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Monkey Business (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 7 November 1952 (Sweden)
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A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.



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Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Barnaby Fulton
... Mrs. Edwina Fulton
... Mr. Oliver Oxley
... Miss Lois Laurel
... Hank Entwhistle
Henri Letondal ... Dr. Jerome Kitzel
... Dr. Zoldeck
... G.J. Culverly
... Dr. Brunner
... Mrs. Rhinelander
... Little Indian


Barnaby Fulton is a research chemist working on a fountain of youth pill for a chemical company. While trying a sample dose on himself, he accidentally gets a dose of a mixture added to the water cooler and believes his potion is what is working. The mixture temporarily causes him to feel and act like a teenager, including correcting his vision. When his wife gets a dose that is even larger, she regresses even further into her childhood. When an old boyfriend meets her in this state, he believes that her never wanting to see him again means a divorce and a chance for him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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7 November 1952 (Sweden)  »

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Darling I Am Growing Younger  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Olive Carey (Johnny's Mother) was the real life mother of Harry Carey Jr. (Reporter). See more »


When Barnaby and Edwina emerge from his office to see that Oxley and the other scientists are behaving like children, a panel in the 'wall' to the right of the door moves, and a gap can clearly be seen in the wall of the set looking into his office. See more »


Mrs. Edwina Fulton: [on phone] Hello, Hank.
Hank Entwhistle: Edwina!
Mrs. Edwina Fulton: Can you come over to my house?
Hank Entwhistle: What's wrong?
Mrs. Edwina Fulton: It's Barnaby. He threw a whole bucket of paint all over me! See!
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The off screen voice is Howard Hawks. See more »


Referenced in ABC Stage 67: The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1966) See more »


The Whiffenpoof Song
Music by Tod B. Galloway
Lyrics by George S. Pomeroy and Meade Minnigerode
Sung by Cary Grant
Also sung by Ginger Rogers
Also sung by Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn and the Executive Board
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Something went wrong with "the formula"...only Marilyn shines...
24 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

The cast includes some of the top masters of screwball comedy and is directed by the man who made BRINGING UP BABY--and yet this is not the bright and witty farce it strains to be.

Ironically, it's MARILYN MONROE, in the film's smallest role as a dimwit secretary, who steals the spotlight from CARY GRANT, GINGER ROGERS and CHARLES COBURN whenever she pops up...which isn't often enough. Superstardom was just around the corner and this film is proof that Monroe had the kind of charisma that charms even when her dialog is not that funny.

CARY GRANT does well in most of his scenes but the Indian romp with the boys is too unbelievable even for this far-fetched comic spoof. At times, he seems almost detached from his role. Poor HUGH MARLOWE looks mighty uncomfortable as a victim of the "let's play Indian" stunt. So much so, that one can only picture him wishing he was back in ALL ABOUT EVE.

GINGER ROGERS has an irritating sequence where she and Cary revisit their honeymoon hotel with disastrous results when she goes into a crying jag over the mention of her mother's name. Ginger only perks up when imitating an even more youthful version of her "Major and the Minor" role--but she is given only brief moments to shine. Coburn plays his role effortlessly and is especially amusing when referring to his secretary's lack of skills. "Anyone can type", he says of Monroe as she wriggles away.

But true wit is missing for most of the film and the laughs come at the expense of the two main stars who show a surprising lack of chemistry when thrown together.

The formula just doesn't work here. Something went wrong and it shows.

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