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The Male Animal (1942)





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Based on a play penned by director Elliott Nugent and humorist James Thurber this comedy follows the struggles of college professor Henry Fonda to maintain his First Amendment rights in the classroom and save his marriage after his wife Olivia de Havilland strays with her oily, charming and handsome ex-beau.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Stephen Morehouse Avery
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 1996
Warner Bros.


Henry Fonda
as Tommy Turner
Olivia de Havilland
as Ellen Turner
Jack Carson
as Joe Ferguson
Joan Leslie
as Patricia Stanley
Eugene Pallette
as Ed Keller
Herbert Anderson
as Michael Barnes
Ivan Simpson
as Dr. Damon
Jean Ames
as "Hot Garters" Garner
Minna Phillips
as Mrs. Blanche Lamon
Regina Wallace
as Mrs. Myrtle Keller
Frank Mayo
as Coach Sprague
Bobby Barnes
as Nutsy Miller
Jane Randolph
as Secretary
Dave Willock
as Student
Howard Hickman
as Faculty Member
Don Phillips
as Student
Audrey Long
as Student
Marijo James
as Student
Ann Edmonds
as Student
Eddie Brian
as Student
Gig Young
as Student
Tod Andrews
as Student
George Meeker
as Reporter
Will Morgan
as Reporter
Walter Brooke
as Reporter
Hank Mann
as Reporter
Al Lloyd
as Reporter
Ed Graham
as Reporter
Cliff Saum
as Reporter
Glen Cavender
as Reporter
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All Critics (2)

The stagebound film has its amusing moments, solid performances and a still timely message about academic freedom.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A surprisingly relevant movie on academic freedom in light of Ward Churchill and pro-Palestinian professors being victimized today.

Full Review… | August 31, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Male Animal

This is a highly regarded classic, and I am not sure why I am not enthralled with it. It?s okay, but I just don?t see anything special with it. There is no chemistry between Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland. Fonda is great, but de Havilland gets very irritating, as does Jack Carson. Eugene Pallette and Hattie McDaniel provide excellent support. Otherwise, it?s pretty routine.

James Higgins

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