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Cowardly Elmer Finch is browbeaten by his wife, daughter, fat son and the family dog. After hypnosis he is domineering. He enters a contract with a fifteen-thousand dollar payoff, so his courage can last beyond the hypnosis. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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When Fields gets going with his fast and furious fun, even the animals take to the woods! (Newspaper ad). See more »

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Dans la peau du lion  »

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Elmer Finch: I'm a lion!
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A Matter of Attitude
15 December 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Elmer Finch (W.C.Fields) is a good man, married for the second time and working for twenty years in a company as accountant. However, he is not respected by his wife and his stepson and even by his dog. In his work, his boss and colleagues spend an abusive treatment, and clients do not respect him either. His life changes when he is accidentally hypnotized and transformed in a lion, changing his attitude.

"Running Wild" is an excellent comedy, with a great screenplay and performances. The beginning is very dramatic for a comedy, but when Elmer is hypnotized, becomes very funny. The dog is cute and responsible for most of the best sequences, and his mean stepson Junior (Barnett Raskin) is amazingly funny and irritant. The DVD presents in the Extras the "famous sentences" of W.C. Fields, and they are also very ironical and funny. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Selvagem" ("The Savage")


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