Murders in the Zoo (1933)

35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording), English

An American horror film directed by A. Edward Sutherland using the name Edward Sutherland.

Plot Summary

Driven by jealousy, psychopathic zoologist Eric Gorman uses the in his zoo to kill his wife's lover and anyone else who crosses him.


Directed by: Edward Sutherland [real name: A. Edward Sutherland]
Copyright MCMXXXIII [1933] by Paramount Productions, Inc.
Paramount presents
Associate Producer: E. Lloyd Sheldon *
[Written] By: Philip Wylie, Seton I. Miller
Additional Dialogue: Milton Herbert Gropper *
Photographed by: Ernest Hall
Music: Rudolph G. Kopp *, John Leipold *

Charlie Ruggles (Peter Yates)
Harry Beresford (Professor Evans)
Gail Patrick (Jerry Evans)
Randolph Scott (Dr Jack Woodford)
Kathleen Burke (Evelyn Gorman)
John Lodge (Roger Hewitt)
Lionel Atwill (Eric Gorman)

Alternative Titles

El asesino diabólico – Spain
I ekdikisis ton thirion – Greece
Murder at the Zoo – working title
Panik im Zoo – Austria
Le serpent mamba – Belgium (French)
Ubistva u Zoološkom vrtu – Yugoslavia (Serbian)
Vingança Diabólica – Brazil
Zöld méreg – Hungary
Η εκδίκησις των θηρίων – Greece
Убийцы в зоопарке – Russia
動物園の殺人 – Japan



  • American Cinematographer vol.76 no.4 (April 1995) pp.89-94 – illustrated article (Zoo in Budapest: Lasky's poetic redemption by Betty Lasky)
  • The Billboard vol.45 no.14 (8 April 1933) p.11 – review (Film reviews by Mehler)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.19 p.44
  • The Cinema Booking Guide Supplement vol.3 no.9 (July 1933) p.14 – credits, review
  • Cinema Journal vol.38 no.2 (Winter 1999) pp.3-35 – illustrated article (Queering the (New) Deal: Lesbian and Gay Representation and the Depression-Era Cultural Politics of Hollywood's Production Code by David M. Lugowski)
  • Classic Images no.366 (December 2005) pp.26-27 – review (Cinesation 2005 Film Reviews by Mike Gebert)
  • Dirigido por… no.406 (December 2010) p.98 – illustrated credits, review (by José María Latorre)
  • Dirigido por… no.420 (March 2012) pp.78-81 – illustrated article (La ciencia del terror: mad doctors y serie B. by Antonio José Navarro)
  • Dirigido por… no.501 (July-August 2019) p.45 – illustrated credits, review (by Joaquín Vallet Rodrigo)
  • Fangoria no.148 November 1995 p.33 – illustrated video review (Video-eye)
  • Film Comment vol.48 no.2 (March/April 2012) pp.34-39 – illustrated article (Across the Movi-verse by J. Hoberman)
  • Filmfax no.54 (January/February 1996) pp. 20, 22 – illustrated credits, review (Videoscan by David J. Hogan)
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1361 (18 May 1933) – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Picturegoer vol.3 no.127 (28 October 1933) pp.26-27 – credits, review (On the screens now by Lionel Collier)
  • Positif no.286 (December 1984) pp.49-50 – illustrated article (Horreur au Luxembourg by Lorenzo Codelli)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.57
  • Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson pp.xi, 86-90, 94, 124, 163; 191 – notes; credits
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.65-66; 69
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Senn pp.184-195
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.338
  • by Walt Lee p.321 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.304-305
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.442