House of Horrors

1946

An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics.

Cast:
Robert Lowery .... Steven Morrow
Virginia Grey .... Joan Medford
Rondo Hatton .... The Creeper
Martin Kosleck .... Marcel De Lange
Bill Goodwin .... Lt. Larry Brooks
Alan Napier .... F. Holmes Harmon
Howard Freeman .... Hal Ormiston
Joan Shawlee .... Stella McNally
Byron Foulger .... Mr. Samuels
Virginia Christine .... Lady of the streets
Eddie Acuff .... Deputy Coroner
Mary Field .... Nora, Switchboard Operator
Perc Launders .... Smitty, the typesetter
Terry Mason .... Clarence, the copy boy
Jack Parker .... Elevator Boy
Syd Saylor .... Jerry, the morgue attendant
Janet Shaw .... Cab Driver
Charles Wagenheim .... Walter, the printer

Virginia Grey

Virginia was born on 22 March 1917, in Los Angeles, California, into a show-business family. Her father was silent comedy film director and Mack Sennett Keystone Cop, Ray Grey, her mother was a film cutter. Virginia won a screen test after being discovered on the Universal lot at age 9 and made her film debut at age 10 as Little Eva in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927). After a few more films as a child actress, she left the business to finish her schooling. Returning to films as an adult in the '30s, she started out getting extra work and bit parts, but soon graduated to speaking roles was eventually signed to a contract by MGM. The studio gave her leading parts in B pictures and supporting roles in its A pictures. She left MGM in 1942 and went out on her own, working at almost every studio in Hollywood. She was a frequent hostess of the Hollywood Canteen during WWII and sold war bonds. Grey went on to a prolific, long-lived screen career over the next three-plus decades; she also worked occasionally on TV and for a time was a regular on the soap opera General Hospital. Though she never married, at one time she was romantically involved with actor Clark Gable, whom she reportedly came close to marrying. She retired from the business in 1970.

Virginia Christine

Virginia Christine Kraft was born on March 5, 1920 in Stanton, Iowa, USA. As a high schooler, Christine won a National Forensic League award, which led to her first professional engagement on a Chicago radio station. Virginia was a concert pianist and a trained lyric soprano. She studied dancing with Maria Bekefi and acting with the renowned professional studio coach, Helena Sorell and Michael Mark. Virginia spoke four languages, English, French, Swedish and German. When her family moved to Los Angeles, Virginia work in radio while attending the University of California, Los Angeles. She was trained for a theatrical career by actor/director Fritz Feld, whom she married in 1940. In 1942, she signed a contract with Warner Bros., and started appearing in various films. Her first film was, Edge of Darkness (1942), in which she played a Norwegian peasant girl called Miss Olson (Deja Vu). She was trained for a theatrical career by actor/director Fritz Feld, who later became her husband. Over the years she appeared in prestigious films such as High Noon (1952) and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) - to horror in Mummy's Curse, a picture she later described as "ghastly." She appeared in two other horror movies, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Billy the Kidd VS Dracula. She was a favorite of Stanley Kramer, appearing in a number of his films. Virginia has a long career as a character actress on the screen, but she will always be best remembered for her 21-year stint as the matronly Mrs. Olson, the "Folger Coffee Woman". Her home town of Stanton, later converted its water tower to resemble a coffee pot in honor of its most famous citizen. Virginia died on July 24, 1996 in Los Angeles, CA after suffering from a heart ailment.