The Male Animal
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The Male Animal
In this screen version of the James Thurber-Elliot Nugent Broadway play of the same name, Henry Fonda stars as bespectacled, bookish college professor Tommy Turner, who puts his career on the line by insisting upon standing up for his right to free speech. Determining to read a letter written by executed anarchistic Bartolomeo Vanzetti to his classroom,Tommy not only risks dismissal and castigation by the conservative college trustees, but seriously jeopardizes his marriage to his wife Ellen (Olivia DeHavilland), who wishes that Tommy would stop making waves and start lobbying for a raise.… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The stagebound film has its amusing moments, solid performances and a still timely message about academic freedom."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A surprisingly relevant movie on academic freedom in light of Ward Churchill and pro-Palestinian professors being victimized today."
‑ Louis Proyect,
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