Wednesday, 30 January 2019

REMEMBERED: SIR JAMES CARRERAS : 'EVERY POSTER CAN MAKE A MOVIE!'


REMEMBERING: Sir James Carreras, born today in 1909. Son of Enrique Carreras, the co-founder of Hammer Films and the Blue Hall theatre chain... and father of Hammer film producer and director, Michael Carreras. It was JC who hit on the formula of '..design a poster for a potential film, for the backers to actually see!' A simple but very effect method. It is said that he, '..judged the success of his films not by critical plaudits, but strictly on the basis of box office returns.' Maybe so, but for a long time his approached worked, making very large profits for the backers, giving Hammer films the Queens Award to Industry Award back in 1968 and a loyal fan base that remains to this day.

OVER AT THE FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE you can find TWO posts on Sir James Carreras birthday today, including a RARE interview form 1964! Also we are asking everyone, if the can NAME two of the people in the Carreras Birthday Banner above! Any ideas? 








HAMMER FILM DIRECTOR AND WRITER Jimmy Sangster, once said that' It doesn't matter that he is selling film, this man could sell baked beans, and his approach would be the same!' During Peter's career, his agent, John Redway would only on Peter's instructions, negotiate with Carreras. It was all based on contracts, but also the word and handshake of gentlemen. He is remembered each year by Variety: The Children's Charity, with The Sir James Carreras Award. '...This Award honors the name of Sir James Carreras MBE, who served Variety International with great distinction as one of its past International Presidents. It is presented annually to a physician who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in the field of pediatrics'.







WELL DONE, SIR JAMES, you are remebered with respect and dignity having having archived a great deal and helped to leave us a huge legacy in the name of your charity work, and the status of Hammer films





BREAKING NEWS: ORSON WELLES GREAT MYSTERIES : WITH CUSHING LA GRANDE BRETECHE: COMES TO DVD!


BREAKING NEWS: Network has just announced the TV series Orson Welles Great Mysteries is coming to DVD for the first time. Volume 1 will contain the first 13 episodes . . which includes Peter Cushing and Susannah York in the very cool drama, La Grande Breteche!




DETAILS:
Orson Welles Great Mysteries: Volume 1
The legendary Orson Welles hosts thirteen mysterious tales from this much sought-after anthology series.



SHOWCASING a haunting theme by John Barry, these macabre – often supernatural – dramas feature an astonishing array of talent, including Rupert Davies, Eli Wallach, Michael Kitchen, Patrick Magee, Donald Pleasence, Peter Cushing, Susannah York, Michael Gambon, Julie Dawn Cole, Kenneth Haigh, Harry Andrews, Dinsdale Landen, Christopher Lee, Jane Seymour and Ian Holm.


THE EPISODES  featured on this set – including classic tales from Wilkie Collins, W.W. Jacobs, HonorΓ© de Balzac, Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle : A Terribly Strange Bed, Compliments of the Season, The Ingenious Reporter, The Monkey's Paw,Captain Rogers, For Sale - Silence, La Grande Breteche staring Peter Cushing, An Affair of Honour, In the Confessional, The Furnished Room, Under Suspicion, The Leather Funnel, Trial for Murder

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

#TUESDAYTREATS : VAMPIRE VINYL WAS A WINNER BEFORE VHS AND BLU RAYS!


SOMETHING NEW for Tuesday's ...since we have put our 'Tuesday Toughy' to sleep for a while. TREATS for TUESDAY! Do you own these and if so, do you play them... or do you have the cd's?? These were amazing when first released and the Dracula quadrophonic sound was quite a blast back then! A great shame the third album was never released ☹️😦 Over at the Facebook PCASUK FAN PAGE we have asked, do you know what the theme of that album was? It was narrated by #PeterCushing! 😊You can hear BOTH albums complete over at the PCASUK YouTube channel,  LINKS BELOW!









Monday, 28 January 2019

HELP GIVE PC A INSTAGRAM PRESENCE!


HELP GIVE PETER CUSHING a PRESENCE at Instagram and come JOIN US πŸ˜ƒ We are growing daily πŸ˜‰ You'll FIND US HERE!




The PCASUK WEBSITE: petercushingappreciationsociety.com


The PCASUK YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE!
 

The PCASUK TWITTER ACCOUNT : HERE!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

WHEN SOMEONE DROPPED IN ON CHRISTOPHER LEE AND REMEMBERING ACTOR MICHAEL RIPPER


YOU KNOW THE LINE OF DIALOGUE? 'I’VE SEEN THE LIKES TONIGHT that mortal eyes shouldn’t look at!’… say THAT line of dialogue and any Hammer film fan worth his or her salt, quick as a flash will reply, ‘Michael Ripper, as the poacher in 'The Mummy!’.. And it is Michael Ripper who we remember today on the day his birth, 27th January 1913. Ripper appeared in many productions for Hammer, seven with Peter Cushing, nine with Christopher Lee.  . . .


AND TALKING OF CHRISTOPHER LEE, Michael Ripper, it turns out, found out about Christopher Lee appearing at a book signing in London back in the 1990's  and dropped in to see his old friend! Giving everyone the wonderful opportunity to see these two icons, together again, relaxed, chatting about old times. These photographs were generously shared with us by James Murray, who was working 'on the door' that day! Thanks again, James πŸ˜ŒπŸ˜‰  






INN KEEPERS, coachmen, police officers, Ripper an accomplished stage and film actor it could be argued is as much part of the Hammer family as Cushing, Lee, Fisher and Francis. Christopher Lee once announced to a packed convention in Baltimore, with Ripper standing at his side.. 'This man IS Hammer!’ And for many of us, he always will be . . . 










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