Peter Cushing

The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films


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About the Book

From his film debut in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) through Biggles (1985), here is the movie career of Peter Cushing, known as “the gentle man of horror.” From interviews and extensive personal correspondence, the authors are able to provide Cushing’s own views on many of his 91 films. A plot synopsis for each film is followed by production data and credits and contemporary reviews.

About the Author(s)

Deborah Del Vecchio is a freelance writer living in Delaware.

Tom Johnson, author of several books on horror cinema, taught and coached cross country and track for 30 years. He is still involved in the school system and lives in Shillington, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson

Foreword by Barry Morse ; with Sydney Morse

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 485
Bibliographic Info: 93 photos, references, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1992]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4495-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0760-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword (by Barry Morse, with Sydney Morse)      xi
Acknowledgments      xix
Introduction (by Deborah Del Vecchio)      1
A Profile of Peter Cushing      9
Hollywood (1939–1941)      21
England and the World (1947–1985)      41
New Beginnings      433
Epilogue      443
Selected Bibliography      445
Index      447

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “a welcome focus upon the collected film work of Cushing”—Choice
  • “a fascinating filmography…will be of great interest”—ARBA
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed it. They wrote with a lot of love and honesty about their subject, and have done some fine research, producing one of the best books on Hammer Films I’ve read…a fine piece of work, produced with much diligent research and affection by the authors. Highly recommended”—Destructive Music
  • “long overdue…complete and definitive”—Psychotronic