THE STORY: Professor Dooley (Dean Jones) and Katie (Sandy Duncan) are a married couple that is having a hard time making it financially. Now to top it off their son wants a dog, but they can't afford it. Dooley is working as a low-level scientist at a laboratory that uses animals as test subjects for intelligence, and his ownh duck subject is a failure. One day the duck gets gamma rays by accident and the boss says, "Get rid of that duck". The duck goes home with Dooley and becomes the boys new pet, Charlie. But trouble starts when he begins to lay golden eggs. The family wants to take the duck for their own use and gets greedy, upsetting the boy. It turns out the duck will only lay eggs for a certain sound and watching Dean Jones try to attempt this sound is hilarious. The government is trying to track down the source of the gold eggs that keep showing up around town. But the party is interrupted by a hostile neighbor (played by Disney regular Joe Flynn) that works for the IRS, and leads up to a wild car chase by the IRS agents and this leads to tons of slapstick humor. Good clean family movie.
TRIVIA & BEHIND THE SCENES: Directed by Vince McEveety. Dean Jones returns for his seventh movie with Disney. Screenplay by by Roswell Rogers, based an original story by Ted Key. Title sequences featured animation by Disney animator Ward Kimball. Filmed at the Walt Disney studios lot. The studio announced auditions at the time for the key roles as... the duck. People from all around brought their ducks, and Disney chose 3 of them to play the part. They were treated like royalty while there, and had recreational swims in the pond at one of the outdoor berms. Sandy Duncan received a Golden Globe nomination as "New Star of the Year", and a nomination from the Globes for "Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)" went to Dean Jones. Running time: 92 minutes.
Released theatrically on June 30, 1971 with a G rating. It aired on the "The Wonderful World of Disney" television show in 1974, '79, and '82. During the climactic scene when Dooley is chasing the duck, we see a Volkswagen Beetle. It has the same license plate number Herbie's from Disney's "The Love Bug", Dean Jones most popular movie ever.
The current release on DVD of this movie has not been remastered, does not seem as if the image or sound has been cleaned up. No extras on the DVD.