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The Naked Zoo (1970)

A seductive matron lives in Miami with her wheelchair-bound, wealthy husband. Frustrated, she beds a young author. The gravy train abruptly derails when her husband finds out, and murder ensues.

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William Grefé

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William Grefé (screenplay), Ray Preston (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Hayworth ... Mrs. Golden
Steve Oliver ... Terry Shaw (as Stephen Oliver)
Fay Spain ... Pauline
Ford Rainey ... Harry Golden
Willie Pastrano Willie Pastrano ... Henry
Fleurette Carter Fleurette Carter ... Nadine
Kim Bretton Kim Bretton
Gwen Merrill Gwen Merrill
Steve Alaimo Steve Alaimo
Anne Gilliam Anne Gilliam
George Brooks George Brooks
Luis Carvajal Luis Carvajal
Kay Daphne Kay Daphne
Ninon Wilkinson Ninon Wilkinson
Johanna Bailey Johanna Bailey
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A seductive matron lives in Miami with her wheelchair-bound, wealthy husband. Frustrated, she beds a young author. The gravy train abruptly derails when her husband finds out, and murder ensues.

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R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grove See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Terry Shaw: Jean, you are a juvenile bitch siren, and you just killed the poet in me.
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Really Awful Drama
17 May 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Naked Zoo (1970)

1/2 (out of 4)

Rita Hayworth plays a woman who is having an affair with a much younger man. Half way through the picture her wheelchair bound husband catches them and he is accidentally killed.

THE NAKED ZOO comes from director William Grefe who is best remembered for horror films like DEATH CURSE OF TARTU and MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH. This film here is a drama and there's really only about five minutes worth of a story and then a bunch of other scenes that add up to nothing. In fact, I'm really not certain what this film is about because of the lack of any real story and more times than not it just seems a bunch of scenes were shot for no reason.

It almost seems like they were able to get Hayworth so they shot a bunch of scenes with her and then decided what to build around it. The surrounding scenes include a few touches of nudity as well as a topless woman with a vibrator. Other stuff includes party scenes but none of these add up to anything other than running the time up. The film is poorly edited, makes very little sense and on a technical level there's certainly nothing impressive here.

THE NAKED ZOO would turn out to be one of the last films that Hayworth did and like many Golden Era stars, it's too bad she had to appear in such an awful movie at this point in her life.


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