One of the most distinctive and skilled of the golden age performers, Barbara Stanwyck excelled in dramas (Stella Dallas, My Reputation), gritty noir classics (Double Indemnity, The File on Thelma Jordan) and comedy (Ball of Fire, Christmas in Connecticut). Several of the films that she embraced with her throaty presence in the ‘40s and ‘50s, including the tautly melodramatic Two Mrs. Carrolls and the chilling Sorry, Wrong Number, also featured significant elements of the horror canon.
Nicely, she fully embraced the genre in such latter day projects as William Castle’s The Night Walkerand ‘70s television films like A Touch of Eviland The House That Would Not Die (above).
As with many silver screen damsels with numerous credits, a percentage of her saucy, hardened characters sang. Occasionally, she was dubbed by more skilled vocalists. But with projects such as the fun and frisky Lady of Burlesque, her own whisky tones were allowed to sell the tune.
As hard as I’ve begged those (elitist) winos in my alleyway to come up to my studio and watch me as bop around in a blood leather thong to my vinyl collection of terror film soundtracks – they ALWAYS refuse.
Probably because, unlike the astounding Flint, Michigan based, horror courting burlesque troupe, The Fischer Bodies – I have NO talent. But this amazing group of individuals, included ultra-fantastic gyrate legends like Dish DeLish and Twiggy Boylust, are full of gothic-tinged wonder. Past shows have included zombie mash-ups and this weekend marks their Rocky Horror Picture Show holiday show. For more information be sure to follow them at http://www.facebook.com/thefischerbodies !
Gorgeous (and charismatic) company member Dish DeLish, also, has her own FB page. Be sure to follow this Pinup Creations winner (Ms. November 2013) at https://www.facebook.com/DishDelishPinUp, as well!
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan