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Monkey Business Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Howard Hawks hoped to capture the screwball comic fervor of his 1938 film Howard Hawks with his 1952 comedy Monkey Business. As in the earlier film, Cary Grant stars as an absent-minded professor involved in a research project. This time he's a chemist seeking a "fountain of youth" formula that will revitalize middle-agers both mentally and physically. Though Grant's own laboratory experiments yield little fruit, a lab monkey, let loose from its cage, mixes a few random chemicals and comes up with just the formula Grant is looking for. This mixture is inadvertently dumped in the lab's water supply; the fun begins when staid, uptight Grant drinks some of the "bitter" water, then begins cutting up like a teenager. A harmless afternoon on the town with luscious secretary Marilyn Monroe rouses the ire of Grant's wife Ginger Rogers, but her behavior is even more infantile when she falls under the spell of the youth formula. Everyone remembers the best line in Monkey Business: foxy-grandpa research supervisor Charles Coburn hands the curvacious Monroe a letter and says "Get someone to type this". Even better is his next line: after Monroe sashays out of the room, Coburn turns to Grant and, with eyes atwinkle, murmurs "Charles Coburn can type." Likewise amusing is Monkey Business's pre-credits gag, wherein Cary Grant opens a door and is about to step forward when director Hawks, off-camera, admonishes "Not yet, Cary." Among the co-conspirators on Monkey Business's carefree script are Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer and I.A.L. Diamond, with an original story by Harry Segall (Harry Segall) as their source. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 17, 1931

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ginger Rogers Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1952 Nominee

Cast

Cary Grant
as Prof. Barnaby Fulton
Ginger Rogers
as Edwina Fulton
Charles Coburn
as Oliver Oxly
Marilyn Monroe
as Lois Laurel
Hugh Marlowe
as Hank Entwhistle
Henri Letondal
as Dr. Siegfried Kitzel
Larry Keating
as O.J. Gulverly
Robert Cornthwaite
as Dr. Zoldeck
Douglas Spencer
as Dr. Brunner
Esther Dale
as Mrs. Rhinelander
Emmett Lynn
as Jimmy
Jerry Sheldon
as Detective
Joseph Mell
as Barber
George Eldredge
as Auto Salesman
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. Brannigan
Mary Field
as Clerk
Gil Stratton
as Yale Man
Harry Carey, Jr.
as Detective
Faire Binney
as Dowager
Bill McLean
as Bellboy
Howard Hawks
as Off-screen voice in opening
Harry Carey, Jr.
as Reporter
Paul Maxey
as Dignitary
Forbes Murray
as Bit Man
Harry Carter
as Bit Scientist
Harry Seymour
as Clothing Store Salesman
Harry Bartell
as Scientist
Jerry Paris
as Scientist
Ruth Warren
as Laundress
Isabel Withers
as Laundress
Olive Carey
as Laundress
Dabbs Greer
as Cab Driver
Ray Montgomery
as Policeman
Melinda Plowman
as Bit Girl
Rudy Lee
as Bit Boy
Mickey Little
as Bit Boy
Robert Nichols
as Garage Man
Charles "Heinie" Conklin
as Painter
Ruth Warren
as Laundress
Mickey Little
as Bit Boy
Robert Nichols
as Garage Man
Paul Maxey
as Dignitary
Dabbs Greer
as Cab Driver
Jerry Paris
as Scientist
Harry Bartell
as Scientist
Howard Hawks
as Off-screen voice in opening
Harry Carter
as Bit Scientist
Harry Carey, Jr.
as Reporter
Rudy Lee
as Bit Boy
Harry Seymour
as Clothing Store Salesman
Olive Carey
as Laundress
Melinda Plowman
as Bit Girl
Forbes Murray
as Bit Man
Ray Montgomery
as Policeman
Isabel Withers
as Laundress

Crew

Howard Hawks
Director
Sol C. Siegel
Producer
Harry Segall
Screen Story
Ben Hecht
Screenwriter
I.A.L. Diamond
Screenwriter
Charles Lederer
Screenwriter
Milton Krasner
Cinematographer
Leigh Harline
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
George Patrick
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
William Travilla
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
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