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Beauty and the Beast (1962)

Curse turns a handsome prince into a werewolf at night. A princess tries to help him, while his enemies plot to take his throne.

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Sometime in the Middle Ages. The young duke Eduardo, heir to the throne, is cursed. Every night he changes into a horrible looking monster. An alchemist, killed by Eduardos father, is responsible for this curse. Only a woman who loves Eduardo can overcome it. But Eduardos fiance Althea suffers a shock when she sees him as the monster. Eduardos brother, Prince Bruno, who has also ambitions to follow his father on the throne, stirs up the villagers to kill Eduardo. Then, one night, the mob catches Eduardo... Written by Andreas Pieper <piepean@uni-muenster.de>

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Not the classic story
15 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie as a child. Even then, I was expecting the story that I grew up with, but I didn't find it here. The entirely new adaptation, 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. Both Taylor and Damon are a handsome heroine and hero, and play their parts with feeling.The rest of the cast follows suit. The film looks very attractive for a B-picture (it was the last movie from prolific director Edward Cahn) and the moral from the original story has been retained. If you don't expect the classic fairy tale, it can be enjoyed on it's own terms.


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