The Male Animal

The Male Animal

Henry Fonda
Director: Elliott Nugent Cast: Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
, Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
, Joan Leslie
Joan Leslie
Elliott Nugent

DVD (Wide Screen / B&W)

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In this screen version of the James Thurber-Elliot Nugent Broadway play of the same name, Henry Fonda stars as bespectacled, bookish college professor Tommy Turner, who puts his career on the line by insisting upon standing up for his right to free speech. Determining to read a letter written by executed anarchistic Bartolomeo Vanzetti to his classroom,Tommy not only risks dismissal and castigation by the conservative college trustees, but seriously jeopardizes his marriage to his wife Ellen (Olivia DeHavilland), who wishes that Tommy would stop making waves and start lobbying for a raise. Coinciding with all this is the arrival of former college football star Joe Ferguson (Jack Carson), who many years earlier had been Tommy's rival for Ellen's affections. Eminently successful and aggressively athletic, Joe seems to be everything that Tommy isn't, and the little professor is worried that he's going to lose Ellen to Joe after all. An all-night drinking session with equally idealistic student Michael Barnes (Herbert Anderson) convinces Tommy to stick to his principles no matter what the cost-and miracle of miracles, this resolve makes him a hero in everyone's eyes, including sweet Ellen. The Male Animal was remade in 1952 as She's Working Her Way Through College, with the liberal ideology of the original film sacrificed in favor of McCarthy-era banalities.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
UPC: 0883316118979
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 31,999

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Ivan Simpson Dr. Damon
Don DeFore Wally Myers
Minna Phillips Blanche Damon
Regina Wallace Mrs. Myrtle Keller
Jean Ames Hot Garters Garner
Hattie McDaniel Cleota
Byron Barr [Gig Young] Student
Eddie Brian Actor
Spec O'Donnell Actor
Jane Randolph Secretary
Bobby Barnes Nutsy Miller
Juanita Stark Actor
Frank Mayo Coach Sprague
William B. Davidson Alumnus
Howard Hickman Faculty Member
George Meeker Newsman
Raymond Bailey Newsman
Tod Andrews Student
Charles Drake Student
William Hopper Reporter
Creighton Hale Reporter
Walter Brooke Reporter
Glen Cavender Reporter
Ann Edmonds Student
Audra Lindley Student
Al Lloyd Reporter
Audrey Long Student
Hank Mann Reporter
Ray Montgomery Student
Will Morgan Reporter
Don Phillips Student
Cliff Saum Reporter
Dave Willock Student
Joan Winfield Student

Technical Credits
Elliott Nugent Director
Stephen Morehouse Avery Screenwriter
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Philip G. Epstein Screenwriter
Wolfgang Reinhardt Associate Producer
Tom Richards Editor
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Producer

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