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Beauty and the Beast (1962)

Not Rated | | Family, Fantasy, Horror | 8 December 1962 (USA)
Curse turns a handsome prince into a werewolf at night. A princess tries to help him, while his enemies plot to take his throne.


Edward L. Cahn


George Bruce (screenplay), Orville H. Hampton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Joyce Taylor ... Althea
Mark Damon ... Eduardo
Eduard Franz ... Orsini
Michael Pate ... Bruno
Merry Anders ... Sybil
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Roderick
Walter Burke ... Grimaldi
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Man
Meg Wyllie ... Woman
Charles Wagenheim ... Mario
Herman Rudin Herman Rudin ... Pasquale
Jon Silo Jon Silo ... Benito


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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Director Edward L. Cahn's final film. See more »


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Unimportant and pretty boring period picture...
12 January 1999 | by Henry-17See all my reviews

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was the last movie by experienced Hollywood director Edward L.Cahn who died in 1963. He was a real workhorse and directed some 100 films in 30 years, among them such B-Picture classics as THE CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, ZOMBIES OF MORA-TAU, INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN, IT!-THE TERROR FROM BRYOND SPACE and THE FOUR SKULLS OF JONATHAN DRAKE.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is an unimportant and pretty boring period picture with well done art direction, but that is all it has to offer. The naive story moves along at a snail's pace without any highpoint and there is no action at all. Although Mark Damon looks like a werewolf after he turns into the beast, this is not a horror film, because Damon is a very tame "werewolf", who does no harm to anyone. Anyway, with or without make-up: Damons acting ability is not very impressive and it was a wise move by him, to give up acting and become a movie producer a few years later.

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Release Date:

8 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bela e a Fera See more »

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Production Co:

Harvard Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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