The Animal Kingdom
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- Based on the Play by Phillip Barry
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 25, 2004
- Originally Released: 1932
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Leslie Howard, Ann Harding & Myrna Loy|
|Performer:||William Gargan, Neil Hamilton, Ilka Chase & Henry Stephenson|
|Directed by||Edward H. Griffith|
|Edited by||Daniel Mandell|
|Screenplay by||Horace Jackson|
|Composition by||Max Steiner|
|Produced by||David O. Selznick|
|Director of Photography:||George J. Folsey|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Produced by the legendary David O'Selznick and based on the play by Philip Barry ("The Philadelphia Story"), The Animal Kingdom is a tart and strikingly sophisticated martini-dry drawing room comedy of sexual intrigue and social observation reminiscent of Noel Coward and Henrik Ibsen. Featuring an all star cast at the top of their game, this pre-code shocker is a frank and explicit romance of the unspecified adult desires that throbbed beneath the surface of 1930's high society.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 2072 ratings.
The "morality" of this story is on a par with that of the same writer's The Philadelphia Story, which humorously advocates the double standard and wife beating. Here the poor husband makes the mistake of abandoning his mistress for a wife, who, horror of horrors, discourages him from losing his fortune on a vanity press by asking him to slip a popular title into the publishing schedule from time to time so that he can finance the avant-garde volumes he prefers. This sort of rank philistinism (a.k.a. common sense and financial responsibility) naturally hurtles him back into his mistress's arms. At the rotten root of this story is an ethos which despises those who have to work for a living and admires the free spending of unearned wealth. Nicely done for all that -- the actors are perfect for their various roles, especially that "icy" Myrna Loy.
This 1932 David O'Selznick production is a timeless lopsided love triangle between Tom, his mistress, Daisy, and marriage to Cecelia. The sound is a beautiful quality, unlike other movies of this era with no distortions in volume; and the visual condition is impeccable.
"The Animal Kingdom" is a virtual time capsule, with the lovely home furnishings, the elaborate hairstyles and highly-stylized fashions the actresses wear.
- Sales Rank: 15,368
- UPC: 089218625199
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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