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''Mr. Drake's Duck'' is a 1951 British comedy directed by Creator/ValGuest, and stars Creator/DouglasFairbanksJr, Yolande Donlan, Creator/JonPertwee, and Wilfred Hyde-White.

Donald Drake (Fairbanks, Jr.) and his wife Penny (Donlan) are an American couple who inherit a farm in Sussex. One day, Penny goes to town with the farmhand Reuben (Pertwee) and through a wacky misunderstanding, returns home with five dozen ducks that she cannot return. The Drake couple tries their best to adjust with looking after their new farmyard ducks but discover that a hen has laid a uranium egg, leading to the armed forces arriving to quarantine the farm. HilarityEnsues as the Drakes try to deal with living in the same house as Reuben, their handyman Higgins (Creator/PeterButterworth), a loan officer and an official from the Agricultural Ministry.

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''Mr. Drake's Duck'' is a 1951 British comedy directed by Creator/ValGuest, and stars starring Creator/DouglasFairbanksJr, Yolande Donlan, Creator/JonPertwee, and Wilfred Hyde-White.

Donald Drake (Fairbanks, Jr.) (Fairbanks) and his wife Penny (Donlan) are an American couple who inherit a farm in Sussex. One day, Penny goes to town with the farmhand Reuben (Pertwee) and through a wacky misunderstanding, returns home with five dozen ducks that she cannot return. The Drake couple tries their best to adjust with looking after their new farmyard ducks but discover that a hen has laid a uranium egg, leading to the armed forces arriving to quarantine the farm. HilarityEnsues as the Drakes try to deal with living in the same house as Reuben, their handyman Higgins (Creator/PeterButterworth), a loan officer and an official from the Agricultural Ministry.

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Donald Drake (Fairbanks, Jr.) and his wife Penny (Donlan) are an American couple that inherits a farm in Sussex. One day, Penny goes to town with the farmhand Reuben (Pertwee) and through a wacky misunderstanding, returns home with five dozen ducks that she cannot return. The Drake couple tries their best to adjust with looking after their new farmyard ducks but discover that a hen has laid a uranium egg, leading to the armed forces arriving to quarantine the farm. HilarityEnsues as the Drakes try to deal with living in the same house as Reuben, their handyman Higgins (Creator/PeterButterworth), a loan officer and an official from the Agricultural Ministry.

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Donald Drake (Fairbanks, Jr.) and his wife Penny (Donlan) are an American couple that inherits who inherit a farm in Sussex. One day, Penny goes to town with the farmhand Reuben (Pertwee) and through a wacky misunderstanding, returns home with five dozen ducks that she cannot return. The Drake couple tries their best to adjust with looking after their new farmyard ducks but discover that a hen has laid a uranium egg, leading to the armed forces arriving to quarantine the farm. HilarityEnsues as the Drakes try to deal with living in the same house as Reuben, their handyman Higgins (Creator/PeterButterworth), a loan officer and an official from the Agricultural Ministry.


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* SkewedPriorites: Donald and Penny are more annoyed that their farm is trashed than being locked in their house with their staff and strangers for over 24 hours.

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* SkewedPriorites: SkewedPriorities: Donald and Penny are more annoyed that their farm is trashed than being locked in their house with their staff and strangers for over 24 hours.


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* UnexpectedInheritance: Donald, who has never done any farmwork in his life is suddenly given a farm from his uncle. In ''another country'', no less.


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* {{Cuckoolander}}: Penny is definitely this. Some online reviews compare Donlan's performance to the sort of DumbBlonde character that Creator/MarilynMonroe would later be known for.

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* {{Cuckoolander}}: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Penny is definitely this. Some online reviews compare Donlan's performance to the sort of DumbBlonde character that Creator/MarilynMonroe would later be known for.



* ScrewedPriorites: Donald and Penny are more annoyed that their farm is trashed than being locked in their house with their staff and strangers for over 24 hours.

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''Mr. Drake's Duck'' is a 1951 British comedy directed by Creator/ValGuest, and stars Creator/DouglasFairbanksJr, Yolande Donlan, Creator/JonPertwee, and Wilfred Hyde-White.

Donald Drake (Fairbanks, Jr.) and his wife Penny (Donlan) are an American couple that inherits a farm in Sussex. One day, Penny goes to town with the farmhand Reuben (Pertwee) and through a wacky misunderstanding, returns home with five dozen ducks that she cannot return. The Drake couple tries their best to adjust with looking after their new farmyard ducks but discover that a hen has laid a uranium egg, leading to the armed forces arriving to quarantine the farm. HilarityEnsues as the Drakes try to deal with living in the same house as Reuben, their handyman Higgins (Creator/PeterButterworth), a loan officer and an official from the Agricultural Ministry.

Often known by many as one of Douglas Jr.'s last films in his career (and one of the last he ever did in his stint in the British film industry) ''Mr. Drake's Duck'' has been compared to the American sitcom ''Series/GreenAcres'' mixed with a non-romantic ScrewballComedy.
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* AccidentalBid: The auctioneer mistakes Penny's waving as a bid, which forces her to take the ducks with no refund.
* AccidentallyBrokeTheMacGuffin: [[spoiler:As the army try to remove the radiated egg, they operate on the duck that laid it. They picked the wrong duck and the operated one dies in surgery.]]
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** Higgins the handyman.
** Donald Drake, with the onomatopoeic sounds being slightly different.
* ApologyGift: Penny writes "I'm sorry" on Donald's hard-boiled egg when he finds out about the ducks she accidentally bought. Donald writes "Me too" on Penny's egg.
* {{Cuckoolander}}: Penny is definitely this. Some online reviews compare Donlan's performance to the sort of DumbBlonde character that Creator/MarilynMonroe would later be known for.
* EggMacGuffin: The egg full of uranium egg yolk. The army is sent in to remove the egg and find the duck that laid it.
* HappilyMarried: Donald and Penny.
* {{Lockdown}}: The farm is put on lockdown by the army so that the radiation would be removed.
* MacGuffin: The duck that laid the egg is very valuable to the governments around the world so the army also tries to track down the egg's mother.
* RunningGag: The Bren carrier cannot seem to open the gate without knocking it over when he enters and leaves.
* ScrewedPriorites: Donald and Penny are more annoyed that their farm is trashed than being locked in their house with their staff and strangers for over 24 hours.
* ShoutOut: A possible one with Donald Drake. A "drake" being a [[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck male duck]].
* TheSimpleLifeIsSimple: With the help of the hired help and some farming manuals, Penny and Donald manage to run their farm successfully, despite the culture clash and no other experience.
* WholePlotReference: The movie appears to be loosely based on the fable [[spoiler:''The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg''.]] Those who know how that story ended will see this movie having a ForegoneConclusion.
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