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The Fuller Brush Man (1948)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | June 1948 (USA)
Poor Red Jones gets fired from every job he tries. His fiancée gives him one last chance to make good when he becomes a Fuller Brush man. His awkward attempts at sales are further ... See full summary »

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S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Roy Huggins (story), Frank Tashlin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Red Skelton ... Red Jones
Janet Blair ... Ann Elliot
Don McGuire ... Keenan Wallick
Hillary Brooke ... Mildred Trist
Adele Jergens ... Miss Sharmley
Ross Ford ... Freddie Trist
Trudy Marshall ... Sara Franzen
Nicholas Joy ... Commissioner Gordon Trist
Donald Curtis ... Gregory Cruckston
Arthur Space ... Police Lt. Quint
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Poor Red Jones gets fired from every job he tries. His fiancée gives him one last chance to make good when he becomes a Fuller Brush man. His awkward attempts at sales are further complicated when one of his customers is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Based Upon a SATURDAY EVENING POST Story by Roy Huggins (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That Mad Mr. Jones See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Fuller Brush Co., was founded in 1906 by Alfred Fuller in Hartford, CT. It was one of the largest firms that relied entirely on door-to-door sales. Starting in the 1980s, when there were fewer women at home during the day, the company started catalog sales and opened a few stores. The company was sold to Sara Lee in 1968 and has changed hands a few times since, but as of 2017 is still in business. See more »

Quotes

Red Jones: [dazed after a door falls on him] Good morning, Madam, would you like to buy a brush?
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Followed by The Fuller Brush Girl (1950) See more »

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A very good Skelton effort
19 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I've seen most of Red Skelton's films, so I can safely say that this is one of his better films. It's not his best, mostly because his character was goofy but not as sweet as likable as he was in some of his other pictures...plus the end seem to go on a bit long. Still, it's enjoyable and you could do a lot worse!

When the film begins, Red (Red Skelton) is a total loser who wants to marry his sweetie (Janet Blair). However, she is a realist and knows that Red can't hold a job...and their marriage would be doomed. When he fired from yet another job, he decides he wants to become a Fuller Brush man...selling brushes door to door. Oddly, about a third of the way into the movie, the plot changes dramatically---and Red is pulled into a murder mystery. And, to make it worse, the cops think he's the most likely suspect. Can he, with the help of his girl, manage to find out what really happened and prove his innocence?

This film is pleasant and fun. As I mentioned above, the ending was a bit of a disappointment as Red's fight with the baddies took very long--too long. It was full of stunts and folks getting bonked on the head. I would have preferred one or two less bonks! Still, it is a lot better than many of his films with MGM where the studio insisted on placing this comic in musicals--which wasted his many talents.


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