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Monkey Business (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 5 September 1952 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Dr. Barnaby Fulton
Ginger Rogers ... Mrs. Edwina Fulton
Charles Coburn ... Mr. Oliver Oxley
Marilyn Monroe ... Miss Lois Laurel
Hugh Marlowe ... Hank Entwhistle
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Dr. Jerome Kitzel
Robert Cornthwaite ... Dr. Zoldeck
Larry Keating ... G.J. Culverly
Douglas Spencer ... Dr. Brunner
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Rhinelander
George Winslow ... Little Indian
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Storyline

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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It's Some Fun!

Genres:

Comedy

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howard Hawks' Monkey Business See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The neighborhood through which Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe go joy-riding in an MG sports car before crashing into a moving van is Brentwood, California, which is immediately adjacent to the 20th Century-Fox back-lot where this film was shot. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Howard Hawks, Man in Opening: Not yet, Cary.
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Crazy Credits

The off screen voice is Howard Hawks. See more »

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Referenced in The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

The Whiffenpoof Song
(uncredited)
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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Good Movie because of Talent
26 December 2006 | by YoseSee all my reviews

The movie Monkey Business could have been pretty bad. I would say that it's saving grace is the fact that the people involved are all highly talented. Howard Hawks turns in some excellent direction per usual, although I'm sure he was only paying the bills. Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers are pitch perfect. Marilyn Monroe is essentially eye candy in this movie but she still steals every scene she is in, which unfortunately isn't very many.

The script was written by the highly respected Ben Hecht , Charles Lederer (of His Girl Friday fame) and I.A.L. Diamond (Some Like It Hot etc...). With so many excellent writers involved you know the script is going to be at least decent. Granted that a monkey discovering a potion for the fountain of youth is a pretty silly premise they managed to pull it off for the most part. The dialog is a bit awkward in places but overall very good and the script certainly got it's message across.

Cary Grant's performance makes this film. He perfectly embodies what a typical teenager and child of the age would be. Of course the scenes in which he takes the potion are the highlights of the film and he does an excellent job with them. He also has considerable chemistry with his female costars particularly Ginger Rogers (Who plays his wife).

Marilyn Monroe plays Grant's bosses slightly dim but wonderfully innocent secretary. Although she has limited screen time you cannot take your eyes off of her anytime she is in the shot. The sign of a great actress.

Overall a very charming film with a feel good message. 7/10


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