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Zoo in Budapest (1933)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  28 April 1933 (USA)
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Flamboyant Zani grew up and works in the zoo. He loves animals so much that he steals animal furs from the women who wear them. Zani coaxes young beautiful Eve, an orphan, to escape her ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Eve
Gene Raymond ...
Zani
O.P. Heggie ...
Dr. Grunbaum
Wally Albright ...
Paul Vandor
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Heinie
Murray Kinnell ...
Garbosh
Ruth Warren ...
Katrina
Roy Stewart ...
Karl
Frances Rich ...
Elsie
Niles Welch ...
Mr. Vandor
Lucille Ward ...
Miss Murst
Russ Powell ...
Toski
Dorothy Libaire ...
Rosita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Hayes ...
Woman
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Flamboyant Zani grew up and works in the zoo. He loves animals so much that he steals animal furs from the women who wear them. Zani coaxes young beautiful Eve, an orphan, to escape her caretakers while on a group visit to the zoo. Dr. Grunbaum, the zoo director, is forced to organize a search party to capture both Zani and Eve. Zani proves too elusive and harbors Eve in a bear cave. However, when evil zookeeper Heinie discovers them, he draws the authorities' attention to their hideout... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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zoo | orphan | escape | bear | fur | See more »

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Drama | Romance

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28 April 1933 (USA)  »

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Zoo in Budapest  »

Box Office

Budget:

$436,649 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The casting of Loretta Young in this film was officially announced by the studio on December 15, 1932. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Grunbaum: Last Wednesday, did you steal a woman's fur?
Zani: Yes, sir.
Dr. Grunbaum: What made you do it?
Zani: People shouldn't kill animals... and wear their furs.
Dr. Grunbaum: Unfortunately, there's not a law against that... but there is a law against stealing. What makes you steal things? Did you sell the fur?
Zani: No. I burned it.
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Soundtracks

Rhapsodie Hongroise
(uncredited)
Music by Marcel Delannoy
Lyrics by Jacques Brillouin and Serge Plaute
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Unusual but a little fey
5 November 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The extreme naivete of the story and the characters led me to walk out on this film 20 years ago. Now, seeing it again, the delicacy and charm of the settings, the photography, the detail and care with which the imaginary world of the zoo and its visitors is created all engender my respect, if not real enthusiasm. The opening sequence, particularly, (isn't that so often true of early thirties films?) is a bravura combination of moving camera, imaginative sets, and crowd handling to create a sense of a time and place that may never have existed, but should have. The romance of the two lost souls is charming but just a little precious. The pandemonium of the escaped animals at the finale has some well edited, thrilling footage and is a satisfying conclusion to a story about characters who have no place in the real world and for whose situation it was hard to see any satisfactory resolution. As other viewers have commented here, this IS a unique film, with a unified artistic sensibility, and deserves a look by anyone at all interested in films of the early thirties.


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