Monday, December 16, 2013

Vincent Price day: huzzah!

Yesterday was the well-deserved "Vincent Price Day" at Network Awesome; to wit, an entire day of Price programming online (including appearances on This Is Your Life and The Muppet Show)! From Turner Classic Movies' profile:
His aristocratic looks, cultivated manner and silken speaking voice served Vincent Price well through a series of careers as leading man, character actor and, in his best-remembered persona, horror film star. Price (1911–1993) was born in St. Louis to a wealthy family and, after receiving a bachelor's degree from Yale in art history and English, headed to London for further study and a stage debut with John Gielgud in Chicago in 1935. After playing Prince Albert in the West End production of Victoria Regina, Price repeated the role on Broadway opposite Helen Hayes. He would remain active onstage over the years, scoring a particular success on Broadway as the villainous husband of Angel Street (1941).
Price made his film debut at Universal Studios in Service de Luxe (1938). He then made striking impressions in a series of notable roles including Sir Walter Raleigh in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), the Duke of Clarence in Tower of London (1939), Clifford Pyncheon in The House of Seven Gables (1940), Joseph Smith ... in Brigham Young (1940) and Dutour in The Song of Bernadette (1943).
In the early 1950s Price seemed settled into a career as an elegant featured actor when a whole new arena as horror star was opened by his role as the sinister owner of a wax museum in House of Wax (1953), the most successful 3-D movie of the 1950s. Among his other horror outings of that decade were The Fly (1958), House on Haunted Hill (1959) and The Bat (1959). Meanwhile, he continued to take on character roles including Baka in The Ten Commandments (1956), the Devil in The Story of Mankind (1957) and Omar Khayham in Son of Sinbad (1955).... Price remained active in films and television throughout the 1980s, making his final movie appearances in 1990 in Edward Scissorhands and Backtrack. A man of wide interests, he collected art and antiques, functioned as a gourmet cook and quiz-show champion, co-authored cookbooks, wrote his memoirs and entered the world of rock music by lending his voice to the Michael Jackson video Thriller.
Currently we've got the DVD of House on Haunted Hill on hand, as well as 1964's The Last Man on Earth (one of three film adaptations of the sci-fi classic I Am Legend).
Still from The Last Man on Earth.

See more discounted horror classic DVDs here.

2 comments:

  1. Anyone who loves Poe owes a debt of gratitude to Vincent Price for bringing Poe's stories to the screen. I remember "The Fall of the House of Usher" and The Masque of the Red Death"-- both Roger Corman films, I think.
    He did a comic turn in "The Raven", with Peter Lorre in an outfit of black feathers, as a spell went wrong!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I hear those Poe flicks are tops! I would love to see the two of them in The Raven (I LOVE Lorre!)

      Delete