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Zoo in Budapest (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 28 April 1933 (USA)
An orphan girl escapes her caregivers to be with a young man raised at the zoo whose only previous friends are the animals.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Melville Baker (story), Jack Kirkland (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Eve
Gene Raymond ... Zani
O.P. Heggie ... Dr. Grunbaum
Wally Albright ... Paul Vandor
Paul Fix ... Heinie
Murray Kinnell ... Garbosh
Ruth Warren Ruth Warren ... Katrina
Roy Stewart ... Karl
Frances Rich Frances Rich ... Elsie
Niles Welch ... Mr. Vandor
Lucille Ward Lucille Ward ... Miss Murst
Russ Powell Russ Powell ... Toski
Dorothy Libaire ... Rosita
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Storyline

Flamboyant Zani grew up and works in the zoo. He loves animals so much that he steals animal furs from the women who wear them. Zani coaxes young beautiful Eve, an orphan, to escape her caretakers while on a group visit to the zoo. Dr. Grunbaum, the zoo director, is forced to organize a search party to capture both Zani and Eve. Zani proves too elusive and harbors Eve in a bear cave. However, when evil zookeeper Heinie discovers them, he draws the authorities' attention to their hideout... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Plot Keywords:

zoo | orphan | escape | zookeeper | fur | See All (56) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Revolta das Feras See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$436,649 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The casting of Loretta Young in this film was officially announced by the studio on December 15, 1932. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Grunbaum: Last Wednesday, did you steal a woman's fur?
Zani: Yes, sir.
Dr. Grunbaum: What made you do it?
Zani: People shouldn't kill animals... and wear their furs.
Dr. Grunbaum: Unfortunately, there's not a law against that... but there is a law against stealing. What makes you steal things? Did you sell the fur?
Zani: No. I burned it.
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Alternate Versions

In the original release prints a number of scenes were tinted amber or blue. See more »

Soundtracks

Rhapsodie Hongroise
(uncredited)
Music by Marcel Delannoy
Lyrics by Jacques Brillouin and Serge Plaute
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One-of-a-kind -- and Magical
17 January 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

I have always wanted to see this: A friend's mother told me many years ago it was her favorite movie as a child.

It's a lovely creation. Gene Raymond, in surely his most appealing screen role, plays a Dr. Doolittle type who works at the zoo. Raymond wears a cap throughout, covering his marcelled blond hair. His character was decades ahead of PETA: When wealthy women come in wearing furs, he steals and burns them. And he has a very believable way with the animals.

The animals and birds are filmed gorgeously by Lee Garmes. In a later, better movie animals watch over the goings on of the human characters in a similar way: "The Night of the Hunter." But this is lovely itself.

Loretta Young, one of the screen's great beauties, looks ravishing as an orphan who slips away from the other girls and the evil matrons on their outing at the zoo. A child who does the same is thrown in, to little effect. Adorable children were in vogue at the time but his character is unnecessary and not especially appealing.

O.P. Heggie is likable and handsomely photographed as the sympathetic veterinary doctor. And Paul Fix is an effective villain.

Anyone who likes animals will be touched by this. Yes, opinion toward zoos has changed since the early 1930s. But we see them treated with nothing but love and understanding, other than by the villain. It is sure to win you over.


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