Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween Hags II: The Men

In the interest of being fair and balanced, here's a sampling of some faded male stars who agreed to take roles that would have been beneath then earlier in their careers. Of course, time is kinder to men than women in the biz, so there aren't as many.

First up is Ray Milland, the dapper Welsh actor who worked with the likes of Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock. His later years found him appearing in the eco-terror pic "Frogs," "Terror in the Wax Museum," "Night of the Laughing Dead," and the truly amazing "The Thing with Two Heads."

Joseph Cotton ("Citizen Kane," "The Third Man") found himself in such fine outings as "Delusion," " Island of Mutations," "The Hearse," and" "Guyana: Cult of the Damned." Character actor Farley Granger worked in Italy in the 70s and wound up in "Something Creeping in the Dark," "Amuck," and "Penetration."

Some others: Dana Andrews ("The Frozen Dead," "Hot Rods to Hell"); Michael Rennie ("School Girl Killer," "The Power," "Dracula vs. Frankenstein"); George Sanders ("The Seven Secrets of Sumuru," "Invasion of the Body Stealers," "Psychomania."); and Anthony Perkins ("How Awful About Allan," "Psycho II, III, IV," "Daughter of Darkness," "Edge of Sanity").


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