Zoo In Budapest

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Romance

Long considered lost, this film proves, on rediscovery, to be a delightful romantic fantasy full of dreamlike sets and misty photography. Loretta Young is an orphan on the verge of being apprenticed out to harsh, almost slave-like conditions until she reaches legal adulthood. Rather than face this fate, she takes advantage of a trip to the zoo to run away...read more

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Long considered lost, this film proves, on rediscovery, to be a delightful romantic fantasy full of dreamlike sets and misty photography. Loretta Young is an orphan on the verge of being apprenticed out to harsh, almost slave-like conditions until she reaches legal adulthood. Rather than

face this fate, she takes advantage of a trip to the zoo to run away and hide. Gene Raymond is a zookeeper who is in trouble with his supervisor for being outspokenly kind to the animals. A rich woman wants to buy one of the animals so she can kill it and make a coat from its fur. Raymond steals

her existing fur and hides in the zoo, where he soon meets the lovely orphan girl. While the police look for Raymond, another keeper, the cruel Paul Fix, assaults Young. But she is saved in the nick of time by Raymond. Eventually chaos breaks out at the zoo as animals escape and a child becomes

trapped in the tiger's cage. Raymond emerges from hiding to rescue the boy with the help of an elephant, and the boy's grateful father agrees to hire Raymond as the gamekeeper of his estate and to adopt Young. The two lovers decide to marry as soon as they can. Director Rowland V. Lee proved here

that he had a great deal of talent that was generally submerged in his long years as a competent hack for the studios. The performances by Young and Raymond are breezy and enjoyable, and the supporting cast is similarly fine. Only in its too-neat finish is the film weak--although even the finish

seems in keeping with the air of fantasy that pervades the picture. The film's simple sets are highly stylized, and many of the early prints were tinted. This was producer Jesse L. Lasky's first effort for 20th Century-Fox; the film was sufficiently successful to warrant a similarly simple

romance, I AM SUZANNE (1934), from the same team.

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