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Director  Michael Curtiz
Story by  Samuel Hopkins Adams
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
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Country  United States
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Writer  Norman Reilly Raine, Lawrence Riley, Brewster Morse, Fritz Falkenstein, Samuel Hopkins Adams
Release date  October 23, 1937 (1937-10-23) (U.S.)
Screenplay  Lawrence Riley, Norman Reilly Raine, Brewster Morse, Fritz Falkenstein
Cast  Errol 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 movies  Related 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.

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Plot

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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.

Cast

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  • 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
  • Original novel

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    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."

    Production

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    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.

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    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.

    Reception

    The New York Times called the film a "light and unaffecting romantic comedy."

    May Robson's performance was highly praised in particular.

    References

    The Perfect Specimen Wikipedia
    The Perfect Specimen IMDb The Perfect Specimen themoviedb.org


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