WriterNorman Reilly Raine, Lawrence Riley, Brewster Morse, Fritz Falkenstein, Samuel Hopkins Adams Release dateOctober 23, 1937 (1937-10-23) (U.S.) ScreenplayLawrence Riley, Norman Reilly Raine, Brewster Morse, Fritz Falkenstein CastErrol Flynn (Gerald Beresford Wicks), Joan Blondell (Mona Carter), Hugh Herbert (Killigrew Shaw), Edward Everett Horton (Mr. Grattan), Dick Foran (Jink Carter), Beverly Roberts (Alicia Brackett) Similar moviesRelated Michael Curtiz movies
The Perfect Specimen is a 1937 film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn and Joan Blondell. The picture is based on a novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams.
Gerald Wicks, the heir to a large fortune, has never been outside the gates of his childhood estate. He goes on an adventure with newspaper reporter Mona Carter and they fall in love.
Errol Flynn as Gerald Beresford Wicks
Joan Blondell as Mona Carter
Hugh Herbert as Killigrew Shaw
Edward Everett Horton as Mr. Gratten
Dick Foran as Jink Carter
Beverly Roberts as Alicia
May Robson as Mrs. Leona Wicks
Allen Jenkins as Pinky
Dennie Moore as Clarabelle
Hugh O'Connell as Hotel clerk
James Burke as Snodgrass
Granville Bates as Hooker
The book was based on a novel. The New York Times called it "a trifling little number. It reads like one of those old fashioned farce comedies... hammock reading for a hot afternoon."
The film was Flynn's first comedy starring role and the movie always seems to have been considered a vehicle for him. He made it after holidaying in Europe.
Warners originally sought Carole Lombard or Miriam Hopkins to play against Errol Flynn and for a while it seemed Hopkins was set to co-star. However she turned down the role and Warners decided to look at players assigned to their contract roster. The two leading contenders were Olivia de Havilland and Joan Blondell; it was thought the former was ideal if the role was played in a "romantic" way but the latter should be preferred it they wanted someone "pepful and sparkling". Blondell was cast and filming started in May 1937.
Marie Wilson was meant to play a small role but was assigned to The Great Garrick instead. Dennie Moore replaced Jane Wyman.
Joan Blondell fell ill during filming but recovered.
The New York Times called the film a "light and unaffecting romantic comedy."
May Robson's performance was highly praised in particular.