It's Homecoming weekend at Midwestern University, the weekend which will culminate with the big game between Midwestern and Michigan. Homecoming marks the return for the first time in six ... See full summary »

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Elliott Nugent

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Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Tommy Turner
Olivia de Havilland ... Ellen Turner
Joan Leslie ... Patricia Stanley
Jack Carson ... Joe Ferguson
Eugene Pallette ... Ed Keller
Herbert Anderson ... Michael Barnes
Hattie McDaniel ... Cleota
Ivan F. Simpson ... Dean Frederick Damon (as Ivan Simpson)
Don DeFore ... Wally Myers
Jean Ames ... 'Hot Garters' Gardner
Minna Phillips Minna Phillips ... Mrs. Blanche Damon
Regina Wallace Regina Wallace ... Mrs. Myrtle Keller
Frank Mayo ... Coach Sprague
William B. Davidson ... Alumnus
Bobby Barnes Bobby Barnes ... Nutsy Miller
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It's Homecoming weekend at Midwestern University, the weekend which will culminate with the big game between Midwestern and Michigan. Homecoming marks the return for the first time in six years of alumnus All-American Joe Ferguson, whose world is all about football and especially his place in it. Mild-mannered English Professor Tommy Turner is able to handle the thought of Joe's return to campus as the ex-boyfriend of Tommy's wife of six years, Ellen Turner née Stanley, who is temperamentally more like Joe than him. Tommy knows that Ellen loves him, the reason he doesn't mind the thought of Joe. The weekend starts off well enough for Tommy in that he believes he is being promoted from associate to full professor, which if be the case would be much earlier than he or Ellen had expected. However, it comes to his attention that Michael Barnes, an idealistic student of his who is also the editor of the campus' literary magazine, has written an editorial for the upcoming edition of the ... Written by Huggo

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SHE turned a lamb into a lion! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 28, 1942 with Olivia de Havilland and Jack Carson reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

While the camera is zooming into Henry Fonda right before he is going to read the infamous letter, on the right of the screen, you can very plainly see the boom mike pole shadow edging across the screen. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Tommy Turner: [Reading Vanzetti's writing sample, at 1:35:40] If it had not been for these things, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. Never in our full life can we hope to do such work for tolerance, for justice, for man's understanding of man, as now we do by accident. Our words - our lives - our pains - nothing! The taking of our lives - lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish peddler - all! ...
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Referenced in Curtiz (2018) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played when Tommy and Ellen are carried to the carriage
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odd mixture
23 August 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Tommy Turner (Henry Fonda) is a happily married book-smart professor at Midwestern University. It's homecoming weekend and the return of All-American Joe Ferguson. It's so happens that Tommy's wife Ellen (Olivia de Havilland) is Joe's ex. It's been six years since they've seen him. Tommy is expecting a promotion. It is all threatened with him planning to read a controversial letter. He didn't mean to be a radical but only sees it as a good example of English composition.

I thought this is going to be a light comedy. At most, I was expecting a love triangle drama. It could deal with a broad matter like censorship. Then the red scare gets the front page treatment. This is trying to combine Revenge of the Nerds with the McCarthy hearings. It's a very odd mixture. It is even more odd when one considers the times. What exactly is it trying to say? Let's not be rah rah rooting for Americanism, whatever that is. Whenever it tries to be funny, the heaviness of the politics muddies the water. It's all a very odd mixture.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Male Animal See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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