Thursday, March 17, 2011
A Walk with Love and Death (But Mostly Death)
Smooth, stylish, and only occasionally crazy-looking actor Michael Gough has left this world for a better one -- in other words, a world which does not contain Joel Schumacher movies.
Gough, who in his movie roles supplied the Grim Reaper with a great deal of wholesale business, was himself a reluctant customer, succumbing at the age of 94. His work stretched from Ealing's The Man in the White Suit and Olivier's Richard III to Burton's Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland, with stops along the way at Horrors of the Black Museum, Black Zoo, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Trog, Horror Hospital, The Legend of Hell House, and Top Secret!
And even though we featured Mr. Gough twice in Better Living Through Bad Movies (1961's Konga, and 1997's Batman & Robin), there were no hard feelings on our part, and we remained happy to see him whenever he popped up in a film. So good night, Mr. Gough; and flights of mutated chimps sing thee to thy rest.