The Male Animal
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It's social importance aside this is a first rate production featuring none-other-than Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, Eugene Pallette, Jack Carson, Joan Leslie, Herbert Anderson(TV's Dennis the Meance's Dad), Don De Fore(TV's Hazel's Mr.B)and Hattie McDaniel. This is as good as it gets and all you could ask for from Warner Bros. in 1942. Turner-Time/Warner deserve a big kick in the rear for letting this very important classic slip away into anonymity.
It's homecoming week and everyone's getting ready for the big game. Everyone except English professor Fonda and undergrad Anderson. They find the rising tide of testosterone is causing them to lose a grip on their women. This is coming at a time when the boys are most in need of the girl's support. All the old boosters are coming back to town to add to the complications. Along with these sexual rifts are a number of politcal values in question and what constitutes a real American and what is the America way of life.
The James Thurber script and Elliott Nugent direction accomplishes this in a very non-heavyhanded way. It's kept amazingly light and funny considering the weight of the material. It seems to be a light and very funny romp that in the end has a huge message to Americans about the American Way and what we must do to perserve it.
I know it's not on DVD but check out the price of the VHS. I implore you to see this movie. On even the shallowest level it's very entertaining and on the deepest level it's one of the biggest messages to ever come out of Hollywood. It's not what you expect from a movie made in 1942 but unfortunately, you're even less likely to see such an important message in such an entertaining way in the movies of today.
This film has intelligence, a bit of comedy and manages to deal with a significant issue of censorship in such a nonchalant, but very effective manner. The cast is great, the script solid. This film must be watched.
This is a fine movie with wonderful character actors such as Jack Carson as Joe Ferguson, the ever appealing Eugene Pallette as Ed Keller, school administrator, Hattie McDaniel, Don DeFore and Joan Leslie. Look for Gig Young in an uncredited role.
The quality of the recording is acceptable, as are most of the movies for Warner Bros. Archive Collection. It is about the same as a good VHS tape used to be. It has not been enhanced, but there are no serious issues and, being in black & white, there are no color problems either.
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McCarthyism appears in movie from the World War II era, along with shadows of the fascist threat in the USA. Read morePublished 16 months ago by renanaha
I love these actors and grew up watching films of the 1930's - 1950's and I was a child of the 1960's. Olivia de Havilland and Henry Fonda you can't go wrong with these two. Read morePublished 22 months ago by P. A. Hughes
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