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Just watched HELL DRIVERS, a British film from 1957. Surprisingly, there’s not a lot of Hammer actors involved, but there are familiar faces aplenty.
When you appear in every British-made movie from the mid-forties to the mid-eighties, you’re bound to land in some horrors.
The ubiquitous Marianne Stone did SPACEWAYS, THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT, QUATERMASS II, CURSE OF THE MUMMY’S TOMB,
HYSTERIA, and COUNTESS DRACULA for Hammer. Elsewhere, she found time for CORRIDORS OF BLOOD, HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM,
JACK THE RIPPER, THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE, WITCHCRAFT, BLOOD BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE, BERSERK, TWISTED NERVE,
BLOODSUCKERS, THE CREEPING FLESH, and CRAZE.
The future Mrs. Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, was creatively cast as “Jill.” And Alfie Bass, a decade before becoming a FEARLESS Jewish vampire.
For the Who-vians, there's a crisply villainous turn from the very first Doctor, William Hartnell .... .... and for those who can find humor where I see very little -- none other than Sid James.
The lovely Vera Day deserves two pics at least. She was in THE WOMAN EATER, THE HAUNTED STRANGLER, and, most memorably, QUATERMASS II.
This thing is full of spies-to-be. There's Ilya Kuryakin...
....and both John Drake and that 007 feller.
A particularly arty pose from Herbert Lom. He was probably delighted to play a rare nice guy, but he still lost the girl to Stanley Baker.
And what a girl to lose! The adorable Peggy Cummins. Judging by release date, this was probably the movie
she shot just before NIGHT OF THE DEMON.
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What do you get when you take director William Dieterle (who made three great horror/fantasy films -HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY, PORTRAIT OF JENNIE), screenwriter Barre Lyndon (THE LODGER, HANGOVER SQUARE, WAR OF THE WORLDS, MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH), special effects wizard John P. Fulton (just about everything), and composer Victor Young (THE UNINVITED, NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES, and about 7 zillion others)? Whatever ya get it must be a masterpiece, right? Well...no. It’s a big piece of colorful but silly cheese called OMAR KHAYYAM.
But even a lousy movie can provide work for some worthy and very familiar folk.
Raymond Massey (THE OLD DARK HOUSE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Ol' Klaatu his ownself gets to dress up mighty purty.
THINGS TO COME) gets a nice juicy death scene.
Good old Morris Ankrum takes time off from fighting anti-matter turkeys Maxwell Smart's "Chief" Ed Platt puts his basso tones to good
and thyroidal grasshoppers to play wise guy...err...wise man. use, spouting a load of exposition.
Some guys don't even rate a close-up.
Here's Henry Brandon. Whether Barnaby, Fu Manchu, And Douglas Spencer, Scotty from THE THING, plays with birdies.
or Chief Scar this guy was always dependable.
And let us not forget the fair sex. And very fair they are.
Joan Taylor (EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, 20 MILLION MILES TO And our leading lady, the incomparable Debra Paget, wearing just wayyy too much.
EARTH) plays a slave girl with some nice abs.
1. Dieterle shot a whole lot of this thing in only master shots. Either he was proud (with some justification) of the opulent sets, or he was in a hurry to finish this sucker and move on. Also
a likely notion.
2. Wally Westmore's budget for fake beards must have been ENORMOUS!!
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Rick wrote: It’s a big piece of colorful but silly cheese called OMAR KHAYYAM.
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skelton knaggs wrote: Also on hand, the murder victim, the Rocket-man himself Tristram Coffin.
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