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The Wild Man of Borneo (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 24 January 1941 (USA)
In 1902, medicine show con man Dan Thompson settles down with the daughter he hardly knows in a New York theatrical boarding house full of eccentric characters. Forced to take a job in an ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert B. Sinclair

Writers:

Waldo Salt (screenplay), John McClain (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Morgan ... J. Daniel Thompson
Mary Howard ... Mary Thompson
Billie Burke ... Bernice Marshall
Donald Meek ... Professor Birdo
Marjorie Main ... Irma
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Diamond
Bonita Granville ... Francine Diamond
Dan Dailey ... Ed LeMotte (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Andrew Tombes ... 'Doc' Dunbar
Walter Catlett ... 'Doc' Skelby
Joseph J. Greene Joseph J. Greene ... Mr. Ferderber (as Joseph J. Green)
Phil Silvers ... Murdock
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Entwistle Harold Entwistle ... Old Man (scenes deleted)
Sherry Hall Sherry Hall ... Passerby (scenes deleted)
Edward Hearn ... (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In 1902, medicine show con man Dan Thompson settles down with the daughter he hardly knows in a New York theatrical boarding house full of eccentric characters. Forced to take a job in an arcade sideshow, he tries to con daughter Mary and his fellow boarders into thinking he's on the legitimate stage. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran salvaje See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 13 September 1927. See more »

Quotes

J. Daniel Thompson: A grifter with a conscience is like a doctor who can't stand the sight of blood... It's bad. Makes you worry. And a grifter should never worry. "Play your sucker hard, and leave him lay." That's our motto.
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The Arkansas Traveller
(1851) (uncredited)
Written by William Iucho
Played during the opening credits and during the first scene
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Not so Wild, Frank Morgan
2 August 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Snake-oil salesman Frank Morgan (as J. Daniel "Dan" Thompson) learns a wealthy sister-in law has died. He quits his crooked "Medicine Man" traveling show and goes to live with estranged 18-year-old daughter Mary Howard (as Mary) in her Twin Rapids mansion. Upon arriving, Mr. Morgan discovers Ms. Howard had to sell the furniture. The penniless pair move to a New York (36 East 17th Street) boarding house run by matronly Marjorie Main (as Irma). She and an eccentric group of theatrical supporting players help maintain interesting this farcical story. The writers give it a good sense of setting, with the characters involved in early 1900s theatrical antics. Examples include Morgan being rejected as a leading man for Sarah Bernhardt, appearing as a "black-face" voodoo native, and the development of motion pictures. However, the characters are patchy and the main story is drawn and inconsiderable.

**** The Wild Man of Borneo (1941-01-24) Robert B. Sinclair ~ Frank Morgan, Mary Howard, Billie Burke, Donald Meek


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