We're excited to present a great new set of boards to classic movie fans with tons of new features, stability, and performance.

If you’re new to the message boards, please “Register” to get started. If you want to learn more about the new boards, visit our FAQ.

Register

If you're a returning member, start by resetting your password to claim your old display name using your email address.

Re-Register

Thanks for your continued support of the TCM Message Boards.

X

Kyle Kersten was a true friend of TCM. One of the first and most active participants of the Message Boards, “Kyle in Hollywood” (aka, hlywdkjk) demonstrated a depth of knowledge and largesse of spirit that made him one of the most popular and respected voices in these forums. This thread is a living memorial to his life and love of movies, which remain with us still.

X

Jump to content


Photo

Ultimate GEORGE SANDERS thread


  • Please log in to reply
594 replies to this topic

#1 TheCid

TheCid

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 5,815 posts
  • LocationSouth Carolina

Posted 30 August 2017 - 10:23 AM

The Gay Falcon.  A movie title we're not likely to see again.  Regardless, a very good movie if you like light mysteries.  As is the Saint Strikes Back.


  • TopBilled and LawrenceA like this

#2 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 30 August 2017 - 09:22 AM

Daytime

 

screen-shot-2017-08-30-at-7-21-14-am.png

 

Primetime

 

screen-shot-2017-08-30-at-7-21-38-am.png


  • TheCid likes this

"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#3 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:22 PM

Tomorrow is George Sanders' Summer Under the Stars tribute.

 

Thank you TCM programmers!


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#4 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 15 August 2017 - 03:51 PM

Two weeks from tomorrow on TCM--

 

 

screen-shot-2017-05-06-at-2-41-46-pm.jpg

 

cairo (1963) with richard johnson

bluebeard’s ten honeymoons (1960) with corinne calvet
village of the damned (1961) with barbara shelley
the saint strikes back (1930) with wendy barrie
the gay falcon (1942) with wendy barrie
the picture of dorian gray (1945) with hurd hatfield
foreign correspondent (1940) with joel mccrea
a shot in the dark (1964) with peter sellers
death of a scoundrel (1956) with yvonne de carlo

screen-shot-2017-05-06-at-2-42-13-pm.jpgjourney to italy (1954) with ingrid bergman
a touch of larceny (1960) with james mason
lured (1947) with lucille ball
confessions of a nazi spy (1939)

 


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#5 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 03 July 2017 - 08:04 PM

#114: PSYCHOMANIA (1973)

screen-shot-2017-07-03-at-5-51-32-pm.png

George Sanders' penultimate and final films were both released after his death in April 1972. ENDLESS NIGHT hit screens in October '72, but PSYCHOMANIA wasn't released until early '73 in Britain. It would reach American shores a year later. Also titled THE DEATH WHEELERS, his last motion picture is a cult classic. It's about a group of bikers who come back from the dead after making a suicide pact. George plays Shadwell, the butler to an eccentric psychic whose son is the lead biker dude. The son turns his soul over to the satanic Shadwell, then terrorizes the countryside with his hellacious gang. Action sequences, classic music and haunting imagery enliven the proceedings, as well as a surprise ending. George was top-billed in PSYCHOMANIA, and as one reviewer noted, it was ironic the actor would take his life a few months after making a film about suicide. 


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#6 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 03 July 2017 - 02:19 PM

#113: ENDLESS NIGHT (1972)

screen-shot-2017-07-01-at-4-15-45-pm.png

In this film George Sanders presides over an all-star cast. The psychological murder mystery is based on one of Agatha Christie's later novels (reportedly her personal favourite). George plays a crafty family lawyer who also happens to be the uncle of Hayley Mills' character. The two stars had worked together a decade earlier for Walt Disney and almost made another picture in the interim. When ENDLESS NIGHT underperformed at the British box office, not only was Agatha Christie was greatly displeased, but the producers failed to secure distribution in North America. So it never had an official release in the U.S. It was released in England in early October, over five months after George Sanders' death; he had committed suicide in late April. There would be one more G.S. movie after this.


  • CoraSmith likes this

"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#7 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 01 July 2017 - 06:03 PM

#112: DOOMWATCH (1972)

screen-shot-2017-07-01-at-3-59-52-pm.png

George Sanders did not appear in any feature films released in 1971. However, he did have a very memorable role in the fifth season finale of Mission: Impossible, which was broadcast on March 17th. It would be his last television appearance-- he didn't do much TV. In 1972, he appeared in two films. DOOMWATCH was released while he was still alive; his later work hit screens posthumously. DOOMWATCH was based on a hit British science fiction series that told ecologically-minded stories. Actor John Paul who plays Dr. Spencer Quist in the movie is billed under the bigger names, but he was the star of the TV program. George is cast as an admiral named Sir Geoffrey who gets drawn into a situation that spirals out of control when people eat contaminated fish and develop strange symptoms.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#8 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:49 AM

#111: RENDEZVOUS WITH DISHONOR (1970)

screen-shot-2017-06-27-at-8-45-46-am.png

This was an Italian-German production, filmed in Italian. It was originally called APPUNTAMENTO COL DISONOR, or APPOINTMENT WITH DISHONOR. George is fifth-billed and cast in a military role. He portrays a strict general who oversees a thoughtful army officer, played by Michael Craig. Both men are caught up in a civil war against the Turks on the island of Cyprus. The drama benefits from on-location photography and features Klaus Kinski in a supporting role. Its director, Adriano Bolzoni, was known more for spaghetti westerns and crime dramas than for making war films.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#9 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 23 June 2017 - 10:13 PM

#110: THE KREMLIN LETTER (1970)

screen-shot-2017-06-23-at-7-58-50-pm.png

Near the end of his screen career George Sanders had one of his most unique, scene-stealing roles. He played a character nicknamed Warlock in John Huston's classic thriller THE KREMLIN LETTER. The story is about a group of old spies who come out of retirement to help a new agent retrieve a document from the Soviet Union. George's character is a cultured homosexual who performs as a drag queen when he's not working undercover as a spy. Huston had originally chosen someone else for the role, but 20th Century Fox wanted a "transatlantic" name. Filmed in four countries, the scenes set in Russia were actually shot in Finland. Though not a major hit in its day, THE KREMLIN LETTER has achieved a cult status and is on many critics' lists of must-see espionage capers. It is also cited as among Huston's best, as it combines elements from both THE MALTESE FALCON and THE ASPHALT JUNGLE.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#10 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 20 June 2017 - 07:42 AM

#109: THE BEST HOUSE IN LONDON (1969)

screen-shot-2017-06-19-at-10-00-47-pm.pn

THE BEST HOUSE IN LONDON was probably not the best film in London (or anywhere else) when it was released to the general moviegoing public. But it had an interesting assortment of performers, and it was a chance for George Sanders to do another comedy. The British production was a stylish sex farce, financed by MGM, but it performed way below expectations. George was third-billed; the leads were played by David Hemmings and Joanna Pettet. They were assisted by a veritable who's who of character actors, most of them in cameo roles. George plays an aristocrat who champions a government sponsored brothel in the late 1800s. The movie, which features a lot of scantily clad females, earned an X rating.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#11 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 16 June 2017 - 10:47 PM

#108: THE GIRL FROM RIO (1969)

screen-shot-2017-06-16-at-8-32-01-pm.png

George Sanders appeared in another independently produced film in 1969. It was a spy-fi drama partly financed by a Spanish company, filmed in Spain and Rio de Janeiro. He was cast as a British mobster named Masius who found himself battling a female super villain for control of the world. The super villain was portrayed by former Bond girl Shirley Eaton. It would be Eaton's last motion picture before leaving movies behind to raise a family. This was the second time she played the main character; two years earlier she had starred in THE MILLION EYES OF SUMURU. While we can't be sure a million eyes watched this film, we know that if George Sanders is playing a bad guy, there are more than a million reasons to watch.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#12 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:36 PM

#107: THE CANDY MAN (1969)

screen-shot-2017-06-14-at-6-49-03-pm.png

In this film George played another villain. He was cast as a kidnapper targeting a wealthy woman whose young child he intended to steal. But before the kidnapping could occur, the child was abducted by someone else. In addition to the kidnapping racket, George's character also was in charge of a drug ring. Yes, he was not playing a very likable guy. The assignment gave George the chance to travel, as it was an independent production filmed in Mexico City. Some of Mexico's best character actors appeared in supporting roles.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#13 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 11 June 2017 - 03:24 PM

#106: THE BODY STEALERS (1969)

screen-shot-2017-06-11-at-1-23-05-pm1.pn

It was probably not a highlight in George Sanders' career-- but it paid some bills and kept him out of trouble. One look at the title and it's obvious this British science fiction entry was a ripoff of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. The low budget hinders the production, especially with regards to the special effects. But there is some decent acting from George and costar Maurice Evans, who seem to be having a grand old time. George plays an armed forces general who must figure out what is happening when soldiers are parachuting and disappear in mid-air (they've been snatched by aliens). Critics didn't particularly care for it, but I'm sure there were some fans who did. Though they probably didn't live on this planet.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#14 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 06 June 2017 - 06:43 PM

#105: KING OF AFRICA (1968)

screen-shot-2017-06-06-at-4-39-23-pm.png

George Sanders only appeared in one motion picture released in 1968. He also did a television project, a small screen version of 'Laura' in which he played Waldo Lydecker. In KING OF AFRICA, he's cast as a British captain circa 1900-- in a story about the hunt for escaped criminals across the hot African desert. Though given an exotic setting, it's basically just a routine western. George is billed as a guest star; the lead is bare-chested Ty Hardin. Pier Angeli and Rossano Brazzi make appearances too. The film was later retitled ONE STEP TO HELL. 


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#15 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 01 June 2017 - 08:12 PM

#104: WARNING SHOT (1967)

screen-shot-2017-06-01-at-6-09-18-pm.png

Another film George Sanders made in '67 was this atmospheric crime thriller from Paramount. It starred David Janssen, who filmed it in between seasons of The Fugitive. Jannsen plays a sergeant that shoots and kills a highly respected man in the line of duty, then is forced to undergo an investigation as to whether or not the killing had occurred in self-defense. George has a minor role as a man named Calvin York, the victim's financial advisor. Buzz Kulik directed an impressive cast that also includes Joan Collins; Lillian Gish; Walter Pidgeon; Eleanor Parker; Ed Begley; and Stefanie Powers. Originally the production had been conceived as a made-for-TV movie, but Paramount upgraded it to a feature film.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#16 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 28 May 2017 - 10:42 AM

#103: THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967)

screen-shot-2017-05-28-at-8-32-32-am1.pn

Several years earlier George had appeared in a live-action Disney film with Hayley Mills. Now he was hired to "play" a villain (what else) in Walt Disney's animated version of THE JUNGLE BOOK. Based on Kipling's classic tale, the movie was an immediate hit with critics and audiences. It enjoyed continued success in re-releases, making it one of the studio's highest grossing pictures of the 1960s. George provides the voice and inspires the haughty mannerisms of Shere Khan, a bengal tiger who intimidates the other animals. However, Shere Khan fears guns and fire, and as a result, he feels the only way to protect the jungle is to kill the human beings who arrive there, including a boy named Mowgli. While George handled all the dialogue, the singing was dubbed by Bill Lee.


  • JamesStewartFan95 likes this

"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#17 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 22 May 2017 - 06:50 PM

#102: GOOD TIMES (1967)

screen-shot-2017-05-22-at-4-51-50-pm.png

Quite possibly the most unique film George Sanders ever did-- this musical comedy with Sonny and Cher. The duo was at the height of their popularity, and Columbia Pictures decided to cash in by featuring the couple in their own movie. It's a self-reflexive time waster about Sonny coming up with ideas for a film. He shares his thoughts with the owner of a fictional movie studio (George). Then a series of vignettes are presented with Sonny and Cher in different genres, playing out the ideas. George even appears in each sequence as a different character. Perhaps the whole thing was a little too arty and exhausting; it flopped with audiences. Despite the actual title, nobody watching was really having a good time.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#18 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:17 PM

#101: THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (1966)

screen-shot-2017-05-17-at-12-16-21-pm.pn

At this point of his career George Sanders was finding good roles on television. At the end of 1965 he had a memorable turn on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and in 1966, he would play Mr. Freeze in two episodes of Batman. In between TV appearances he continued to take jobs in motion pictures. THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM cast him as a director of British spies who are sent to West Germany to infiltrate a group of Neo-Nazis. It's little more than a glorified cameo. While the main stars went to Berlin for on-location filming, George's scenes-- which take place in a gentleman's club-- were shot in London at Pinewood Studios. The cold war intrigue did fairly well with audiences and it kept George from getting too bored until his next gig.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#19 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 11 May 2017 - 03:14 PM

#100: THE AMOROUS ADVENTURES OF MOLL FLANDERS (1965)

screen-shot-2017-05-11-at-1-13-20-pm.jpg

This Paramount production, which featured Kim Novak in the title role, was based on the 18th century novel by Daniel Defoe. In a way it has been updated and is a cross between FOREVER AMBER and TOM JONES. George had appeared in FOREVER AMBER almost twenty years earlier as a king. This time around he's a wealthy banker who marries Moll, but he soon loses his lusty bride when she is taken by a gang of thieves. Of course her true love is someone else, but George fights to get her back. However, there are several complications when Moll is run into prison and slated for execution. She manages to escape the chopping block, and George's character suffers a fateful heart attack (too much excitement dear chap)-- so she winds up with all the money and the man of her dreams. Also in the cast is Angela Lansbury as Lady Blystone. She and George had costarred in three earlier pictures.


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


#20 TopBilled

TopBilled

    Film Writing and Selected Journalism

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 39,529 posts

Posted 06 May 2017 - 04:45 PM

screen-shot-2017-05-06-at-2-41-46-pm.jpg

 

cairo (1963) with richard johnson

bluebeard’s ten honeymoons (1960) with corinne calvet
village of the damned (1961) with barbara shelley
the saint strikes back (1930) with wendy barrie
the gay falcon (1942) with wendy barrie
the picture of dorian gray (1945) with hurd hatfield
foreign correspondent (1940) with joel mccrea
a shot in the dark (1964) with peter sellers
death of a scoundrel (1956) with yvonne de carlo

screen-shot-2017-05-06-at-2-42-13-pm.jpgjourney to italy (1954) with ingrid bergman
a touch of larceny (1960) with james mason
lured (1947) with lucille ball
confessions of a nazi spy (1939) with edward g. robinson


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users