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The Animal Kingdom (1932) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by George Cukor and Edward H. Griffith and produced by David O. Selznick.

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Pre-Code Crazy: The Animal Kingdom (1932)

By shadowsandsatin on Jun 3, 2018 From Shadows and Satin

Harding, Howard, and Loy I think I?ve made it clear on these pages that I?m a big Ann Harding fan. Her performances in Double Harness and When Ladies Meet rate among my all-time favorites. And she delivers again in my Pre-Code pick for this month, The Animal Kingdom (1932), co-starring Leslie Howard... Read full article

Neglected Post Theatre: The Animal Kingdom, or Fie, Society

By David on Nov 30, 2013 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

On this edition of Neglected Post Theatre, we take a look at Philip Barry's "The Animal Kingdom," wherein Leslie Howard is married to Myrna Loy but tempted by Ann Harding.... Read full article

The Animal Kingdom (1932) (2)

By Angela on Nov 9, 2013 From Hollywood Revue

Tom Collier (Leslie Howard) is a publisher who has lived out of wedlock with his good friend Daisy (Ann Harding) for quite some time. But while she is away on business, Tom decides to marry Cecilia (Myrna Loy).? When Daisy returns, he swears to Cecilia that any romantic feelings that he and Daisy mi... Read full article

"The Animal Kingdom," or Fie, Society

By David on Dec 8, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

To steal a line from his best-known work, "The Philadelphia Story," Philip Barry's plays were often about "the privileged class enjoying its privileges." But they also showed the other side of the coin: how easy it was to lose your self-respect -- and yourself, for that matter -- by getting caught u... Read full article

The Animal Kingdom (1932) (1)

By Lindsey on Sep 16, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

Always beautiful Myrna Loy gets to show off her catty, controlling side as Tom’s wife, Cecelia, in 1932′s The Animal Kingdom. (Image via Dr. Macro) Tom Collier (Leslie Howard) is a man stuck between two ladies. Daisy (Ann Harding) is an artist, and the two have plenty of fun together. On... Read full article

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Tom Collier: I thought for a long time we have been out of page so far as... so far as...
Daisy Sage: Wanting each other goes?
Tom Collier: Well, haven't we?
Daisy Sage: Speak for yourself, Tom.
Tom Collier: You too, Daisy. You first, I think.
Daisy Sage: Well, it's true that side of it was never so much to us, not in comparison, not... well not after those first crazy months. But I... I thought that was natural. I was even glad. Glad that it was all our needs that held us together. So closely. Not a claim. Never a claim but so closely.

Daisy Sage: You're a free man you know, Tommy, always have been with me, no questions asked, but oh, please, Mexico in June, together, because listen... No, don't look at me. Look in the other way.
[Takes a deep breath]
Daisy Sage: On the boat coming over, the sweetest small boy, about two, and I got crazy about him and I want one. I want one *badly*. So would you please be good enough to marry me?
Tom Collier: [Is startled and stands straight up]
Daisy Sage: Oh, you always said you wanted to and I wouldn't let you. Well, it isn't terribly serious, not a life sentence, you know, just for a little while if you like. Will be such a dirty trick on him if you didn't.

Grace: Well, I guess I'd better be barging along, as they say. I, er, I am sure it's getting cold by the minute.
Tom Collier: Yes, it's almost cold enough to... You know, I, I think we'd best bring in the brass monkeys tonight, don't you?

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Leslie Howard, William Gargan and Ilka Chase originated the roles in New York when the play opened on 12 January 1932 at the Broadhurst Theater and ran for 183 performances.
George Cukor directed additional scenes after original director Edward H. Griffith left the picture.
Daisy's declaration "Behold, the bridegroom cometh. And no oil for my lamp, as usual. A foolish virgin me. Oh, foolish anyway." is a reference to the story of the ten virgins with oil lamps greeting the bridegroom, told in Matthew 25:1-13.
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Also directed by Edward H. Griffith

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Also produced by David O. Selznick

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Also released in 1932

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