Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Luvtemps, Nov 15, 2019.
I like Vincent Price!
(sung to the tune of Short Shorts)
Hard to imagine disliking him.
Price was known for being flamboyant, but he gave many restrained
performances, notably in The House of Seven Gables, Dragonwycke,
While the City Sleeps, The Tomb of Ligeia, Witchfinder General, and
The Whales of August, to name a few. In The Fall of the House of
Usher he is restrained and flamboyant at the same time.
The Fly. A supporting role in a more serious mode, but effective.
Corman, Castle, Amicus, Universal – Vincent remains forever a class act.
One I got to review recently is "The Oblong Box". Another fave.
Vincent Price was the coolest. Anything he said sounded whimsically sinister.
I always liked Master of the World when I was a kid.
That would work too-hehehehe!
Anybody else remember him in Laura?
Yes. As much as I liked his work, I have always been curious why his resume was so focused on horror movies.
Likely because, in later years, those are the parts he was offered. Baltimore's John Waters nailed it:
"...One raise of his eyebrow and you knew you were about to be thrilled by a debonair, evil, yet sympathetic villain...I can't imagine these films without Vincent Price in them. He was just a fine actor, never pretentious. The audiences that went to see him were all-inclusive, from the poorest people to the richest. Nobody disliked him. Vincent Price was classless even though he was classy, an exaggerated gentleman. He gave upscale a good name, and he was always handsome, dignified, charming, and a little bit sinister...."
I think that is a key reason he is so well-liked. Yes, he could be truly loathsome - the Conqueror Worm comes to mind - but in most of his roles he was having a lot of fun and that was infectious for the audience. I can't think of any other actor with this quality - maybe Lee and Cushing?
Christopher Lee had some of the same qualities.
A true Renaissance man. He brought class and impeccable poise to anything he did.
The Poe cycle for Roger Corman and Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General are my favorites.
Phibes and Theatre of Blood are highlights as well.
I honestly don't see how anyone could not like Vincent Price!
I adore him. Recently saw a movie with him I had never seen before , The Story of Mankind.
TCM is a treasure.
Hard to pick a favorite but today I will pick Madhouse.
Interesting you mention Lee & Cushing as they were go to horror movie actors in the UK. All three had very sophisticated aspects to their respective personas. I can imagine all three at a country club sipping martinis and discussing polo.
A class act in every role from the completely ridiculous to the utterly sublime. Price
always brought his "A" game and made any film he was in worth seeing at least once.
-Most obscure role? As the founder of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith in Brigham Young (1940) w/ Tyrone Power
-Undiscovered gem? As 'Mark Cardigan' in His Kind Of Woman (1951) one of the most remarkable films of that decade.
A friend once remarked that every scene where Price appeared in that film had the same effect as the character 'Johnny' had in Airplane!
For those interested in Vincent Price's movies, I highly recommend the book The Complete Films of Vincent Price (by Lucy Chase). It's out-of-print but used paperback copies can be found fairly easily.
Lady Gaga next to Mr. Price?
How can anyone not love Vincent Price? It's an overused expression but Price really was better than most of the material he was given, but damn if he ever let it show. I grew up watching him in the old Roger Corman movies, but also on Batman (as Egghead) and memorably, on the Brady Bunch.
Price was also an art historian and worked with Sears to bring fine art to the masses. Here's a Vincent Price-led sales training video...and it's kind of a hoot.
"I assure you that the step-ladder is for my use in hanging pictures, not people"
Ok...I should have posted this clip instead, but why let that stop me? Here's Vincent Price on the Johnny Carson show, being a frighteningly good guest expertly discussing art and food...
We love him. He really brings some gravitas to a genre that could be dismissed.
I was told by Courtland Hull that was his favorite
when asked which films to seek. I've yet to see it.
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