Today we remember Ingrid Pitt who was born on this day.. A wonderful actress who starred in several horror classics such as The Vampire Lovers with Peter Cushing, The House That Dripped Blood, The Wicker Man both with Christopher Lee. A truly lovely lady who lead a remarkable life...
Saturday, 21 November 2015
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Monday, 16 November 2015
Today we remember Burgess Meredith, born on this day, a versatile actor whose career has coved multiple genres. Notable roles include The Penguin on TV Series Batman, servile appearances on The Twilight Zone, notable films include Rocky (1976), The Sentinal (1976)…. He co-starred with Peter Cushing in Amicus's Torture Garden (1967)
Peter Cushing as a guest on the UK Thames television programme 'Looks Familiar', broadcast 25th January 1979. Pictured here with presenter Dennis Norden are journalist, film and tv critic Dilys Powell and actor Burgess Meredith, who starred alongside Cushing in Amicus Films 'Torture Garden' in 1967. This was Peter Cushing's second appearance on the series, he first was with guests, Ernie Wise and Evelyn Laye broadcast on 23rd October 1975.
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Thursday, 12 November 2015
Today we Remember Julie Ege, a model and actress, she starred in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1968) also in the Creatures The World Forgot (1971) for Hammer….she co-starred with Peter Cushing in Hammer's Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires (1974).
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Monday, 9 November 2015
Just in case you missed our post about this last week... Here's a little something that may make that special Cushing themed Christmas gift for yourself extra special this year! How would you like to own Peter Cushing's Personal Burberry Coat? It's up for auction now on EBAY...and there is just six days to go. The coat has been kindly donated to the Pilgrim Hospices by Bernard Broughton and Peter Cushing's estate. All the proceeds from this sale go to a very deserving cause. that Peter supported too. This is a special exception where I am very happy to supply the ebay link. PLEASE give your support. LINK: HERE
This cozy woollen cardigan, also belonged to Peter and is up for auction too! And here is the LINK: HERE
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Saturday, 7 November 2015
REMEMBERING: Melissa Stribling who was born today November 7th 1927. Stribling appeared in just the one film with Peter Cushing...but boy did she pick the right one! She also got to play in one of Hammer films most iconic scenes in their 1958 'Dracula', where Christopher Lee's Count, in the dead of night, visits her home and..without a word.. seduces her. The scene is so super charged with sexual tension, it almost crackles off the screen and as a result got the scissors treatment from the censors at the time. In 2013, in Hammer's restored print the exorcised footage was replaced, giving us the full picture of what Director Terence Fisher, Stribling and Lee had originally intended and created.
I've read in several reviews of 'Dracula' both from the time of the films' release in 58 and in more recent times, that Stribling was a curious choice for the role of Mina Holmwood, that compared to the likes of Valerie Gaunt and other Hammer actresses, even though she was only in early 30's when she appeared in Dracula, many thought her slightly ordinary and plain. I totally disagree...but if that was the case, I can't help thinking that, director Fisher's choice in Stribling was intentional. That subtext in the story of Arthur Holmwood's wife being frustrated and bored, suddenly being charmed and seduced by the exotic and erotic Count, Stribling was...the perfect choice.
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Friday, 6 November 2015
Thursday, 5 November 2015
TONIGHT in the UK, being November 5th we celebrate #guyfawkes . A quaint olde custom, which marks the thwarted 'Gun Powder Plot, of one Fawkes and his merry band of conspirators and their failed plan to blow up the #houseofparliament in London, along with the government of the time. Fawkes was captured and with his friends, there was a 'right old carve up'!! Tonight across the land, as we light roaring bonfires, let off fireworks and raise a glass of warm mulled wine, to Fawkes... please take care. Remember the 'Firework Code', put your pets safe inside your home and have a great time...as I am sure there is someone else who would have loved to have been with you tonight!
"Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy FawkesGuy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England's overthrow.
By God's mercy he was catch'd
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.
And what shall we do with him?
A 'charming' olde ode to Guy Fawkes....
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