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The Bride and the Beast (1958)

When Laura and Dan get married, she's more interested in Dan's gorilla. It's revealed through hypnosis that she was Queen of the Gorillas in a previous incarnation.

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Adrian Weiss

Writers:

Adrian Weiss (story), Edward D. Wood Jr.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlotte Austin ... Laura Carson Fuller
Lance Fuller ... Dan Fuller
Johnny Roth Johnny Roth ... Taro - Houseboy-Guide
William Justine William Justine ... Dr. Carl Reiner
Gil Frye Gil Frye ... Capt. Cameron
Jeanne Gerson Jeanne Gerson ... Marka - Cook
Trustin Howard Trustin Howard ... Soldier-Messenger (as Slick Slavin)
Eve Brent ... Stewardess (as Jean Ann Lewis)
Bhogwan Singh ... Man in Hut Killed by Tiger
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When Laura and Dan get married, she's more interested in Dan's gorilla. It's revealed through hypnosis that she was Queen of the Gorillas in a previous incarnation. Written by Mark Rowan <mrowan@arches.uga.edu>

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Human mate for jungle brutes! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen of the Gorillas See more »

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Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Calvert's friend Bobby Small, who worked primarily as a circus clown, donned the alternate gorilla suit in scenes that required two apes in the same shot. See more »

Goofs

When Spanky the gorilla bumps into the stone wall, it wobbles. See more »

Connections

Featured in It Came from Hollywood (1982) See more »

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Charlotte Austin makes this film a possible 'Cult Classic'
26 August 2004 | by bwilson0050See all my reviews

OK, don't laugh...I recommend this film to future actresses, directors and just plain viewers that want a good (unusual) time.

Bottom line, the movie is a stinker, like so many things Ed Wood was connected with in his life. The whole middle of the film uses terrible stock footage that has little to do with the rest of the film. Fully 30-45 minutes of the middle of the film could have been left out.

So, let's discuss the first 15-20 minutes and the last 10 minutes of the film--without giving away too much.

First of all, one thing different about this film from most Ed Wood films is that the two leads are real actors. Lance Fuller had done many movies with big names and Charlotte Austin had small roles in films such as "How to Marry a Millionaire" where she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Monroe, Bacall and Grable. And--looks-wise--Austin held her own. She was a very sophisticated and attractive looking girl.

But what makes this whole film work--for 25 minutes or so--is the fact that Austin plays the part straight. You really believe this beautiful, elegant model has a thing for gorillas.

The part that every budding actress or director should really see, though, is Austin's close-up, facials as she looks with growing lust at 'the beast.'

I'm a film buff myself, but I have NEVER seen any actress be able to convey so much with a few close ups as this woman did in the short sequence of her first gaze on the ape.

I know, I know...it sounds crazy, but you have to view it. Nothing in erotic films--for all the modern explicitness--touches what this film actress does with a few close ups.

It's a shame Miss Austin left movies shortly thereafter...she certainly had the looks and ability to have gone places in movies.

Check it out and see if you agree!


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