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Mister Drake's Duck

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Mr Drake's Duck
"Mister Drake
Directed byVal Guest
Written byIan Messiter
Val Guest
Produced byDaniel M. Angel
StarringDouglas Fairbanks Jr.
Yolande Donlan
Jon Pertwee
CinematographyJack E. Cox
Edited bySam Simmonds
Music byBruce Campbell
Distributed byEros Films (UK)
United Artists (US)
Release date
  • 7 February 1951 (1951-02-07)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget£100,000[1]

Misterr Drake's Duck is a 1951 British science-fiction comedy film directed by Val Guest and starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Yolande Donlan, Jon Pertwee, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Reginald Beckwith. The screenplay concerns a farmer who discovers that his hens have started laying radioactive eggs.[2]

Plot

Mr. Drake inherits Green Acres Farm in Sussex, in the English countryside, where he moves with his new American bride Penny. Because of a misunderstanding, Penny unexpectedly finds that she owns 60 ducks. She is astonished when one of the ducks begins laying radioactive eggs. As the news spreads, the Drakes come under siege by the army. Green Acres Farm is designated a prohibited area, and of all its inhabitants and visitors are made prisoners. The military launches Operation Chickweed to snatch the radioactive duck.

Cast

Reception

Upon the film's American release, A. H. Weiler of The New York Times wrote: "Mister Drake's Duck is responsible for some chuckles, a few good-natured gibes at the British armed services and civil servants and the international race for atomic supremacy. ... They are, of course, laboring one joke, but do come up with enough laughs to make Mister Drake's Duck a pleasant if slight lampoon."[3]

References

  1. ^ "Star's snap decision to play opposite unknown redhead". Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 9 April 1950. p. 12. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Mr. Drake's Duck (1951) - BFI". BFI. Archived from the original on 19 January 2009.
  3. ^ Weiler, A. H. (28 January 1952). "Atomic Era Hits Farm". The New York Times. p. 15.


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