This Feb 21 1990 broadcast honored the 76 year old Peter Cushing, OBE,
with a studio audience of Hammer Films brethren like Sir James Carreras
and Anthony Hinds. A clip from "She" is followed by the star herself,
Ursula Andress, who describes her role as 'She who must be obeyed'
(Peter: "yes darling and you still are, what would you like me to
do?"). From "Star Wars," "At the Earth's Core," and "Legend of the
Werewolf" we see David Prowse, Caroline Munro, and David Rintoul.
Peter's longtime friend David Gray talks about their first meeting
aboard a train in 1938, while Ernie Wise continues his money changing
trick that partner Eric Morecambe used to pull on Cushing. Actress Gwen
Watford credits Peter for launching her career by suggesting her for a
co-starring role as his wife in a 1958 TV production of "The Winslow
Boy." After scenes from "The Curse of Frankenstein" and "Horror of
Dracula," Christopher Lee pays tribute to his dearest friend by
describing their working relationship as both 'a delight and a
despair,' finally advising him to 'step out!' to Peter's absolute
delight. Additional tributes are provided by Freddie Jones, Joanna
Lumley, Peter Ustinov, and Sir John Mills, the most recent Watson to
Cushing's Sherlock Holmes. Peter Cushing was a fine actor and
technician, yet he preferred to credit his late wife Helen for all of
his success, and here confessed that 'no man is an island,' in regard
to his camaraderie with every cast and crew member on each film he
made. There aren't many surprises in store, but the eternally gracious
actor remains in high spirits throughout, more often than not unable to
keep from laughing, glad that he remembered to wear his toupee!
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