- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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Terrific Play but so-so film
- mitch mcguire
I acted the male lead in a production and loved the script and the part. The director was son in law to the original director of the B'way version and we did a fine production as mentioned in the NY Times. The play is better than the film which, for some bad reason, was sped up by the director to a furious pace that took all the life out if it. The play holds up beautifully. See it in a theatre and see if yo u agree.
A bit disjointed plot...
Viewing this film is a pleasant enough way to spend an afternoon but it really isn't special...but it could have been! The film is based on a play by James Thurber and I can see how it would work in a theater setting; however, it doesn't fare that well in a film. Thurber, as is evidenced by his "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" written eight years after this play, appeared obsessed with ditzy college professors and Henry Fonda is cast here as one. It doesn't work. The best part of his performance is his passionate speech defending the freedom of speech. That's Fonda at his best. Playing the clown is not!
great little movie. love the drunk scene. McDaniel is marvelous.
The male animal
**** I love this film. The cast was wonderful.
Loved this one. Carson and McDaniel always deliver.
The Male Animal (1942)
- James Higgins
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.
Brilliant Script; Brilliant Cast...
and brilliantly acted! All pieces fit together perfectly. Best of it's genre and NOT to be missed!