Siddhesh Joshi (Editor)

The Male Animal

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Director  Elliott Nugent
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Country  United States
The Male Animal movie poster
Release date  April 4, 1942 (1942-04-04)
Based on  The Male Animal 1940 play  by James Thurber Elliott Nugent
Writer  Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play), Stephen Morehouse Avery (screen play), James Thurber (from the play by), Elliott Nugent (from the play by)
Screenplay  Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Stephen Morehouse Avery
Story by  Elliott Nugent, James Thurber
Cast  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)
Similar movies  The Voyeur, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Bad Teacher, Carrie, The Hunt, Chelsea FC - Season Review 2013/14

A teacher s rights the male animal 1942 clip

The Male Animal is a 1942 American comedy-drama film, produced by Warner Bros., starring Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland and Joan Leslie.


The Male Animal movie scenes

The film was based on a hit 1940 Broadway play of the same name written by James Thurber and Elliott Nugent. The screenplay was written by Stephen Morehouse Avery, Julius J. Epstein, and Philip G. Epstein, based on Nugent and Thurber's play. The film was also directed by Elliott Nugent.

The Male Animal wwwgstaticcomtvthumbmovieposters2573p2573p


Tommy Turner (Henry Fonda) is an English teacher at football-crazed Midwestern University. Although he is uninvolved with the politics of the day, Tommy suddenly finds himself the center of a free-speech debate on campus. An editorial in a student magazine praises him for planning to read Bartolomeo Vanzetti's sentencing statement to his class as an example of eloquent composition, even in broken English composed by a non-professional.

The school's conservative trustees, led by Ed Keller (Eugene Pallette) threaten to fire Tommy if he doesn't withdraw the reading from his lecture. The subject of free speech and Tommy's dilemma of conscience anchor the dramatic subplot's social significance. The lighter comic triangle plot concerns a return visit to attend the big football game by Joe Ferguson (Jack Carson), a former football hero and onetime love interest of Turner's wife Ellen (Olivia de Havilland). Joe is recently divorced and he rekindles Ellen's romantic notions at the very moment when her marriage to Tommy is being tested by the events on campus.


  • Henry Fonda as Tommy Turner
  • Olivia de Havilland as Ellen Turner
  • Joan Leslie as Patricia Stanley
  • Jack Carson as Joe Ferguson
  • Eugene Pallette as Ed Keller
  • Herbert Anderson as Michael Barnes
  • Hattie McDaniel as Cleota
  • Ivan Simpson as Dean Frederick Damon
  • Don DeFore as Wally Myers
  • Jean Ames as "Hot Garters" Gardner
  • Minna Phillips as Mrs. Blanche Damon
  • Regina Wallace as Mrs. Myrtle Keller
  • Frank Mayo as Coach Sprague
  • William B. Davidson as Alumnus
  • Bobby Barnes as Nutsy Miller
  • Production

    Gene Tierney, who had starred as Patricia Stanley in the original Broadway production, was unable to appear in the film because she was contracted to star in John Ford's movie version of Tobacco Road. Don DeFore, another member of the Broadway cast, repeated his role in the film. Co-writer Elliott Nugent played the lead role on the stage before coming to Hollywood to direct Henry Fonda in the film version. Gig Young, who changed his birth name / stage name, Byron Barr, that year, appears unbilled as a student.


    The Male Animal was loosely reworked by Warner Brothers as a musical called She's Working Her Way Through College (1952), starring Virginia Mayo and Ronald Reagan. In this adaptation, the characters' names are changed. Also, the political theme is discarded in favor of a conflict surrounding the professor's attempt to mount a musical play featuring a student who is discovered to be a former burlesque dancer.

    The film earned an estimated $2.4 million at the North American box office in 1952.

    The film features Gene Nelson and Phyllis Thaxter in the cast, as well as Don DeFore who had also been in The Male Animal.


    The Male Animal Wikipedia
    The Male Animal IMDb The Male Animal