Sunday, July 30, 2017

Old Friends: Vincent Price and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

James Whale is a cinema legend. His films as a director include the Karloff FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE OLD DARK HOUSE, and THE INVISIBLE MAN.  So, when Vincent Price was signed to work for Whale in GREEN HELL, he must have been pretty excited.  Unfortunately, the film was a failure for Whale, and helped to end his career prematurely.  Many will remember Ian McKellen's vivid portrayal of James Whale in the film GODS AND MONSTERS, and the story of his final days.

Vincent, with a poison arrow in his chest, is watched over by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (center)

GREEN HELL, which was released in 1940 by Universal Pictures, featured Vincent as the ill-fated member of an expedition in the South American jungles.  Others along for the trip are Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Joan Bennett (sister of Vincent's costar in his first Hollywood film, SERVICE DELUXE), George Sanders, and Alan Hale.

Price and Fairbanks remained friends for the rest of their lives, even finding themselves occupying adjacent seats on the HOLLYWOOD SQUARES game show!

Together again at a Hollywood function in the early 1970's

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