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The Bride and the Beast

USA 1958
produced by
Adrian Weiss for Allied Artists
directed by Adrian Weiss
starring Charlotte Austin, Lance Fuller, Johnny Roth, & as gorilla Ray Corrigan (= Ray 'Crash' Corrigan) (allegedly)
script by Ed Wood, assistant director: Harry L. Fraser

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Just married, Charlotta Austin & big-game hunter Lance Fuller spend their first night at their home with Spanky the gorilla caged up in the cellar. But at night Spanky escapes from his cage, instinctively drawn to Austin whom he doesn't attack, he just touches her tenderly. Her husband, misinterpreting the situation (or maybe not, could it have been jealousy ?), shoots the ape. On the next day, Austin is hypnotized & tells of her former life - as an ape.

This storyline, though, is temporarily dropped as the couple goes to Africa & we get a travelogue-tour via clumsily incorporated stock footage. It is not until a pair of Indian tigers escape & kill some people that the film regains any speed again, with Fuller being the only man experienced enough to hunt them down. He succeeds, but during the proceedings, his wife gets abducted by some gorillas, reclaiming her as one of their own.

 

Since it is scripted by Ed Wood, you might have guessed a) this one is somewhat outrageous, & b) there are at least some allusions to angora sweaters woven into the script. You are of course right on both accounts (even though Ron Ormonds earlier Untamed Mistress beats this one by a length in pure outrageousness). Still, the film is not without flaws, above all the extensive Africa-travelogue-subplot which does slow down the proceedings considerably & the stock footage is used in a highly unimaginative way while not fitting in all that well, thus filling the movie with tiresome clichés where storytelling would have been in place. The tigers, on the other hand, do work very well here, since the two of them are beautiful animals, & their scenes were shot for this movie specifically, so there's even some interaction with the actual characters (well, their stunt-doubles most probably), instead of more spliced in stock footage.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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