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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.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

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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screwball comedy | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 2, 1939 with Errol Flynn, Joan Blondell and May Robson reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Grattan: He's probably suffering untold tortures.
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Soundtracks

As Sure As You're in Love
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
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Fun comedy - the script is all over the place, but the cast is great
11 June 2010 | by rick_7See all my reviews

The Perfect Specimen (Michael Curtiz, 1937) is a fun Warner Bros comedy, with Errol Flynn cast against type as the eponymous figure: a sheltered heir to a small fortune, imprisoned within the ivory towers of his grandmother's estate. One day sassy chick Joan Blondell smashes through the fence and drives off with his heart. Not literally, of course, that wouldn't play so well to a mainstream audience. The film is episodic and slight, but unapologetically so, with some amusing set pieces that include Flynn's roadside punch up with hopeless pugilist Allen Jenkins. The ever-likable Jenkins (later the voice of Top Cat's Officer Dibble) is just one of a heap of well-known character actors turning up here, along with Hugh Herbert, May Robson, Harry Davenport and Edward Everett Horton – stealing the film hands down as a pathetically subservient, nervy personal secretary. There's the odd concession to high culture, with a recurring reference to Cervantes' Don Quixote, but mostly this is standard screwball stuff, utilising the considerable charm of its impressive cast.


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