Friday, April 3, 2009

Weekend Matinee: The Hucksters


Gable was pushing the upper register of his 40's in this movie, but still looked pretty darned good. And the movie was pretty darned good as well. Not an all-out expose of advertising, yes-men, and greed, it still got some digs in.

Greenstreet is rather brilliant, "Irr-i-tate, irr-i-tate..."

This is an early scene; I'd hoped to find the last. But this will do.

This movie is (carry the two, divide by eight, take the square root of...) about sixty years old, and advertising hasn't changed much. Nor have bosses.

In the final scene, Gable pours a jug of water on Greenstreet, and walks off the job and out the door. You know, just like real life.

Here you go

22 comments:

-K- said...

Drat - "The video is no longer available."

But at least the J-Weed is working again.

WV marramis (As in "They call the Wind Marramis?)

altadenahiker said...

should work now.

(Oh, that WV is pushing the envelope.)

-K- said...

The clip confirms it: The world needs more Sidney Greenstreets.

altadenahiker said...

Or at least one more.

Virginia said...

I for one am glad the J-Weed is up and running again.
I swear K can make his WV into anything he wants it to be. I can't make mine into any damn thing.
Case in point: derconsi What????
V

Pasadena Adjacent said...

The board room gives me the creeps. All that dark wood paneling and the long table and presentation boards. I've been here 60 years later. I'm irr-i-tat(ed) irr-i-tat(ed)

zan-ex zan-ex

Petrea said...

Gable looked good every second of his too-short life. He could do whatever he wanted as far as I'm concerned. He was always watchable.

elaukan! elaukan!

Anonymous said...

The Fat Man's the best.

PJ said...

Syndney Greenstreet as The Fat Man in The Maltese Falcon and now here, well, he explains things in such interesting ways, doesn't he?

Glashim, the dear man.

Laurie said...

I can't believe I've never seen this movie. Great scene. I've sat through a lot of those meetings. I wish someone had thought to spit on the table to liven things up.

WV: speat!

Laurie said...

BTW, where can I get myself a "flossie negligee?" I'll bet Virg knows.

West Coast Grrlie Blather said...

I love how Greenstreet's character keeps messing up "Norman" - but then he gets it right when it matters (to him).

Virginia said...
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Virginia said...

Yes,ma'am I know. Clarke Gable....makes a girl want to put one on!
V

Tash said...

Eerie how realistic it is. :)

LOL on your TJ's comment - this one will not have any parking spaces since ALL are already taken now at least on wknds.

Vanda said...

Awesome scene.

My wv is hothenti.

altadenahiker said...

Right you guys, very hothenti(c).
Here I thought I was the only one who knew of that obscure movie and scene, but 2000 people have viewed it on youtube. Who the heck are those people?

Virginia said...

Well it's not moi. Everything I know lately I learn right here. How did I get this old and be so clueless about stuff especially movies that are my age OR OLDER ??? I'm putting my negligee on, lighting up a smoke and sipping a Manhattan with Clarke Gable.

San Diego Farmgirl said...

That wasn't water. That was booze, the finest advertising fuel known to man. (lady ad execs prefer champagne)

Tash said...

Hello - what's the story with Altadena Story? ;)
I'm doing taxes & I'm extremely grumpy.
I bought an all time classic DVD today for 4 bucks at the PV library bk sale - FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE - spagetti Western with Clint - 1st time I saw was in the old county when I was 10 or so. I'll let you borrow it sometime, maybe.

-K- said...

I couldn't start the work week the same way as I ended it so I watched this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sknP0vgqlg&NR=1

(The End - of "The Hucksters.")

Petrea said...

"Wonderful dope." I'm going to use that.