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The Animal Kingdom (December 28, 1932)

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The Animal Kingdom
 

Released on December 28, 1932: (running time 1 hour and 25 minutes) Tom Collier chases the wrong girl and the wrong career until he wakes up and grows the stones to follow his true passion.

Produced by David O. Selznick

Directed by Edward H. Griffith and George Cukor

The Actors: Leslie Howard (Tom Collier), Ann Harding (Daisy Sage), Myrna Loy (Cecelia Henry-Collier), William Gargan ('Red' Regan), Neil Hamilton (Owen), Ilka Chase (Grace), Henry Stephenson (Mr. Rufus Collier), Leni Stengel (Franc Schmidt, Daisy's musician friend), Don Dillaway (Joe Fiske, Daisy's author friend), Cecil Arden (unknown), Ralph Bard (unknown), Henry A. Barrows (partygoer), William Begg (partygoer), Curtis Benton (radio announcer), Lorena Carr (partygoer), Oliver Cross (partygoer), William B. Davidson (Grace's husband Sammy), George DeNormand (unknown), Phil Dom (unknown), Frank Eklof (unknown), Clarence Elmer (unknown), Kay English (partygoer), Harold Erickson (unknown), Harry Ernest (unknown), Ray Finney (unknown), Bill Fisher (station man), Maybel Freud (partygoer), Elinor Gray (unknown), Virginia Griffith (unknown), C. Gunnison (practical printer), Berilla Kerr (unknown), Harry Lee (Harry idealistic printer), George Legneur (partygoer), Elise Mackert (partygoer), Minnie Mahone (unknown), George Mahoney (unknown), Cecil Martin (unknown), Frank McDonald (unknown), Alla Mentone (unknown), Torben Meyer (Meyer, idealistic printer), Will Morgan (partygoer), Byron Munson (partygoer), Fred O'Neil (Practical printer), Dick Parslow (unknown), Arthur Rankin (partygoer), Jack Short (Practical printer), Terry Spencer (partygoer), Al Stewart (unknown), John Thomas (husband), Florence Turner (unknown), Phyllis Wilson (partygoer), Lillian Young (unknown), Shirley Young (unknown)

 

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The Girl He Marries, and the Girl He Loves . . .

This movie could not have been made a couple of years later when Will Hayes began strictly censoring the movies coming out of Hollywood. Because it was made when it was, we can see a rare picture of love that is a more honest look at men and women in love. Now, almost a hundred years later, the same story could be told in the same way, because some men and women in love still have the exact same problem that Leslie Howard has in this romantic drama.

In wealthy, socially connected families, the son must marry correctly. He doesn’t marry a woman that makes his heart flutter, but rather a woman who can faithfully become the social butterfly that always makes him look good. The wife must be beautiful, of the finest social fabric, and one more attribute is very necessary. She must be manipulative, conniving and controlling to make sure that her husband remains untarnished in his social circle and that they climb to the highest reaches of that social circle. Myrna Loy, as Cecelia Henry, is the perfect social wife for leading man Leslie Howard, the son and heir to a small but prosperous printing company.

Unfortunately, Tom Collier is a free-spirited man who is more at home with the artist community than with the big-business folk. In fact, he has been living in Europe with a blonde gal who aspires to be a great painter. They are not married, but enjoy the life of married folk in a free and easy manner. Beyond living as a married couple would, they are also best friends.

As our drama opens Tom is back home, and he has agreed to marry a good girl who knows about his affair with the blonde in Europe, but like good society girls, she can accept his past and mold him into the man that she wants. That would have been the end of the adventure if the blonde from Europe had not come back to America. But here she is, and Tom will be torn between the society wife who is molding him into the perfect society gentleman, and the woman who shares his heart and mind, if no longer his body.

The affairs of men and women are sometimes grand and glorious and ordered and dignified . . . But they can also be less than grand and orderly. . . . Much like the Animal Kingdom. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Ann Harding and Leslie Howard
Ann Harding and Leslie Howard
Myrna Loy and Leslie Howard
Myrna Loy and Leslie Howard
Ann Harding
Ann Harding
Ann Harding and Don Dillaway
Ann Harding and Don Dillaway
Ann Harding and Leni Stengel
Ann Harding and Leni Stengel
Ann Harding and Leslie Howard
Ann Harding and Leslie Howard
Ann Harding
Ann Harding
Ann Harding
Ann Harding
Don Dillaway
Don Dillaway
Henry Stephenson
Henry Stephenson
Henry Stephenson
Henry Stephenson
Ilka Chase
Ilka Chase
Leni Stengel and Ilka Chase
Leni Stengel and Ilka Chase
Leni Stengel
Leni Stengel
Leslie Howard and Ann Harding
Leslie Howard and Ann Harding
Leslie Howard and Ann Harding
Leslie Howard and Ann Harding
Leslie Howard and Myrna Loy
Leslie Howard and Myrna Loy
Leslie Howard and William Gargan
Leslie Howard and William Gargan
Myrna Loy and Leslie Howard
Myrna Loy and Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard
Leslie Howard
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy and Leslie Howard
Myrna Loy and Leslie Howard
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
William Gargan
William Gargan
Neil Hamilton
Neil Hamilton
Neil Hamilton, Henry Stephenson and Myrna Loy
Neil Hamilton, Henry Stephenson and Myrna Loy
Neil Hamilton and Myrna Loy
Neil Hamilton and Myrna Loy
Neil Hamilton
Neil Hamilton
Neil Hamilton
Neil Hamilton