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Murders in the Zoo (1933)

Passed  -  Horror | Crime | Mystery  -  31 March 1933 (USA)
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A monomaniacal zoologist is pathologically jealous of his beautiful but unfaithful wife Evelyn and will not stop short of murder to keep her.

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Peter Yates (as Charlie Ruggles)
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Eric Gorman
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Jerry Evans
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Dr. Jack Woodford
John Lodge ...
Roger Hewitt
Kathleen Burke ...
Evelyn Gorman
Harry Beresford ...
Professor G.A. Evans
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Eric Gorman returns with his wife Evelyn from a trip to the Orient collecting zoo animals, having killed a member of his expedition who happened one day to kiss Mrs. Gorman. On board ship Evelyn meets Roger Hewitt, who falls in love with her. After delivering his animals to the zoo, Gorman plots a way to dispose of Hewitt using one of his latest specimens, then continues using the zoo's non-human residents to do his beastly work. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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31 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El asesino diabólico  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording) (original)

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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The killer snake is described as a "green mamba", snakes which are only found in Africa. See more »

Quotes

Eric Gorman: Mr. Gates, never be afraid of a wild animal. Let it alone, and it'll leave you alone. That's more than we can say of most humans.
Peter Yates: You mean that you really like these, eh?
Eric Gorman: Beasts? I love them. They're honest in their simplicity, their primative emotions... They love, they hate, they kill.
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Please (Lend Your Little Ear To My Pleas)
(1932)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Hummed and sung a cappella by Charles Ruggles
Played as background music at the end
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Superior Little Shocker
5 May 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A madman commits a series of MURDERS IN THE ZOO, hoping to punish his adulterous wife and her lovers.

Sadly neglected, this dandy little thriller comes from a studio & director (Paramount, Edward Sutherland) more noted for their comedy films. It holds its own, however, and offers several visual shocks which should more than satisfy its audience. Especially noteworthy are the opening credits which humorously compares the human stars with various zoo beasts, and sweeps immediately into an initial scene of unusually fiendish ferocity. From this point on, the viewer is hooked...

Lionel Atwill adds another portrait of evil to his gallery of grotesques, here playing a villain not only morally twisted but positively vile. The gentle, daffy humor of top-billed Charles Ruggles might seem out of place in other horror films, but here it is a welcome anodyne to Atwill's monstrosities.

The rest of the cast - Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick, Kathleen Burke, Harry Beresford - do very well in roles that are really little more than supporting parts. Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Jane Darwell as a society matron at the Zoo Supper.


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