THE ANIMAL KINGDOM ( 1932 )

FERNANDO’S CORNER ~ Posted July 5th, 2016

ANIMAL KINGDOM ( MOVIE POSTER )

After many years I revisited the very adult and extremely well-acted film “The Animal Kingdom” (1932), one of my favorite early thirties films.

ANIMAL KINGDOM ( I ) ANIMAL KINGDOM ( II )

It has such an intelligent dialogue and all the performers are so perfect in their roles. As much as I like Ann Harding, who is always sublime, I feel that Myrna Loy pretty much stole the show with her smart performance as the duplicitous and manipulating Cecelia.

ANIMAL KINGDOM ( IV )

Cecelia traps idealist Publisher Tom Collier (Leslie Howard) into marriage. He’s had a long-standing, free, no-strings-attached relationship with smart and wise artist Daisy Sage (the lovely Ann Harding) and Cecelia uses sexual allure as a weapon.

ANIMAL KINGDOM ( V )

With Daisy, Tom has an open, mature, friendly, congenial relationship, based on trust and similar ethics and values; while with Cecelia, he has a relationship based on sex and manipulation. In fact, the woman who used to be the mistress (Harding) behaves really like a wife and the wife (Loy) behaves as a mistress.

A brilliant film.

 

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