Friday, January 16, 2009

A Movie Reverie

I was watching the opening to the old TV show, "The Prisoner". The star, Patrick McGoohan, died the other day. I especially remember his cool car, a Lotus Super Seven (Still WANT!)

And the opening credits for this episode feature the character actor Finlay Currie.

I remember Finlay Currie for one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen in the movies, the opening from David Lean's "Great Expectations".

The 12-year-old boy is walking through the spooky old graveyard when this guy just LEAPS into the frame and grabs the kid and says, "Keep still you little devil or I'll cut your throat!"

Finlay Currie plays the escaped convict who, in typical Dickens fashion, reappears decades later in a completely unexpected way. But the graveyard scene? I literally jumped out of my chair the first time I saw that. And I still get a tingle out of it.


phlegmfatale said...

WOW! Very cool, and I can see how scary that scene would be to a kid! Never saw that version of GE, but I have been to the Pips' graves in Cooling, Kent, which inspired Dickens' Pip. Seems like there were 13 or so little lozenge shaped grave covers over children of one couple who all died young of illness. The marshy areas around there DO look like the opening scene, and the church looks exactly like that one. Maybe it was the same one? Neat.

Turk Turon said...


Drang said...


If I ever get a vanity license plate, it will be KAR120C.

And I still have a hard time believing "John Drake" would have been caught so easily.

Ken said...

Late to the party (apologies), but Caterham made a Prisoner Limited Edition of the Seven, back in 1998 (I think it was).

Turk Turon said...

If I could have any car at all, it would be the #2 Ford-GT that Amon and McLaren used to win LeMans in (I think) 1967. Modified for the street, of course.

If I could have any practical car, that I might one day be able to afford, it would be a 1960's Lotus Elan. What a beautiful car!

But the Super Seven is definitely on my "short list".