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Murders in the Zoo (1933)

Passed | | Crime, Horror | 31 March 1933 (USA)
A monomaniacal zoologist is pathologically jealous of his beautiful but unfaithful wife Evelyn and will not stop short of murder to keep her.

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A. Edward Sutherland (as Edward Sutherland)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Ruggles ... Peter Yates (as Charlie Ruggles)
Lionel Atwill ... Eric Gorman
Gail Patrick ... Jerry Evans
Randolph Scott ... Dr. Jack Woodford
John Lodge ... Roger Hewitt
Kathleen Burke ... Evelyn Gorman
Harry Beresford ... Professor G.A. Evans
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Storyline

Eric Gorman returns with his wife Evelyn from a trip to the Orient collecting zoo animals, having killed a member of his expedition who happened one day to kiss Mrs. Gorman. On board ship Evelyn meets Roger Hewitt, who falls in love with her. After delivering his animals to the zoo, Gorman plots a way to dispose of Hewitt using one of his latest specimens, then continues using the zoo's non-human residents to do his beastly work. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Crime | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder at the Zoo See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording) (original)

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1.33 : 1
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Released on Lionel Atwill's 48th birthday See more »

Goofs

Gorman invites Hewitt to the benefit dinner, which he says will be on Thursday. Moments later, we see a printed invitation, which says "Wednesday". See more »

Quotes

Eric Gorman: Mr. Gates, never be afraid of a wild animal. Let it alone, and it'll leave you alone. That's more than we can say of most humans.
Peter Yates: You mean that you really like these, eh?
Eric Gorman: Beasts? I love them. They're honest in their simplicity, their primative emotions... They love, they hate, they kill.
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Featured in Svengoolie: Murders in the Zoo (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Hummed and sung a cappella by Charles Ruggles
Played as background music at the end
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Murders in the Zoo (1933) ***
3 October 2004 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

This seldom-seen hidden gem features the sadistic Lionel Atwill at his evil best. As a jealous zoologist, he resorts to drastic measures by using his animals to kill any man who makes a play for his luscious wife (Kathleen Burke, the panther woman from ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, who exudes exotic beauty). There are some pretty "extreme" methods of dealing death for such an early film, utilizing snakes, alligators and one pretty horrific sequence involving "sewing".

The only wrench in the works is the maddeningly unfunny comedian, Charlie Ruggles (who even gets top billing!) who's like a consistent thorn in the side of the movie whenever he pops in every now and then. I'm not one for altering original films under any circumstances, but I may make a unique exception in this case to excise all of this idiot's scenes. Luckily, the movie still emerges as an easy and enjoyable 62 minutes if you ignore Ruggles and savor the main plot of a green-eyed husband making people pay. *** out of ****


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