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The Male Animal 1942 DVD - Henry Fonda / Olivia de Havilland


Tommy Turner (Henry Fonda) is an English teacher at football-crazed Midwestern University. Although he is uninvolved with the politics of the day, Tommy suddenly finds himself the center of a free-speech debate on campus. An editorial in a student magazine praises him for planning to read Bartolomeo Vanzetti's sentencing statement to his class as an example of eloquent composition, even in broken English composed by a non-professional.

The school's conservative trustees, led by Ed Keller (Eugene Pallette) threaten to fire Tommy if he doesn't withdraw the reading from his lecture. The subject of free speech and Tommy's dilemma of conscience anchor the dramatic subplot's social significance. The lighter comic triangle plot concerns a return visit to attend the big football game by Joe Ferguson (Jack Carson), a former football hero and onetime love interest of Turner's wife Ellen (Olivia de Havilland). Joe is recently divorced and he rekindles Ellen's romantic notions at the very moment when her marriage to Tommy is being tested by the events on campus.


Henry Fonda as Tommy Turner
Olivia de Havilland as Ellen Turner
Joan Leslie as Patricia Stanley
Jack Carson as Joe Ferguson
Eugene Pallette as Ed Keller
Herbert Anderson as Michael Barnes
Hattie McDaniel as Cleota
Ivan Simpson as Dean Frederick Damon
Don DeFore as Wally Myers
Jean Ames as "Hot Garters" Gardner
Minna Phillips as Mrs. Blanche Damon
Regina Wallace as Mrs. Myrtle Keller
Frank Mayo as Coach Sprague
William B. Davidson as Alumnus
Bobby Barnes as Nutsy Miller

Runtime: 101 Minutes

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Stock Code: 999