Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Couple Birthdays Today.......

  First off a happy birthday today to Rod Taylor born as this day in 1929. One of my favorite actors and star of such classics as The Time Machine, Dark Of The Sun , The Birds and countless others. Recently he appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds as Winston Churchill. I thought this was a cool picture of Rod, Janes Russell and Glenn Ford relaxing on the set of Fate is the Hunter from 1964.

   Also born is this day in 1886 was the George Zucco, one of greatest "mad doctors" from the golden age of horror. He appeared in 96 films from 1931 -1951 and passed away in 1960.  Among them were all three of the Universal mummy sequels - The Mummy's Hand (1940) Tomb (1942) and Ghost (1944) ,playing the high priest who possessed the secret of the tana leaves for reviving the Mummy.

"Three of the leaves . . . make enough fluid to keep Kharis' heart beating, one each night during the cycle of the full moon.  Nine leaves each night to give life and movement to Kharis; thus you will enable him to bring vengeance on the heads of those who try to enter the tomb.  More than that, he would become an uncontrollable monster, a soulless demon with a desire to kill and kill."

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