The Perfect Specimen (1937)

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Raised in seclusion to be the epitome of mental, physical and moral perfection, Gerald Beresford Wicks is resigned to following his grandmother's wishes until a chance encounter with Mona Carter leads him into the outside world.


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  • Joan Blondell and Errol Flynn in The Perfect Specimen (1937)
  • Joan Blondell and Errol Flynn in The Perfect Specimen (1937)
  • Joan Blondell and Errol Flynn in The Perfect Specimen (1937)
  • Joan Blondell and Errol Flynn in The Perfect Specimen (1937)
  • Joan Blondell and Hugh Herbert in The Perfect Specimen (1937)
  • Joan Blondell, Errol Flynn, and Hugh Herbert in The Perfect Specimen (1937)

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22 October 2004 | mik-19
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| Beefcake galore
Gerald Wicks is being groomed by his dictatorial millionaire grandmother to be a responsible pater familias in total seclusion from the world, "a lily in a hothouse", he calls it. Then one day Mona, a tough-as-nails female reporter, comes crashing through the gates and before long Gerald takes off on his own to seek out his newfound friend and they set out to explore life together.

Admittedly, this is a very small film, and one that doesn't quite know how to hold itself together. The script is filled with loose ends and blind alleys, and a lot of the dialogue must have seemed dated even in 1937. Having said that, this movie boasts Joan Blondell and a very young Errol Flynn, and their easy banter is delightful. She never photographed this well ever again, and Flynn ... well, suffice it to say that the director makes the most of all his chances to have his strapping young star-to-be stripped to the waist, beefcake galore!

AND the movie has a handful of wonderfully quirky bit parts, not many of them exactly organically interwoven in the whole, but they are never less than entertaining.

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