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The Male Animal (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 4 April 1942 (USA)
It's Homecoming weekend at Midwestern University, the weekend which will culminate with the big game between Midwestern and Michigan. Homecoming marks the return for the first time in six ... See full summary »

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It's Homecoming weekend at Midwestern University, the weekend which will culminate with the big game between Midwestern and Michigan. Homecoming marks the return for the first time in six years of alumnus All-American Joe Ferguson, whose world is all about football and especially his place in it. Mild-mannered English Professor Tommy Turner is able to handle the thought of Joe's return to campus as the ex-boyfriend of Tommy's wife of six years, Ellen Turner née Stanley, who is temperamentally more like Joe than him. Tommy knows that Ellen loves him, the reason he doesn't mind the thought of Joe. The weekend starts off well enough for Tommy in that he believes he is being promoted from associate to full professor, which if be the case would be much earlier than he or Ellen had expected. However, it comes to his attention that Michael Barnes, an idealistic student of his who is also the editor of the campus' literary magazine, has written an editorial for the upcoming edition of the ... Written by Huggo

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4 April 1942 (USA)  »

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Assim é que Elas Gostam  »

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Midwestern University is a thinly veiled reference to Thurber's own Alma Mater of The Ohio State University. There are numerous examples of OSU traditions in the film, including the singing of "We dont give a 'Darn' for the whole state of Michigan," notably Changing one word to appease censors. In addition, the team is called the Big Red Team, matching OSU's scarlet, and the marching band has uniforms that are identical to the uniforms still proudly worn by TBDBlTL (The Best Damn Band In The Land). 'The Big Game' featured in the film is against none other than OSU's biggest rival University of Michigan. Coincidentally, Osu Football won their first national championship in 1942, the year this film was released. See more »

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Ellen Turner: You'd better take a hot water bottle to bed with you.
Prof. Tommy Turner: Nice of you to arrange for a substitute.
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Version of The Male Animal (1956) See more »

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(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
Played and sung twice on the phonograph and played during the closing credits
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THE Ohio State University Movie
7 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may be hard to fully appreciate outside the context of the football-mania of OSU in football season, but even in exclusion, the comedic performances of Jack Carson and Eugene Palette upstage one of Henry Fonda's great performances. There was an element of mad cap thirties comedy pushed into a script that is classic James Thurber. Look for Jack's description of the fake fake (apparently). Ex Football players will want to get out there and really fight once they're through looking for the cream pitcher. Hattie McDaniel's reactions alone are reason enough to see the movie and if you're worried about Fonda showing up, don't - and Bartolomeo Vanzetti may get some peace.


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