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The Perfect Specimen (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 December 1937 (France)
Raised in seclusion to be the epitome of mental, physical and moral perfection, Gerald Beresford Wicks is resigned to following his grandmother's wishes until a chance encounter with Mona Carter leads him into the outside world.


Michael Curtiz


Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay), Lawrence Riley (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Gerald Beresford Wicks
Joan Blondell ... Mona Carter
Hugh Herbert ... Killigrew Shaw
Edward Everett Horton ... Mr. Grattan
Dick Foran ... Jink Carter
Beverly Roberts ... Alicia Brackett
May Robson ... Mrs. Leona Wicks
Allen Jenkins ... Pinky Cassidy
Dennie Moore ... Clarabelle
Hugh O'Connell ... Waldorf Hotel Clerk
James Burke ... Sheriff Bill Snodgrass
Granville Bates ... Hooker - Garage Owner
Harry Davenport ... Carl Carter
Tim Henning Tim Henning ... Briggs


Raised in seclusion to be the epitome of mental, physical and moral perfection, Gerald Beresford Wicks is resigned to following his grandmother's wishes until a chance encounter with Mona Carter leads him into the outside world.

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15 December 1937 (France) See more »

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Dogodilo se jednog dana... See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Once frequently shown on local television, legal complications involving literary rights have kept this one off cable and prevented its DVD release for many years. See more »


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Don't Quite Mesh
3 February 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Perfect Specimen marked Errol Flynn's first foray into comedy and while amusing in spots does not work as well as Four's A Crowd or Footsteps In The Dark. In fact the film almost borders on the weird.

This film is a strange combination of Mr. Deeds Goes To Town and Being There. Errol Flynn has been raised by his tyrannical old grandmother May Robson on the confines of their vast estate which bears some resemblance to stately Wayne Manor. He's been raised like a hot house geranium, given the best education the world could offer, but has not had any human contact.

The premise isn't as strange as it sounds because after the Lindbergh kidnapping there was concern in the ranks of the rich and famous throughout the land. May Robson seems to have anticipated this because she's raised the 20 something Flynn like this away from the world for years before.

Flynn like Sellers in Being There has stayed on the grounds all his life, but he's not autistic. Still certain facts of life have been omitted from his education and given Flynn's reputation which he hadn't achieved when The Perfect Specimen they make viewing of the film a bit strange. Not the fault of Warner Brothers, who knew in 1937 that Errol Flynn would become synonymous with sexual prowess.

Anyway the same way Jean Arthur another reporter came crashing in on Gary Cooper's life, so does reporter Joan Blondell on the estate where her brother happens to be a gardener. Tyrannical old May Robson has even got a suitable wife picked out in Beverly Roberts whose a cousin, but Beverly likes the gardener Dick Foran.

When Flynn decides to go out in the world he borrows Foran's car who tells no one. His absence causes a panic in Robson who launches a nationwide manhunt for Flynn. Meanwhile he and Blondell are having a great old time on the road where his education about nearly everything else but social relations comes in handy.

The Perfect Specimen also boasts such folks as Edward Everett Horton, Allen Jenkins, Hugh Herbert, and Harry Davenport all in roles that are suitable to their type. Just their mention conjures up certain images and they perform right to image. The Flynn and Blondell team however was never asked for a repeat performance, they never really quite mesh.

The Perfect Specimen is amusing in a few places, but Flynn and Blondell were better showcased in a lot better films.

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