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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Sunday, October 22, 2006


Peter CushingChristopher Lee

You really should know who Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are! Peter Cushing (1913-1994) and Christopher Lee (1922-present) had gained some success in British film and television, but struck gold when they were teamed by Hammer Films in "The Curse of Frankenstein" and later "Horror of Dracula". These two personable Britons were a natural team and obviously enjoyed working with each other.

A fine place to start is by viewing: Horror Of Dracula (1958)? This is regarded by many as Hammer's best film. Taking the bare bones of Stoker's novel Hammer created a taut, often frightening film that used its stars to great effect. Lee is striking as Dracula and Cushing is the very embodiment of vampire hunter Van Helsing.They don't come any better than this.

See that and watch them in the following four films.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1959) Sherlock Holmes received the Hammer treatment in this entertaining film. Cushing is Sherlock Holmes and Lee is Sir Henry Baskerville.
Horror Express (1973) Cushing and Lee are rival scientists trapped on the Trans-Siberian Express with a revived missing link and a trainload of interesting characters. The film is quite suspenseful, but the two stars add a needed degree of lightness.
I, Monster (1971) Lee is Dr. Jekyll, renamed Dr. Marlowe in this film) and Cushing is Frederick Utterson. Not as successful as many of their other collaborations, but it has its moments.
The Mummy (1959) Cushing is Dr. Banning and Lee is Kharis, the Mummy, in this remake of Universal's Mummy films from the 1940s. As in "Curse of Frankenstein" Lee's role is silent. It's a lot of fun.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Fri, Oct 13 2006 / 09:02:20 PST