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Zebra in the Kitchen (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | June 1965 (USA)
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.


Ivan Tors


Art Arthur (screenplay), Elgin Ciampi (story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay North ... Chris Carlyle
Martin Milner ... Dr. Del Hartwood
Andy Devine ... Branch Hawksbill
Joyce Meadows Joyce Meadows ... Isobel Moon
Jim Davis ... Adam Carlyle
Dorothy Green ... Anne Carlyle
Karen Green Karen Green ... Wilma Carlyle
Vaughn Taylor ... Councilman Pew
John Milford ... Sgt. Freebee
Tristram Coffin ... Councilman Lawrence (as Tris Coffin)
Merritt Bohn ... Chief of Police (as Merrit Bohnt)
Robert Clarke ... Sheriff
Percy Helton ... Mr. Richardson
Jimmy Stiles Jimmy Stiles ... Tim
Dal Jenkins Dal Jenkins ... Kookie


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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Release Date:

June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Zebra in der Küche See more »

Filming Locations:

Canyon Country, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Last film of Harry Strang 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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At least Laurel and Hardy are funny!
9 December 2006 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Has some fleeting interest for cast trivia buffs: Robert Lowery looking rather handsome and Clark Gable-ish in his one scene as a big game hunter; Jon Lormer in his customary role as the judge; Percy Helton, Tris Coffin, Vince Barnett…

Of course the film is actually designed to appeal mainly to those juveniles who love animal antics. Alas, for all its wealth of animalia, it's shot in an extremely pedestrian style. Not only is every jest and gag situation milked thoroughly dry, but the obvious plot is unraveled at the pace of a tortoise. In addition, Tors employs a relentlessly close-up after close-up, television method of shooting and even falls back on such jaded devices as speeded-up action. There's even a long storyboard introduction with the words of the hokey title song displayed for our edification.

Unflatteringly photographed Martin Miller makes a rather wet hero. The girls don't impress either, while Andy Devine looks far too old even for a sinecure job as head keeper at the zoo. His fans, however, will be glad to find he has a major role, not a fleeting part or a cameo. Young Jay North registers mildly and occasionally even manages to surmount the impossible script.

Production values are firmly on the el cheapo side. As well as a bit of stock footage, Tors even treats us to a generous excerpt of Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel in their famous encounter with Lupe Velez in "Hollywood Party". This turns out to be the funniest scene in the whole movie!

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