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to fans and would-be fans of Miss Hazel Court. This page has been created because of my conviction that the fabulous redhaired glamour girl from Great Britain deserves far more recognition than she has heretofore been accorded.
Despite her long career on both sides of the Atlantic, many film fans know of Hazel Court only from appearances in such productions as The Masque of the Red Death and The Raven. But Miss Court is far more than just someone who once appeared in a Vincent Price movie. The purpose of this page is to call attention to the other aspects of her long and varied career.
Hazel Court was born in February 10, 1926, in Sutton Coldfield, England. She is described in one source as a "red-headed lovely of the 40s who never quite attained the status of the other Gainsborough girls." [re: the Gainsborough film production company]
Miss Court first appeared in British films at the age of 18. She has the distinction of having appeared in both Hammer Studios' early horror films in England as well as in Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe horror films from American International Productions in the United States. In the words of Danny Peary's "Cult Movie Stars" (Simon & Schuster, 1991): "Rather than playing sweet vulnerable heroines, she often took the other major female roles, typically regal-looking women who are dominated by the powerful, sadistic men they love."
The 30-year old Miss Court got her big break in 1957, when she was tapped to star opposite Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in the first of Hammer Studios' horror films "The Curse of Frankenstein." As reported in the British movie magazine "Picturegoer:"As a dewy teenager she was proclaimed a star by the Rank Organization. But the fanfare cracked. Soon she was in "B" films. Now her ... comeback is shaking up British show business. American producer Sheldon Reynolds has stepped in smartly and signed her to a two-year contract to make pictures here and in Hollywood.
Hazel Court was married in 1964 to Don Taylor, a successful actor and director in his own right. I am sad to report that Mr. Taylor died, December 28, 1998, at the age of 78.
Miss Court is also a skilled painter and sculptress. You may wish to examine an example of her handiwork, a nice painting that presently resides in the hands of a private collector. She has studied sculpting in Italy and examples of her work have been shown both in this country and in Europe. Pieces may also be found in several prominent collections. Indeed, this pursuit is said to be her present-day passion. Surprising? Perhaps, but I would expect no less of such a talented lady.
Hazel Court has made numerous films and appearances in television series over a period of some 35 years. The following is as complete a list as you are likely to find. Details and lots of great images of Miss Court may be found on the separate Film and TV episode page.
A highlighted title indicates that credits, synopsis, and/or a review is available on the connected page. A date in pink indicates that the connected page also provides access to one or more images (or a poster) from the film. Those entries which have no link to detail on the connected page indicate, where known, the name of the character played by Miss Court.
A "" following the title means that the film is believed to be available on video.
- Flesh and Blood (1997)
- Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)
- The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
- The Raven (1963)
- The Premature Burial (1962)
- Mary Had a Little (1961)
- Dr. Blood's Coffin (1961)
- The Shakedown (1959)
- The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
- Model For Murder (1958)
- A Woman of Mystery (1958)
- The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
- Hour of Decision (1957)
- Behind the Headlines (1956) .... Maxine
- The Narrowing Circle (1955)
- The Scarlet Web (1954) .... Susan Honeywell
- A Tale of Three Women (1954) .... Trude
- Devil Girl From Mars (1954)
- Counterspy (1953) [USA: "Undercover Agent"] .... Clare
- Ghost Ship (1952)
- Forbidden (1949) .... Jane Thompson
- Bond Street (1948) .... Julia Chester-Barrett
- My Sister and I (1948)
- It's Not Cricket (1948)
- Dear Murderer (1947) .... Avis Fenton
- Holiday Camp (1948)
- Meet Me At Dawn (1947) [aka "The Gay Duellist"] .... Gabrielle Vermorel
- Root of All Evil (1947) .... Rushie Farnish
- Hungry Hill (1947) (uncredited appearance)
- Carnival (1946) .... Maudie Chapman
- Gaiety George (1946) [USA: "Showtime"] .... Elizabeth Brown
- Dreaming (1944)
- Champagne Charlie (1944)
Hazel Court appeared in the guest cast of many popular American television series over a period of roughly 15 years. The following list, while the most extensive you will find, is probably incomplete. Details of many shows and several nice images may be found on the separate Film and TV episode page. What little information I have about telecasts shown only in the UK is presented on a separate British television page.
A highlighted title indicates that credits, synopsis, and/or a remarks are available on the connected page. Where known, the episode title is given in parentheses. An episode title in pink indicates that the connected page also provides access to an image from the show.Starring Role in Television Series
Dick and the Duchess (1957) CBS TV Series
Guest Appearances in Television Series
- MacMillan and Wife ("Till Death Do Us Part")
- The Name of the Game ("The Island of Gold and Precious Stones")
- Mannix ("A View of Nowhere")
- Mission: Impossible ("Charity")
- Gidget ("In and Out With the In-Laws")
- The Wild Wild West ("The Night of the Returning Dead")
- The Iron Horse as Elizabeth Conner ("Big Deal")
- Dr. Kildare ("Aftermath")
- Dr. Kildare ("Welcome Home, Dear Anna")
- Dr. Kildare ("Wives and Losers")
- Dr. Kildare ("Toast the Golden Couples")
- Dr. Kildare ("The Life Machine")
- The Wackiest Ship In the Army ("The Lady and the Lululai")
- Burke's Law ("Who Killed the Card?)
- Burke's Law ("Who Killed the 11th Best Dressed Woman in the World?)
- 12 O'Clock High ("The Men and the Boys")
- The Farmer's Daughter ("Speak For Yourself, John Katy")
- Rawhide ("Incident of the Dowry Dundee")
- The Twilight Zone ("The Fear")
- Sam Benedict ("So Various, So Beautiful")
- The Dick Powell Show ("Borderline")
- The Dick Powell Show ("A Swiss Affair")
- Kraft Mystery Theatre ("Breakout")
- Thriller ("Terror in Teakwood")
- Danger Man, as Francesca ("The Contessa")
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("The Pearl Necklace")
- Stagecoach West ("Finn McCool")
- Danger Man, as Noelle Laurence ("The Lonely Chair")
- The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre ("The Man Who Was Nobody")
- G.E. Theater ("Hot Footage")
- Bonanza ("The Last Trophy")
- Alcoa Theater ("The Tweed Hat")
- Adventures in Paradise ("Pit of Silence")
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("The Avon Emeralds")
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("Arthur")
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("The Crocodile Case")
- The Invisible Man, as Penny Page ("The Mink Coat")
- Playhouse 90 ("Bomber's Moon")
- The Buccaneers as Anne Bonney ("Gentleman Jack and the Lady")
I have no details on this, but some sources state that Miss Court appeared on the stage in productions of "Laura," "Random Harvest," and "Othello."THE HAZEL COURT PHOTO GALLERY
What would a glamour girl page be without a pin-up gallery? There are plenty of great images on the separate Film and TV episode page, but for those of you who will not venture to that level of detail, herewith is access to nine pin-up publicity-type photos. You may click on the image of your choice for a larger version.
- The cover of a 1957 British movie magazine.
- A "Devil Girl From Mars" publicity shot, from the interior of that same magazine. The accompanying title declares that our cover girl "Shines Among the Ghouls."
- A stunning publicity still from "The Raven."
- Young Hazel as a pin-up girl from the cover of a British movie magazine.
- Wow! From "Masque of the Red Death." Is this a pretty lady, or what?
- Publicity picture, autographed by Miss Court.
- An autographed photo of our lady in a rather expansive dress.
- An early autographed photo, a colorized version of which is seen at the top of this page.
- This stunning image is a publicity shot for the film "The Shakedown." It exists as a 30 by 20 inch print. Which of you is going to send me a copy?
HAZEL COURT: AUDIO TREATS
Assuming you have an audio player on your system, you may now hear some pretty obscure stuff featuring the voice of the lovely Miss Court:
- I'm guessing you would bet that the regal Miss Court never affected a funny little voice and sang the Popeye the Sailor theme. This is a bet that you would lose. Let's listen to a moment from the movie The Ghost Ship.
[4 seconds -- 49K]
- Hazel Court saying something that I am confident you have not heard anyone else say in the past week or so. This remarkable request is from the movie The Narrowing Circle. [2 seconds -- 40K]
- One last little treat, if you've got a second (literally). Hazel Court singing Satanicum from the great hokey satanism sequence in The Masque Of The Red Death. [1 second -- 14K]
HAZEL COURT TODAY!
Miss Court is alive and well and living in the western United States as she enters her seventies. In recent years, she has made an occasional appearance at a science-fiction fan convention. The picture shown here was taken on October 26, 1996, during the Halloween edition of the Chiller Theatre convention, held in Secaucus, New Jersey. Miss Court (right) is shown with Anne Francis (center) and Lori Nelson.
In September 1999, Miss Court was presented with the coveted SOFFIA award at the 10th International Festival of Fantastic Films, in Manchester, England. This photo was generously sent to me by Bruce Sachs of Tomahawk Press in Britain. Details about the upcoming Hazel Court autobiography, as well as additional recent photos, may be seen in the press release, also furnished by Mr. Sachs.
A short interview with Hazel Court, conducted by Bruce Hallenbeck in October 1990 is available whenever you are ready to view it. It's worth a look, if only for the discussion of the "European version" of "The Man Who Could Cheat Death."
Another interview, well worth the reading, may be found in "Fangoria" magazine (#91), the April 1990 issue. Among the interesting tidbits revealed therein is that Miss Court's young daughter appeared as the 3 or 4 year old Hazel in a flashback scene in Curse of Frankenstein.
I've never met Miss Court, but I can tell you this much. She must be a pretty good sport. There is no other explanation for agreeing to autograph a picture such as this one.
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