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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.

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Michael Curtiz

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

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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1937 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogodilo se jednog dana... See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Gerald Beresford Wicks: I've never had so much fun in my life.
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Soundtracks

As Sure As You're in Love
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
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Errol's Perfect. So Enjoy Yourself.
28 January 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

May Robson is getting her grandson a total education and molding him into "The Perfect Specimen," with knowledge in all subjects and how to do everything a man should. The title will of course lead many female viewers to think of the obvious - great looks and a great bod. But who inhabits all these qualities and attributes?! Errol Flynn, of course, who has never been more perfectly coiffed. Many of the 1930s female viewers were probably not surprised and very heartily agreed. But here Errol is somewhat bummed that he is kept against his will, during this course of learning, and not able to break free and live and be wild and crazy. That is, until he meets Joan Blondell, who crashes in through the fence to meet him. Then they have numerous escapades together. Anyone who likes the stars will enjoy the film, but moments into this, one can tell this won't be as good as other films of its ilk. It boasts an impressive and colorful supporting cast with May Robson, Edward Everett Hobson, Dick Foran, Allen Jenkins and Hugh Herbert. But here May's character is ingratiating and loud and the others, while usually good, don't add much pizazz to this. But Hugh Herbert who is introduced midway into the film does interject some life and speaks in rhyme. The film does get better as Errol and Joan go on the run and get more romantic and quiet moments together. "The Perfect Specimen" has not been seen or shown on TV in years due to legal issues, but, if you're determined to get yourself "The Perfect Specimen," a dvr copy can bought off of eBay for a minimal cost. This little undemanding film is a very pleasant and feel-good experience but tries too hard in the very beginning to grab your attention and therefore its humor feels contrived and outlandish but the leads' chemistry and good looks can get under your skin and make you ignore all the flaws. Flaws!! What flaws?! With Errol Flynn as "The Perfect Specimen," what more do you need?


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