Rungs On A Ladder

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Rungs on a Ladder looks at part of the movie industry from a unique perspective. Christopher Neame, son of director Ronald, started his career (in the early 1960s) at the very bottom, but determinedly made his way to the top. Neame fondly recalls his learning years at Bray Studios and beyond. Simply and often amusingly, he recounts his days with Hammer Films and observes many of the characters both in front of and behind the camera—names synonymous with those classic tales of Gothic horror: director Terrence ...

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Rungs on a Ladder: Hammer Films Seen Through a Soft Gauze

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Overview

Rungs on a Ladder looks at part of the movie industry from a unique perspective. Christopher Neame, son of director Ronald, started his career (in the early 1960s) at the very bottom, but determinedly made his way to the top. Neame fondly recalls his learning years at Bray Studios and beyond. Simply and often amusingly, he recounts his days with Hammer Films and observes many of the characters both in front of and behind the camera—names synonymous with those classic tales of Gothic horror: director Terrence Fisher, producers Anthony Hinds, Michael Carreras and Anthony Nelson Keys, screenwriter/producer Jimmy Sangster, and of course, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Along the way, he encounters those less obviously connected to Hammer like Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotten, Norman Lloyd, and Bette Davis. Never the one to reserve his critical eye for others alone, Neame willingly says mea culpa when deserved. The book begins with his rude awakening to the "string and sealing wax" world of Dracula Prince of Darkness and follows his journey through sixteen subsequent productions including three Frankensteins, The Devil Rides Out (which American distributors thought was going to be a Western!), and a couple of Mummy films. Neame also shares stories of his participation in non-genre ventures like Quatermass and the Pit, The Anniversary, Demons of the Mind and Fear in the Night. Includes 16 pages of photos.

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Editorial Reviews

The House That Hammer Built
...brilliantly informative...Buy the book - it's highly recommended.
Www.Hammerbooks.Net
...one of the best books yet about the company, written by someone who was actually there working behind the scenes during the period when they were producing some of their best films....essential if you're a fan of Hammer.
UK Science Fact and Science Fiction News
A must for those into vintage fantastic films.
Uk Science Fact and Science Fiction News
A must for those into vintage fantastic films.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810847354
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #101
  • Edition number: 160
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Neame's roots are firmly embedded in the film industry. The grandson of actress Ivy Close and son of director Ronald Neame, Christopher has been responsible for many film and television productions. He is currently producing a stage musical,Courtenay, for which he also wrote the book and lyrics. His second book, A Take on British TV Drama, which concerns the movie industry in television, was published by Scarecrow Press in September 2004.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Principal Characters Chapter 3 1 What Else? Chapter 4 2 String and Sealing Wax Chapter 5 3 The Next Rung Chapter 6 4 Wow! Chapter 7 5 BD Chapter 8 6 No Cowboys! Chapter 9 7 Egg and Chips Chapter 10 8 Brainless Chapter 11 9 Razor Blades and a Hand Chapter 12 10 Bludlust Chapter 13 11 Lengthening Shadows Chapter 14 Afterword Chapter 15 Appendix: Christopher Neame's Films with Hammer Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Author

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