Monkey Business (1952)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  7 November 1952 (Sweden)
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A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.



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Hank Entwhistle
Henri Letondal ...
Dr. Jerome Kitzel
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Dr. Zoldeck
G.J. Culverly
Douglas Spencer ...
Dr. Brunner
Esther Dale ...
Mrs. Rhinelander
George Winslow ...
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Barnaby Fulton is a research chemist working on a fountain of youth pill for a chemical company. While trying a sample dose on himself, he accidentally gets a dose of a mixture added to the water cooler and believes his potion is what is working. The mixture temporarily causes him to feel and act like a teenager, including correcting his vision. When his wife gets a dose that is even larger, she regresses even further into her childhood. When an old boyfriend meets her in this state, he believes that her never wanting to see him again means a divorce and a chance for him. Written by John Vogel <>

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7 November 1952 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Darling I Am Growing Younger  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The off-screen voice during the opening credits is director Howard Hawks. See more »


On one occasion, in the last reel, Oxley addresses Lois as 'Miss Monroe' rather than 'Miss Laurel' See more »


Lois Laurel: Hi Dr Fulton.
Barnaby: Hi.
Mrs. Edwina Fulton: What did you say to her?
Lois Laurel: Mrs Fulton. He said "hi".
Mrs. Edwina Fulton: I heard what he said, you peroxide kissing bug!
Barnaby: Edwina, she hasn't done anything.
Mrs. Edwina Fulton: I'll pull that blonde hair out by its black roots!
Barnaby: Edwina! Now come along. Miss Laurel, you keep out of the way.
Mrs. Edwina Fulton: Put 'em up! Put 'em up! Put 'em up!
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The off screen voice is Howard Hawks. See more »


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The Whiffenpoof Song
Music by Tod B. Galloway
Lyrics by George S. Pomeroy and Meade Minnigerode
Sung by Cary Grant
Also sung by Ginger Rogers
Also sung by Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn and the Executive Board
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31 October 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is a very good movie to watch when all you want to do is to have a good time and some good laughs. There isn't a minute of it that would hold up to logical analysis, but there's barely a minute of it that isn't fun to watch. The story is pleasantly zany, the characters are entertaining, and the stars were all perfectly chosen for their roles.

Hawks's opening gag with Cary Grant in the doorway sets the tone, and lets you know right away that you can sit back and not take anything seriously for a while. Grant's character, a somewhat befuddled scientist who is trying to come up with a "youth formula", is the kind of role he could play in his sleep. As Grant's wife, Ginger Rogers doesn't get much to do for a good while, but then she has some fine comic moments later on. Charles Coburn is perfect as Grant's boss, and he gets a couple of the best lines in the whole show. And who better than Marilyn Monroe to play Coburn's secretary?

It's an entertaining throwback to the screwball comedies of a slightly earlier era. "Monkey Business" may be no masterpiece, but it's good fun of the pleasantly offbeat kind that is rare anymore.

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