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Herman Cohen (story)
Aben Kandel (story)
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15 May 1963 (USA) See more »
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Cast

  (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. [us]
 

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Essential viewing for Michael Gough fans., 2 June 2016
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

The deliciously theatrical Brit thespian Michael Gough is at his scenery devouring best in the role of Michael Conrad, owner of a private zoo that specializes in big cats. Michael is insanely devoted to these creatures, and is also mad enough to sic them on any nuisance in his life - including an extremely pesky realtor (Jerome Cowan). He keeps his wife Edna (Jeanne Cooper, 'The Young and the Restless') and mute employee Carl (Rod Lauren, "The Crawling Hand") completely under his thumb, to boot.

Very nicely shot in Panavision by Floyd Crosby, the man who was who doing such exemplary work on those Roger Corman Poe pictures during this time, "Black Zoo" is decent, but that's mostly due to Gough. Overall, director Robert Gordon ("It Came from Beneath the Sea"), working from the script by Aben Kandel and producer Herman Cohen, just doesn't make this that much fun. It might have helped if the animals had been let loose upon a couple more victims; as it is, the story is only mildly entertaining most of the time. Still, there's camp value in the presence of an obvious "man in a costume" styled gorilla (played by George Barrows), the absurdly touching funeral for one of the big cats, and in the laughable meeting of a cult of cat worshipers called The True Believers - a definite highlight of silliness. And those felines appear to be extremely well trained.

Unlike Gough, much of the cast is required to play it straight, and it is delightful to see such familiar faces as "Maltese Falcon" cast members Cowan and Elisha Cook Jr., Edward Platt ('Get Smart'), lovely Marianna Hill ("Messiah of Evil", "Blood Beach"), Byron Morrow ("Colossus: The Forbin Project"), and Warrene Ott ("The Undertaker and His Pals").

This is fairly enjoyable schlock that might play well alongside another Cohen-Gough collaboration, "Konga".

Six out of 10.

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