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Male Animal, The (Warner Bros 1942, Henry Fonda, 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.

production details
USA | Warner Bros | 101 minutes | 1942
Director: Elliott Nugent
Script: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein,

Hattie McDaniel as Cleota
Herbert Anderson as Michael Barnes
Joan Leslie as Patricia Stanley
Henry Fonda as Tommy Turner
Olivia de Havilland as Ellen Turner
Jack Carson as Joe Ferguson
Eugene Pallette as Ed Keller
Ivan F. Simpson as Dean Frederick Damon (as Ivan Simpson)
Don DeFore as Wally Myers