The Million Dollar Duck (1971) Movie Review


ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – G – The Million Dollar Duck (1971)

This is under G because it is about a duck laying Golden eggs.

Director: Vincent McEveety

Writer: Roswell Rogers (Screenplay) Ted Key (Story)

Starring: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Joe Flynn, Tony Roberts, James Gregory, Lee Montgomery

Plot: Professor Dooley takes home a duck from his research laboratory as a pet for his son, but soon finds out that it lays golden eggs.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Million Dollar Duck starts when scientist Professor Albert Dooley (Jones) sees his experiment go wrong. Leading to him needing to find a new home for his duck, which his son Jimmy (Montgomery) adopts naming Charlie.

When Charlie starts laying eggs, it seems strange, but to make matters stranger. They are gold eggs, which Albert starts using to solve his money problems. While his neighbour Finley Hooper (Flynn) looks to expose the truth about the new gold coming into the trade.

Thoughts on The Million Dollar Duck

The Million Dollar Duck is a fantasy sci-fi that will see a struggling family discover they have a duck that will lay golden eggs. Easing their money problems, causing bigger problems within their lives. The story will address a father not giving his son enough attention in life. General troubles with money and being overly interested in trying to make history with science. Along with the typical greed side of things.

The film does offer up an interesting think piece, while keeping the family central look about the events involved. The performances are solid enough, getting the laughs when needed. While never letting the characters develop enough to be outside the typical roles we know.

Final Thoughts The Million Dollar Duck is an easy watch Disney family friendly film.

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