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Va-Va-Villainess: Mabel Albertson

Published August 22, 2020 by biggayhorrorfan

Mabel GlamourBest known for portraying the (occasionally) disapproving mother-in-law of Samantha on the classic supernatural comedy Bewitched, the distinguished Mabel Albertson made many other appearances on the stage and in film, often playing the matriarchal figurehead to the characters that each specific project focused upon.

In one earlier assignment, Albertson showed she could amp up the dramatic proceedings with a true sense of overbearing vengefulness. Playing out all the destructive impulses of Mrs. Conway, the commanding mother of Julie Adams’ hopeful starlet in the glossy 1957 Universal Pictures’ melodrama Four Girls in Town, this well-traveled performer brings a crushing weight to her fictional actions. Thus, this character’s overpowering persona almost destroys her daughter’s chance at true happiness and, often swiftly and subtly, Albertson makes her poisonous mark truly felt here. Mabel Four Girls in Town

Considering that almost everyone has dealt with the stinging pressure of a mentor or family member, Mrs. Conway emerges as a creature whose supposedly concerned and supportive sense of evil is just as great as any of the grander schemes provided by such notorious creatures as Lady Macbeth or Julia Cotton…a testament to the honest power of Mabel Albertson’s skilled work.

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Horror Hall of Fame:

Among her many other credits, this grand dame of expressiveness appeared on a popular episode of The Munsters and co-starred with the iconic Barbara Stanwyck in 1970’s The House That Wouldn’t Die, an early example of the made for television horror movie.

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Mabel House

Albertson reacts to the horrors of The House That Wouldn’t Die!

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Julie Adams: Away All Boats with the Creature’s Fabulous Heroine!

Published September 26, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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With a generosity of spirit to match her exquisite beauty, actress Julie Adams has graced audiences with performances of depth and keen perception since her earliest days in Hollywood. Well known for her portrayal of the heroic character of Kay in the legendary Creature of the Black Lagoon, Adams recently has written about all of her performing adventures in the well received The Lucky Southern Star. In anticipation of her upcoming appearances in Chicago on the weekend of September 28th, 2013, the vibrant Adams took a moment to speak with Big Gay Horror Fan about some of her activities as an actress outside the lagoon!

BGHF: Julie, viewers are very aware of your role in Creature, but you have participated in an amazing variety of projects. If you could pick one or two people to re-visit from your career, who would they be?

Julie Adams: One would be James Stewart; I had the good fortune to work with him a couple of times. Once, when I was very young, in Bend of the River and again, about twenty years later, when I played his wife on The Jimmy Stewart Show! Another film star that I adored was Tyrone Power, whom I worked with in The Mississippi Gambler in 1953. Sadly, he died of a heart attack five years later at the age of 44. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to be in another film with him.

????????????????????????????????????????BGHF: You, also, worked with George Nader, whom is known to terror freaks for his role in Robot Monster, a number of times. Can you talk a bit about working with him?

Julie: I liked working with George Nader a lot. He was a wonderful person and a real professional. You could always be focused on the work with him and still have a good time doing it. There was one scene we did together that was particularly fun in Away All Boats. My character Nadine did a little hula for her husband, Navy Lieut. Dave MacDougall (George Nader) while he strums a ukulele — it was such a cute moment in the film! I fondly remember all of the scenes I played with George. He was handsome, charming, and a fine actor.

BGHF: That’s so nice to hear! In one of the beloved episodes of The Night Stalker, “Mr. R.I.N.G.” , you played the very spirit happy Mrs. Walker. What do you have to do with your body chemistry to portray a believable drunk?mr. r.i.n.g.

Julie: I didn’t really think of Mrs. Walker as a drunk. I just thought she was a rascally character who liked the finer things in life, whether it be a drink in the afternoon or wearing fancy clothes. One key to playing a drinker convincingly is not going too far with it. A little goes a long way. I tried to give Mrs. Walker an attitude; she certainly didn’t care much for the government program that got her husband killed. So I tried to let that attitude come out with her flippant behavior. Of course, playing dark comedy with Darren McGavin was a dream!

BGHF: Naturally! You were vigilant in 1988’s Black Roses and expressed stern concern in 1978’s The Fifth Floor. Though not as well respected as mainstream films, do you feel exploitation and genre projects have given you a wider range to express your skills as an actress?
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Julie: Genre projects often have an other-worldly element to them. As an actress, I always tried to ground my character in reality, even when fantastical things were happening around her. However, films of this nature usually have scenarios that aren’t typical of more mainstream cinema, so that presents certain challenges. So in this regard, these films did expand my range as an actress.

Be sure to visit the legendary Julie (and son Mitch Danton)this weekend in Chicago at the historic Patio Theatre for two 3-D showings of Creature of the Black Lagoon.

Information on the event can be obtained here: https://www.facebook.com/events/437861749665419/

Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is forever worshipping the divine Ms. Adams at http://www.facebook.com/biggayhorrorfan.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE!

Retro Love: George Nader in Robot Monster (1953)

Published February 28, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan
So this is how gay men dressed to get married in 1953! Love it!!

So this is how gay men dressed to get married in 1953! Love it!!

Nowadays, they party afterwards with the Bear Community. Back then it was Gorilla Robots!

Nowadays, they party afterwards with the Bear Community. Back then it was Gorilla Robots!

There is nothing Big Gay Horror Fan adores more right now than Phil Tucker’s Robot Monster from 1953! Starring homosexual matinee idol George Nader, this glorious mess features cheap desert locales, the use of stock dinosaur footage and rabidly passionate non-acting from much of its cast. (Although the matriarch is played by an actress named Selena Royle. That’s a moniker 1000 drag queens could have a field day with!) The hunky Nader, who was best friends with Rock Hudson in real life, spends much of the film’s 62 minute running time shirtless, as well.

Of course, much of this exercise’s camp appeal comes from the hilarious inappropriateness of its main alien villains – two guys in gorilla suits crowned with silver space helmets. Still, there are a couple parallels to better pictures that may give this film’s viewers a moment of pause. In a moment of Frankenstein solemnity, the film’s youngest heroine meets her downfall at the hands’ of one of the Ro-Man’s. Meanwhile, the film’s focus on the young Jimmy (Gregory Moffett) ultimately has many correlations with the arc of The Wizard of Oz‘s Dorothy.

003Still, one has to wonder what was harder for the masculine Nader – keeping a straight face while filming this Golden Turkey winner or having to play straight to meet Hollywood’s ultra-aggressive ‘Code of Honor’? Unfortunately, I am guessing it was probably the latter.

Still, you can’t complain too much about the silly glories of Robot Monster! Check the trailer below!:

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