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8 December 1962 (USA) See more »
Curse turns a handsome prince into a werewolf at night. A princess tries to help him, while his enemies plot to take his throne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Joyce Taylor ... Althea
Mark Damon ... Eduardo

Eduard Franz ... Orsini

Michael Pate ... Bruno
Merry Anders ... Sybil
Dayton Lummis ... Roderick
Walter Burke ... Grimaldi
Alexander Lockwood ... Man

Meg Wyllie ... Woman
Charles Wagenheim ... Mario
Herman Rudin ... Pasquale
Jon Silo ... Benito
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Directed by
Edward L. Cahn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Bruce  screenplay
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont  fairy tale
Orville H. Hampton  screenplay

Produced by
Robert E. Kent .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Warrenton 
Film Editing by
Robert Carlisle 
Casting by
Ralph Acton 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
Costume Design by
Jerry Bos 
Sabine Manela 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist
Ernie Young .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ben Hersh .... production supervisor
Joseph Small .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert S. Greene .... assistant director
Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director
Lloyd Young .... music editor
Emil Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)

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77 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Legendary make-up man Jack P. Pierce's final film.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Not the classic story, 15 August 2005
Author: phillindholm

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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