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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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Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ...
Thomas 'Tom' Collier
Cecelia Henry Collier
William Gargan ...
'Red' Regan - the majordomo
Owen Fiske
Ilka Chase ...
Henry Stephenson ...
Mr. Rufus Collier
Leni Stengel ...
Franc Schmidt
Don Dillaway ...
Joe Fiske


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 <>

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28 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Królestwo zwierzat  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Myrna Loy was borrowed from MGM. See more »


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 »


Tom Collier: [Explaining his relationship with Daisy to his fiancée, Cecilia] Cee, we've... Well, we've been everything possible to each other, of course, but...
Cecilia 'Cee' Henry Collier: Yes, Tom.
Tom Collier: the same time free as air. I mean, there has never been a feeling of conventional responsibility towards each other's involvement.
Cecilia 'Cee' Henry Collier: I can understand that.
Tom Collier: Can you, Cee? 'Cause I never could.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #5.11 (1954) See more »

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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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