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15 May 1963 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Gough ... Michael Conrad

Jeanne Cooper ... Edna Conrad
Rod Lauren ... Carl
Virginia Grey ... Jenny Brooks
Jerome Cowan ... Jerry Stengel

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Joe (as Elisha Cook)

Edward Platt ... Chief of Detectives Rivers
Douglas Henderson ... Lt. Mel Duggan

Marianna Hill ... Audrey
Byron Morrow ... Coroner
Oren Curtis ... Radu

Jerry Douglas ... Lab Technician Perkins
Joseph Mell ... Frank Cramer
Eric Stone ... Groom
Eilene Janssen ... Bride
Warrene Ott ... Mary Hogan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Barrows ... Victor the Gorilla (uncredited)
Claudia Brack ... Carl's Mother (uncredited)
Herman Cohen ... (uncredited)
Daniel Kurlick ... Carl as a Child (uncredited)
Dani Lynn ... Art Student (uncredited)
Susan Slavin ... Art Student (uncredited)
Michael St. Angel ... Officer Donovan (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Gordon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Herman Cohen  story & screenplay
Aben Kandel  story & screenplay

Produced by
Herman Cohen .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby 
Film Editing by
Michael Luciano 
Art Direction by
William Glasgow 
Makeup Department
Phillip Scheer .... makeup artist (as Philip Scheer)
Peggy Shannon .... hair stylist
Production Management
Edward Morey Jr. .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
Arthur M. Broidy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Friedrich .... property master
James West .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Charles Brown .... music editor
John Bury Jr. .... sound
Harold E. McGhan .... sound effects editor
Richard Overton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Burdick S. Trask .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Pat Dinga .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Baerthlin .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Hannawalt .... grip (uncredited)
Eddie Jones .... still photographer (uncredited)
David McEwen .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Sundby .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harry L. Underwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Masters .... wardrobe
Norah Sharpe .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Brown .... music editor
Paul Dunlap .... conductor
Other crew
Rita Calmanson .... production secretary
Mary Gibsone .... script supervisor
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A.

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USA:88 min
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Life Is a Zoo, 28 June 2001

Welcome to the Michael Gough School of Dramatic Acting where subtlety is as foreign as class is for Roseanne Barr. Gough teams up with producer Herman Cohen for one more time(previously making Horrors of the Black Museum and Konga together). The result is a fun if not flawed film. Gough plays Michael Conrad the owner of Conrad's Animal Kingdom and one man accustomed to getting his way in life. Seems to also have quite a good relationship with his zoo pals, especially the big cats: a lion, a lioness, a pair of cheetahs, a tiger, a black panther, and also a fake looking gorilla(George Barrows AGAIN!). Gough plays organ music to his animal friends in his living room, belongs to a cult group of animal worshipers, and uses his friends to kill any personages that get in his way. To say Gough overacts is an incredible understatement. He bellows his lines with ferocity in scenes that do not need such vigour, but he is always fun to watch. The film is really very interesting as the cats are real and they have been trained very nicely. The acting, aside from Gough, is uniformly good with a nice performance turned in by Rod Lauren(The Crawling Hand) as a mute assistant forced to aid Gough. Jeane Cooper is lovely and does well as Gough's wife, and the character acting of Elisha Cook, Ed Platt, Virginia Grey, and Jerome Cowan all enhance the film. Make no mistake though, even though he wildly overacts, Gough is the film's main attraction. You have to look a ways to find a more over-the-top performance and a bigger slice of ham! The film also boats a wonderful scene where a tiger gets buried. Amidst the swirling fogs and moody backdrops, Gough, with mute assistant and wife, gives a eulogy before all the big cats. Effectively eerie.

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