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Murders in the Zoo (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Horror | 31 March 1933 (USA)
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
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Roger Hewitt
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Evelyn Gorman
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Professor G.A. Evans
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Nancy Crowley ...
Little Girl at the Zoo
Charlie Schneider ...
Little Boy
Jerome Storm
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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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Crime | Horror

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording) (original)

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1.33 : 1
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Working title: "Murder at the Zoo" See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Eric Gorman: [to his wife] You don't think I sat there all evening with an eight-foot mamba in my pocket?
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Featured in Svengoolie: Murders in the Zoo (2016) See more »

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(uncredited)
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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A rather graphic but very good early horror film.

The opening scene from "Murders in the Zoo" is quite extreme for 1933 audiences . I shalln't say what happens but you can't miss it!

Lionel Atwill steals the show once again as the sadistic, cunning and evil proprietor of various dangerous animals that he plans to sell to a zoo. Little does anyone realise that he shall use his animals for other means........

You only have to observe the expression of Lionel Atwill to know he is a somewhat dodgy customer.

This gem was unfairly ignored for years but is very good on its own merits.


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