Black Beauty

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Black Beauty, Anna Sewell's classic tale of a beautiful horse is adapted in a disappointingly flat fashion by independent producer Edward L. Alperson. Unlike the novel, which is told from the horse's point of view, the film concentrates on the animal's first owner, a young English girl (Mona Freeman). Raising the horse into a prize-winner called "Black Beauty," the motherless girl is thrown into a panic when Beauty disappears. She locates the horse in a barn that is about to catch fire; knocked unconscious, the girl is saved by the valiant Beauty. The film's script utilizes only one of the many episodes in Sewell's 1879 novel, and not the most fascinating one at that. Had Black Beauty been produced by 20th Century-Fox instead of merely being released by the studio, the film might have had the saving grace of Technicolor photography.

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Cast

Mona Freeman
as Anne Wendon
Richard Denning
as Bill Dixon
Evelyn Ankers
as Evelyn Carrington
Charles Evans
as Squire Wendon
Moyna MacGill
as Mrs. Blake
Tom Dillon
as Skinner
John Burton
as Dr. White
Olaf Hytten
as Mr. Cordon
Leyland Hodgson
as Auctioneer
Clifford Brooke
as Veterinarian
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    If you've seen one horse movie, you've seen them all. The same goes for the Black Beauty movies, they're all the same.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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