This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a ... See full summary »
A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash.
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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One of those rare, subversive films that skip through the Hollywood generic net. It has everything - a love story, filmed with all the delicate visual poetry of a silent melodrama; a bizarre social critique that compares a repressive social order (eerily foreshadowing life under capitalism) with the caged animals in the zoo. Climax one of the most extraordinary in all cinema - love story equated with social revolt; animals rebel in violent, Surreal chaos. Liberating and ravishing.
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