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The Male Animal

  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • 1942
  • Elliott Nugent
  • 100 mins
  • A

Summary

Comedy starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland. When a liberal professor refuses to bow to pressure and pushes ahead with his plan to read a controversial letter penned by anarchists to his students, he puts his job in jeopardy and causes problems in his marriage.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A punchy, apposite comedy, regarded as highly sophisticated in its day, which still stands the test of time. Henry Fonda is excellent as the college professor about to lose his wife Olivia de Havilland to old flame Jack Carson, and his job, if he reads a controversial letter written by anarchists to his students. All three leads are splendid, giving great light and shade to their characters and so immediately drawing us into the complex plot. The movie has a lot to say about human relationships, particularly in the desire versus companionship arena, and it says it with verve and great panache. The supporting cast is universally excellent, as are the many satires on college life that director Elliott Nugent throws into the pot.

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Credits

Cast

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Tommy TurnerHenry Fonda
Ellen TurnerOlivia de Havilland
Patricia StanleyJoan Leslie
Joe FergusonJack Carson
Ed KellerEugene Pallette
Michael BarnesHerbert Anderson
CleotaHattie McDaniel
Dr DamonIvan Simpson
WallyDon DeFore
"Hot Garters" GarnerJean Ames

Crew

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DirectorElliott Nugent

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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