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The Animal Kingdom (1932)

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Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks, it is Cecelia. After the marriage, Tom is bored with the social scene and ... See full summary »

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Thomas 'Tom' Collier
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Cecelia Henry Collier
William Gargan ...
'Red' Regan - the majordomo
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Owen Fiske
Ilka Chase ...
Grace
Henry Stephenson ...
Mr. Rufus Collier
Leni Stengel ...
Franc Schmidt
Don Dillaway ...
Joe Fiske
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Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks, it is Cecelia. After the marriage, Tom is bored with the social scene and the obligations of his life. He publishes books that will sell, not books that he wants to write. Even worse, he has his old friend working as a butler and Cecelia wants him fired. When Tom tries to get back together with Daisy to renew the feelings that he once felt, Daisy turns the tables on him and leaves to protect both of them. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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28 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Królestwo zwierzat  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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Trivia

Leslie Howard, William Gargan and Ilka Chase originated the roles in New York when the play opened on 12 January 1932 at the Broadhurst Theater and ran for 183 performances. See more »

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During the last scene with Leslie Howard and Myrna Loy, they are sitting at a dining table. There is a floral centerpiece on the table and they both have glasses of wine until she leans back in her chair, at which time only Howard's glass remains. Then her glass and the flowers reappear. See more »

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Tom Collier: I thought for a long time we have been out of page so far as... so far as...
Daisy Sage: Wanting each other goes?
Tom Collier: Well, haven't we?
Daisy Sage: Speak for yourself, Tom.
Tom Collier: You too, Daisy. You first, I think.
Daisy Sage: Well, it's true that side of it was never so much to us, not in comparison, not... well not after those first crazy months. But I... I thought that was natural. I was even glad. Glad that it was all our needs that held us together. So closely. Not a claim. Never a claim but so closely.
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Wittily presented male chauvinism
17 March 2010 | by (Columbia MD) – See all my reviews

I came away from this with a somewhat different message than the playwright intended (the same playwright, I should point out, who started The Philadelphia Story with a comedic stylization of wife-beating). The hero, played by Leslie Howard, starts a publishing enterprise devoted to the avant-garde works admired by his friends. He marries, and surprise, his wife, played rather icily by Myrna Loy, has the philistine idea that he should publish a few titles which will actually reap a profit so that he can at least finance his little enterprise without losing the family fortune. The movie leaves no doubt that such a money-grubbing attitude is worthy of the deepest condemnation. Hubby naturally finds himself longing for his former without-benefit-of-clergy bedmate, played by Ann Harding, who understands his sensitive soul and is more likely to indulge his dissipating his wealth, since she has no more sense than he does.

Oh, I enjoyed the movie, but I'm surprised that so many seem not to notice how shallow and stupid its ideas are. Leslie Howard does his best to make the protagonist seem noble, and I guess that for many viewers, he succeeds. Loy, not yet a star, is lovely as always.


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