From one of the best-selling books of all time, Anna Sewell's classic 1877 novel Black Beauty, comes two film adaptations that are making their home video debut in The Black Beauty Collection (ClassicFlix Silver Series) this August 17th.
Our 14th Silver Series release, this double feature release stars Mona Freeman in Black Beauty (1946) and the late Johnny Crawford in Courage of Black Beauty (1957).
More on the films below.
About the Silver Series line:
Knowing so many unseen and longed-for classics sit in studio vaults and other archives collecting dust, ClassicFlix established the Silver Series line to shine the light of day on such lesser-known titles by making them available in affordable DVD editions.
From one of the best-selling books of all time, Anna Sewell's classic 1877 novel Black Beauty, comes two film adaptations that are making their home video debut: Black Beauty (1946) and Courage of Black Beauty (1957).
In Black Beauty, young Anne Wendon (Mona Freeman) receives a beautiful colt as a gift from her father—a horse she dubs "Black Beauty." But when the maturing Anne falls for visiting American Bill Dixon (Richard Denning), who still views her as a "child", the life and well-being of her beloved Beauty is put at risk due to her impetuous behavior.
Directed by Max Nosseck (Dillinger), Black Beauty also features Evelyn Ankers, Charles Evans, J.M. Kerrigan, Moyna MacGill, Terry Kilburn, Arthur Space and Olaf Hytten.
Courage of Black Beauty stars The Rifleman's Johnny Crawford as Bobby Adams—a young boy who returns to live with his estranged father (John Bryant) after residing with his grandmother for many years. The transition is difficult—Bobby's father is severe and overprotective—but he's hoping the gift of a newborn colt will smooth out any potential bumps in Bobby’s homecoming.
Directed by Harold D. Schuster and featuring Mimi Gibson, Diane Brewster, J. Pat O'Malley, Russell Johnson and Ziva Rodann.
Both films were produced by Edward L. Apperson and distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox.