Monday, 5 June 2017

#MONSTERMONDAY: KARL VON BADEN: TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED


#MONSTERMONDAY: TEUTON KARL VON BADEN . . from Tales of the Unexpected in 1983. ....it may not ring a bell for many here, as it was a UK Television show, but it was syndicated to the US and most of Europe. Cushing's role, was one of his last performances before the camera. There would only be three more roles for Cushing after this, in 'Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues', 'Masks of Death' as Sherlock Holmes and 'Biggles', his last film performance for cinema. 


TEUTON KARL VON BADEN is an interesting role, and one I won't spoil here, for the many who may not have seen it. ''Tales of the Unexpected' at this point in 1983 was a shadow of the show that began in the 1970's, with author Roald Dahl's stories and famous introduction...and THAT music!


KARL VON BADEN is a role that Cushing could have played in his sleep just five years previous, that is not to say it's a weak performance, but the script gives him little to do, and it's Cushing who looks weak and frail at this point. It's a story that relies on flashbacks, and much of his screen time is played sitting down. He looks tired, but that helps to bring a poignancy to his role. Cushing shares most of his scenes with another television veteran, John Bailey. Anthony Higgins who plays Cassan in the story, would go on to play Sherlock Holmes in an updated Sherlock series and would also play Moriarty in the film 'Young Sherlock'. Vorpal Blade is a tale set in a sedate rose garden and a castle in Heidelberg... the episode was directed by John Jacobs who produced the other Anglia television series 'Orson Welles Great Mysteries'...in which Cushing also appeared, a wonderful episode entitled, 'La Grande Breteche' in 1973.


 
 


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