Wednesday, 2 April 2014

THE GHOUL AND THE STORY BEHIND MRS LAWRENCE PHOTOGRAPH


Among the stereo-photographic slides that Peter Cushing's character shows to Veronica Carlson's Daphne Welles Hunter, in 'The Ghoul' (Tyburn films, 1975) is a 'photo' of his character, Dr Lawrence and his wife in the Himalaya's....The pic is in fact a 'doctored' photograph, of Peter Cushing and his wife, Helen. The original photograph was of Helen and Peter on holiday in Norfolk in the early 1950's.


Both Peter and Helen can be seen again in the film mounted in two silver frames, on a shelf next the fireplace. The photographs and frames were personal possesions of peter Cushing's. This is the only film that the pic of Helen ever appeared in. The photograph of Arthur Grimsdyke's wife, in Amicus films, 'Tales From The Crypt' is often mistaken for Helen, but was a model. The photograph of Peter here was taken on holiday by his one-time girlfriend Doreen Lawrence, who later became the wife of the British actor Jack Hawkins.


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