Sunday, July 10, 2016

This Week in Fright Film History July 10 - 16, 2016



Frederick Hubbard "Fred" Gwynne  best known for his roles in the 1960s sitcoms Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters, as well as his later roles in The Cotton Club, Pet Sematary and My Cousin Vinny was born on July 10, 1926











The Devil-Doll (1936)  directed by Tod Browning and starring Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan was released on July 10,1936. The movie was adapted from the novel Burn Witch Burn! (1936) by Abraham Merritt and would be the last horror film that Browning would direct.












Lon Chaney, Jr.  best known for playing Larry Talbot in The Wolf Man (1941) , died from heart failure on July 12, 1973 at the age of 67.  In 1997 series of United States postage stamps depicting movie monsters featured Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Wolf Man.










Tod Browning (Charles Albert Browning, Jr.) was born on July 12, 1880 was an American film actor, director and screenwriter.  Browning is best known as the director of Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932) and a number of classic silent films with Lon Chaney, Browning directed 50 during his 24 year career.








Irving Pichel who played Sandor, Countess Marya Zaleska’s servant in Dracula's Daugher (1936) died on July 13, 1954 shortly after finishing his last film, Day of Triumph (1954), a B-film about the life of Christ, which he directed.






The Black Room (1935) a mystery-horror film, directed by Roy William Neill starring Boris Karloff  in a dual role as twin brothers is released July 15, 1935.















The Fly (1958) premiered in San Francisco, California on July 16, 1958. The film was produced and directed by Kurt Neumann and written by James Clavell , from the short story of the same name by George Langelaan. It was followed by two sequels, Return of the Fly (1959) and Curse of the Fly (1965).





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