Thursday, July 11, 2024

Earliest Known Press Photo of Vincent Price - 1923


This December 30, 1923 photo from the St. Louis Post Dispatch is probably the first time that Vincent Price's image appeared in the press. He was 12 years old. How appropriate is it that he's holding a skull?

Below is the entire page with the full story behind the photo.


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Artist Harry Clarke's Influence on Two Vincent Price Film Posters


An original studio still featuring poster art by prolific artist Reynold Brown for the 1960 Roger Corman film House of Usher. The image of Madeline Usher in her coffin was clearly inspired by Harry Clarke's 1919 illustration for Poe's story The Premature Burial, below.

Nine years later, Clarke's image would further 'inspire' the poster art for Gordon Hessler's The Oblong Box (AIP, 1969), below.


Tuesday, July 9, 2024

War-Gods of the Deep [American-International Pictures, 1965]

Vincent Price as 'The Captain' in War-Gods of the Deep, 1965. Directed by veteran Jacques Tourneur (Night of the Demon, Cat People, and I Walked With a Zombie), the film was released as Edgar Allan Poe's City in the Sea in England.

The Dell comic book released the same year as the film. A number of Price's AIP films had comic book tie-ins.


Monday, July 8, 2024

Vincent Price as 'Big Daddy' in Beach Party [American-International Pictures, 1963]


The character of 'Big Daddy' in this first installment of AIP's 'beach pictures' series is asleep throughout the film, with his hat over his face. At the end, he awakens and reveals himself to be Vincent Price. He speaks one line: "The pit! Bring me my pendulum, kiddies, I feel like swinging!"

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Publicity Photo - 1970

A terrific 1970 publicity portrait of Vincent Price with a piece from his personal art collection.


Saturday, July 6, 2024

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Dragonwyck [20th Century Fox, 1946]


Vincent as Nicholas Van Ryn plays for new governess Gene Tierney, as his sickly wife (Vivienne Osborne) watches, in this atmospheric still from Dragonwyck. The film offers a glimpse at the type of character Vincent would play in his Poe films in the 1960's.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The Baron of Arizona [Lippert, 1950]

 A publicity shot from the 1950 Samuel Fuller film, The Baron of Arizona, featuring Vladimir Sokoloff, Vincent Price and Ellen Drew. The movie was based on the true story of James Addison Reavis, who attempted to swindle the United States government out of the Arizona territory.