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The Perfect Specimen (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  15 December 1937 (France)
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Raised in seclusion to be the epitome of mental, physical and moral perfection, Gerald Beresford Wicks is resigned to following his grandmother's wishes until a chance encounter with Mona Carter leads him into the outside world.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Gerald Beresford Wicks
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Mona Carter
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Killigrew Shaw
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Mr. Grattan
Dick Foran ...
Jink Carter
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Alicia Brackett
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Mrs. Leona Wicks
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Pinky
Dennie Moore ...
Clarabelle
Hugh O'Connell ...
Hotel Clerk
James Burke ...
Constable Snodgrass
Granville Bates ...
Hooker - Garage Owner
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Carl Carter
Tim Henning ...
Briggs
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Raised in seclusion to be the epitome of mental, physical and moral perfection, Gerald Beresford Wicks is resigned to following his grandmother's wishes until a chance encounter with Mona Carter leads him into the outside world.

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15 December 1937 (France)  »

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O Homem Perfeito  »

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Once frequently shown on local television, legal complications involving literary rights have kept this one off cable and prevented its DVD release for many years. See more »

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Gerald Beresford Wicks: I've never had so much fun in my life.
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As Sure As You're in Love
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Music by M.K. Jerome
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Fun comedy - the script is all over the place, but the cast is great
11 June 2010 | by (advicetothelovelorn.blogspot.com) – See all my reviews

The Perfect Specimen (Michael Curtiz, 1937) is a fun Warner Bros comedy, with Errol Flynn cast against type as the eponymous figure: a sheltered heir to a small fortune, imprisoned within the ivory towers of his grandmother's estate. One day sassy chick Joan Blondell smashes through the fence and drives off with his heart. Not literally, of course, that wouldn't play so well to a mainstream audience. The film is episodic and slight, but unapologetically so, with some amusing set pieces that include Flynn's roadside punch up with hopeless pugilist Allen Jenkins. The ever-likable Jenkins (later the voice of Top Cat's Officer Dibble) is just one of a heap of well-known character actors turning up here, along with Hugh Herbert, May Robson, Harry Davenport and Edward Everett Horton – stealing the film hands down as a pathetically subservient, nervy personal secretary. There's the odd concession to high culture, with a recurring reference to Cervantes' Don Quixote, but mostly this is standard screwball stuff, utilising the considerable charm of its impressive cast.


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