Fuller Brush Man

The Fuller Brush Man

Director: S. Sylvan Simon, Frank Tashlin

Cast: Red Skelton, Janet Blair

     
 

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MGM knew it had a valuable property in Red Skelton, but the studio never really knew how to handle his unique talents -- until he was loaned out to Columbia for the hilarious, money-spinning slapstick comedy The Fuller Brush Man. The star plays Red Jones, a born screw-up who can't seem to hold down a job. With the help of his ever-loving girlfriend Ann Elliot

Overview

MGM knew it had a valuable property in Red Skelton, but the studio never really knew how to handle his unique talents -- until he was loaned out to Columbia for the hilarious, money-spinning slapstick comedy The Fuller Brush Man. The star plays Red Jones, a born screw-up who can't seem to hold down a job. With the help of his ever-loving girlfriend Ann Elliot (Janet Blair), Red gets a job as a Fuller Brush salesman, intending to take the business world by storm with his can't-fail sales techniques. Unfortunately, when Red isn't messing up on his own, he's being sabotaged by his supervisor Keenan Wallick (Don McGuire) -- who also happens to be sweet on Ann. While trying to make a sale at the home of Commissioner Trist (Nicholas Joy), poor Red finds himself the Number One Suspect when Trist is murdered. With Ann's help, Red eventually stumbles onto the identity of the actual killer, and the chase is on. And what a chase! Pursued by a battalion of thugs (played by several of Hollywood's top stunt men), Red and Ann hotfoot it through a well-stocked war surplus warehouse, wherein all the props -- rubber rafts, prefabricated houses, camouflage tents, flare guns -- are utilized to their utmost comic potential. A riot from beginning to end, The Fuller Brush Man may well be Skelton's funniest film. It was successful enough in 1948 to spawn a series of imitations -- The Good Humor Man, The Fuller Brush Girl, The Yellow Cab Man, Kill the Umpire - -all of which, like Fuller Brush Man, were co-scripted by the inexhaustibly inventive Frank Tashlin.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1994
UPC:
0043396604520
Original Release:
1946
Source:
Sony Pictures

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Crackston
Arthur Space Lieutenant Quint
Selmar Jackson Henry Seward
Roger Moore Detective Foster
Stanley Andrews Detective Ferguson
Bud Wolfe Jiggers
David Sharpe Skitch
Chick Collins Blackie
Billy Jones Herman
Jimmy Lloyd Chauffeur
Jimmy Hunt Junior
Jimmy Logan Butler
Verna Felton Grandmother
Mary Field Ranger Leader
Garry Owen Milkman
Ann Staunton Maid
Emmett Vogan Doctor

Technical Credits
S. Sylvan Simon Director,Producer
Frank Tashlin Director,Screenwriter
Carl Anderson Art Director
Al Clark Editor
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design
Devery Freeman Screenwriter
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Wilbur McGaugh Asst. Director
Wilbur Menefee Set Decoration/Design
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Edward Small Producer
Lester White Cinematographer

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