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Tucker: The Man And His Dream Script





Chances are



you've never heard of

Preston Thomas Tucker...












a man ahead of his time.



Pretty, isn't it?



Mr. Tucker's car

has everything...



pop-out safety windows,

rear motor.



Oh, but I'm getting

ahead of my story.



The first time

he ever saw an automobile,



he was just

a young boy.



In his excitement,



he found the wheels

passing over his feet.



The muddy road was soft.



He wasn't hurt.



That was the first view

of the machine



that was to mold

his thoughts and actions



most of his life.



Determined to learn

how cars were made,



he went to Detroit,



where he met Vera Fuqua.



They were married,



and, wasting no time,

began a family.



He never lost sight

of his dream



to design

and manufacture



the finest automobile

ever made.



He spent

every minute he could



at the Indianapolis




teaming up

with Harry Miller,



one of the greatest

designers of racing cars



who ever lived.



In      Mr. Tucker

saw the war clouds



looming on the horizon



and began working



on a high-speed

combat car.



It was bulletproof,

had air conditioning,



and mounted

a power-operated gun turret.



The combat car was

turned down by the military.



It had one drawback,

they said.



It was too fast.



The War Department's

policy then was



no combat car should go

over    miles an hour.



His gun turret,




was immediately

put into service.



Who knows how many

brave Americans



owe their lives

to Tucker's turret?



Where were they built?



In the most practical

place Tucker imagined...



the barn

by his Michigan home



where he

and his family lived.



Oh, my God.



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Come on out, girl.



What's this?



Did you put this

in my car?






Did you?

What is this thing?



Open it.



What is it?



My friends,

you are in for one doozie.



What can

I call this?



It's history

in the making.



Is there anything

you want to explain



about the dogs?



Oh... well, I traded

the old Packard for them.



One dozen

trained dogs.



What will we do

with a dozen dogs?



It was a great trade.



Are you dying

to know what's in here?



Huh? No?



- Yes.

- Yes.



You're dying, huh?



Gallup took a poll



about what Americans want

when the war's over.



   of Americans said



the first thing

they want is a new car.



Which would the public

rather buy?



The same

old models made



before the war or...



the car of tomorrow...






- Ooh!

- Whoa!



Looks like he's going

   mph standing still.



Know who's going to

build these cars? We are.



We'll put the Big Three

out of business.



Who will we sell

them to? Buck Rogers?



Under the hood,

we've got luggage.



Engine's in the rear

where it ought to be.



Look at this.

Individual torque converters.



You're crazy!



You'd have to have wheel tracks

   inches wide.



Dinner's ready!



All right.

Let's go!



How many?






How about

the U.S. Army?



You boys hungry?



Oh, Millie!




And our best

dog food, huh?



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger...



How much you going

to tell him?






Coming through.

Got dirty dishes.



They'll fall on you.



Don't trip!



The fenders...




Who's this guy,




He's a business man.



I met him

on the train.









Come here, Junior.



Who's that?



The man I've been

talking about.



Abe Karatz.



Good luck, honey.



We'll be

in the den.



Look at him.



Yeah. He's scary.



He's not scary.



He's from New York.






I appreciate

your coming.



How long

between trains?



You like living in

the middle of nowhere?



You want coffee at

  a.m., you'd die first.



Yeah, or make one.



Who wants coffee

at   a.m.?



You chew the fat

with the waitress.



Here you

look around,



there's nothing

but scenery.



We're stuck

with that.



How do you like

your coffee?



In the city.



Double fives again,



and he does it.






You brought me

here for cars?



Does that look

like a car to you?



That is a gold mine

I'm handing you



on a silver platter.



Forget it.



You got no chance.



How can you

say that?



You haven't even

heard my ideas.







in the idea business,




numbers so high



only dogs hear them.



But what's it

cost him?



Paper, pencils.



To manufacture a car,



you need millions

of dollars.



Well, that is what

Wall Street is for...



to float

stock issues, Abe.



Who are you?



What do you know?



Any experience

on Wall Street?



It's revolutionary.



This is how cars are

going to be made.



Abe, and with

your connections...



I don't have




I have connections

with connections.



Speaking for them,

myself, and God...



Him, too...

forget about it.



You got no chance.



Well, think about it.



Drive safely.



Yes, sir.









Pile in, cutie.



Who wants ice cream?



Let's go to Doc's!






Man your positions.



See if we can break

our record time.



Hurry up! Come on!



I've got

my position.



It was pathetic

how he loved the idea.




to see a man like that



trying so hard to

play my harp strings.



I'm going to make him

sweat a while first.



Watch this baby




- Whoa!

- Whoa!



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Sounds like Tucker again.



Yep! That's him.

Let's go!



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Where's that tiger



Where's that tiger



Here's that tiger



Where's that tiger



Here's that tiger



Where's that tiger



Here's that tiger



Do do do do

do do do do



Do do do do

deedle da da dum



Da da da

deedle da da da



Deedle da da dum...



Who wants

ice cream?



How you doing, Doc?



Ok, if you don't

include everything.



How about sodas

all around?



Triple scoops




Triple scoops.




pistachio, strawberry.



You can

mix them all up, OK?



Strawberry soda.



Hey, uh...



ain't those

prefab houses something?



How do you know

they're any good?



They're not

even built yet.



It says so

in the magazine.



Johnny, stop.



Yuck! He spilled it.



Noble, stop

eating my sundae.



Stop it, Johnny.



Hey, does anybody

want strawberry?



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Working with a writer,



Tucker got an article

about the car published



in pic magazine.



But nobody,

not even Tucker,



was prepared

for what happened.



Within a week,




poured in



from all over

the country.



"I want a Tucker."



"Where can I

buy a Tucker?"



"Can I get

a dealership?"



Overnight, the nation

had gone Tucker crazy.



Just because Tucker

builds a car



doesn't mean he can

mass produce it.



So... what do we need

to make this work?



Well, we need a car.



A car we got.



A working prototype?



Says so

in the magazine.



We, uh, also

will have to have



some big

Detroit names



for the board...

the prospectus.



Like who?



Well, there was a fellow,



vice president

at Ford many years,



Robert Bennington.



He's president at

Plymouth right now,



but he's being

kicked upstairs.



We might get him.



Will he want a say

in running things?



A say?



Bennington will

run the company.



Tucker may not

go for that.



People don't

buy stock.



They buy people

they can trust



or believe they can.



If what's-his-name...






If Tucker's going to be

a pain in the ass...



Don't worry.

He's a good man.



What else do we need?



We need

a factory, hmm?



You get Bennington,

whatever it takes.



I'll get the factory.



Thank you.























Wow. Look.



Here... here's one

from Anchorage, Alaska.



Oh! That's the first

one from there.



Abe should have

been here an hour ago.



You know the trains

now, darling.



They're always late.



Who's that?



Could I have

a few moments with you?



I'm waiting

for somebody.



Five minutes.



Bye, daddy!



What for?



To sell you

something, sir.









All right.

Five minutes.



Thank you.

I'm Alex Tremulis, sir.



I'll be getting out

of the Air Force



in a few weeks.



Before that, I studied

automotive engineering.



Since I saw that article

about your car,



it's been

driving me crazy.



I made some  -D

perspective drawings.



If you

wouldn't mind, sir,



taking a look at them.



What you did

with the streamlining



was fantastic.



But if we took that

one step further,



if we applied

real aerodynamics,



like a rocketship



to a family car...



You changed my doors.



Yes, sir.



You only have

   inches headroom.



An average-size

person needs   .



But every time

you open the door,



they hit the curb.



I made them open up

like an airplane.



Time's up, kid.



Two more minutes, sir.



Want a job?

You got it.



In the design




Kid, you are

the design department.







Did you find it?






I have a lot

to tell you.



It was

a good meeting.









Jimmy Sakiyama,



Abe Karatz,

my partner.



Hi. Nice to meet you.



How do you do?



Tell Eddie we'll be

in the dining room.



You bet.



Hey, didn't they

put the Japs



in camp someplace?



He's not a Jap.



He's an engineer.



He's still a Jap.



Jimmy and me,

we've been together    years.



He's in my custody

to work.



But his parents,

his   -year-old sister,



they're in a relocation camp

in Colorado,



if that makes you

feel better.






Hi there,

Mr. Karatz.



How are you?



Which leaves three

war surplus plants.



It's a long shot.




trying to get them,



but it's

worth a try.



One of them

is perfect.



Nice, little.



The other

is too big.



Costs twice as much

to retool.



We could swing it

if we had to.



What's the third?



Ah, impossible.



The Dodge plant



where they made

the B-  s in Chicago.



Hmm. What's wrong with that?



For one thing,



it covers     acres

with    buildings.



One of them

is    acres long.



One building...



the biggest building in the world

under one roof.



It's perfect.



You'll love it

in Chicago.



Listen, they've got

a department store...



one of the biggest

in the world.



Oh, everybody

shops there.



You'll love it.









I can build everything

I ever dreamed of



in this plant, Abe...



sports cars, family cars,

convertibles, trucks,



even airplanes!



Just talk the government

into giving it to us.



Did you reach them?



Yep. We finally

got our meeting



with the War Assets Administration

in Washington.



Monday.  :  .



Oh, that's no good.






It's got to be

lunch someplace.



Do you realize the trouble

I went through?



With roast beef.



Rare. Very rare.



Every    seconds




is killed or crippled



in an automobile accident.




of all nighttime accidents



happen on the curb



because there's

a blind spot



between the time

the wheel's turned



and the time your headlights

get where you're going.



When you turn

a Tucker wheel,



you also turn the fenders

and the headlights.



You see where you're going

before you get there.



This woman was thrown



through the windshield

of her car.



Tucker windshields

pop out.



And to make sure

nobody's face gets cut,



we have shatterproof glass.



We also have seat belts.



Now, why?



Tell me why, gentlemen,



has the Big Three

in Detroit



been allowed to make

billions of dollars



without spending one dime

on safety?



What I know,

what you know,



what the public knows...



is that they don't

give a damn about people.



All they care about

is profits.



Let me tell you




and I mean this

from the bottom of my heart,



the entire

automobile industry



is guilty

of criminal negligence.



And if it were up to me,



they'd be tried and

convicted of manslaughter.



Thank you, gentlemen.



Thank you for the time

you've given me.






They hate you like poison,

and so do I.



Why did I let you

talk me into...



Oscar Beasley,



special assistant

to the administrator.



Could you be in my office

tomorrow afternoon?



Well, uh...

uh, sure.



Good. See you there.



Mr. Beasley.



They loved it.



Would they want to see us again

if they didn't?



You're talking logic.

This is Washington.



Why see us again?






We're being set up for

something, believe me.



We got no chance.



How could we

kid ourselves



into thinking anyone

would give us a loan?



All we've got are debts

and more debts.



How does he do it,

the genius you married?



No matter

how much he makes,



he spends twice as much.






Where the hell

were you?



How did it go?



They were eating

out of my hand.



I could've

asked for California



and gotten

Arkansas to boot.



Darling, I'm so sorry.



It's not dead yet.




Got another meeting tomorrow.



What does Abe think?



What does he know?



Did you get the loan?



They'll think it over.



You're a worse liar

than I am.



Can you please

come home soon, Preston?






I will, doll.



I love you.



I love you, too.



I'll see you soon,







Mr. Tucker,



in brief,

the committee has voted



to give you the plant

in Chicago,



provided that you

have certified assets



of no less

than $    million.



And to qualify as a legal

manufacturing company,



you'll be required

to produce at least    cars



one year after

taking possession.



Is that satisfactory?



W-well I, uh...



sure, I mean, uh...






Papers will be

ready for signature



 :   tomorrow afternoon.



Thank you.



Abe, why don't we

let Mr. Beasley



get back to work?



- Yippee!

- Hyah!



Klondike    .



Go ahead.

I'll hold on.



Preston Tucker.



United Auto Workers

told Roosevelt



if he wants

the labor vote,



he's got to give the plant

to a car company.



Why not Ford,

General Motors?



They don't want it.



How can nobody want

a plant like that?



Everybody wants it,

but you're the only lunatic



dumb enough

to make cars there.



Yeah, he's right here.



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold on.



When can you get the car

to New York?



I got the best press agent

in the business.



To kick off

the stock sale,



he wants to unveil the car

with enough razzmatazz



to make investors beg

to buy those shares.



You hear that?



You bet I did!



We got it!



The biggest damn plant

in the world!



Oh, that's wonderful!



All we need now

is $    million and a car.



That's it.



You love me?



I love ya!



See you.



All right.



We need a car?



Let's celebrate.

Have a drink.



Do we have a car?



Well, no, it's

not a matter of...



Frank, I'll

call you back.



You all right, Abe?






Anything else

you want to tell me?



I don't have a dime

to build it with, uh...



You all right? Huh?






$      for one car?



It's a prototype.

Hand-built, don't forget.



How much you need

to get started?



Forget the $     .



To get started?



At least   .



I'll give you  .



If it turns out

you're right,



we could sell dealerships now,

which sounds crazy.



Why would anybody

pay money for a car



that isn't even

in existence yet?



I'm sitting here writing

a check in my handwriting



calling them crazy?



One thing...



we need it absolutely

in    days.




Any problem?






It's impossible.






Or never.






We haven't sold enough stock

to buy a dead herring.



But the letters,

all the excitement...



Some people buy cars.

Some people buy stock.



No major investor

will consider us.



But why    days?



Because in    days...

June   st...



we take possession

of the plant.



And not

until that day,



will the mystery car,



the car of the century,

be unveiled.



Uh, Uncle Abe.






I wondered why you do that

with your nose?



What with my nose?



Move it

like a rabbit.



OK, everybody upstairs.



Oh, murder.




to the grindstone.









Do I do that?



You don't do that

with your nose.



Mr. Tucker, sir,

it takes Ford nine months



to go from model

to prototype.



Call every pitman

we know in Indy.



Carrigan, Milton,

maybe Tully.



All right.

Have them here by tomorrow.



Buy clay.

We got to start on that model.



What about steel?

Enough left from the turrets?



Just about.



There are    hours

in every day.



Is there anybody

in this room



who can tell me

we can't do it?



We can't do it!



Except you.



Better get with it.



We can't do it!



We can't do it!



Um, Dad, I've,

uh... thought...



Mr. Tucker?



Excuse me, son.



About college.






Dad, I've been

trying to talk to you,



and each time I try

and bring it up...






What's this?



It's the answer

from Notre Dame.



I got accepted.



But look...



Hey! Congratulations!



I don't want to go!




l... I want to learn




about cars from you.



I don't want to become president

or something.



Who wants you

to become president?



I thought you did.



The two crummiest things

a person can be



are lawyers

or politicians.



Why would I want you

to be president?



Most of them

are both.



So it's OK.



Sure. You can stay with me.



I'm going to

depend on you.



They won't sell clay.



Can't build models

without it.



Can't build prototypes

without a model.



Take it easy, kid.

Life's full of surprises.









Want you

to meet Alex,



Head of the Design Department.



These are the best bodyknockers

in the business.



They'll go from your sketch

straight to metal.



How's this

for a frame?



It's OK for a start.



Face this now, Prez.



You got

engine problems.



I should talk you out of

building one from scratch.



You couldn't,

once he's made his mind up.



The rear engine's

the heart.



Just work

the damn thing out.



You can do it, Eddie.



You can do it, Eddie.



I'm offering you the opportunity

of a lifetime...



a new car




The most

revolutionary car



in automotive







I'll be right with you.



It's got safety features,



torque converters

on every wheel...



double torque converters

won't work.



We need a transmission.



Why the hell

won't they?



We don't have time

to work it out.



You remember the cord   




That's the only transmission

I can think of.



Yeah, if you

could find one.



What choice do I have?



But only for now.



The minute

we finish that show,



we'll build the car

we advertised.



$     .



I never thought

I'd live to see the day.



I didn't make the fenders move

with the wheels



like you

wanted to, sir.



Why the hell not?






Remember Frank Lockhard

when he drove the Stutz?



At high speeds

they acted like rudders.



It was very dangerous.



So I made

the middle light



turn with the wheels,



and it works fine.



And it's safe.



You ever do something

I told you not to,



so help me...



I'll give you a raise.






No reverse!



Can we fix it?



Not by Monday.



You'll get it.




give me a hand here.



All right,

we'll get it.






Abe, I still don't

like this idea.



We've got to do it, Tucker.



We need

Detroit experience,



or we won't

sell any stock.



As long as he doesn't

try to run the company.



Mr. Tucker.



I've always

admired innovative men



who are willing

to take risks.



I myself introduced nylon seat covers

in our new line.






So, when do I get to see

the car?



Soon, Mr. Bennington.



The car has to be shown



in less than a week,

doesn't it?



The piston load

during compression



is three times

normal family cars.



It needs a   -volt

battery to start,



which don't exist.



How many volts in those? Six.



Use two truck batteries.

They're   .



That's   .



What do you think



of these pictures

in these brochures?



I want to talk

about that.



That board

of directors



they stuck me with...



I don't know if Bennington's

an undertaker



or one of the stiffs

he embalmed.






How many years

of testing?






I've been thinking

about that car



longer than    years.




not exactly testing.



It's advertising.



You're not supposed

to believe it.



If you're selling candy,



what do you advertise,

rotting teeth?






You caught me,

didn't you?



Uh-huh. Don't you give me

that crooked little smile



you stole

from Clark Gable.



What? I didn't steal that

from Clark Gable!



I've caught you




You thought

I wasn't looking.



Oh, now,

this smile here. See?



This is my downfall.



The real you.



The canary

who ate the cat.



That smile

made you do that?



Every time.



You know what this smile

makes me want to do?



Punch you.



Let's stick

with the canary.



Mr. Bennington,

members of the board,



we have one

major problem.



Yes, Mr. Tucker?



Just what sort

of problem is that?






they're putting

the squeeze on.






We can't buy clay.

We can't buy steel.



We can't buy anything.



That doesn't

surprise me.



So I'm meeting

with Senator Ferguson.



We'll straighten this thing out

eyeball to eyeball.






You wait.



We'll nip this

in the bud.



You think a smile

will make him forget



he's a senator

from Detroit?



We're making cars

in Chicago.



He's my senator, too,

don't forget.



The senator

will see you now.



Very good.



This way?



Right through

that door.






Preston Tucker.



Mr. Tucker.



A.H. Karatz.



K-A-R-A-T-Z, huh?






Sit down, gentlemen.

Sit down.



Let's get

to the point.



I know you're a powerful man

in Washington.






I also know that

your main job is...



Limo's here, Senator.



Well, I'm sorry,




It was just

getting interesting.



My plans changed on me

since we made this appointment,



as they do

every two seconds.



I'm not going to

be able to... Alice?



Did you take care of...



First thing

in the morning.



Huh? Walk me to the car?



Good day.



Senator, don't forget

the  :   meeting.



Got it.






Just bring everything

to the plane.



You, uh...

you like Jack Benny?






He's my favorite.






Oh, thank you.



"Problems are just opportunities

in work clothes."



That's a quote from my friend

Henry J. Kaiser.






Afternoon, Senator.



Get that thing

we talked about?



Got a phone call.



Call Tim.

Tell him I told you, huh?



In Washington,



did you meet Harry Macdonald,

head of S.E.C.?



Not yet.



Local boy,

good man, loyal.



Who's your favorite

comedian, Mr. Tucker?



That's how

you keep that figure.



That's one way,




Quite an idea

of yours...



selling dealerships for cars

that don't exist.



You remember

that song?



Music goes

round and round



Oh, oh, oh,

oh, oh



And it

comes out here



The Big Three should be indicted

for manslaughter, huh?



Funny line.



What was that all about?



Did he say anything?

What did he say?



He said stay out

of the car business,



or we cut

your nuggies off.



All right.

Now what?



I can't give you

a fuel injection.



No fuel injection?



You want the car

on time,



the only hope we got

is twin carburetors.






God damn it!



Where is my car?



What's left of it,




Hi, Abe.



Vera, how are you?



Great. Come on in.



Uncle Abe! Uncle Abe!






Whoa, whoa, whoa.



My goodness.



Whoa, look what I have for you.



It's from Chicago.



For me?



I hope you like it.



Oh, I love it, Uncle Abe.



Is it all right?



What do I know

about ladies' dresses?



Can I try it on?



Well, well, well.









You got me.



Here's a present

for you, Noble.



Something for you.



Well, tell me gently.



Do we have a car?






we've got something.



Does it look like

the car in the ads?



Looks like it.



So why are

you worried?



All they have to do

is see it.




your martini, Abe.



A drink. Come.



To the car.



- To the car.

- To the car.






Don't you

just love it?



Thank you,

Uncle Abe.



You're welcome.




Don't you just love it?



It's beautiful,







Where's dad?



You better

get out there.



Oil's leaking from

the rear main seal.



We just blew

a head gasket.



The whole thing's

falling apart.



What's going on?

I leave for one minute.



Where's Eddie?






What is it?



It's just what

we expected.



What the hell

was that?



Hey, are you OK?



Are you all right?



You're OK?



We could've

gotten killed.



Totalled the suspension.



You're all right.

All right.



With all that weight.

Dutch. Where's Dutch?



We need

four new arms




from solid stock.



No sweat.



What the hell's

happening to you?



That kid nearly got

his brains splattered.



You don't even notice.



For what?

That pile of junk?



That's all it is...

a pile of junk.






Listen to me.

You listening? Carefully?



We're going to

build that car,



the one we

dreamed of,



exactly the way

we want it.



Feeling better?

That's what I came down for...



to cheer you up.



I'm fine.






I'm plenty cheerful.



Too cheerful.



You think

that's cheerful...



watching me

lose my mind?



Know what's

even more cheerful?



Having ringside seats



at your own




which I might

have in Chicago.



How's it going?



This is Frank

the press agent.



Abe. He thinks

"Frank the press agent" is one word.



Frank. Please.



These are the security guards?



Three shifts

round the clock.



Absolutely nobody

gets near this car.



I told them.



Ooh! Frank.



Naughty, naughty.



No, no. Down, down.

Now, move that.



This is Stan.



He's making a promotional

film about you.



Nice to meet you.



It's a puff kind

of a promo film...



Sales meetings, dealerships,

things like that.



If you have

any family albums,



uh, snapshots...



Home movies?



You just shut up.



Home movies,

anything like that we could use.



What's the point?



Selling stock.



Selling stock

in my family?



We're not just selling cars.

We're selling you...



which includes your family.



That newsreel of you

in the White House?



You think

the President's yelling,



"Get me Tucker!"?



You can't buy

publicity like that.



You did.



Yeah. For money.






Nothing you say

makes sense.



How come I always

know what you mean?



Because you talk worse than me

the same language.



Mr. Tucker.



Some shots looking up

at the sign.












a regular captain

of industry.



Broadcasting live

from the Tucker auto plant.



The largest parking lot in

the world, completely filled.



People coming here

from everywhere...



Washington, D.C.,

New York.



They're here

with their families,



all looking very excited



about seeing

the innovations



they've heard

so much about



in the Tucker




    people were invited,



and over     

have shown up.




when he was office boy



for the Vice President

of Cadillac,



Preston Tucker's

been identified...



Noble, you sit here.



What did you

get me into?



The biggest day

in automotive history.



I didn't expect this.



Wait and see.

Wait and see.



OK, push it.






How much longer?

We're an hour late already.



The damn wheels

are locked.






Come on.

Let's try rocking it.



Come on, Jimmy.



OK. Try the other way.

Rock it, now.



Come on. Rock it.



Nah, Junior, you got

to go underneath.




get that socket.






Having a little trouble

back there, seems like.



Been up all night,

poor bastards,



trying to hold that pile

of junk together.



It won't even back up.

No kidding.



No reverse.



Jack it up!

Get in there.



Would you like

to help me out?



Let me know

what goes on.



We want the car!



We want the car!



Let's go!

Come on!



What's going on?



Who knows?

The board's getting impatient.



Senator Ferguson.



Preston, get this thing

started now!



Do something. Stall.





is going crazy.



Signal when ready

from that corner.



That corner?






Take out some weight!




ladies and gentlemen.



I'm Preston Tucker.



Sorry for the delay.



Perhaps this will perk

you up... the Tuckerettes!



What are




They're girls.






The back tires can't move



with all that weight

on the rear wheels.



Try this

for a brace.



Let's hear it

for the Tuckerettes!



OK, Junior. Tell your dad.

Let's go.



We're set!



Aren't they

lovely creatures?






Back here!



Back here!



Dad, we got it.

We're set.



And now,



ladies and gentlemen,



the history-making moment

you've all been waiting for.



OK, come on,

let's push, guys.



Hold it, Eddie!



We got a leak again.



Tell your dad

to hold it. Hold it.



Dad! Dad!

Dad, hold it!



Hold it. Stop.



But first, you don't mind



if I introduce

my family, do you?



My lovely wife Vera.



My daughter Marilyn Lee.



Isn't she lovely?




get the soldering iron.



My eldest son

is backstage.



Asleep in the car?



Ladies and gentlemen,



the car everyone

calls the Tucker...



let's go.



But first...









We're set.



Does anybody want

to see the car?



Hold it.






Get the fire




But first...



I'd like to show you

the cars many features.



Ladies, the Detroit-mobile.



You're standing

on my foot.



You're on my foot.



Because of the revolutionary

Tucker rear engine...



Stop. There's no more fire there.



What took you

so long?



Drive your Tucker

to the dumbest mechanic



anywhere in the world,



and he'll be able

to remove the engine



and replace it

within    minutes.



Didn't you tell him

we're not doing that?



Let's hear it

for the Tuckerettes.



Come on!






We want the car!



We want the car!



Come on, Tucker.



We want the car.



We want the car.



We want the car.



We want the car.



We want the car.



We want the car.



...that dreams

can come true.



Ladies and gentlemen,



don't let a Tucker

pass you by.









That's pretty good.



Get up here.

Come on. Sweetie.



Come on!



And now,

ladies and gentlemen,



my love,



my inspiration,



my wife...






Yeah! Yeah!



I usually don't take a bath

till Saturday.



We are pleased to say

this newly christened car



gets over

   miles per gallon,



is capable

of     miles per hour,



and hasn't even

been opened up yet.



The car features seat belts,

a rear motor,



and has a sponge-rubber

crash panel.



Buy a Tucker.



Don't let the future

pass you by.



This man Tucker

is a loose cannon.



He just

doesn't understand



how a corporation runs.



He's not much

of an engineer either.



If we don't

watch out,



we'll never build those cars

in time.



Why don't we

let him go off



on a nice long

publicity tour?



Not a bad idea.



All right.



Preston, I'd like you

to meet Mrs. Mellon.



Preston Tucker.



Mr. Preston Tucker,



the key to

our fair city



and this

beautiful plaque



to commemorate

your achievements.



The Tuckers are here.









This is it...




This has got to be

    stories high.



This way, ma'am.






how do you

like it, huh?



I got a real buy

on it.



Hello, Millie.



How are you,




Hi, Millie.



In here,

the kitchen.



You got

an elevator



goes up

and down.



Strap-work ceilings.




That's why I got it so cheap,



from a vaudeville




Uh... very wealthy,



but, uh...






I want to buy

a steel plant.



We need one.



I'll check with Beasley

at War Assets



and see if we can't

find another plant.



How do you

get one?



They go to

the highest bidder.



May I?



That's a hell

of a lighter.



Here are the new specs

from Mr. Bennington.



   inches high

instead of   .



And the wheel track...



Who are you exactly?



I'm from Engineering upstairs.



Take a look

at what we've done.



God damn it!



Damn it!



Hey, what's the matter?



Hey, this is better.



The engine definitely

can't go in the rear.



No rear engine?



No rear engine?



We can't

get it to work.



No rear engine!



We represent

Mr. Tucker.



This is very important.



I'm sorry.

You can't see him.



He went out.



Next time Bennington goes out,



tell him to take

his body with him.



Mrs. Tucker.



Well, well...



what a nice surprise.



I'm, uh...



l-I'm really

delighted to see you.



Uh, but, um...



would you be good enough

to give my wife a call?



Mrs. Bennington

has complete charge



of our social visits.



There's nothing social

about this visit.



Sit down, gentlemen.



We can skip

the minuet.



What is this?



And this?



And this?



And this is ridiculous.



Ha ha ha.



I admire this

very much



when the little woman

takes a keen interest



in her husband's

business affairs.



Why did you change the design

of my husband's car?



And the colors.



Waltz blue

came from the color



of one

of my dresses.



Mrs. Tucker,



your husband's fantasy

of a rear-engine car,






it just doesn't work,

that's all.



There's very little likelihood

it'll ever work.



I'm really sorry

about that.



What about this?



Preston promised his car would sell

for $     .



In this memo,

you've doubled the price.






my wife and I



would like to have you

as our guest for dinner.



I'll buy my own dinner,




Answer the question. Why?






We just can't get

any of it.



It's costing us twice as much

as the Big Three.



Oh, really, Mrs. Tucker,



I don't mean

to be rude,



but we're

in the middle



of a rather

crucial meeting.



When you're

riding in a Tucker






When you're

riding in a Tucker






When you're

riding in a Tucker






The car of tomorrow



The car of tomorrow



The car of tomorrow






The car of tomorrow






Hi, folks.



I'm Preston Tucker.



It's not polite

to blow your own horn...



so I'll let the soundman

do it for me.



But seriously...



who wrote this?



I'll think

of my own stuff to say.



Phone for Mr. Tucker.



I'll call them back.



It's your wife.



She says

it's important.



All right.



We can do better

than this.



Hey, doll.



Get back here

right away.



Dad, Bennington's

changed the designs



to a standard

front-mounted engine.



He's changed the whole body

and everything.



Don't worry.

It's all right.



If Bennington

keeps tooling up



for his      Plymouth

version he's building,



it'll cost millions

for us to retool.



We have to sell stock.




there won't be a car to ruin.



When I get home,



I'll send him back

to the mortuary.



Bennington says

we'll have to double the price



because we're being

charged double for steel.



Turn that down!



And, Preston,

no waltz blue.






Our color.



Doll, I'm on my way back.



All right.



The rear engine is out.



Your own engineers

admit that     engine



is a failure.



The chair recognizes

no further discussion.



Who made him the chair?



Also denied



and eliminated

from any further discussion



are disc brakes,



fuel injection,



hydraulic valve




seat belts...



Seat belts?



How can you object

to seat belts?



Our marketing department



says they imply

the cars are unsafe.



If one person is

killed in a Tucker



because of some safety

feature you eliminated...



May I remind you,



you have no voice

in policy matters.



I'm in complete charge

of this company.



What company? My company?



Ha ha ha.



I think you'll find it stated




in my contract.



Is that true?



We needed his name

to sell the stock.



We needed a man

with experience



to run things, but...



to run things, but...



Tucker, I give you my word,



I swear to God,



I didn't know that

was in his contract.



You can't have Falstaff



and have him thin, Mr. Tucker.



What does that mean?






little boats should

be kept near the shore.



He talks like

a fortune cookie.



This is my company.



That means seat belts,



disc brakes,



fuel injection,

and a rear engine.



We'll see about that,

Mr. Tucker.



That son of a bitch

isn't getting my company!



That son of a bitch

isn't getting my company!






Forgive me, sweetie.






Hold on.



Dad, it's for you.



He says he's Howard Hughes.






Is this some kind of...



I'll be right there.



Well, I'll be.






Howard Hughes.



What do you think

of it, kid?



It's big.



That's what

they tell me.



Here, do you like pistachio nuts?






All they can think about



is whether it will

fly or not.



Who cares

whether it flies?



That's not the point.






Spruce Goose.



Why do they

call it that?



That seem funny to you?



I can't tell anymore.






Did I change, or...



did the cosmic

sense of humor?



I used to laugh

when they did.









Homer Ferguson.



He's after me, too.



Subpoenaed me

for a congressional investigation



which either

I show up for,



in person,



or he's going

to send me to jail.



I'm already in jail.






That's what

I called you about.




a helicopter plant



in, uh, Syracuse,



called the Air-Cooled

Motor Company.



And they're not connected to any

government agency,






the politicians can't

screw you out of it.



Well, this helicopter company



has all the steel you need.



And they're on their ass

financially, so...



if you hurry up,



they're ready to deal.



And they...



they make a really

fine aluminum engine.



But listen, now.



For God's sake, now,



you don't...



I wonder...



I wonder how they

get the blood off.



Well, what do you think, Jimmy?



It's a helicopter




It needs

to be converted



from air-cooled

to water.



But as a starting point, maybe.



It's small,

which is good. Simple.



I'll work on

the drawings.



Oh, time. Time.



Fighting Bennington

would take years.



Meanwhile, he's retooling his car

as fast as possible.



We'll have to build

this engine right here



out of Bennington's sight.



The Senate War

Investigating Committee



has subpoenaed aircraft

designer Howard Hughes.



The committee will

investigate charges...



We need

a new cam shaft.



Intake manifold's going

to have to be reworked.



Excuse me,

but in a helicopter,



doesn't the engine

stand straight up?



If we lay our sideways,



we'll need an oil pan

down there.



Ha ha ha!



OK, whatever we do



has got to fit

into the Franklin assembly line.



That's it, gentlemen.



Hey, come on!

Eddie, come on.



We only got

till tomorrow



to get this thing




Click it over.



Get another battery.






Hey, hey!



Got it!



Go ahead! Go ahead!



There he goes!






Just like a swan.



I want it smooth

like a swan.



Get out of here!



You're in the shot!



Go, Eddie!






Sounds mighty nice.



Hey, Eddie!






We can drive in relays.



   hours without a stop

and push her!



Push her to the limit!






I hope it holds up.



Good. Good.



It's neat.



Having fun?






What have we

got now?



   /  hours.



To go?



God damn!



All right, all right.

Stay with him.



Charlie? Homer.



That son a bitch Tucker

built the damn thing.



Well, not everything

he advertised, not yet.



But enough

to cost billions



just to keep up

with him.



I'll take care of him.



We did it!



Hey, Eddie!



Oh, my God!



Hold the camera!







are you all right?



Get an

ambulance quick!



All right.

Now, watch out.



Watch it. Hold it up.

Watch yourself.



You OK?









Clocked out

just like we said.



Look at that thing.



I can't

believe it.



I bet you   bucks

it still runs.



Go ahead. Start it up.

Let's see.









Told ya.






All right!






It's a hell

of a car.



It's one hell

of a damn car!



That's a hell of a ride there,




You got it, didn't you?



Yeah, we got it!



You look like

you didn't get it!



We got it.



We got it, right?



We didn't get it.



That's right.



We're going to go back

to the original drawings.



Keep everything

the same...



the rear engine,

et cetera,



except for

these numbers...






Tucker, what is going on?



I see you've

resumed production



on your rear-engine car.



By whose authority

are you doing this?



That's the car

you signed for,



that's the car

we're making.



If you think

you'll get away with this...



"Little ships fine,"

Confucius say.



"Rowboats long in tooth

make big noise,



go nowhere."



Ha ha ha ha ha!



Mr. Tucker, you're going to hear

from my attorney.



You can count

on that.



Good morning, sir.



Nothing can

stop us now.



"You'll hear

from my attorney."



This beautiful shot

of the grill.



Now watch this beauty shot

of the side.



Wait till you see

this attendant.



He's much better

than that fat guy was.



Wait till you see

this shot.



It's great.



He puts down the rag,

throws it down.



I took out

kicking the tire.



This is the best.




Aw! Aw!



Look at his eyes.



Now watch.



Here, I don't know.



What about a close-up?



Why did you leave

the tire out?



The finger.

Do we need it?



Not the finger,

but the tire.



Abe, I want you

to see this.



Stan's promo film.

It's great.



Come here.

Shh. Come here.



All right!

All right!



Turn it off.

I'll see the end later.






Did you like it

when he went...






What's all this cloak and dagger

business now?



Your office is wired.



The board room,



the whole plant,

even washrooms.



Ever since you road-tested

the new car,



   G-men have followed you

around the clock.



You made the car

too good.



The whole idea is building

a better mousetrap.



Not if you're

the mouse.



What are you

talking about?



We did it.

We won.



In   weeks,

    cars will come out a day.



Frank the press agent

says in two weeks



you'll be dead and buried

by the Big Three.






It's my resignation.



Take it.



You're bailing out,

is that it?



Captains go down

with their ships,



not businessmen.



Look me in the eye.



You're too good

a salesman



not to look a customer

in the eyes.



You think

I'm playing games?



You're trying some double-whammy

hustle backwards! Why?



I have to say it?



Yeah. Let's start from there.






I did three years

in the pen



for bank fraud.



So what?



So they'll use it

against you.



What, you think because of this

piece of paper,



they're not

going to?



Leave me alone,

will you?



The whole    years since

I've been in the pen,



it never bothered me for two seconds

I'm an ex-con.



Why should it?



Who cared?



But for you and Vera

and the kids to know...



I'm ashamed.



Abe, come on.



When I was

a little kid,



maybe   years old

in the old country,



my mother would warn me,



"Don't get too close

to people.



You'll catch

their dreams."



Years later,

I realized I misunderstood her.



Germs, she said,

not dreams.



"You'll catch

their germs."



I want you to know

something, Tucker.



I went into business

with you to make money.



That's all.



How was I to know...



if I got too close,

I'd catch your dreams?






If you want to know

how they'll finish you off,



listen to Drew Pearson

tomorrow night on the radio.



Noble, bring it in!



Noble, bring it in!



Don't yell.



Good evening.

This is Drew Pearson.



The hottest news

in Washington today



is about Preston Tucker,



that promotion happy

self-styled genius



and revolutionary

auto maker.



- Yay!

- Yay!



For several months,



he has been

under investigation



by the Securities

and Exchange Commission.



They're ready

to blow the lid off



one of the slickest

multimillion dollar frauds



ever perpetrated

on the American people.



Not only does the car



have none of the futuristic

features advertised,



but it was put together



from parts found

in city dumps.



Local wags, having dubbed it

the Tin Goose,



find it

particularly amusing



that Mr. Tucker's

car of tomorrow



can't even back up.






Nor can Mr. Tucker

at this point.



Senator Homer Ferguson



will spearhead

a congressional probe



to find out exactly

what happened



to the $    million

Tucker raised.



One thing for certain...



he didn't spend it

making cars.



The rumor around

Capitol Hill this week...



They can't say that.



We'll kill 'em.



Are you going to let

them say that, pop?



Who do they think

they're dealing with,



some cream puff?



They don't know it,



but they just opened

Aunt Dora's box.



We love you, daddy.



But it's Pandora's box.



Oh, no.



Good morning,

Miss Yanpaulski.



When did they take the files,

last night?



The S.E.C.?



Nobody touched

anything here.



I called all

the departments myself.



Get me the editor

on the phone.



Can you believe that?



Nice day.



You come back here!



You can't

go in there!



We're from the Securities and

Exchange Commission.



We have

a court order




all files,




accounting books.



If you

simply cooperate,



we'll work quickly.



That's quite

a newspaper, mister.



It's the only one

that prints the news



before it happens.



So, speaking for myself



and the other members

of the board,



we hereby submit

our resignations,



effective immediately.



What about

the dealers



filing suit

against you?



What about

the district attorney




the company's assets?



Ladies and gentlemen,




Address questions

to Mr. Bennington.



How long will

the plant stay open?



The plant is

officially closed.



Hey, hey.



Hey, hey!



It's dad!






Let's see your

driver's license.



Swell. Where's the girls, huh?



It comes alone.



Hold that.






This is a great interior.



In a week



we could

push a button



and produce

    cars a day.



Well, tell me




If    cars are

ready by June   st,



they can't take

the plant?



Not according

to the contract.



How many cars are

ready right now?






We only need

three more?



Who's going to

do it, though?



We've worked

for free before.



Assemble three cars

in four weeks? Ha!



Can anybody

look me in the eye



and say we can't?



We can't do it.



Except you.



- Will you grow a beard?



Who's he talking to, me?



Yeah, you.



You'd look old enough

for a department head.



Ha ha ha.






Who's this? You?







don't go home.



The police are waiting there

to arrest you.



Don't go home?



This you

won't believe...




the police station,



maybe there's   





newsreels even.



They're going to

drag you out in leg irons.



You're kidding.



Get out!



Go somewhere

they can't find you.



They want headlines.



I'll give them a beaut!



Dad, what are you doing?



I'm going home.



One of you fellows

have a light?



Where did he go?



I don't know.



We lost him.



All right!

All right!



Back off!

Back off!



Pipe down!






Thank you.



Now, what is

going on here?



Ask these

officers about




mile-an-hour chase



I gave them

in this poor wreck.



Want to cuff me, boys?



Get in there!



In the local news,



Preston Tucker

goes on trial this morning



in the same courthouse

Al Capone was convicted.



Tucker has been charged



with    counts

of mail fraud,



five counts

of S.E.C. Violations,



and one count

of conspiracy to defraud.



If convicted, Tucker,

who is out on $       bail,



faces a maximum sentence

of     years in prison



plus a $      fine.



Be seated.



And regarding his

revolutionary designs,



we'll prove Mr. Tucker

only designed



an elaborate

scheme to defraud.



He only wanted the public's money

for nothing,



and that's exactly what

the public got... nothing.



The government

has said



Mr. Tucker's purpose

was to con the public



into believing

a great car was coming.



His real purpose

was to lie



and get money.



You all right,




It's very hot

in here.



Your father might say

it's not the heat,



it's the humility.



The Tucker Corporation

was started in good faith.



The defendant intended

to mass produce cars.



His failure to do so



was caused by a lack

of adequate financing



due to serious

outside interference.



I wouldn't put

$      down



on a car dealership



without a guaranteed

supply of cars.



They were going to produce

     cars a day.



I run a service station



and sell

some used cars.



Do you see

the person



who sold you

that dealership?






Let the record state



that the witness

identified Mr. Abe Karatz.



Did he disclose

he'd served



three years

for bank fraud?




Guilt by association.






Is it not true you were convicted

in June of     



of conspiring

to embezzle funds,



and you served

three years



in a federal




That's true.



Tell me,

as a convicted felon,



do you expect one person

in this entire courtroom



to believe what you say?






A well-run corporation

doesn't waste money



to research innovations,



unless, of course,



keeping up

with the competition



demands it.



Here is a man, Mr. Tucker,



who had

the responsibility



for forming

a well-run corporation.



He has the largest

factory in the world,



containing two foundries,

a dozen tool and die shops,



every piece of equipment

ever made.



Can you suggest

why he'd choose



to build his engine

in a barn?









Which had

so little equipment...



Please confine

your remarks



to questioning

the witness.



This trial's

bought and paid for...



a Christmas present

Detroit gave itself.



I'll be lucky

to get    years.



He hasn't proven

anything yet.



Not legally.



He has if they

think he has.



I'm an investigating

accountant for the S.E.C.



What was the amount

the Tucker Corporation paid



for the prototype

engine and transmission



which was built entirely from parts

found in junk yards?



$      .






That's a lie.



Who received

this money?



Ypsilanti Machine

and Tool Company.



Ypsilanti Machine

and Tool Company.



Can you describe

their factory?



What factory?



It's a barn.



I can't believe they'd

forge sets of books.



I've got every

receipt, invoice,




bank statement.






Everything to prove

what we spent,



which is nowhere

near what they said.



Why would

they do that



knowing we can

prove otherwise?



People believe

the newspapers,



however unbelievable.



If headlines

say I'm a crook,



me and the car

are finished.



That's the whole

idea, right?



I'll bring every paper

from the files.



If they make

headlines with lies,



you'll make bigger

headlines with truth.



I couldn't sleep.






We could use

some help.



The evidence suggests

Mr. Tucker diverted



for his own

personal use



over a million dollars



of the stockholders'




I have a copy of The Detroit News



with a story about

the S.E.C. Investigation



of the Tucker Corporation,



which contains a number

of specific details



which seem to be verbatim



from the S.E. C report

admitted as evidence.



How did The Detroit News

get this information?



I have no idea.



Mr. Blue, I have here

a deposition



from one

Susan McNamara.



I believe she's

your private secretary,



in which she states



she saw you hand

a copy of the report



to the writer

of that article.




you instructed her



to supply him

with an office



in a federal building



in which

to write that article.



Now, why,

ladies and gentlemen,



would the S.E.C. Release




about Mr. Tucker,



which may

or may not be true,



when it is against

S.E.C. Policy to do so?



The S.E.C.

Isn't on trial.



If the S.E.C.

Can release information



for the purpose

of slandering Mr. Tucker's name,



then lie about it,

like Mr. Blue did...



Mr. Kirby!



Then we can't believe

Mr. Tucker stole money.



You know that's

not permissible.



Ladies and gentlemen,

I remind you



the statements

of the attorneys



are not evidence.



Mr. Kerner,



any further witnesses?



The prosecution rests.



Number three.



Number three.



And that

makes number   .



- Yay!

- Yay!



- Yay!

- Yay!






I'm so proud

of you.









We did it!



A week

before deadline.



It's a real beauty.




it's our turn at bat.



We'll chop them up

like cat food.



We've subpoenaed

Ferguson, his wife,



everybody we need to prove

who started this thing,



why, and how.



I want all   

of these cars



lined up in front



at the courthouse

tomorrow morning.



- Yay!

- Yay!



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Where are they?

Where are the cars?



We can't wait

any longer.



Any comment

about the news?



What news?



Didn't you read

the paper? Here.



"Led by Senator Homer Ferguson,



a special commission



appointed by President Truman




the War Assets Administration



to evict

the Tucker Corporation



from the former

aircraft factory



and give it

to the Lustron Corporation



for the development

of prefab housing."



Hey, dad!



Come on!



Around the corner!

Around the corner!



Come on.

Hurry up. Hurry up.



Around the corner, OK?

Hurry up.






Hey, hey, hey.



They're digging up

every street in town.



We had to go plumb

to China and back.



I don't get it.

This is the   th.



I thought we had

till the first.



We had till they dropped

the other shoe.



It's my choice.



I won't let you...



They had no right

to take that plant.



Forget the plant.



The Tucker car is dead.

That's politics.



I won't let you cut

your own throat.



You don't understand how

powerful the forces are



that are working

against us here.



I won't let you do it.



Tucker, look at me.



Preston, if you're not careful,



you're going to spend

   years in prison.



We will be developing

prefab houses.



Good to see you,

Senator Ferguson.



These will be for people

with low income.



I never thought

I'd see a politician



with his hands

in his own pockets.



The defense has chosen

not to call any witnesses



because we feel

the prosecution has failed



to make its case.



And in addition,

your honor,



the defendant

would like



to beg

the court's permission



to make the closing

statements himself



in the feeling

that perhaps only he



can put this trial

in its proper perspective.



No objection.



Well, permission granted.



But if anything you say

is unacceptable



in a court of law,

I'll stop you.



Thank you,

Your Honor.



Thank you,




Tell them an honest attempt

means not guilty.



The prosecution...



claims that I never had

any intention



of building any cars,



that all I wanted was

to take the money and run.



If you decide

that they're right,



well, I'm guilty.



But according

to the law,



if I tried

to make the cars,



even if they weren't

any good,



even if I didn't

make any...



but if you believe

that I tried,



well, then,

I'm not guilty.



It's not against the law

to be stupid,



which I was,

building that prototype.



What nobody has said

is that after the prototype,



I built the car

that I said I would.



There are    of them

parked on Adam Street.



All you have to do

is see them,



and the trial's over.

OK, your honor?




Inadmissible evidence.






Please allow the jury

to look out the window.






You can see them

from here.



This whole thing's

about whether I intended



to build the cars.



Will the defendant abstain

from this flagrant...



Mr. Tucker!




restrain the defendant.



Wha... why did l...



Let the man speak!



Let's hear

the rest of it!



If this

behavior continues,



I may have to declare this

a mistrial.



I will not tolerate

one more outburst



of any kind from anybody

in this courtroom!



I'm sorry.



You have one minute,

Mr. Tucker.



Thank you,

Your Honor.



When I was a boy

I used to, uh...



I used to read

all about Edison



and the Wright brothers,



Mr. Ford...



they were my heroes.



Rags to riches,



that's not just

the name of a book,



that's what this country

was all about.



We invented the free

enterprise system



where anybody,

no matter who he was,



where he came from,

what class he belonged to,



if he came up

with a better idea



about anything,



there's no limit

to how far he could go.



I grew up a generation

too late, I guess,



because now the way

the system works,



the crackpot who comes up

with some crazy idea



that everybody laughs at,



that later turns out

to revolutionize the world,



he's squashed from above.



The bureaucrats would

rather kill a new idea



than let it

rock the boat.



Today, Benjamin Franklin

would be arrested



for sailing a kite

without a license.



It's true.



We're all puffed up

with ourselves now



'cause we

invented the bomb.



Dropped the...



Beat the daylights

out of the Japanese, the Nazis.



But if big business



closes the door

on the little guy



with a new idea,



we're closing the door

on progress



and sabotaging

everything we fought for,



everything that

the country stands for.



We're going

to find ourselves



at the bottom of the heap,



having no idea

how we got there,



buying radios and cars

from our former enemies.



I don't believe

that's going to happen.



I can't believe it




if I stop believing

in the common horse sense



of the American people,



there'd be no way



I could get out of bed

in the morning.



Thank you.



Why did I

let you do that?



Be seated.



Has the jury

reached a verdict?



We have, Your Honor.



Will the defendant

please rise.



We, the jurors...



find the defendant...



Preston Tucker...



Not guilty.



How about all of you



take a ride in

one of those Tucker cars



that don't exist?






They love the cars,

the people.



Drives me crazy.



The Tucker Motor Company's dead.



They'll never be made.



We made them.






Well, what's

the difference,



   or    million?



That's only machinery.



It's the idea

that counts, Abe...



and the dream.



What are you

up to now?



If I could figure out



how to make these kerosene

refrigerators cheap enough



so poor people

could afford them.



Big enough for

two bottles of milk.



That's all.



So their kids won't

have to get rickets, see?



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger



Hold that tiger


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