“Now then, come on there. Them stew with salt and them stew without. Come on, now.” Isn’t it wonderful to have options in your diet? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they take in the telerecording of a live performance of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954), based on Nigel Kneale’s adaptation of George Orwell’s famous novel and featuring Peter Cushing in possibly his best performance.
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 147 – Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954, BBC TV Live)
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In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.
- Director: Rudolph Cartier
- Writers: Nigel Kneale (adapted as a television play by), George Orwell (novel)
- Selected Cast:
- Peter Cushing as Winston Smith
- André Morell as O’Brien
- Yvonne Mitchell as Julia Dixon
- Donald Pleasence as Syme
- Arnold Diamond as Emmanuel Goldstein
- Campbell Gray as Parsons
- Hilda Fenemore as Mrs. Parsons
- Pamela Grant as Parsons Girl
- Keith Davis as Parsons Boy
- Janet Barrow as Woman Supervisor
- Norman Osborne as First Youth
- Tony Lyons as Second Youth
- Malcolm Knight as Third Youth
- John Baker as First Man
- Victor Platt as Second Man
- Van Boolen as Barman
- Wilfrid Brambell as Old Man / Thin Prisoner
- Leonard Sachs as Mr. Charrington
- Sydney Bromley as Waiter
- Janet Joye as Canteen Woman
- Harry Lane as Guard
- Richard Williams as Narrator
- Nigel Kneale as Telescreen Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
- Roy Oxley as Big Brother (uncredited)
Join the Grue-Crew for a very special episode featuring a review of the 1954 BBC TV presentation of Nineteen Eighty-Four (originally an episode of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre) starring Peter Cushing in a break-out role alongside André Morell, Yvonne Mitchell, and Donald Pleasence. The original presentation on December 12, 1954, was controversial and unrecorded. Thankfully for genre fans and Peter Cushing fans alike, BBC programmed a second live show on December 16 which was recorded and remains available today. Check out what the Grue-Crew have to say about this slice of British television history. Let’s just say they were gobsmacked.
At the time of this writing, Nineteen Eighty-Four is available to stream from the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel and is available as a Blu-ray disc (Playback Region B/2) from BFI.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Whitney, Even the Wind is Afraid (1968, Hasta el viento tiene miedo), written and directed by Carlos Enrique Taboada, starring Marga López, and credited as having revitalized the Mexican horror genre.
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