"The Toy" Is Released
The Toy is a 1982 comedy film starring Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty, Scott Schwartz, Teresa Ganzel and Virginia Capers. It is an adaptation of the 1976 French film Le Jouet. The film is directed by Richard Donner.
Richard Pryor plays Jack Brown, a thirty-something African-American man living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (or a suburb). Brown is an unemployed writer looking for work, and in danger of losing his house to the bank. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to get a job working for the local newspaper, the Bugle, he becomes desperate for a job and ends up taking one as a part-time hostess and "cleaning lady" for U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason), who owns the paper and many other local businesses. Brown is humiliated as he clumsily attempts to serve food at a luncheon. He is quickly fired, but stubbornly stays in a department store owned by Bates to clean up that night.