IMDb > The Perfect Specimen (1937)

The Perfect Specimen (1937) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
6.7/10   202 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 16% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay) and
Lawrence Riley (screenplay) ...
View company contact information for The Perfect Specimen on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
15 December 1937 (France) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Fun comedy with fun characters. See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Gerald Beresford Wicks

Joan Blondell ... Mona Carter

Hugh Herbert ... Killigrew Shaw

Edward Everett Horton ... Mr. Grattan
Dick Foran ... Jink Carter

Beverly Roberts ... Alicia Brackett

May Robson ... Mrs. Leona Wicks

Allen Jenkins ... Pinky
Dennie Moore ... Clarabelle
Hugh O'Connell ... Hotel Clerk
James Burke ... Constable Snodgrass
Granville Bates ... Hooker - Garage Owner

Harry Davenport ... Carl Carter
Tim Henning ... Briggs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Bohanon ... (uncredited)
John 'Rusty' Brecknell ... Baby (uncredited)
Tom Brower ... Sheriff (uncredited)
James P. Burtis ... Cop (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... State Police Captain (uncredited)
Spencer Charters ... Stationmaster (uncredited)
Hal Craig ... Cop (uncredited)
Joe Cunningham ... Editor Green (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Tourist (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Copy Reader (uncredited)
John Hiestand ... Radio Commentator (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Detective (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Spectator (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Cop at Mrs. Wicks Home (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Detective (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... John Phillips (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... White House Secretary (uncredited)
Evelyn Mulhall ... Sarah (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Conley's Cornerman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Head of State Patrol (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Chloroform Conley (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Spectator (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Boxer (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Timekeeper (uncredited)
Pat West ... Fight Announcer (uncredited)
Huey White ... Second (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
Writing credits
Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay) and
Lawrence Riley (screenplay) and
Brewster Morse (screenplay) and
Fritz Falkenstein (screenplay)

Samuel Hopkins Adams (magazine story)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (photography)
Jack A. Marta (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound (as E.A. Brown)
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (uncredited)
Byron Haskin .... special effects (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy .... special effects (uncredited)
Jack Loper .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Other crew
Gene Lewis .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Mr. Grattan:He's probably suffering untold tortures.See more »
As Sure As You're in LoveSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Fun comedy with fun characters., 13 July 2006
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This is not really an 'haha' type of comedy, its more a movie that has a fun and silly (in a good way) feeling all over it. The events in the movie are fun and so are the quirky characters that are in the movie.

Basically the story is a fun and simple one. Rich guy played by Errol Flynn, out of a conservative uptight family, has for the first time in his real fun when he runs of with the girl Mona (Joan Blondell). Along their trip the couple meets some quirky characters and get into some silly situations. It seems to me that the movie its story was inspired by the Greek Odyssey.

Errol Flynn is of course perfect as 'the perfect specimen'. I was a little bit worried about his comical talent but he pulls of rather well in this movie. All of the other actors are also fine professional comedy actors who all help to make this movie a fun, simple and non-serious one to watch.

A fun movie, that is very well worth watching.


Was the above review useful to you?
See more (8 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Perfect Specimen (1937)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
It Happened One Night Topper Returns In Person On Your Toes The Harvey Girls
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.