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Everything's Ducky (1961)

Two sailors sneak a talking duck on board their ship. Complications ensue.


Don Taylor


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Kermit 'Beetle' McKay
Buddy Hackett ... Seaman Admiral John Paul 'Ad' Jones
Jackie Cooper ... Lt. J.S. Parmell - Psychiatrist
Joanie Sommers ... Nina Lloyd
Roland Winters ... Capt. Lewis Bollinger
Elizabeth MacRae ... Susie Penrose
Gene Blakely Gene Blakely ... Lt. Cmdr. Bernard Kemp
Gordon Jones ... Chief Petty Officer Conroy
Richard Deacon ... Dr. Deckham
James Millhollin ... George Imhoff - Lab Assistant
Jimmy Cross Jimmy Cross ... Drunk
Robert B. Williams ... Duck Hunter (as Robert Williams)
King Calder ... Frank - Bartender
Ellie Kent Ellie Kent ... Nurse
William Hellinger William Hellinger ... Corpsman
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Two sailors sneak a talking duck on board their ship. Complications ensue.

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During a barroom brawl scene, Mickey Rooney walked off the set because the amateurs hired were out of control; this led to the formation of the Stuntmen's Association. See more »


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Everythings's Ducky
Words and Music by Harold Spina
Performed by The Hi-Los
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Duck and Cover
10 July 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In order to avoid the draft, Buddy Hackett (as Admiral John Paul Jones) and Mickey Rooney (as Kermit Beetle McKay) have joined the Navy. "Everything's Ducky" for the pair when they're assigned an easy mission; in "Operation Bird Brain", they are to set free a recently dead officer's duck. The sailors become attached to "Scuttlebutt", the duck who can talk. Mr. Hackett and Mr. Rooney take the duck out drinking, and become financially attached to Scuttlebutt. They try to save their feathered friend from Navy officers, who want to cut the bird's brain out.

Contrived lunacy as in the hands of Hackett and Rooney is criminal. This film is both unfunny and unpleasant. Despite Scuttlebutt's boasting he can handle a few martinis, the duck gets roaring drunk. The sight of the drunken, neck-wobbling duck is unsettling. It's also obvious filmmakers have put some irritant in the duck's mouth, in close-ups, to make it appear to be talking. The duck looks very uncomfortable.

Jackie Cooper (as Parmell) makes an impressive re-appearance on film, after a long absence; his appearance is mercifully short, considering the star-billing, and weakness of material. And, singer Joanie Sommers (as Nina) appears, without singing.

** Everything's Ducky (1961) Don Taylor ~ Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Jackie Cooper

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Release Date:

26 April 1962 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Marujos e um Pato See more »

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Production Co:

Barbroo Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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