Tuesday, 19 January 2016

MY VIDEO COLLECTION 10

Vincent Price (1911-1993)
 
Vincent Price is one of my very favourite actors. I was lucky enough to meet Vincent on many occasions, the first being in 1968 when he came to England to star in WITCHFINDER GENERAL and subsequently visited him on the sets several of the films he made in England. He was, as many others have testified, a gentleman of the first order, a great raconteur and a man of great generosity and charm. In his best known films he was, of course, most often a sinister figure - a role he relished, saying : "I sometimes feel that I'm impersonating the dark unconscious of the whole human race. I  know this sounds sick, but I love it." But there was, in reality, much more to his acting than that and his career is peppered with memorable performances. As an unashamed fan I have sought to collect as many of his performances as possible - still a few to go but I'll get there!  So far I have: SERVICE DE LUXE (1938) TOWER OF LONDON (1939) THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS (1940) HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES (1940) SONG OF BERNADETTE (1941) LAURA (1944) A ROYAL SCANDAL (1945) LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945) SHOCK (1946) DRAGONWYCK (1946) THE WEB (1947) MOSS ROSE (1947) UP IN CENTRAL PARK (1948) ROGUES REGIMENT (1948) THE BRIBE (1949) BARON OF ARIZONA (1950) CHAMPAGNE FOR CAESAR (1950) CURTAIN CALL AT CACTUS CREEK (1950) THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN FABIAN (1951) HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951) LAS VEGAS STORY (1951) HOUSE OF WAX (1953) MAD MAGICIAN (1954) SON OF SINBAD (1955) WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956) THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)  THE STORY OF MANKIND (1957) THE FLY (1958) HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) RETURN OF THE FLY (1959) THE TINGLER (1959) THE BAT (1959) THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1960) MASTER OF THE WORLD (1961) PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961)  THE BLACK BUCCANEER (1961) THE EVILS OF CHINATOWN (1962) TALES OF TERROR (1962) TOWER OF LONDON (1962) THE RAVEN (1963) DIARY OF A MADMAN (1963) THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963) TWICE TOLD TALES (1963) COMEDY OF TERRORS (1963) THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964) MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964) THE TOMB OF LIGEIA (1964) CITY UNDER THE SEA (1965) DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE (1965) THE WILD WEIRD WORLD OF DR.GOLDFOOT (1965) DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS (1966) HOUSE OF A THOUSAND DOLLS (1967) WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968) MORE DEAD THAN ALIVE (1969) THE OBLONG BOX (1969) SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (1970) CRY OF THE BANSHEE (1970) AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE (1970) THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971) DR.PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972) NIGHT GALLERY : RETURN OF THE SORCERER (1972) THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973) COLUMBO: LOVEY BUT LETHAL (1973) THE SNOOP SISTERS : BLACK DAY FOR BLUEBEARD (1974) MADHOUSE (1974) THE MONSTER CLUB (1981) VINCENT (1982) HOUSE OF LONG SHADOWS (1983) EDWARD SISSORHANDS (1990) plus various television guest spots.
 
Vincent Price in THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1960)

 
 

2 comments:

Cerpts said...

Of course, just like Dear Boris, Vinnie is a very important personal favourite. I've even seen (but don't own) his first film SERVICE DE LUXE. And naturally I've also got tons of TV and old time radio appearances in my vault as well.

The Price films in my OWN DVD collection: THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, TOWER OF LONDON [1939], THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS, THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES, WILSON, LAURA, LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN, SHOCK, DRAGONWYCK, THE LONG NIGHT, ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN, THE BRIBE, THE BARON OF ARIZONA, HIS KIND OF WOMAN, HOUSE OF WAX, THE MAD MAGICIAN, WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE STORY OF MANKIND, THE FLY, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, RETURN OF THE FLY, THE TINGLER, THE BAT, HOUSE OF USHER, MASTER OF THE WORLD, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, TALES OF TERROR, TOWER OF LONDON [1962], THE RAVEN, DIARY OF A MADMAN, BEACH PARTY, THE HAUNTED PALACE, TWICE TOLD TALES, THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE TOMB OF LIGEIA, WAR GODS OF THE DEEP, DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE, WITCHFINDER GENERAL, SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, THE OBLONG BOX, AN EVENING OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN, THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN, THEATRE OF BLOOD, MADHOUSE, SCAVENGER HUNT, THE MONSTER CLUB, VINCENT, DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID, HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS, MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER, THE WHALES OF AUGUST, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and THE WITCH'S DUNGEON: 40 YEARS OF CHILLS.

Keith Wheeler said...

Recently watched THE MAD MAGICIAN. Price excellent as always. Was this originally made as a 3D film? Noted the guy with ping pong bats with balls on rubber bands - think he was in HOUSE OF WAX as well? Slightly disappointed with the ending as we did not actually see Price throw himself into the incinerator, but that's just me!