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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
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The casting of Loretta Young in this film was officially announced by the studio on December 15, 1932. See more »
Last Wednesday, did you steal a woman's fur?
What made you do it?
People shouldn't kill animals... and wear their furs.
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?
No. I burned it.
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Gene Raymond (he was the lead in Flying Down to Rio, opposite another unearthly beauty, Dolores Del)is only just bearable, but the female lead is Loretta Young, as a fragile, dreamy orphan held captive by the wicked witches of an orphanage. Her delicacy and sensitivity find a parallel in the imprisoned animals of the zoo, and their rage at the injustice of their captivity is embodied in the rage of the tiger. The climax of the movie (filmed, I should think, before animal-protection laws were passed to regulate filming) had me terrified almost to the point of screaming when I saw it many years ago in a cinema, and, not long ago, I found it, even on television, almost as powerful.
An exotic pleasure of the film that can be experienced first hand is the actual Budapest Zoo, which is somewhat altered since the filming, but which still has the fabulous Art Nouveau elephant house!
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