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The Toy (1982)

  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 7,147 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 10 December 1982 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min
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  • IMDb page: The Toy (1982)
  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 7,147 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 10 December 1982 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Filming Location: 19050 Perkins Rd E, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
  • Gross: $50,400,000 (USA)
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Stars: Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Patrick Williams   
  • Soundtrack: I Just Want To Be Your Friend
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Toy | Department Store | Newspaper | Rich Kid | Trophy Wife

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Carol Sobieski  screenplay
  • Francis Veber  film

Known Trivia

  • In his E! True Hollywood Story bio, Scott Schwartz says that the hardest part of making this movie was working with Jackie Gleason. Because Schwartz was trained to memorize his lines, he would always get thrown off by Gleason’s improvisations, resulting in his getting yelled at repeatedly by Gleason. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Richard Pryor did this film purely for the money. 1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Scott Schwartz (who played Eric Bates) became a porn star later in life. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The framed picture seen behind Mr. Morehouse in his office is actually actor Ned Beatty’s high school graduation photograph. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • When Jack and Eric accidentally burst into Fräulein’s room, she had been watching film of Adolf Hitler. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The phallic building featured prominently in a few scenes is the the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, LA. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The film was made and released about six years after Francis Veber’s source French film The Toy (1976) (that that this movie was a remake of) had been first released in 1976. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The name of the newspaper that Jack Brown (Richard Pryor) tried to get a job at was “The Bugle”. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • Debut theatrical feature film of then child actor Scott Schwartz. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |
  • The amount of money that Jack Brown (Richard Pryor) needed to find was $10,000. Is this interesting? Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Jack Brown is on the phone in Master Bates's room, you can see that the phone has no cord going into the phone jack

Plot: An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat. Full summary »  »

Story: On one of his bratty son Eric’s annual visits, the plutocrat U.S. Bates takes him to his department store and offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor who has made him laugh with his antics. At first the man suffers many indignities as Eric’s “toy”, but gradually teaches the lonely boy what it is like to have and to be a friend. Written byPaul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

Synopsis

Synopsis: Jack Brown (Richard Pryor) is an unemployed newspaper reporter living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who is in danger of losing his house to the bank since he and his wife cannot make their mortgage. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to get a job working for the local paper, the Bugle, he becomes so desperate that he ends up taking a job as a "cleaning lady" for U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason), an uptight and ruthless businessman who owns the paper and many other businesses in Louisiana. Jack is humiliated as he clumsily attempts to serve food at a luncheon. He is fired, but quickly lands a part-time job as a janitor in a department store owned by Bates.

The following evening, "Master" Eric Bates (Scott Schwartz), the 10-year-old, spoiled-and-rotten, prviledged, brat son of the boss, arrives home from the military academy where he attends and his father sends him to the store and he is told that he "can have anything he wants in the store". Amused at seeing Jack goof around in the store’s toy section, Eric informs his father’s long-suffering right-hand man Sydney Morehouse (Ned Beatty) that what he wants is Jack Brown himself. Morehouse fails to convince Eric that human beings cannot be owned. Jack is literally "boxed up" and taken to the large Bates mansion that sits on the outskirts of the city.

At first, Jack refuses to have any interaction with the brat Eric, but Bates offers him a deal: in exchange for a generous financial settlement, Jack reluntantly agrees to be Eric’s live-in friend during Eric’s one-week spring break from military school.

Emotionally estranged from his father, Eric takes a liking to Jack but still manages to humiliate him with numerous pranks during the first day and night. After a particularly humiliating incident in the mansion incited by Bates’ ditzy and floosy trophy wife Fancy (Teresa Ganzel), who literally introduces him at a dinner party as Eric’s new "toy," Jack grows tired of the situation and leaves. The next day, Jack agrees to return only when U.S. Bates (with Morehouse as his proxy) offers Jack so much money to be Eric’s live-in friend for one week, that Jack will not only pay back the bank and numerous bill collectors, but Jack will be able to pay back the entire mortgage on his house as well.

Jack returns to the Bates estate, determined to teach Eric how a friend is supposed to be treated. Over the next several days, they slowly bond while participating in mini-cart racing, video games, and even fishing in a stream filled with pirahna. Both Jack and Eric begin to open up to one another with stories about their personal lives. Jack tells Eric about him growing up poor and having to look out for oneself. Eric tells Jack about his mother’s death when he was very young which his grumpy father tries to forget about by putting all his time in work and leaving no time for anything else while marrying again and again.

Over time, Jack sees that Eric isn’t the "bad seed" that he puts out to people, but just a mistreated and neglected boy who wants attention and whom is spoiled by his father. Used to getting things his way since all his father ever does is give him gifts and money (calling it love and affection) Eric throws fits when things do not go his way. Eric is so spoiled and hypercompetative that he enjoys beating Jack at video games, minicart racing and board games a little too much. One day, when Jack begins winning at a two-person basketball game, Eric, seeing that he is losing, refuses to play anymore. When Jack scolds Eric for quiting because he is losing asks if he would like to tell Eric’s father that he is a quitter as well as a sore loser. Eric replies with the most dramatic line in the movie: "my father doesn’t care what I am… as long as I stay out of his way."

Another day later, Jack and Eric decide to start a newspaper of their own for fun. After witnessing multiple examples of Bates’ cruelty to his housekeeping staff and workers, they dig up dirt on him, such as a story of how he won his elderly and long-suffering butler, Barkley (Wilfrid Hyde-White), in a game of billiards. Jack and Eric then break into Bates newspaper office after-hours as well as the factory to print their paper, but get discovered by the police. At a police station, Eric manages to create a diversion by setting off some firecrackers creating confusion and panic in which Jack and Eric quietly walk out of their jail cell, and out of the front door.

Afterwards, Jack and Eric publish their paper, titled ‘The Toy’ and distribute free copies of it throughout the city. Bates finds a copy when Morehouse finds one and he is outraged. Bates quickly calls Jack and Eric to his office to confront them both. However, Eric is unapologetic and wants to continue the paper. To prove to his son that money can buy anything (including loyalty), Bates offers Jack a reporting job with his newspaper, which is what Jack wanted all along. When he accepts, Eric becomes upset because he thinks Jack is selling out. Jack tells the boy that most men (especially disenfranchised African-American men such as himself) need jobs, just as his priority is to support himself and his wife.

At the climax, a swanky outdoor party is held at the Bates estate. It is attended by wealthy businessmen and politicians, some of whom aren’t aware it is to be a fundraising event for the Ku Klux Klan. Jack can’t abide that, so he and Eric (teaming up one last time) disrupt the party on their minicarts and expose the real purpose behind it: an attempt to blackmail the local Louisiana senator who is among those bringing a federal indictment against Bates for securties fraud and suspected corruption. Chaos ensues which leads to Jack and Eric driving their minicarts around the party, knocking down tents, ruining displays, and people jumping out of the path of Jack and Eric’s minicarts into various desert trays which leads to a huge pie-throwing fight among the guests.

Bates chases after Jack in a golf cart but ends up crashing into his own swimming pool. Jack saves him from drowning since Bates cannot swim, and it seems all is forgiven. That evening with the week up, Jack packs up and returns to his neighborhood to his wife, riding away on a bicycle while Eric sadly waves goodbye.

The next day, while riding with Eric in a limousine to the airport to return to military school, Bates tries desperately to have a heart-to-heart talk with his son, but he is not very good at it. All Eric talks about is Jack and that he misses him. Bates tells Eric to forget about Jack. While on the runway to board Bates’ private jet, Eric runs off, making his way to Jack’s house. Jack refuses to let Eric live with him and gently admonishes Eric to give his father a chance. Bates shows up and offers the newspaper job to Jack again and promises Eric that next year for spring break he can spend one week with him and one with Jack, much to Eric’s joy.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Margaret Booth known as associate producer
  • Phil Feldman known as producer
  • Ray Stark known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Richard Pryor known as Jack Brown
  • Jackie Gleason known as U.S. Bates
  • Ned Beatty known as Mr. Morehouse
  • Scott Schwartz known as Eric Bates
  • Teresa Ganzel known as Fancy Bates
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White known as Barkley
  • Annazette Chase known as Angela
  • Tony King known as Clifford
  • Don Hood known as O'Brien
  • Karen Leslie-Lyttle known as Fraulein
  • Virginia Capers known as Ruby Simpson
  • B.J. Hopper known as Geffran
  • Linda McCann known as Honey Russell
  • Ray Spruell known as Senator Newcomb
  • Stocker Fontelieu known as District Attorney Russell
  • Stuart Baker-Bergen known as Aerobics Class Leader
  • Robert Adams known as Store Executive
  • Mark Bennett known as Store Executive
  • Jon Ralph Wilson known as Store Executive (as John R. Wilson)
  • Robert Costley known as Poker Player
  • Robert Earle known as Poker Player
  • Pauline Barcelona known as Poker Player
  • Juan Coleman known as Poker Player
  • Valerian Smith known as Poker Player
  • Elbert Andre Patrick known as Jack's Neighbor
  • Orwin C. Harvey known as Grand Wizard (as Orwin Harvey)
  • Jim Clancy known as Clancy
  • Davis Hotard known as Eugene Russell
  • Debra Cole known as Terry Gay
  • Marilyn Gleason known as Mrs. Newcomb
  • Charles Detraz known as Pilot (as Charlie Detraz)
  • Steve Kahan known as State Trooper
  • Paul Tuerpe known as State Trooper
  • Jim Beyer known as KlanWatch Demonstrator
  • Tot Beyer known as KlanWatch Demonstrator
  • Robert M. Stevens known as Drunk in Jail
  • Sally Birdsong known as Morehouse's Secretary
  • Louis Weinberg known as Chauffeur
  • Annie McGuire known as Party Guest
  • Beverly Tagge known as Party Guest
  • George Howard known as Party Guest
  • Helen Howard known as Party Guest
  • Alex Hyde-White known as Photographer
  • Bill Holliday known as Policeman
  • J.D. Martin known as Policeman
  • James Roddy known as Policeman
  • Lucy Campbell Rowland known as Bate's Secretary
  • Bob Cherry known as Man in Carwash (as Robert Cherry)
  • Delana Renay Cole known as Ruby's Child
  • Lewis Baker known as Ruby's Child
  • La Monica Matthews known as Ruby's Child
  • Bruce Langley known as Ruby's Child
  • Dawnis Kaye Smith known as Ruby's Child
  • Santos Swing known as Ruby's Child
  • Willie Swing known as Ruby's Child
  • Tody Bernard known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Tony Burton known as Stanley (uncredited)
  • Harold G. Herthum known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Louis Herthum known as Man in Box (uncredited)
  • Robert Neilson known as Chauffeur in Last Scene (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ken Chase known as makeup artist
  • Tony Lloyd known as makeup artist: Mr. Pryor
  • Robert L. Stevenson known as hair stylist (as Bob Stevenson)
  • Yolanda Toussieng known as hair stylist (as Yolanda Toussing)

Art Department:

  • Joe Acord known as construction coordinator
  • Tom Bartholomew known as stand-by painter
  • Sam Gordon known as property master
  • David F. Klassen known as set designer (as David Klassen)
  • Ted Mossman known as assistant property master
  • Paul Myerberg known as leadman (as Paul Meyerberg)
  • Gregory Pickrell known as set designer (as Greg Pickrell)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
  • Delphi Films
  • Rastar Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Panavision  lenses and Panaflex® Camera by (as Panavision®)
  • Reeltime Creative  trailer music

Distributors:

  • Columbia Pictures (1982) (USA) (theatrical)
  • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (1985) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
  • Warner-Columbia Film (1984) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Warner-Columbia Films (1982) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (2001) (USA) (DVD)
  • Columbia TriStar Home Video (1993) (USA) (VHS)
  • GoodTimes Home Video (1989) (USA) (VHS)
  • LK-TEL Vídeo (Brazil) (video)
  • LK-TEL (198?) (Argentina) (VHS)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    I know there was a lot of controversy around this film, due to the factwe have a rich white man buying a black man for his son, but I thinkthat people just took this film way too seriously. Richard Pryor is oneof the best comedians of all time, so I definitely became interested inseeing this film after I saw it on VH1's "I love the 80's" show, onceagain though, it seemed like they were giving the film a hard time.Well, I saw this at a store and figured for 5 dollars, what the heck?It's the rental price, if I liked the movie, I might as well own it.Well, I watched it this morning, I have to say that I thought that thiswas a very cute film that I'm sure if you have an open mind, you'lldefinitely enjoy it.

    Jack is a journalist looking for a job, he's not getting anythingthough, at first he starts as a cleaning lady, but is fired by a snobbyrich man. Then he's security at a toy store where the snobby rich man'sson is shopping for anything he wants, he sees Jack and thinks he isfunny, he wants him as the toy. When offered enough money to save hishouse, Jack agrees to it, but he's getting just a bit humiliated whenhe is constantly mocked, understandably. But when he gives the littleboy a chance, they end up becoming great friends.

    The Toy is just a fun movie that I'm sure you'll get a kick out of ifyou just give it a shot. It's a definite 80's classic that had greatcomedy in it, Richard was absolutely hilarious. He and Scott Schwartzwere very adorable together and looked like they had so much funtogether. I would recommend this film for a fun comedy, you'reguaranteed a few laughs.

    7/10

  2. Jonas Cukierman (Count Orlok) from Chicago, Illinois USA
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    This film can be enjoyed by children due to it’s obvious subject matter.Butit also has a subtheme about racial and class divisions. Depending on thescene, the film’s racial connotations range from depicting the use ofblacksin subservient positions, to blatantly expressing that people can stillsellthemselves or be bought out of desperation.

  3. possedard from United States
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    Everyone wants to talk about the racial overtones. ***NEWS FLASH***White folks do not wake up every morning thinking about how to screwover black folks. The movie was great. I loved it then and I love itnow. I'm pretty sure the people who made this movie decided to make afunny movie with a great comedian of that era. I couldn't think of abetter comedian to have as a toy, white or black.

    To all my folks who seem to get upset at Richard Pryor and or thedirectors for making this movie, don't be. Be upset at Petey Greene forshowing everyone how to eat a watermelon. You Tube that if you don'tbelieve me.

  4. (tbro71@hotmail.com) from Chicago, Illinois
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    This is simply put, a fun, charming movie about a boy (Scott Schwartz) whodecides to make Richard Pryor his toy for a week while he visits hispowerful father Jackie Gleason. Simple gags, jokes and life lessons arewhat this movie is all about. It should be noted that Schwartz, who alsoplayed "Flick" in A Christmas Story went on to co-star in non-sexual rolesin hardcore XXX films, then did a XXX scene himself, virtually destroyingany chance for a comeback as an adult actor.

  5. gravyshanks from Los Angeles
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    "The Toy" is a remake of the French movie "Le Jouet," but writer CarolSobieskiand director Dick Donner have infused it with a racist theme that isspecificallyAmerican.

    US Bates (Gleason), a wealthy, powerful Louisiana industrialist purchases,JackBrown, a janitor (Pryor) to perform as an object for his spoiled son’samusement.

    After an initial period of friction due to young Eric’s (Schwartz)obnoxious,selfish behavior, they agree to investigate Bates’s personal andprofessionalmisbehavior in a home-made newspaper, called "The Toy."

    Infuriated, Bates demonstrates to the two investigators that he owns thepeoplewho work for him by ordering his assistant named Morehouse (Beatty) todrophis pants on command (he later screams at another assistant "I told youtodance!")

    The iconoclastic rebels who finally take down Bates at a Klan fundraiserareEric’s innocent generation who never knew Jim Crow and thetruth-burdened,unemployed black man with nothing to lose because he’s already at thebottom.

    This movie is filled with enough Pryor minstrelsy to keep movie-goingWhiteyoccupied and chuckling, but is at the same time digging deep into therealityand shame of this country’s racist past, and, indeed, present. And wehaven’teven addressed the alcoholic indentured man-servant Barkley (Hyde-White)orthe Fraulein-who-cries-Mandingo (Leslie-Lyttle.)

    From the buying of Brown to the sycophantic staff to the Senator-for-hireNewcomb (consonance: Nuke ‘Em,) US Bates proves that slavery isn’tover…people just cost a little more these days.

    In this day when skirting the issue of race and playing it safe at theriskof beingoffensive has crushed any discussion of racism in this country, it’s nicetoseethat Hollywood once had the balls to make a movie that called a spadea…well,you get it.

    Oh, and the kid grows up to be a porn star.

  6. Rid.X
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    I’ve seen this movie more times than I’d ever admit to, and the thing thatkeeps me watching is Pryor. He shines in just aboutevery scene he’s seen, especially when he’s paired withtheWonder-Wheel. It’s just that the rest of the film isn’t on thelevel.

    That’s not to say it’s a bad film; it’s just not a solidone.This remake of a Francis Veber film (the name escapes me)findsPryor as Jack Brown, an unemployed writer who seeks a jobwitha newspaper. He arrives at Bates Industries, run by thepowerfulindustrialist U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason). He works a varietyof odd jobs, incl. a janitor in a department store, whereheis spotted by U.S. Bates’ spoiled son, Eric, during the afforementionedWonder-Wheel fiasco. Eric wants Jack as a toy, and this leads to a moviethat blends the comedic with the sentimental, and works about half of thetime.

    The movie does take it’s time to illustrate the goings-onin the Bates home. Eric spends much time tormenting Jack;duringtheir first night, he shoots firecrackers at him, amongotherthings. The two of them play air-hockey, and when Jackisbeating Eric, the boy quits. Jack questions the boy if his father knowsthathis son is a quitter, to which Eric replies,"He doesn’t care what I am, as long as I stay out of hisway."That scene illustrates Eric’s m.o.; he’s frustrated attheneglect and inattentiveness he receives from his father,and expresses it in rebellious behavior.

    That’s all good and well, and that scenario does have apositive resolution, but the movie is burdened withunnecessary elements that don’t belong in a movie likethis.The movie has a racist subtext: Jack essentially allowshimself to be bought, even though he says he can’t. There’salso a subplot towards the end dealing with the Grand Wizardof the Ku Klux Klan that serves no purpose other than towreck a party. And U.S. Bates’ wife, Fancy, is a poorly-drawncharacter; she comes along with an impressive bust andanannoying voice, and does little that is humorous, asidefrom her pronounciation of "U.S."

    Still, the main reason to see the film is Pryor. See itforno other reason than to see a legend doing what he doesbest.

  7. dafuzzbudd from United States
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    Richard Pryor is a very funny man. This was my first experience seeinghim in a movie and I will be looking for more. The movie starts outabout Pryor needing to find a job. He gets hired by a rich CEO to behis kid's toy. Towards the end the plot starts to break away from whatthe movie initially starts to do and gets too serious and uncomfortablyunfunny at times. There's a scene where they go fishing and it feltlike an forced switch up of scenery.

    The racial humor is carried well by Pryor and made the movie overall agood watch.

    7/10

  8. ahmed elshikh (ahmed_abd_elreheem@yahoo.com) from Egypt
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    It's nearly a shot-by-shot remake for the French masterpiece (Le Jouet- 1976); so much for saying I think !. (Richard Pryor) filled it withhis own buffoonery, and some funny lines, but he couldn't capture theserious sense of the story, he almost dealt with the movie as a toyitself. He was a golden star at the moment, so maybe they left him dowhatever he wants. Or maybe that's the taste of his comedy anyway.(Richard Donner) made it fairly but it's still one of his mostspiritless movies that lacks the personal touch, he was executing morethan creating at this break between the end of the 1970s' (Superman)'smovies, and his works at the mid-1980s : (Ladyhawke), (The Goonies),then (Lethal Weapon).

    Of course the comparison isn't for the sake of the American movie.Firstly, there are no changes, they kind of translated the French movieto American the way they translated le jouet to the toy ("The Toy" iswhat "Le Jouet" means in English). They only added a storyline aboutracism which suited (Pryor)'s character, and harmonized with the motif(as if slavery still exists, making the poor as the rich people's toy).And also, it utilized somehow the stepmother as a sexual toy herself.But overall nothing could reach to the original's special pace, orexceptional personality.

    (Donner), with the 2 scriptwriter, lacked the French director (FrancisVeber)'s smart touches while he was transforming his own short storyinto feature film; for example, at (Le Jouet), the rich man's villa wasdark, the silence worked powerfully more than the talking, and itdidn't go to repeat the domino's fall, or show off the stepmother'sbody !. Let alone, how here the adult joking is ruling, there is apurposed kick out of hearing the boy says "Boob", or else familiarmatters. (Patrick Williams)'s music was very cute, but not up to(Vladimir Cosma)'s tender memorable score. And nothing can imitate theoriginal's end, which's one of the most touching and expressingcinematic endings I've ever seen.

    Have watched the original or not, this one is good, fresh and solid asan afternoon movie. In fact its good condition is a perfect proof ofthe original's beauty, though it's obvious that (The Toy) couldn't beas "unique" as (Le Jouet).

  9. Juan from Chicago, IL
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    Richard Pryor again plays the bumbling idiot in this comedy with amorality twist. The premise revolves around Richard losing his house,an opportunity to make a lot of money fast being a human toy for a richstore owner and the hilarity that ensues. While the film (and Richard)are indeed funny, it’s hard to watch at times as the movie ATTEMPTS tobalance racial/social class commentary with blaxpotation comedy. In onescene, Richard is giving the kid a lesson in friendship and the next wewatch him running around bug eyed. And in the end, Richard plays thestereotypical blaxpotation character while Jackie Gleason is the greatwhite rich dad. Its fun to watch but hard to digest.

  10. (robocoptng986127@aol.com) from U.S.A
    01 Jan 2014, 10:00 pm

    [CONTAINS SPOILERS]

    Jack Brown is down on his luck. He’s without job andhishouse is about to be auctioned off by the bank. He triesgettinga job, but comes up empty handed. Finally, it get’s so bad,heapplies to be a cleaning lady at a department store owned by U.S.Bates,mega milionaire that owns south central Louisiana. Onenight,while Jack was playing with toys in the toy department, U.S.Bates’9-year-old son, Eric, (who was on break from military school)

    witnessed this and literally bought him! Jack was not too crazy about being a toy, so Mr.Bateshad to shove a little money his way. Jack has a run-in withaboxing robot, a bunch of stuffed animals and an air hockeygame.Then one day, Jack suggests he and Eric start a newspaper.Jackgives Eric the nickname Scoop, which he detests. They thenlearnthat Mr. Bates had fired one of his employees for no reason, soJackand Eric decide to get the lowdone on Mr. Bates. They interviewBarkley, Bates’ English butler and ask Mr. Bates to tell how heandhis bubble headed third wife Fancy met. They put it all inthenewspaper. Mr. Bates is furious when he finds out. Jack and Ericalsosabotage a party Mr. Bates was throwing, because one of hisguestswas the Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan! But in the end, allturnsout well. Jack gives Mr. Bates some helpful tips on how to betterhisrelationship with his son, then takes off. I really enjoy this movie. It’s one of my favorites.

    Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason are fabulous together.Unfortunately,Jackie Gleason is no longer with us. He died in 1987. Alsodeadis Wilfrid Hyde-White who played Barkley. He died in 1995.Theyshall be missed, but they will always be remembered in greatmoviesthey did, like this one; Scott Schwartz played Flick, Ralphie’sfriendin A Christmas Story the following year. Richard Pryor iscurrently61 and not doing too well. So in conclusion, you must see thismovie!Thank you, and hang in there, Richard!

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