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The Animal Kingdom (1932)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 December 1932 (USA)
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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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Ann Harding ...
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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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Myrna Loy was borrowed from MGM. 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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Owen: On ordinary terms, Tom doesn't seem to have got very far. He's wasted his life from the cradle.
Cecilia 'Cee' Henry Collier: Aaw, it must have been pathetic to see him wasting at three!
Rufus Collier: I assure you his genius was shown even then. I send him to Harvard, he lasts two years there. I send him to Oxford, he commutes from Paris. I put him into a bank, he... The whole world is at the feet of that boy, the whole world. And all he's ever done is to run from it.
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8 October 2013 | by (California) – See all my reviews

The Animal Kingdom has Leslie Howard, Ann Harding & Myrna Loy which is enough reason to watch this film. Ann Harding was a big star at that time and got top billing. I have enjoyed watching several of her films. This is pre"Thin Man" Myrna Loy so her character is a departure from the likable fun loving spouse of William Powell. I have grown to like Leslie Howard after initially only knowing him from his "Gone with the Wind" role. This is a pre-code film and the subject manner reflects that. None of the later restrictions of moral codes. Others describe the plot so won't go into that. It is listed as a comedy and drama but don't expect any comedy from the lead actors. The only source of comedy is the butler of Leslie Howard. The story is really a drama about relationships with just a small amount of comedy relief. After viewing the film my impression is that it was a curiosity of the time period but had enough interest to recommend it to others.


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