GenreSci-Fi, Comedy CinematographyJack E. Cox CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date7 February 1951 (1951-02-07) WriterVal Guest, Ian Messiter (radio play) CastDouglas Fairbanks Jr. (Donald 'Don' Drake), Yolande Donlan (Penny Drake), Jon Pertwee (Reuben), Wilfrid Hyde-White (Mr. May), Reginald Beckwith (Mr. Boothby), Howard Marion-Crawford (Maj. Travers) Similar moviesRelated Val Guest movies
TaglineThe hilarious story of the duck that lays ATOMIC eggs!
Mr Drake's Duck is a 1951 British science fiction comedy film directed by Val Guest and starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Yolande Donlan, Jon Pertwee, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Reginald Beckwith. The screenplay concerns Mr Drake, a farmer, who discovers that his hens have started laying radioactive eggs.
Mr. Drake (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) inherits "Green Acres Farm" in Sussex, in the English countryside, and moves in with his new American bride Penny (Yolande Donlan). Through a misunderstanding, Penny unexpectedly finds herself the proud owner of 60 ducks. She is further astonished when one of the ducks begins laying radioactive eggs. As the news spreads, the Drakes find themselves under siege by the army. "Green Acres Farm" is designated a prohibited area, and all its inhabitants and visitors made prisoners. "Operation Chickweed" is formed: a bureaucratic concern wherein the army, Navy and Air Force all lay separate claims upon the atom-age duck.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - Donald Drake
Yolande Donlan - Penny Drake
Jon Pertwee - Reuben
Wilfrid Hyde-White - Mr May
Reginald Beckwith - Mr Boothby
Howard Marion-Crawford - Major Travers
Peter Butterworth - Higgins
A. E. Matthews - Brigadier Matthews
Tom Gill - Captain White
John Boxer - Sergeant
Ballard Berkeley - Major Deans
Roger Maxwell - Colonel Maitland
Ben Williams - Auctioneer
The New York Times wrote, "Mister Drake's Duck is responsible for some chuckles, a few good-natured gibes at the British armed services and civil servants and the international race for atomic supremacy," concluding, "they do come up with enough laughs to make Mister Drake's Duck a pleasant if slight lampoon."