The Criminal (1960) Prison drama directed by Joseph Losey and starring Stanley Baker as Johnny Bannion. Patrick Wymark played Sol.
The League of Gentlemen (1960) Wymark appears as Wylie, descibed in the script as a "prosperous wide boy". He only appears in the scene introducing Richard Attenborough's character Lexy, who is fixing one of Wylie's one armed bandits to lengthen the odds.
Scales of Justice (1962) A Womans Privilege. One of the Anglo Amalgamated series of short films produced at Merton Park and introduced by Edgar Lustgarten. Shirley Fawsett meets Joe Ashton on a cruise, but the result is a court case for breach of promise. Wymark plays the defence counsel in the climactic court scenes.
West 11 (1963) Adapted from convent educated Laura Del-Rivo's novel of beatnik life, 'The Furnished Room', West 11 was written by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall and directed by Michael Winner. Alfred Lynch starred as the nihilistic lead and Patrick Wymark appeared as Father Hogan, the family priest and learner driver who suffers from, "the sin of pride on me three point turns" For more on "West 11 go to this page
Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (December 1963) A 98 minute movie version of "Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh" (1964) a three part series for Walt Disney‘s Wonderful World of Color NBC TV show. Patrick McGoohan played Russell Thorndykes Dr Syn, 1760's vicar by day and smuggler by night.
McGoohan's Scarecrow leads his faithful band of smugglers incuding George Cole to outwit General Pugh (Geoffrey Keen) and his Naval press gangs. Patrick Wymark appears in the second episode as informer, Joseph Ransley.
Although played with some credibility by Wymark, the character is portrayed as fundamentally untrustworthy from the start. Even his own mother despises him. For more on "Dr Syn Alias The Scarecrow go to this page
Children of the Damned (1964) In this sequel to John Wyndham's "Village of the Damned", Wymark only appears in the last fifteen minutes. Pictured above (with Alan Badel) as commander of the forces called in to control the paranormal children. He carries out the role with quiet authority, rather than the stereotypical psychopathic behaviour which military officers display in more recent science fiction movies. For more on "Children of the Damned" go to this page.
The Secret of Blood Island (1964) Directed by Quentin Lawrence, Hammer films' prequel to The Camp on Blood Island, tells the story of an attempt by British Prisoners of War to hide secret agent Barbara Shelley from their Japanese captors. Wymark plays Major Jacomo, prison camp commander. The film was made between July and September 1964 with the bamboo huts of the prison camp erected in Black Park. The film was released on a double bill with William Castle's The Night Walker in June 1964
Patrick Wymark as Major Jacomo
Patrick Wymark as Winston Churchill
The Finest Hours (1964). Directed by Peter Baylis. Produced by Jack Le Vien. Documentary life of Winston Churchill, narrated by Orson Welles with Patrick Wymark as the voice of Winston Churchill and George Baker as the voice of Randolph Churchill.
Operation Crossbow (1965) Directed by Michael Anderson,this Euro-epic mixes fact with fiction in the tale of allied agents George Peppard and Jeremy Kemp's efforts to sabotage Hitler's flying bombs. Wymark had a mini-career as a Winston Churchill impersonator, reading his words in documentary films "The Finest Hours" (above),"A King's Story", and "The Other World of Winston Churchill" (1969) which concentrated on Churchill's paintings. In Operation Crossbow, Wymark is filmed in a respectful half-light when he instructs real-life Government Minister Duncan Sandys, (Richard Johnson) to find the source of Hitler’s Flying Bombs.
Repulsion (1965) Roman Polanski's first English movie won the Silver Bear Award at the 1965 Berlin Film Festival. Wymark plays the "Rachman-like landlord "* of Belgian manicurist Carol Ledoux (Catherine Deneuve), who has already committed one murder by the time Wymark unwisely forces his attentions on her. Producer Michael Klinger reputedly convinced Wymark that he should accept a lower fee than usual "in return for the privilege of working with a hot young director". Denis Meikle*, in 'Roman Polanski;Odd Man Out" (2006) says, "The iciest chill is felt in the expression of terror that imprints iteslf on the landlord's face as Carol takes a surreptitious swipe at the nape of his neck with an open razor and his trembling fingers alight on his own blood."
The Skull (1965) Peter Cushing plays Dr. Christopher Maitland, a researcher into the occult. Wymark plays Anthony Marco, a dealer who brings Maitland a book bound in human skin and then tempts him with the skull of the Marquis de Sade. The script for "The Skull" was notoriously under-written, giving director Freddie Francis license to extend the running time with imaginative camerawork and and long wordless sequences. Wymark plays Marco as cultured but shabby. He gets to narrate the history of the Marquis De Sade, while wandering around the elaborate set of Cushing's study but finally falls victim to the Skull. For more on The Skull, go here.
The Psychopath (1966)
Scripted by Robert Bloch (author of Psycho) and directed once more by Freddie Francis, this murder mystery from Amicus saw Wymark playing the cultured but curt Inspector Holloway, on the trail of a serial killer who leaves doll-like replicas of the victims at the scene of the crime. An early scene where Holloway visits the automated home of doll collector Mrs Von Sturm (Margaret Johnston) has an Avengers-like creepiness, and the film is given more atmosphere than it deserves by Elizabeth Luyten's score.
Woman Times Seven (1967) (Sette Volte Donna)1967. Italian/French/American anthology film starring Shirley MacLaine produced by Arthur Cohn and Vittorio DeSica. Wymark plays a businessman whose wife (MacLaine) plots against Adrienne Corri to stop her wearing a pirated dress exclusively created for MacLaine.Played out against modernistic sets, Wymark plays a parody of Wilder who drives opponents to heart attacks in the boardroom, but is browbeaten by MacLaine's shrieking demands.
Tell Me Lies (1968)
Adapted by Peter Brook from a play by Dennis Cannan, this featured Eric Allen, Glenda Jackson, and Stokely Carmichael among many others. It was a drama-documentary, illustrating anti-Vietnam War sentiment in 1960's London's artistic and intellectual community. Patrick Wymark appears on stage with Paul Schofield reading Siegfried Sasson's war poetry. "Heathblair" wrote, "The opinions expressed here are raw, heartfelt and honestly confused - much like the war itself...
One is left with the impression that those who occupied London's and indeed Britain's cultural high ground were feeling a sense of moral impotence and torment in the face of war's terrible realities. At the end of 'Tell Me Lies', the question of what price should be paid to fight a 'moral' conflict is left unanswered. Instead, we are left with a reminder that art and politics can offer no easy solutions to the legacy of war with its landscapes of broken bodies and destroyed lives."
Witchfinder General (1968) In 'Vincent Price - The Art of Fear', Denis Meikle finds, "sequences of striking beauty and a film, on the whole, which was more authentic in tone to the period in question than director Ken Hughes' multi-million pound production of Cromwell, made three years later." Wymark's one scene as Oliver Cromwell is promoted to Guest Star status, indicating the level of fame which The Power Game had brought (Wilfrid Brambell - of Steptoe and Son - shares the title card with Wymark).
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Similar in format to the author's earlier Guns of Navarone, (and allegedly drafted from a wish-list of incidents from the film' producer) it sends Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure into Nazi Germany to pull off an impossible mission. Wymark has the James Robertson Justice role, briefing the agents and monitoring their progress.
Doppelgänger (1969) (alternative title: Journey to the Far Side of the Sun) Wymark stars as Jason Webb, director of EUROSEC. Filmed July to October 1968. Wymark was cast in a role which publicity described as "John Wilder (2069 style)". Producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson were self-confessed Power Game fans (Anderson later worked with script editor Wilfred Greatorex on an abortive script called Youth is Wasted on the Young). "I wanted Patrick in the picture because of what I'd seen him do on television." Anderson said. The Anderson's cast George (Hagadan) Sewell as Webb's security chief and Norma Ronald as Webb's secretary (repeating the role of Kay Lingard in the Power Game). Also starring Roy Thinnes and Ian Hendry, the film dealt with the discovery of a twin planet to Earth on the opposite side of the Sun.For more on "Doppelganger go to this page
Battle of Britain (1969) In Guy Hamilton's dramatised account of real life events, Wymark plays Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh Mallory. Wymark's on-screen time is brief, but still controversial. For more on "Battle of Britain go to this page
Cromwell (1970) Liverpool-born Ken Hughes had directed many of the economic and imaginative Scotland Yard featurettes filmed at Merton Park. His most enduring film is "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", but "Cromwell" appears to have been a more personal project. Unfortunately,the script of this Civil War epic, filmed in the spring of 1969 is questionable (speeches and actions of others are attributed to Richard Harris' Cromwell and events are muddled). Wymark's Earl of Strafford would not be out of place in "Blackadder" and perhaps gives us flavour of the comic Shakespearan roles for which he had been renowned. Aged by make-up, staggering about on a pair of sticks, Wymark makes Stafford a literal Yorkshire terrier, barking at Alec Guinness' King Charles and teaming up with Dorothy Tutin's shrewish Queen to bully Guinness into a confrontation with Parliament. http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/cromwell http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/aug/20/reel-history-cromwell
Blood on Satan's Claw (1970)
One of the last great period horror films, Blood on Satan's Claw stars Wymark as a Judge who visits a village gradually infested by satanic evil. Filmed in April 1970 as "The Devil's Touch", the film gives Wymark a chance to occupy what would normally be the heroic role of the outsider who comes into the cursed community to battle the source of evil at the climax. However, Wymark's character is ambiguous and unpredictable. "I enjoy costume drama," Wymark told Neville Nisse in June 1970, " and Cromwell and The Devil's Touch gave me a good chance to appease that urge."
Blood on Satan's Claw is covered in depth in Little Shoppe of Horrors #25
The Man from the Other Side (Cheloveks Drugoy Storony) (1972)
Directed by Yuri Yegorov, this Swedish-Russian historic adventure stars Russian actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov (who had starred in the 1967 version of War and Peace) as Viktor Krymov and Bibi Andersson as Britt Stanelius. Patrick Wymark played industrialist, Christian Holm. Despite being the last of Wymark's films released, it was filmed in late 1969.For more on "The Man From The Other Side go to this page
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