The Christopher Lee Filmography

All Theatrical Releases, 1948–2003

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About the Book

The career of Christopher Lee has stretched over half a century in every sort of film from comedy to horror and in such diverse roles as the Man With the Golden Gun, Frankenstein’s monster, Fu Manchu and Sherlock Holmes.
From Corridor of Mirrors in 1948 to Star Wars: Episode II–Attack of the Clones in 2002, this reference book covers 166 theatrical feature films: all production information, full cast and crew credits, a synopsis, and a critical analysis, with a detailed account of its making and commentary drawn from some thirty hours of interviews with Lee himself. Two appendices list Lee’s television feature films and miniseries and his short films.
The work concludes with an afterword by Christopher Lee himself. Photographs from the actor’s private collection are included.

About the Author(s)

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.
The late Mark A. Miller (1956–2014) wrote for many periodicals, including Filmfax and Shivers. He taught English in Gahanna, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller
Forewords by Jimmy Sangster, ; Veronica Carlson ; and Joe Dante; ; Afterword by Christopher Lee
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 480
Bibliographic Info: 161 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [2004]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4691-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0896-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

a haunting menagerie

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Jimmy Sangster: One of the Old Gang      xv

Foreword by Veronica Carlson: The Truth About Christopher Lee      vii

Foreword by Joe Dante: The Curse of Frankenstein will haunt you forever!      xix

Preface      1

Corridor of Mirrors (1948)      5

One Night with You (1948)      8

Hamlet (1948)      11

Penny and the Pownall Case (1948)      12

Song for Tomorrow (1948)      14

Scott of the Antarctic (1948)      16

Trottie True (1949)      18

They Were Not Divided (1950)      19

Prelude to Fame (1950)      21

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)      23

Valley of Eagles (1951)      26

The Crimson Pirate (1952)      27

Babes in Bagdad (1952)      29

Paul Temple Returns (1952)      31

Top Secret (1952)      33

Moulin Rouge (1952)      34

Innocents in Paris (1953)      36

That Lady (1955)      39

The Dark Avenger (1955)      41

Police Dog (1955)      43

Alias John Preston (1956)      43

Storm Over the Nile (1955)      45

The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)      47

Private’s Progress (1956)      49

Port Afrique (1956)      51

The Battle of the River Plate (1956)      53

Beyond Mombasa (1956)      55

The Traitor (1957)      57

Ill Met by Moonlight (1957)      59

Fortune Is a Woman (1956)      61

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)      63

Bitter Victory (1957)      66

The Truth About Women (1958)      68

A Tale of Two Cities (1958)      70

Battle of the V-I (1958)      72

Dracula (1958)      74

Corridors of Blood (1962)      77

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)      79

The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)      82

The Treasure of San Teresa (1959)      84

The Mummy (1959)      86

Tempi duri per i vampiri (1959)      88

Beat Girl (1960)      91

Too Hot to Handle (1960)      93

The City of the Dead (1960)      95

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)      98

The Terror of the Tongs (1961)      100

The Hands of Orlac (1961)      103

Taste of Fear (1961)      105

The Devil’s Daffodil (1961)      107

Ercole al centro della terra (1961)      109

The Pirates of Blood River (1961)      112

The Devil’s Agent (1961)      114

Das Ratsel der roten Orchidee (1962)      116

Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)      119

La frusta e il corpo (1963)      121

Katarsis (1963)      124

La vergine di Norimberga (1963)      125

La cripta e l’incuba (1963)      128

The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)      129

The Gorgon (1964)      132

Il castello dei morti vivi (1964)      135

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1964)      138

She (1965)      141

The Skull (1965)      143

The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)      146

Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)      149

Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966)      152

Theatre of Death (1967)      155

Circus of Fear (1966)      158

The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)      160

Five Golden Dragons (1967)      163

The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)      166

Night of the Big Heat (1967)      168

Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel (1967)      170

Eve (1968)      173

The Devil Rides Out (1968)      175

Kiss and Kill (1969)      178

The Crimson Cult (1968)      181

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)      184

The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)      187

The Oblong Box (1969)      190

Eugenie … the story of her journey into perversion (1970)      193

The Magic Christian (1969)      195

Scream and Scream Again (1970)      198

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)      201

Julius Caesar (1970)      204

El proceso de las brujas (1970)      207

One More Time (1970)      210

El Conde Dracula (1970)      212

Cuadecuc Vampir (1970)      215

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)      216

Umbracle (1972)      219

Scars of Dracula (1970)      220

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)      223

I, Monster (1971)      226

Hannie Caulder (1971)      229

In Search of Dracula: The Legend and the Vampire Tradition (1975)      231

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)      233

Horror Express (1972)      237

The Creeping Flesh (1973)      240

Death Line (1972)      243

Nothing but the Night (1972)      246

The Wicker Man (1973)      249

Hollywood Meatcleaver Massacre (1977)      253

Dark Places (1973)      255

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)      257

Le boucher, le star et l’orphelin (1973)      261

The Three Musketeers (1973)      262

The Four Musketeers—The Revenge of Milady (1975)      266

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)      268

Diagnosis: Murder (1975)      272

Killer Force (1975)      274

To the Devil a Daughter (1975)      277

The Keeper (1975)      279

Albino (1976)      281

Dracula père et fils (1976)      283

Airport ’77 (1977)      286

Starship Invasions (1978)      288

Return from Witch Mountain (1978)      291

End of the World (1977)      294

Caravans (1978)      296

Circle of Iron (1979)      298

The Passage (1979)      300

Jaguar Lives! (1979)      303

Arabian Adventure (1979)      305

Bear Island (1979)      308

1941 (1979)      311

Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)      315

Serial (1980)      317

The Last Unicorn (1982)      320

Desperate Moves (1986)      322

The Salamander (1983)      324

Safari 3000 (1982)      326

An Eye for an Eye (1981)      329

The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)      332

House of the Long Shadows (1983)      334

The Rosebud Beach Hotel (1984)      339

Howling II (1985)      341

Jocks (1987)      344

Mask of Murder (1985)      345

Walhalla (1986)      348

Mio, min Mio! (1987)      350

The Girl (1987)      353

Operación cocaína (1988)      354

Olympus Force (1988)      356

Murder Story (1989)      359

The Return of the Musketeers (1989)      362

Honeymoon Academy (1990)      365

La chute des aigles (1990)      367

Panga (1991)      368

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)      370

L’avaro (1989)      374

The Rainbow Thief (1990)      376

Journey of Honor (1992)      378

Cybereden (1993)      381

Funny Man (1994)      384

Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)      387

A Feast at Midnight (1995)      390

The Stupids (1996)      393

Jinnah (1998)      397

Talos the Mummy (1999)      400

Sleepy Hollow (1999)      404

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)      408

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)      412

Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones (2002)      415

End of the Book … But Not the Story!      421

Afterword by Christopher Lee: Message to My Fans      423

Appendix A: Television Feature Films and Miniseries      425

Appendix B: Short Films      427

Bibliography      429

Index      431

Book Reviews & Awards

Honorable Mention, Rondo Hatton Award
“the first filmography of Lee’s prodigious output…great for fans”—Library Journal; “fascinating…hugely enjoyable read…well-balanced…excellent”—Film Review; “superior…detailed…essential…highly recommended”—ARBA; “massive…essential reading…masterful job…insightful…fresh, intelligent insight…a wonderful legacy to the enduring career of Christopher Lee”—Midnight Marquee; “thorough, comprehensive, and entirely enjoyable…superior”—Monsters from the Vault; “exhaustive…monumental. Lee’s comments are quite valuable…fascinating insights”—Reviewing The Evidence; “this monumental effort is worth every moment of waiting…the definitive book on Lee’s career…I can’t recommend this book any more highly…you gotta have it”—Little Shoppe of Horrors; “immensely satisfying…each film is thoroughly synopsized”—Video Watchdog; “superb…valuable”—VideoScope; “Christopher Lee’s sad passing last year was a huge loss to the world of cinema but until I read this fine book, I didn’t realize just how much of a loss…I wholeheartedly recommend this superb book”— Destructive Music; “handsomely produced…lively and succinct…judicious commentary…the finest and most thorough examination of Lee’s film work ever published…rich in information, informed opinion, and reminiscence. Its utility as a reference work is obvious, and it also will whet readers’ appetites for some of the lesser-known Lee pictures”—Filmfax.