Peter Cushing painted by the great Basil Gogos kicks off Day Five of our Centennial Blogathon.
In the late Thirties, even as the clouds of war gathered over Europe, Cushing traveled halfway ‘round the world to try his luck in Hollywood. Soon enough, he was drawn back to England, determined to contribute to the war effort, but getting home was problematic. He made it to New York, then up to Montreal where he had to wait for transportation and repatriation. His adventures there included ushering at the city’s largest theatre, and being pursued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police!
Here’s a link back to a post I made about Cushing’s early Hollywood experience, and his wartime stay in my home town of Montreal.
Our Peter Cushing Centennial Blogathon rates a mention on Keyframe, the information arm of Fandor, a movie streaming site. Reviewer David Hudson singles out contributions here by Tim Lucas and Richard Harland Smith.
Also mentioned are two new books: David Miller’s Peter Cushing: A Life in Films, and Peter Cushing: The Complete Memoirs.
Patricia at Caftan Woman offers a heartfelt appreciation of Peter Cushing’s Sherlock Holmes.
James Russell at The Cameraman’s Revenge offers up a series of short, sharp and to-the-point reviews of Cushing films. Posted so far: A rare look at Nineteen Eighty Four, broadcast live in 1954, and a nice mix of films: Captain Clegg/Night Creatures, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Horror Express and Madhouse.
Good stuff here, well-written and knowledgeable.
By the way, the BBC’s Nineteen Eighty-Four featuring Cushing’s remarkable performance as Winston Smith is up on YouTube. A must-see!