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On this day 100 years ago, Peter Cushing was born. He would go on to become an actor and a gentleman, portraying roles from Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy to Edgar Rice Burroughs's Dr. Abney Perry, a repeated Victor Frankenstein and Van Helsing, and a staple of Hammer Horror films. He became a very human Doctor Who, and he offered, over a number of years, one of cinema's finest interpretations of Sherlock Holmes (one of my "top three" favorite incarnations of the Great Detective). Last but certainly not least, Cushing became Grand Moff Tarkin himself, wielder of the Death Star, destroyer of Alderaan, and holder of Darth Vader's leash.

peter cushing tarkin photo: Grand Moff Tarkin tarkin.jpg

Poll #1915650 What is your favorite Peter Cushing role?

What is your favorite Peter Cushing role?

Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (1952)
Victor Frankenstein (Curse of Frankenstein, 1957; Evil of Frankenstein, 1964; Frankenstein Created Woman, 1967; Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, 1969; And the Monster from Hell, 1973)
Van Helsing (Horror of Dracula, 1959; Brides of Dracula, 1960; Dracula A.D. 1972, 1972; And the Satanic Rites of Dracula, 1973)
Sherlock Holmes (Hound of the Baskervilles, 1959; TV show, 1968; And the Masks of Death, 1984)
Doctor Who (And the Daleks, 1965; Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., 1965)
John Meredith in Some May Live (1967)
Dr. Abner Perry in At the Earth's Core (1976)
Arthur Conan Doyle in The Great Houdini (1976)
Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977)
Other (See Comments Below)

Peter Cushing in ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' (1959)


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May. 26th, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
The Van Helsing choice doesn't mention the 1974 film The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires. In that one, Van Helsing goes to China and teams up with a family of martial artists to take on the local undead and stop their fiendish plan of offering up nude virgin sacrifices (alright, technically they were topless virgin sacrifices).

Two things I remember in particular. First, one of Van Helsing’s companions is a Norwegian noblewoman whose job is to be the Damsel and do damselly things, like be in distress and have a heaving bosum (which she has in spades). Listening to her, I thought about what a cheesy accent she had. Later, I looked up the movie on IMDB and found out that the actress in question is Norwegian. D'oh!

The other occurs in a scene when the titular vampires are raiding a village of panicking peasants. One of the vampires rides past a screaming female peasant and rips off her blouse. She continues screaming for several seconds before noticing that her rack is on display and she covers up, the whole time never letting up on her screaming.

I suppose I should apologize for the lame pun in the previous paragraph.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! Don't apologize for the pun. It was funny. :)

And I can't believe I skipped that! ::headdesk:: Thanks for the save. Obviously I've been missing a gem. I must remedy this at the first opportunity!
May. 26th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
The Fortean Times had several articles about Cushing.

which I read last night before going to sleep and I had Cushing related dreams.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
Whoa, Cushing-related dreams! Sounds a bit spooky. :) Thanks for the heads up re: The Fortean Times! I'll be sure to read the articles in the AM, not the PM...
May. 26th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
And just in time for his centennial . . .


A man could ask no higher tribute. ;-)
Jun. 2nd, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
Seriously! You know you've arrived when you've had that treatment. :D

Thanks so much for the heads up! I love it.
May. 26th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
believe it or not.....
Moulin Rouge

I can't explain that. It just.....is

Jun. 2nd, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: believe it or not.....
OMG, how have I missed this? Thanks for the heads up. I owe you yet another one. :D
Jun. 2nd, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: believe it or not.....
i didn't even think about who that was .....just happened to look at the credits one day. That movie was just SO great, and to know that Peter was in it made it even more special....

*don't think you owe me anything.....let me look at my "Amy Tab".

Nope, ya don't.....
May. 28th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Doctor Horace Holly in She. He's the classic Victorian gentleman-adventurer.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh, oh, YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant choice. I should've included that one. *nods vigorously* Thanks!!!!
Ace Hamilton
May. 29th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
I can't choose! But here's some interesting stuff in the Peter Cushing Centennial Blogathon:

Jun. 12th, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!!! Thank you!!!
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