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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.

Director:

Ivan Tors

Writers:

Art Arthur (screenplay), Elgin Ciampi (story)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 animal kingdom escapes from the zoo and winds up in everybody's back yard. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Zebra in der Küche See more »

Filming Locations:

Canyon Country, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Last film of Harry Strang See more »

Goofs

During the filming, Jay North had braces put on his bottom row of teeth. There are scenes where his close ups show him, pre-braces with his front teeth crooked. Other times it is clear in closeups that he is wearing braces. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM 40th Anniversary (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

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 moonspinner55See 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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