Thursday, 29 July 2021

#DAVIDWARNER : A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND THE SPOT ON ACTORS QUOTE


PLEASE JOIN US in wishing DAVID WARNER a Very Happy Birthday Today! Warner's #PeterCushing connection is the role of Edward Charlton (segment 1 "The Gate Crasher") in #Amicusfilms 'From Beyond The Grave' in 1974. A great story, a fine performance...particularly enjoyed his play with Cushing in the Temptations Ltd store... but what a sticky end!
 
 




WARNER'S breakthrough role on screen was his lead performance in the Karel Reisz film 'Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment', for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. 
 



'I know some actors take acting terribly seriously. I take it seriously in that, if someone pays me to do it, I know I have to deliver!There were certain young actors I had trained with at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art who had always got the big parts and I was always the spear-carrier. Suddenly the roles were reversed and I couldn't understand why, and nor could they': David Warner
 


WARNER HAS ALWAYS BEEN QUITE A DIVERSE actor, who has portrayed both romantic leads and villainous characters across a range of films, including The Ballad of Cable Hogue, #StrawDogs, Cross of Iron, #TheOmen, #Holocaust, The Thirty Nine Steps, Time After Time, #TimeBandits, #Tron, A Christmas Carol, Portrait in Evil and let's not for get Spicer Lovejoy in the 1997 #Titanic, for which he was nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
 

WARNER HAS ALSO DRAWN quite the following for his performances in '#StarTrek The Final Frontier', then as #Gorkon the chancellor of the Klingon High Council in 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country' and as Gul Madred in the 'Star Trek The Next Generation' episodes "Chain of Command Pt. I & Pt. II"
 

Here's to many more years and superb entertainment, from quite a gentleman who always brings very interesting and entertaining work to the screen... Happy Birthday David Warner!
 


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Monday, 26 July 2021

'THERES PEANUT BUTTER BUT NO JELLY' PLUS RARE ON SET GALLERIES 'ON LOCATION DRACULA AD 1972'


ACTORS, #celebrities putting their validation to products and events has always been a good side line for money in the bank, especially if your name was #VincentPrice. Price did many commercials, #PeterCushing did Nescafe Coffee, cigarettes, clothing and ties! I wonder about #ChristopherLee? Does anyone know of any TV, radio or press promotion for any product lines? 'No Jelly' I guess, is long gone? But, I wonder how that tasted??? Friends here with a sweet-tooth and a good memory, please let me know? I see Vincent moves to bite it, but the actual bite and tasting, we DON'T see 😆 Over at the Facebook post, lots of detail on Price's family and the family CANDY FACTORY, along with Vinnie's GRANDFATHER who produced, healthy grain and nosh. It all sounds a little too frighteningly like John Harvey Kellogg, to me...obsession with bottoms and bits and pieces ... makes Frankenstein sound like 'a nice man' 😁  You can find the clip over at the FACEBOOK PCASUK FAN PAGE POST HERE!- Marcus
 

AND ON THE SUBJECT OF BITE,
..... Here is the prep before the terror...#ChristopherLee on set of ' Dracula AD 1972 . . ' What is the FIRST film that comes to your mind, when you see the name, Christopher Lee?? LOTS of replies and answers to this GIF post over at the Facebook PCASUK Fan Page
 

ABOVE: Christopher Lee as Dracula with John Van Eysse as Jonathan Harker in #HammerFilms 'Dracula' / 'Horror of Dracula' (1958) 
 
 
ABOVE: CHRISTOPHER LEE on the set of 'Dracula AD 1972' shooting the prologue scene, with Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.
 

 
HAVE YOU MISSED these excellent RARE STILLS GALLERIES
on set during the making of #Hammerfilms 'DRACULA AD 1972' featuring
Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Christopher Neame, Director Alan Gibson and crew?
 

ABOVE PCASUK GALLERY JUST CLICK HERE! 
 

ABOVE PCASUK GALLERY CLICK HERE! 
 


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Sunday, 25 July 2021

#NURSES #VAMPIRES AND #CARRYON'S : REMEMBERING ACTRESS VALERIE VAN OST


TODAY, over at the Facebook PCASUK Fan Page we are
REMEMBERING actress VALERIE VAN OST, who was born on this day, in 1944. Van Ost appeared in THREE films also starring #PeterCushing, #Corruption, #IncensefortheDamned and #TheSatanicRitesofDracula. Valerie was also very popular in the 'Carry On' series of films in the 1960's, “Carry On Cabby,” “Carry On Don’t Lose Your Head,” “#CarryOnDoctor” and '#CarryOnAgainDoctor,'. Van Ost’s sad passing was announced in 2019 by agent Barry Langford who said in his tweet, “A sad goodbye to beautiful Valerie Van Ost, who passed away this week. Valerie gave up her successful acting career to become a respected casting director and was beloved in both profession". 
 


#VANOST, a native of #Herkamsted, #Hertfordshire, turned to acting after she had been a dancer in her teenager at London’s famed Palladium theatre. It's believed that at one time she was once considered to be a possible replacement for #DianaRigg as Emma Peel in “#TheAvengers,” having once appeared in an episode of the show. 
 

ABOVE: Valerie Van Ost with Patrick Macnee in 'The Avengers' episode 'Dead Man's Treasure' 1967  
 




IN 1973, Van Ost took on her other most famous role, in the #HammerHorror movie, “The Satanic Rites of Dracula'.” Van Ost played the role of a Secret Service secretary who is kidnapped by a satanic cult. Van Ost was married to movie producer Greg Smith. Smith had been the producer of Britain’s other great bawdy comedy series, the “Confessions” series of movies in the 1970s.
 

ABOVE: VAN OST SHARED AND POSTED a photograph of her and BARRY LANGFORD on her twitter account a short time before her passing . .
 

ABOVE:  An image shared over at the Facebook PCASUK Fan Page today. Can you ANSWER both parts of the question?
 
LATER IN 1985, Van Ost married Andrew Millington, with whom she set up a casting agency. This coincided with Van Ost’s retirement from acting. The pair cast five movies and a television series during the 1980s. Two of those films, “The Boys in Blue” and “Funny Money” were produced by her first husband.
 

TODAY, why not come over the the Facebook PCASUK Fan Page and help us remember and celebrate Valerie Van Ost's career and life too?  . . 
 

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Friday, 23 July 2021

#PUTTINGONAJACKET! PLUS ROBERT HARTFORD-DAVIS: CORRUPTION AND INSENCE FOR THE DAMNED


TODAY we mark the birthday of a director who during his pretty strange, and always on budget or even under budget films, made two of the weirdest entries in Peter Cushing British film career, '#Corruption' 1968 and 'Incense for the Damned' in 1971. Robert Hartford-Davis, born William Henry Davis, 23 July 1923 in Ramsgate, Kent. 
 

ABOVE:Director, producer, writer and at one time.. agent for Roy Rogers, Robert Hartford-Davis. According to Davis, he only ever lost money on one film, 'Incense for the Damned' starring Peter Cushing and Patrick MacNee.. According to Davis along with his partner Peter Newbrook, had an unparalleled track record of successes, producing one of the highest grossing 'low-budget films ever produced in the UK' the 1963 'The Yellow Teddy Bears' .... I wonder what Hammer films CEO Sir James Carerras, thought of that at the time???  
 

ABOVE: RELEASED in it's AKA title, 'Blood Suckers' Robert Hartford-Davis, 'Incense For The Damned' 
 


HE CHANGED HIS NAME  on becoming a television director in 1955, a very full television career encompassing drama, comedy and entertainment shows. Davis made his way into film by becoming an electrician, it was here he went on to develop his skills as a cameraman, editor and even sound technician. Davis like many of the best in the industry, learned everything he could, before donning the role of head producer and director... the only difference being, unlike the majority of his peers, he didn't share their talents. Getting to value the weight of a penny while working as an agent, where at one time he even managed American 'singer-actor-television host-cowboy- #RoyRogers
 


IN BETWEEN MAKING Cushing's eyebrow raising 'Corruption' - which because due to the strong graphic content of the film, different markets around the world received different versions of key scenes.. and 'Incense for the Damned' which Davis always stated was actually two different films that were 'spiced together' because we ran out of money, removed his name from the film- Davis made a film with both #PeterCushing co stars, #IngridPitt and #JudyHuxtable. Called 'Nobody Ordered Love' is now thought of as a lost '1972 British drama film' 
 

ONE THING you can say for Davis, he made TWO films with Peter Cushing, that despite their reception at the time of there release, have since gone on to cultivate a lot of interest, with 'Corruption' having a huge following of fans. Sadly, for some, Davis output stopped in 1977, with a tv series called 'Dog and Cat' in the US. He passed in his Los Angeles home on 12th June 1977. Remembering #RobertHartfordDavis today!
 

AND FINALLY,  There's putting on a jacket and.. 'putting ON a jacket'! #PeterCushing as #VanHelsing in #Hammerfilms '#Dracula 1958
 

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