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Zebra in the Kitchen (1965)

G  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  June 1965 (USA)
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A young boy lets the animals out of their cages at the Zoo, to set them free, but the animals start taking over the town.



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A young boy lets the animals out of their cages at the Zoo, to set them free, but the animals start taking over the town.

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The crazy day the animals came out to play! See more »


Comedy | Family


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June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Zebra in der Küche  »

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Uncredited actor Eddie Quillan is seen watching a clip from Hollywood Party (1934), in which he himself had a featured role 21 years earlier. See more »


References Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965) See more »


Zebra in the Kitchen
Words and Music by Hal Hopper
Sung by The Standells
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Mixture of animal horseplay and financial seriousness is uneven, at best
1 December 2014 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Ivan Tors, who brought "Flipper" to movie (and later television) screens, tried his luck again with this animal-based comedy-drama starring Jay North, from TV's "Dennis the Menace". Framed in flashback for no apparent reason (other than to pad the reedy-thin narrative with exposition), story concerns a domesticated Puma mountain lion and his unhappy preteen owner, who is forced to give his pet to the local zoo after his parents relocate them from the sticks to the city. Nothing in this movie feels accurate: the boy's father lost the family homestead because he was apparently hurt, but there seems nothing wrong with sturdy Jim Davis in the part; the zoo appears to be in mountain terrain (away from the town) and is described for us as "shabby" and "pitiful" when, actually, it seems well-staffed and very clean; also, the youngster is taken in quite readily by the friendly zookeepers as an assistant, yet he treats this job indifferently (while scheming to betray everybody and free the Puma). North, a competent child actor, isn't allowed much mischief beyond stealing Andy Devine's cage-keys, and is kept petulant and scowling. The extraneous shots of animals eating or pacing their cages are dropped in sloppily (much of the time, they're not even reacting to anything, so there's no humor in their presence), while the quasi-slapstick finale--with zoo animals finding their way into homes, as well as the local ice cream shop--lays a big egg. *1/2 from ****

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