Black Beauty, another of the Hollywood equine species, is none too promising. It lacks marquee names and adult entertainment values, though it's the sort of item that the youngsters would relish.

Black Beauty, another of the Hollywood equine species, is none too promising. It lacks marquee names and adult entertainment values, though it’s the sort of item that the youngsters would relish.

Adapted from the novel by Anna Sewell, Beauty, a standard among horse yarns, has been filmed twice before, once in sound. Dealing with a young girl’s love for a colt that she rears, the story, backgrounded by the English countryside in the late 19th century, mostly concerns the heartaches that result when the animal, through circumstances, is forced into the hands of others and subsequently encounters the downtrail as a jobhorse.

Mona Freeman plays the girl and Richard Denning the American with whom she teams romantically. Freeman is properly impetuous and eager, while Denning is bedeviled by the script, as are all the others. Direction is frequently poor. Acting by some lesser characters in unusually bad.

Black Beauty

Production

Alson/20th Century-Fox. Director Max Nosseck; Producer Edward L. Alperson; Screenplay Lillie Hayward, Agnes Christine Johnston; Music Dimitri Tiomkin

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 74 MIN.

With

Mona Freeman
Richard Denning
Evelyn Ankers
Charles Evans
J.M. Kerrigan
Moyna Macgill
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