Carl Hagenback's traveling circus had been a film fixture since at least 1908, when Hagenback's tour of Germany was committed to celluloid by the Pathe company. The showman's "menagerie" consisted of an astonishing variety of wild animals, gathered from all parts of the globe. While the concept of caging these animals and training them to do tricks may not meet with everyone's approval today, the Hagenback show was a huge attraction in the pre-WWI years. Filmed in Paris, Hagenback's Menagerie was originally released in a color-tinted version. Reportedly, the colors rendered were quite authentic, adding to the film's overall "thrill" quotient.
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