The Perfect Specimen

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

An amusing comedy, Flynn's first such effort, THE PERFECT SPECIMEN is the reverse of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, and, like that award-winning film, it is based on a story by Samuel Hopkins Adams. Flynn is an immensely rich and handsome young man being groomed to take over his family's vast business interests by his tyrannical relative, Robson, who rules every...read more

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An amusing comedy, Flynn's first such effort, THE PERFECT SPECIMEN is the reverse of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, and, like that award-winning film, it is based on a story by Samuel Hopkins Adams. Flynn is an immensely rich and handsome young man being groomed to take over his family's vast

business interests by his tyrannical relative, Robson, who rules every moment of his life and has sheltered him like a Little Lord Fauntleroy. Flynn lives on a huge estate and has been tutored in educational matters and physical culture and has never been outside the gates of the compound. This

condition has left him bereft of any ability to communicate with his fellow man or woman. Blondell is a nosy news reporter determined to get the story of the reclusive millionaire, so she crashes through the gates of the mansion at the same moment when Flynn, ever curious, is testing Newton's

theory of gravity by falling out of a tree! She takes him out into the world and he is thought to have been kidnaped, so a huge national dragnet is called and the resultant complications are what make for the merriment. At one point, Flynn dons boxing gloves and gives a very convincing account of

himself in the ring, something he was to do when essaying the biography of Jim Corbett in GENTLEMAN JIM five years later. In an attempt to get some national publicity, the Warner Bros. press agents concocted the bogus tale that Flynn had represented his native country of Australia in the 1928

Olympic boxing competition in Holland. Flynn kept quiet about the ruse for quite some time and eventually labeled the report as untrue. Horton does a funny turn as Robson's private secretary, and Dick Foran stands around looking handsome. Blondell is beguiling and adorable, and Flynn shows some

flair for comedy, but it was not really his metier. The arch script needed four screenwriters and suffered, at times, from fallen archness.

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  • Review: An amusing comedy, Flynn's first such effort, THE PERFECT SPECIMEN is the reverse of IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, and, like that award-winning film, it is based on a story by Samuel Hopkins Adams. Flynn is an immensely rich and handsome young man being groomed t… (more)

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