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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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Mary Howard ...
Mary Thompson
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Bernice Marshall
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Professor Birdo
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Irma
Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Diamond
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Francine Diamond
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Ed LeMotte (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Andrew Tombes ...
'Doc' Dunbar
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'Doc' Skelby
Joseph J. Greene ...
Mr. Ferderber (as Joseph J. Green)
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Murdock
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Harold Entwistle ...
Old Man (scenes deleted)
Sherry Hall ...
Passerby (scenes deleted)
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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 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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24 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran salvaje  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was announced in 1928 by Paramount Pictures as a vehicle for W.C. Fields, but was never made. See more »

Quotes

J. Daniel Thompson: A grifter with a conscience is like a doctor who can't stand the sight of blood... It's bad. Makes you worry. And a grifter should never worry. "Play your sucker hard, and leave him lay." That's our motto.
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The Arkansas Traveller
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by William Iucho
Played during the opening credits and during the first scene
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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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