The Wild Man of Borneo (1941)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  24 January 1941 (USA)
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In 1902, medicine show con man Dan Thompson settles down with the daughter he hardly knows in a New York theatrical boarding house full of eccentric characters. Forced to take a job in an ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Howard ...
Mary Thompson
Bernice Marshall
Professor Birdo
Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Diamond
Francine Diamond
Ed LeMotte (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Andrew Tombes ...
'Doc' Dunbar
Walter Catlett ...
'Doc' Skelby
Joseph J. Greene ...
Mr. Ferderber (as Joseph J. Green)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Entwistle ...
Old Man (scenes deleted)
Sherry Hall ...
Passerby (scenes deleted)
Edward Hearn ...
(scenes deleted)


In 1902, medicine show con man Dan Thompson settles down with the daughter he hardly knows in a New York theatrical boarding house full of eccentric characters. Forced to take a job in an arcade sideshow, he tries to con daughter Mary and his fellow boarders into thinking he's on the legitimate stage. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

24 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran salvaje  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original play opened in New York on 13 September 1927. See more »


Francine Diamond: There ain't no flies on me!
J. Daniel Thompson: You can't blame the flies, Francine.
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Call Me Pet Names
(1853) (uncredited)
Music by J.C. Woodman
Poetry by Mrs. F.S. Osgood
Played on piano by Mary Howard and Sung by Connie Gilchrist
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Typical Frank Morgan vehicle
3 February 2001 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

This simple little film features Frank Morgan playing his typical flim-flam man role. Morgan was one of the best at portraying a bragging, self important grifter who was never at a loss for words when playing one of his con games. In this film he is a good hearted but under achieving father who desperately wants to provide a good life for his grown up daughter. He meets many obstacles along the way but also receives help from some old friends who, obviously, are very fond of him. One caution: Bonita Granville plays an obnoxious bratty young teen ager who never lets up throughout the entire film. Her performance caused me to almost bail out and change the channel on a couple of occasions. Her performance is pretty hard to take. But, all in all, if you have some spare time and wish to spend it watching a simple little "puff" piece, you may enjoy this film.

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