Friday, 22 September 2017

#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY: TWO PROMO AND PUBLICITY PHOTOS QUIZZES!


#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY!: OVER ON OUR PCAS FACEBOOK FAN PAGE I have just posted these TWO FUN QUIZZES. There are ELEVEN PHOTOGRAPHS in all for you to correctly IDENTIFY. IF you want to join in the fan at the PCAS FACEBOOK PAGE, the answer will not be revealed until TOMORROW SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER... Our PAGE is an OPEN PAGE, meaning, you don't have to join, click like or request to come in, so why not CLICK THIS LINK and join in? You will be most welcome . . .


#FRANKENSTEINFRIDAY! Here is the SECOND montage of rare images quiz. It's a selection of promotional and publicity photographs with one thing in common..they are all images that were used in the promotion of films and theatre productions that Peter Cushing appeared in... CAN YOU identify ALL 12 images? Answers to BOTH montages . . TOMORROW! Have fun



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Thursday, 21 September 2017

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY! BFI ANNOUNCE CUSHING ACTOR OF THE 70'S AND WE REMEMBER NIGEL STOCK


Remembering Today: NIGEL STOCK a superb Watson in the BBC 'Sherlock Holmes' television series of the 60's, with Peter Cushing as Holmes. Sadly, Stock left us in 1986, aged 66....Today would have been his birthday...







NEWS: #THROWBACKTHURSDAY!THE BFI (British Film Institute) have announced they are BUILDING an online film database in which they are breaking down which UK actors appeared in the MOST films in each decade . .. . Peter Cushing represents the 1970's. Wow! What do you think of THAT???


'To launch its online filmography database, the BFI also broke down statistics by decade. The men with the most film appearances are John Le Mesurier (1960s), Peter Cushing (1970s), Robbie Coltrane (1980s), Keith Allen (1990s), Sir Michael Gambon (2000s) and Jim Broadbent (2010s). For actresses, Marianne Stone dominated the 1960s-1970s, followed by Liz Smith (1980s), Sadie Frost (1990s), Shirley Henderson (2000s) and Kate Dickie (2010s) . .. 'The Daily Telegraph' Sept 20th 2017.


#THROWBACKTHURSDAY!: Here is a meeting of the casts from TWO hammer films in released 1971. . . . almost 46 years ago. Eric Porter from 'Hands of the Ripper', the Collinson Twins and Peter Cushing from 'Twins of Evil' .... in the middle producer / director Michael Carreras.



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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

#SILENTBUTDEADLY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES BERNARD PLUS HAMMER THEME


Today, 20th September marks the birthday of the late JAMES BERNARD composer of many of Hammer films greatest music scores,starring Peter Cushing. Probably best remembered for his music score for Hammer films, Dracula (1958). It featured a motif based on the name... Dra-cu-laaaaa.... However, he could also write lushly romantic melodies, such as appear in Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and Scars of Dracula (1970). Unlike the majority of film composers, Bernard orchestrated almost all of his work.



Bernard's first major break as a composer was at the age of 17 when he met Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, for whom Bernard later wrote a song cycle. Other memorable Hammer scores include The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), She (1964),The Kiss of the Vampire (1962), The Plague of the Zombies (1966) and The Devil Rides Out (1968).

TRIVIA: James Bernard was educated at Wellington College, which actor Christopher Lee also attended....




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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

#TOOCOOTUESDAY: THE MAN WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A HAIRDRESSER: CELEBRATED TODAY!


Today, the nineteenth of September we remember the late ANTHONY HINDS, today he would have been his 96th birthday. And we are marking this day in style, a whole new PLAYLIST of vintage INTERVIEW CLIPS with Anthony Hinds, available to watch at our PCAS YOUTUBE CHANNEL and LINKED HERE TOO! There are also EXPANDED features on HINDS films for Hammer, accessible at our supplement website, THEBLACKBOXCLUB.COM For many Hammer film fans, Hinds represents the 'Golden Years' of the studios output and production. Producer and script writer, he was responsible for some of Peter Cushing's most revered work in the fantasy genre.



ABOVE TWO #GIFS FROM HINDS 'BACK TO BACK' PRODUCTION PERIOD, HAMMER FILMS, 'THE PLAGUE OF ZOMBIES' (1966) 



In Hammer's early days, it was Hinds idea to hire country houses and to based the production and shooting in the rooms and grounds of the locations, which saved the the studio huge production costs. He was also the brains behind shooting productions 'back to back'. (See the CLIP ABOVE!) 'The Reptile' and 'The Plague of the Zombies', are two very good examples.


In his private life, Hinds lived in the stock-belt district of London. His family owned a large chain of jewellery stores through-out the UK. But to his friends, the details of Hinds day job was only shared outside of the family, on a 'need-to-know' basis. Hinds told neighbours and acquaintances he was the owner manager of a string of Hairdressing salons in the city, and that the E Type Jag in his drive, was the result of many shampoo and sets! It wasn't that he was embarrassed about his job, but as he explained many years later, he didn't think the daily doings of The Baron, body parts, Dracula and gore, wouldn't go down too well, with the chaps at the golf club . . .  





ORIGINALLY POSTED IN 2013 ON HIS PASSING : OUR TRIBUTE 
TO ANTHONY HINDS  HERE!
His script writing skills, have been picked over by many, but few could doubt his skill in managing tight budgets, and building impressive productions, with very limited resources and finance...and for this, he was indeed, the 'Master Builder and Architect of Hammer films'...and for that, we are very grateful.....



ABOVE ANTHONY HINDS AND HOW HE STARTED AT HAMMER FILMS



ABOVE HINDS ON THE MAKING OF HAMMER FILMS 1958 DRACULA / HORROR OF DRACULA


OUR FEATURE AND GALLERY AT OUR SUPPLEMENT 
WEBSITE CONTAINING RARE IMAGES AND FEATURE : HERE!


ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HINDS 'BACK TO BACK' FEATURES 'THE REPTILE'.
READ OUR FEATURE, SUPPLEMENTED WITH VINTAGE STILLS AT THE BLACK BOX CLUB WEBSITE!



ANTHONY HINDS PRODUCED 'RASPUTIN, THE MAD MONK' (1966) 'BACK TO BACK' WITH 'DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS' (1966) READ OUR FEATURE AND VIEW THE VINTAGE STILLS GALLERY : HERE!




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Monday, 18 September 2017

NEWS: MYSTERY OF MISSING BRASS PLAQUE IN WHITSTABLE


Over the years, many of you have sent us photographs of your visits to what was Peter and Helen Cushing's home town of Whitstable in Kent. I see many many photographs of the 'love bench' that Peter donated to the town, dedicated from both he and his late wife. Only yesterday (Monday 18th September), a good friend to the PCAS FACEBOOK FAN PAGE Becky Jarrett, made a trip to Whitstable and thought she would walk along to 'Cushing's View' at the sea front and sit on the 'Cushing Bench' and take in the sun and sights. She was upset to discover that the brass dedication plate has vanished from the bench ....


You'll find LOTS of features about the 'Cushing's Love Seat'
here at the website, but here is a interesting one! CLICK HERE! 

For over 25 years, the bench has sat there, in all weathers, offering a place to sit and admire the view, that Peter Cushing visited on his daily walks along the front. Visitors from around the world, visit Whitstable, many knowing the town's connection with Peter and Helen, and visit Cushing's View and the bench. Never has the bench been defaced, carved into, vandalized or damaged. Just over two years ago, the bench vanished... no warning.. while it was given a coat of varnish and some TLC. It returned, looking better than ever. I am hoping, the plaque has been removed for some maintenance too... If you have any news or information about its where-abouts, please let us know here . . . thank you Becky for letting us know ;) Marcus



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#MONSTERMONDAY! CELEBRATING A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY!



BIRTHDAY GIRL!
A SPECIAL DAY.. A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY: Join us in wishing in lovely VERONICA CARLSON a VERY Happy Birthday TODAY!


Image Above: Veronica Carlson and Peter Cushing pose for a publicity photograph during the making of #hammerfilms 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed' at Elstree film studios in 1969.


READ MORE ABOUT Veronica Carlson and her work on Franknestien Must Be Destroyed : HERE!







IF YOU LIKE what you see here at our website, you'll  love our daily themed posts at our PCAS FACEBOOK FAN PAGE.  Just click that blue LINK and click LIKE when you get there, and help us . . Keep The Memory Alive!. The Peter Cushing Appreciation Society website, facebook fan page and youtube channel are managed, edited and written by Marcus Brooks, PCAS coordinator since 1979. PCAS is based in the UK and USA   
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