Michael Gough – Dr Terror’s House of Horrors 1965


Michael Gough was poised and distinguished-looking, with an eloquent speaking voice.


I am doing this post today because this afternoon I watched ‘Dr Terrors House of Horrors’ with Peter Cushing and in one of the story segments Michael Gough appeared along with Christopher Lee – the story ‘the severed hand’ was quite gruesome as you can imagine

The Severed Hand


ABOVE – Christopher Lee is tormented by the severed hand – every where he goes – after he deliberately runs over Michael Gough a Painter, who has his hand severed – and the hand  seeks revenge – and is successful. BELOW:  Michael Gough makes a fool of Christopher Lee who plays the snobbish Art Critic  


Michael Gough


He was able to play seducers, serial killers and other well-bred villains to menacing effect as a deranged writer in Herman Cohen’s Horrors of the Black Museum (1959), a film which begins with a girl being killed by binoculars with steel spikes which shoot out from the eyepieces.


Michael Gough  also featured in Black Zoo (1963), Berserk (1967) and Trog (1970), and Konga (1961), as a mad scientist who turns a baby chimpanzee into a giant gorilla.

Michael Gough in Dracula


He played in Four films with Peter Cushing – Dracula (1958), Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), The Skull (1965) and Top Secret! (1984). and three of these films also starred  Christopher Lee


Michael Gough 2

Prior to these films. I remember him playing the villain opposite Richard Todd in Walt Disney’s ‘The Sword and The Rose’ in 1953 which ended with the two of them sword fighting in the film’s climax.  They were fighting on the sea shore in a set resembling Lulworth Cove – and a very good duel it was with both giving their all.

The Sword and The Rose

In his middle and later years,he tended to be cast as the archetypal remote British gentleman. He played Anthony Eden in the  television play Suez 1956 (1979) and Livingstone in the epic television series The Search for the Nile.
However when Tim Burton was looking to cast Batman’s butler it was Gough’s role in this type of horror film, so bad that Burton had been unable to forget them, that commended him: “I know that man, he’s in terrible films!” Gough recalled Burton exclaiming.
Beginning with Batman (1989), he played Alfred Pennyworth in four Batman films and continued to work with Burton on such films as Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Alice In Wonderland. Yet he always regarded the stage as his true calling.
Michael Gough was born in Malaya on November 23 1916
Michael Gough was married four times. His first three marriages, to Anneke Wills (who played Dr Who’s sidekick Polly during the 1960s), Anne Leon and Diana Graves, were dissolved. He is survived by his fourth wife, Henrietta, and by a daughter and two sons.
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