Beauty And The Beast

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MGM Released 1962

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Director:
Edward L. Cahn , Gary Trousdale , Kirk Wise
Released:
1962
Rating:
G
Beauty And The Beast is the 1962 adaptation of the classic fairy tale directed by prolific genre director Edward L. Cahn (It! The Terror From Beyond Space, Invisible Invaders, Voodoo Woman, Annie Was a Wonder). The altogether original version, suggested by the classic fairy tale has Lady Althea (Joyce Taylor) journeying with her father, (Dayton Lummis) to the land of the prince to whom she is betrothed. What she does not know, is that Prince Eduardo (Mark Taylor) suffers from a curse which transforms him into a beast every night. Meanwhile, his evil cousin, Prince Bruno (Michael Pate) and his wife, Princess Sybil (Merry Anders) are waiting for a chance to seize the throne, with the help of a spy, Grimaldi (Walter Burke). Although Althea eventually discovers Eduardo's horrifying secret, she remains loyal to him. With script by George Bruce and B-movie veteran Orville H. Hampton, costume design by Sabine Manela and Jerry Bos, music by Hugo Friedhofer and werewolf make-up from Hollywood legend Jack P. Pierce.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Cocteau, a poet and surrealist, was not making a "children's film" but was adapting a classic French tale that he felt had a special message after the suffering of World War II: An...

  • 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Beautifully remastered and containing Cocteau's long-unseen special prologue and credits -- is as much a feat of feverish delight as it was in the dark days of Vichy and WWII.

  • 100

    Christian Science Monitor David Sterritt

    The timeless fairy tale about a young woman who agrees to dwell with a mysterious monster, as interpreted in 1946 by one of cinema's most brilliant visual stylists and mythmakers.

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    Drama, Fantasy, Kids

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    Tweens, Love & Romance, Family Dramas