After several years in secondary film roles, the skeletal, menacing Christopher Lee achieved horror-flick stardom as the Monster in 1958’s The Curse of Frankenstein, the second of his 21 Hammer Studios films. Contrary to popular belief, Lee and Peter Cushing did not first appear together in The Curse of Frankenstein. In Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (1948), in which Cushing plays the minor role of Osric, Lee appears as the cadaverous candle-bearer in the “frighted with false fires” scene, one of his first film roles. In 1958, Lee made his inaugural appearance as “the Count” in The Horror of Dracula, with Cushing as Van Helsing. It would remain the favorite of Lee’s Dracula films; the actor later noted that he was grateful to be allowed to convey “the sadness of the character. The terrible sentence, the doom of immortality….”
Three years after Curse, Lee added another legendary figure to his gallery of characters: Sherlock Holmes, the protagonist of Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband… read more
Alan: I hear ya! For my part, I submitted, HORROR HOTEL, a few months ago (http://mubi.com/comments/419955/) but it still isn't added. .Hope they haven't forgotten about it, it's one of my favorite Christopher Lee films!