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The Animal Kingdom (1932)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 December 1932 (USA)
Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks, it is Cecelia. After the marriage, Tom is bored with the social scene and ... See full summary »

Directors:

Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor (uncredited)

Writers:

Horace Jackson (screenplay), Philip Barry (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Daisy Sage
Leslie Howard ... Tom Collier
Myrna Loy ... Cecelia Henry Collier
William Gargan ... 'Red' Regan
Neil Hamilton ... Owen Fiske
Ilka Chase ... Grace
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Rufus Collier
Leni Stengel ... Franc Schmidt
Don Dillaway ... Joe Fiske
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Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks, it is Cecelia. After the marriage, Tom is bored with the social scene and the obligations of his life. He publishes books that will sell, not books that he wants to write. Even worse, he has his old friend working as a butler and Cecelia wants him fired. When Tom tries to get back together with Daisy to renew the feelings that he once felt, Daisy turns the tables on him and leaves to protect both of them. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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He scratched her tender skin and found a savage! (Print Ad- Gazette and Bulletin,((Williamsport, Penna.)) 28 January 1933)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Królestwo zwierzat See more »

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Budget:

$458,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was considered lost for many years. In the early 1980's, film historian Ronald Haver was searching for missing material for the restoration of A STAR IS BORN (1954) when he came across a long forgotten print and negative in the Warner Bros. vaults. The studio had purchased the remake rights for THE ANIMAL KINGDOM from RKO sometime in the mid-1940's and due to unreliable book-keeping misplaced the print and negative in their vaults. See more »

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When Tom moves to the mantle with his father's check at the end of the film, a light suddenly comes on to more brightly illuminate that area of the room. See more »

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Cecilia 'Cee' Henry Collier: We shouldn't. You know we shouldn't.
Tom Collier: But, eh, we seem to be.
Cecilia 'Cee' Henry Collier: All at once, I feel terribly naughty, somehow.
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Surprisingly honest and frank drama...
7 December 2004 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 12/7/2004 - 7 out of 10(Dir- Edward H. Griffith): Surprisingly honest and frank drama about a man who can't decide between two women in his life. One, ties him down to a commitment and is a solid person and the other doesn't ask for a commitment and is a great friend but doesn't have the stability of the first. I never did figure out why the movie was called "Animal Kingdom", but I believe it has to do with how we as humans tend to become survivalists like those in the animal kingdom do when things aren't going well. This is one of the most complex character studies that I've seen in awhile especially from a movie made so long ago. The acting is kind of up-and-down but the story is consistently intriguing as we try to figure out what Tom(the book publisher) is going to do in his life from one moment to the next. Every character in this story is interesting in one way or another and the movie works hard to follow these characters and not just make a happy-go-lucky movie experience. There is a uniqueness in this film's open attitude towards love and friendship and how to piece them together that I have not seen often.


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