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The Wild Man of Borneo (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 24 January 1941 (USA)
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 Thompson
Bernice Marshall
Professor Birdo
Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Diamond
Francine Diamond
Ed LeMotte (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Andrew Tombes ...
'Doc' Dunbar
'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)
(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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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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This film was announced in 1928 by Paramount Pictures as a vehicle for W.C. Fields, but was never made. 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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The Arkansas Traveller
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by William Iucho
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Not so Wild, Frank Morgan
2 August 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Snake-oil salesman Frank Morgan (as J. Daniel "Dan" Thompson) learns a wealthy sister-in law has died. He quits his crooked "Medicine Man" traveling show and goes to live with estranged 18-year-old daughter Mary Howard (as Mary) in her Twin Rapids mansion. Upon arriving, Mr. Morgan discovers Ms. Howard had to sell the furniture. The penniless pair move to a New York (36 East 17th Street) boarding house run by matronly Marjorie Main (as Irma). She and an eccentric group of theatrical supporting players help maintain interesting this farcical story. The writers give it a good sense of setting, with the characters involved in early 1900s theatrical antics. Examples include Morgan being rejected as a leading man for Sarah Bernhardt, appearing as a "black-face" voodoo native, and the development of motion pictures. However, the characters are patchy and the main story is drawn and inconsiderable.

**** The Wild Man of Borneo (1941-01-24) Robert B. Sinclair ~ Frank Morgan, Mary Howard, Billie Burke, Donald Meek

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