted, but at least they can keep the duck for their pet, now realizing that his family is more important than wealth. The judge remarks to Jimmy "If that duck ever lays another golden egg...bury it quick!"
- Dean Jones as Albert Dooley
- Sandy Duncan as Katie Dooley
- Joe Flynn as Finley Hooper
- Tony Roberts as Fred Hines
- James Gregory as Rutledge
- Lee Montgomery as Jimmy Dooley
- Jack Kruschen as Doctor Gottlieb
- Virginia Vincent as Eunice Hooper
- Jack Bender as Arvin Wadlow
- Billy Bowles as Orlo Wadlow
- Sammy Jackson as Frisby
- Arthur Hunnicutt as Mr. Purdham
- Frank Wilcox as Bank Manager
- Bryan O'Byrne as Bank Teller
- Ted Jordan as Mr. Forbes
- Bing Russell as Mr. Smith
- Peter Renaday as Mr. Beckert
- Frank Cady as Assayer
- George O'Hanlon as Parking Attendant
- Jonathan Daly as Carter
- Hal Smith as Courthouse Guard
- Edward Andrews as Morgan
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