Sunday, 31 May 2015

ASK MY WIFE SAYS PETER CUSHING : WOMANS ANGLE MAGAZINE 1961


When Peter Cushing agreed to star in 'CAPTAIN CLEGG'- his ninth film for Hammer films - he consulted one of his numerous collections of text books relating to the history of the period of the film, 18th century Britain. For Mr Cushing is a perfectionist.


We tried to find out something more of this most successsful actor- the only one to win Britain's 'Best Actor Of The Year Award' three times in succession. But he referred us to his wife. 'She knows me better than anyone", he said.


And that is how we came to be sittting in the tastefully furnished lounge of a delightful regency house in London's Kensington district, which Peter Cushing uses when he is filming.
After a superb lunch, cooked by our charming and elegant hostess- she does all her own coooking- Helen Cushing told us something about her husband.


'Whatever he does, he  likes to do well", she began. 'He  is modest nad retriring - too modest sometimes' He Always thinks he knows less than anyone else. He is always learning and willing to learn. If he takes a ride in a London taxi, he will have learned a great deal about it ,it's driver, and the route on which he has been driven, before he returns! He has an enquiring mind."


'I think his greatset attribute is is the fact that he has the courage not to try and impress. He is fundamentally honest and truthful. We don't go to cocktail parties but spend most of our leisure time reading and listening to music. Of course , my husband spends a good deal of time painting, especially when we are at home in Whitstable.


"In our married life, I have never known him swear or behave other than a gentleman, and he can't bear gossip. He is exceptionally neat and tidy. It makes him soundlike a paragon, doesn't it, But I really can't think of any fault. He does occasionally lose his temper, of course, but it is usually if it's someone who can't fight back'


We asked Mrs Cushing what sort of roles does her husbandlike to play. '"He doesn't mind what what he plays as long as it's good", she haid. 'He would rather do good work for nothing than bad work for a high price. He has played a good many heavy roles lately and I think producers have forgotten how excellent his in sophisticated comedy. He had wonderful press notices when he appeared with Anne Todd in 'Tovarich' for BBC television"


We tried to get Mrs Cushing to talk about her own career- she was an actresss before she married. But she refused to talk about beyond saying she was never dedicated to the art like her husband. She was quite happy to give up her promising career to dedicate herself to him. They have never been parted, no matter where Mr Cushing has been working.

"I love travelling", says Mrs Cushing. 'I did a great deal before I was married. But Peter is the original Ancient Briton, he much prefers to stay at home!" When he is working , Helen Cushing is perfectely content to get on with the housework, sewing, and cooking, or working in a neat and pretty garden in Whitstable.



The feeling that struck us that had we had asked Peter Cushing the secret of his success, he would have replied - My Wife! For Helen Cushing is the woamn who is content to stay in the background, a tower of strength and comfort to her husband, happy in the knowlledge that with her support and encouragement Peter Cushing has become one of Britain's best known and best liked actors.



Source: Woman's Angle Magazine 1961

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

THE LONG ROAD BACK TO WANTING TO CELEBRATE : PETER CUSHING


THE BEST THINGS COME IN THREES! CELEBRATE CUSHING PRICE AND LEE


Indeed, over the past two days, the best things have come to us in THREES! PETER CUSHING was born yesterday May 26th 1913 - died 1994, yesterday would have been his102nd birthday. TODAY: SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE was born 1922 and is celebrating his 93rd birthday! Today VINCENT PRICE was born May 27th 1911- died October 25th 1993. PLUS Did you know that Bram Stoker's famous vampire novel 'DRACULA' was first published on PETER CUSHING'S birthday...May 26th???? How odd is that?


Sunday, 10 May 2015

MOTHERS DAY : SO WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO THE FILMS OF PETER CUSHING?


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So, WHO introduced you to Peter Cushing and his work..his films, his name? And why are we asking that question on Mother's Day in the US? Well, there's a simple answer. Through out our time here on facebook, many of you tell us about the first Cushing film you saw, usually as a kid 10 13 maybe, some caught them on the US Horror Movie Hosts shows, some of you here in the UK caught your first Cushing moivie during the double bill seasons that ran on BBC tv during the 70's and 80's....but there is one factor that comes up in most, not all, but many....You watched your first Hammer horror or Horror film featuring Peter Cushing with your MUM / MOM/ MOTHER even grandmother...and sometimes with your Dad too, curled up wide eyed...but loving it! So, tells us was your Mother the monster kid in your home? Maybe it was your Mum AND your Dad? We'd love you to share your stories...C'mon someone held your hand...


A VERY HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL OUR U.S. FOLLOWERS


A Very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to ALL our followers and friends in the USA! Here is a rare pic of a young Peter Wilton Cushing in his Mother's arms.


Friday, 8 May 2015

THE COUNT OPENED TODAY IN US 8TH MAY 1958


TODAY 8th May, 1958: Hammer films productions rolled out Dracula under the title of Horror of Dracula in the US. Starring Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as the undead Count!


...In Drive-In cinemas across the USA...


UK opening at the Gaumont Haymarket on 16 June 1958 


 Opening in FRANCE 4th February 1959


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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

DRACULA : 130 YEARS SINCE HARKER WALKED INTO THE VAMPIRE LAIR


This month, One Hundred and Thirty years ago, Jonathan Harker first walked into the place where angels feared to tread... Castle Dracula! Here illustrated with a little seen press photograph of John Van Eyssen as Jonathan Harker and a colour transparency of Christopher Lee as Count Dracula from Hammer films, 'Dracula / Horror of Dracula (1958) Starring Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.


Monday, 4 May 2015

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU : HAPPY STAR WARS DAY


Not everyone is in a celebratory mood. And who can blame him? Have a Happy Star Wars Day!



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Sunday, 3 May 2015

THE FILMS OF PETER CUSHING AVAILABLE ON BLU RAY AND THOSE TO COME....


This is by no means a complete list, but a snap shot of what is out there. We will add to this list as more releases become available. To get the new first of new Peter Cushing releases always check out our facebook fan page account!


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