Sunday, 19 August 2012

'THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN' PETER CUSHING : BACK PROJECTION AT BRAY STUDIOS (1964)



Here are two shots of Peter shooting some 'back projection' shots for 'The Evil of Frankenstein' (1964) at Hammer Films Bray Studios. It's was quite a tricky process to pull off convincingly, matching lighting and motion were key. Alfred Hitchcock was probably 'the king of back projection' as he used so much of it in his films. Unfortunately, maybe because of time restrictions, the shots filmed here in 'Evil' aren't the best example of the technique.

Friday, 17 August 2012

RARE: PCASUK UNCOVERS PETER CUSHING FORGOTTEN ROLE: NELSON!



Did you know: PETER CUSHING played HORATIO?

Horatio Nelson to be precise. The date was November 16, 1955. The place was the Empire cinema, Leicester Square in London for the Royal Premiere of the feature film "Cockleshell Heroes" directed by and starring José Ferrer. Co-written by Bryan Forbes, the film tells the true story of a daring British commando raid by canoe on German blockade runners at Bordeaux in December, 1942. Attending the premiere were: Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Wilding, Jack Hawkins with his wife Doreen (who was once engaged to Peter Cushing), Michael Denison, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Robert Beattie, Clement Attlee and his wife, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Gloucester. Major Herbert "Blondie" Haslar and William Edward "Bill" Sparks, the sole Marine survivors of the famous 1942 canoe raid, also attended with members of their families. 

Before the feature attraction, guests were treated to a lavish prologue conceived by producer Jess Yates called: "Fanfare For Heroes". This live prologue included a mock commando raid, utilizing a handful of Marines in such a way to make their numbers appear more vast. Included amongst the 300 performers of "Fanfare For Heroes" was none other than Peter Cushing. The cover of "To Day's Cinema" showcases Cushing dressed in costume as Lord Horatio Nelson. In addition, the producers of "Cockleshell Heroes", Irving Allen and Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli (Warwick Film Productions), published a letter of thanks and singled out Cushing as a "distinguished artiste" in connection with the prologue. 

Christopher Lee was cast in the film "Cockleshell Heroes" as Submarine Commander Alan Grieves. Lee, Cushing and Ferrer had all previously worked together on John Huston's "Moulin Rouge" in 1952. Cushing and Lee (though not on screen together in the Huston film) wouldn't appear in the same film again until Hammer's "The Curse of Frankenstein" in 1957, which made them both instant film stars.


HAMMER FILMS PRODUCTIONS: PETER CUSHING : SIMON WARD : 'FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED' (1969)


AMICUS FILMS: 'THE SKULL' PUBLICITY PORTRAIT : PETER CUSHING (1965)


Thursday, 16 August 2012

'DR TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS' : PETER CUSHING AND CHRISTOPHER LEE (1965)


'Dr Terror's House of Horrors' Amicus Flms first portmanteau film from 1965 featured in a recent poll at our UK Peter Cushing Facebook Fan Page today!

Monday, 13 August 2012

'THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN' : PETER CUSHING : SIR JAMES CARRERAS : WILL HINDS : PUBLICITY


Peter Cushing, Sir James Carreras, Chairman of Hammer Films and Will (Hinds) Hammer, one of founding members of Hammer Films. 'The Curse of Frankenstein' Premier, 1957.

'THE SKULL' (1965) : PETER CUISHING AND CHRISTOPHER LEE: AUTOGRAPHED


VINCENT PRICE AND PETER CUSHING : BEHIND THE SCENES : MADHOUSE : 1974 : AMICUS


Here's a big scan of both Vinnie Price and Peter on the set of Amicus Films 'MADHOUSE' (1974). When you post pics of Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, they have to be BIG scans, just to get all the love and talent in there!


The above clip is taken from the BBC television programme 'Film 73' it featured a behind-the-scenes item on the programme, with interviews with Peter, Vincent, Adrienne Corri and Linda Hayden. The location is Pyrford House, London which stood in for Peter's (Herbert Flay) mansion house.


TALES FROM THE CRYPT: PETER CUSHING: GRIMSDYKE PORTRAIT : AMICUS 1971


SHERLOCK HOLMES: PETER CUSHING : BBC TV 1968 : PHOTOGRAPH


Peter as Sherlock Holmes (BBC TV 1968. 16 eps) in a great big colour scan. 

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Saturday, 11 August 2012

PETER CUSHING: ST PAUL'S CHURCH MEMORIAL SERVICE INVITATION: JANUARY 12TH 1995.


See previous post for feature.

PETER CUSHING: MEMORIAL SERVICE : NEWSPAPER FEATURE. JANUARY 1995.



Today, Saturday 11th August marks the passing of Peter Cushing, 18 years ago. His memorial service was held Thursday 12th January 1995 at St Paul's Convent Garden, ''The Actors Church' London....and it is in the spirit of that service, we today, perhaps more than any other, celebrate the life and career of Peter Cushing. 

Friday, 10 August 2012

PETER CUSHING : EARLY PHOTOGRAPH AS KING RAT IN 'DICK WHITTINGTON '1937


Peter Cushing as KING RAT in 'DICK WHITTINGTON' at The Grand Theatre Southampton, UK in 1937. During the year at The Grand, he also appeared in 'Lean Harvest' 'Winter Sunshine' and 'Lady Precious Stream' by play write S.I Harding.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

PETER CUSHING : CHRISTOPHER LEE: HAMMER FILMS : THE MUMMY : PLAYS PARAMOUNT THEATRE NEW YORK 1959 : COLOR PHOTOGRAPH


Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in Hammer Films Productions 'The Mummy' playing at The Paramount Theatre, Syracuse, NY in 1959 with 'Curse of the Undead' with Eric Fleming and Michael Pate. Egypt, Vampires, A Mummy and a western! What a great double bill! 

PETER CUSHING: THE PERFECT PETER CUSHING MANTLE SHELF. PETERCUSHING.ORG.UK


The Perfect Peter Cushing Goodies Mantle Shelf: Thought you'd like to see these. (from left) Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin oil painting by Barbara Fister - Liltz. Two beautiful and rare Kate Woodlock, bas-relief busts of Peter Cushing as Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as Dracula. A die cast model of Peter's Jaguar, a caricature of Peter and..a Dalek!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

PETER CUSHING AND BARRY MORSE : A REAL LIFE ESCAPE FROM DEATH IN WAR TIME LONDON




ASYLUM (Amicus 1972) :  Mr Smith (Peter Cushing) lies dead on the floor, next to his son's open casket, while the Taylor (Barry Morse) tries to make an escape for his life. We ALL know what happens next! 


PETER CUSHING : 'THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD' : 'WAXWORKS' : AMICUS FILMS (1971)


Peter Cushing as Phillip Grayson in 'The House That Dripped Blood' Amicus Films (1971) 
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PETER CUSHING : 'QUATERMASS AND THE PIT' PHOTO OP AT ELSTREE STUDIOS 1967


A photo opportunity on the set of Hammer Film Productions 'Quatermass and the Pitt' (1967) with Peter posing with Hammer producer Anthony Nelson - Keys on his right, Nigel Kneale to his left and the film's director Roy Ward Baker. We are still undecided if the woman and childrem are Kneal's or Baker's family. If you know, maybe you could message and tells us?

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