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Zebra in the Kitchen (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | June 1965 (USA)
A young boy lets the animals out of their cages at the Zoo, to set them free, but the animals start taking over the town.


Ivan Tors


Art Arthur (screenplay), Elgin Ciampi (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay North ... Chris Carlyle
Martin Milner ... Dr. Del Hartwood
Andy Devine ... Branch Hawksbill
Joyce Meadows Joyce Meadows ... Isobel Moon
Jim Davis ... Adam Carlyle
Dorothy Green ... Anne Carlyle
Karen Green Karen Green ... Wilma Carlyle
Vaughn Taylor ... Councilman Pew
John Milford ... Sgt. Freebee
Tristram Coffin ... Councilman Lawrence (as Tris Coffin)
Merritt Bohn ... Chief of Police (as Merrit Bohnt)
Robert Clarke ... Sheriff
Percy Helton ... Mr. Richardson
Jimmy Stiles Jimmy Stiles ... Tim
Dal Jenkins Dal Jenkins ... Kookie


A young boy lets the animals out of their cages at the Zoo, to set them free, but the animals start taking over the town.

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The crazy day the animals came out to play! See more »


Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Zebra in der Küche See more »

Filming Locations:

Canyon Country, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Uncredited actor Eddie Quillan is seen watching a clip from Hollywood Party (1934), in which he himself had a featured role 31 years earlier. See more »


During the filming, Jay North had braces put on his bottom row of teeth. There are scenes where his close ups show him, pre-braces with his front teeth crooked. Other times it is clear in closeups that he is wearing braces. See more »


Featured in MGM 40th Anniversary (1964) See more »


Zebra in the Kitchen
Words and Music by Hal Hopper
Sung by The Standells
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Ivan the Lion Tamer
2 December 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Gravel-voiced zoo-keeper Andy Devine (as Branch Hawksbill) tells the heart-warming tale of young Jay North (as Christopher "Chris" Carlyle) and his mountain lion. "Sunshine" is an outside pet, which works out well because young North lives with his mom and dad on a farm. But that's about to change. After his father suffers an unseen mishap, the family must move to the city. North secretly brings the lion along. Sunshine startles the neighbors and must be sent to live at the local zoo. North is devastated. He is allowed in Sunshine's cage and gets the distressed feline to eat. A natural with animals, North gets a summer job as junior zoo keeper. He feels his pet and the other animals are in something like a "jail" and longs to set them free...

"Zebra in the Kitchen" is confusingly titled. You're expecting it to be about a pet zebra. That animal is barely seen. The title is just the first line of song played over the opening credits, written by Hal Hopper (North's uncle and a show business veteran) and sung by The Standells...

North is freshly free of his series "Dennis the Menace". He's got a different shade of hair color and successful sheds many of the TV character's quirky mannerisms. Producer-director Ivan Tors did much better with this fare on TV, with animal and kid adventure shows. So did earnest zoo manager Martin Milner (as Del Hartwood), herein between "Route 66" and "Adam-12". Best of the cameos is seeing Eddie Quillan enjoy watching Laurel and Hardy on TV, in the old film "Hollywood Party" (1934). Mr. Quillan was in that original movie, and his "I've Had My Moments" song and dance upstaged most, if not all, of his co-stars.

***** Zebra in the Kitchen (6/65) Ivan Tors ~ Jay North, Andy Devine, Martin Milner, Jim Davis

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