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Male Animal, The (Warner Bros 1942, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland)

The Male Animal Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland

New Yorker magazine writer James Thurber’s popular battle-of-the-sexes stage drama The Male Animal (cowritten by director Elliott Nugent) with classic performances from Henry Fonda as a clueless, distracted college professor, Olivia de Havilland as his neglected wife, and Jack Carson as the homecoming football hero who comes between them.

When the movie was remade in 1952 as She’s Working Her Way Through College, the filmmakers removed the liberal ideology of the original film in favor of less controversial topics in light of the McCarthy-era Red scare.

Cast: Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, Jack Carson, Joan Leslie, Eugene Pallette, Don Defore, Herbert Anderson, Hattie McDaniel

Director: Elliott Nugent
Producer: Wolfgang Reinhardt
Original Story: Elliott Nugent, James Thurber
Director of Photography: Arthur Edeson
Editor: Thomas Richards
Composer: Heinz Roemheld
Screenwriters: Stephen Morehouse Avery, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein

USA / Warner Bros / 101 minutes / 1942