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The Perfect Specimen(1937)

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  • My favorite Errol Flynn movie

    • Valerie
    • 6/17/12

    Funny, great characters.

  • Charming Comedy

    • The UnBirthday Girl
    • 10/26/10

    I have read in various places the tag line that Joan Blondell's character in this movie is a reporter. That statement could only be made by someone who never saw the film. Joan Blondell is not a reporter in THE PERFECT SPECIMEN. On the contrary, she is the beguilingly beautiful serpent who enters Eden to rescue the perfect apple (Errol Flynn) who falls from the tree. When Blondell crashes into Flynn's world, he is in the middle of a Newtonian gravitational experiment and thus falls, like Sir Isaac's famous apple, from the tree. This is a charming and gentle comedy. It's full of good cheer, and its supporting cast is superb. The chemistry between Blondell and Flynn sizzles. Errol Flynn was very adept at comedy; it's too bad he didn't play comedic roles more often. THE PERFECT SPECIMEN is long overdue for a commercial DVD release: I hope someone at Warner's is paying attention. So, just who is the perfect specimen here? Is it Flynn, or is it Blondell? Watch it, and you be the judge.

  • Droll Comedy Deserving DVD Release

    • CagneyFan
    • 10/12/10

    THE PERFECT SPECIMEN is one of Errol Flynn's rare excursions into light comedy. He was a truly versatile actor, comfortable in both period and modern settings. His fans preferred to see him in costume, however; thus his comedies are too few and far between. Too bad, because as TPS proves, Flynn was adept at this genre. Joan Blondell is his leading lady, and she adds sparkle and wit to the film. Errol and Joan have great chemistry together. Edward Everett Horton and May Robson, both delightful scene stealers, are wonderful supporting actors here. When EEH is on camera, you can't help but smiling. In fact, I found myself smiling and laughing throughout the entire movie. I read on IMDB that the title is in a copyright dispute. Please, Warner's, settle the dispute and release this movie on DVD. There has been something of an Errol Flynn renaissance over the past few years; this movie would be welcomed by his many fans.

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