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Zoo in Budapest

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Recorded the above film and finally was able to watch it. I really enjoyed it and was wondering if anyone knows where it was filmed? Was it all backlot, partially backlot and partially reall zoo? Any help would be appreciated!

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The notes section for this title on the TCM database page mentions the number of animals used and where they came from:


This was Jesse L. Lasky's first production for Fox. According to news items, James Cruze was originally scheduled to direct this film, but because he was busy with Tars and Feathers, which was released as Sailor, Be Good!, Lasky signed Rowland V. Lee. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Fox contracted with I. S. Horne of San Marino, CA for the rental of 311 animals and birds for the film. Variety commented, "Seemingly what Lasky has tried to do is to make a picture which has in it something of the strange fascination of romance and atmosphere of Liliom (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3093) and at the same time an element of Hollywood punch. He has gotten both things and they don't blend." According to Daily Variety, in July 1962, officials at Twentieth Century-Fox discussed the possibility of having an updated screenplay written, but no remake has been produced. According to modern sources, Loretta Young was borrowed from Warner Bros., and Tom Ricketts was in the cast.

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