The Animal Kingdom (1932)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 28, 1932 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The first film version of Philip Barry's Broadway play The Animal Kingdom stars Ann Harding, Leslie Howard and Myrna Loy. Howard plays a wealthy publisher who decides to marry the socially prominent Loy, leaving his mistress Harding in the lurch. In comically convoluted fashion, Loy behaves like a callous libertine, while Harding is the soul of love and fidelity. The frustrated Howard declares at the end that he is going back to his "wife"--meaning, of course, the faithful Harding. Animal Kingdom was long withdrawn from public view due to the 1946 remake One More Tomorrow; a pristine 35-millimeter print was discovered in the Warner Bros. vaults in the mid-1980s.

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extramarital-affair, love-triangle, love, mistress, moral-conflict, publisher, marriage