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News and updates for the Patrick Wymark Boardroom - a website about the Power Game actor.

Maintained by Harry Dobermann. Email me at harry@wymark.org.uk

Blood On Satan’s Claw – Novelisation

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, December 13, 2021 12:12:42

Richard Wynn-Simmons, screenwriter of Satan’s Skin, or Blood on Satan’s Claw as it was later renamed, has written a novelisation of the movie. It comes with illustrations by Richard Wells, whose work will be appearing in the forthcoming BBC Ghost Story for Christmas, The Mezzotint.

What more can I say – this is being crowdfunded at Unbound and better late than never. Blood on Satan’s Claw or, The Devil’s Skin by Robert Wynne Simmons and Richard Wells: Unbound



Patrick Wymark in The Devil’s Bait?

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, December 04, 2021 23:32:36

A possibly unknown film appearance by Patrick Wymark was uncovered on August 5th 2021 when Talking Pictures TV screened The Devil’s Bait (1959) . A member of the Britmovie Forum called Philly posted that, “I spotted an early uncredited appearance of Patrick Wymark …as one of a smooching couple in a car.”

The Devil’s Bait stars Geoffrey Keen and Jane Hylton as bakers who accidentally prepare some poisoned bread when an alcoholic rat catcher leaves traces of cyanide in one of their tins. A warning about the bread is broadcast over the “smooching couple’s” car radio and is overheard by one of the baker’s customers.

After Marcus Heslop alerted me, I was able to pull screenshots from the IMDB listing for the movie (thanks to whoever put them up – presumably Philly). And I was able to compare these with photos of Patrick Wymark. I’ve now also been able to see the movie and hear the uncredited actor speak. When the customer cries out after hearing the radio broadcast, he asks the girl he’s been kissing: “What?” She says, “Someone said No,” and he replies roguishly, “You wouldn’t say a thing like that?”

The voice does sound similar in tone to Wymark’s. Having said that, actors in small parts like this (even when they’re credited) are sometimes dubbed by other actors (presumably because it’s cheaper to get one actor to come in and dub several background voices). So, all I can say is that it sounds like it might be Wymark just as the eyes, mouth, hairline and ears look like they might be Wymark.

Wymark was appearing with the 59 Theatre Company at the Lyric, Hammersmith for the first six months of 1959, appearing in Danton’s Death (which was adapted for BBC TV in May 1959) The Cheats of Scapin and Brand. He then starred in the revue One To Another with Beryl Reid. So, it’s possible that he could have done a day’s filming on The Devil’s Bait. You’ll notice I’m still hedging my bets, but I’m leaning 80% towards ‘yes’.

NB: Among the supporting cast in this movie, playing Gordon Jackson’s police driver, is Robert Crewdson, who would later play one of the suspects being investigated by Patrick Wymark in The Psychopath.



The Johnson/Wymark Connection

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, December 03, 2021 18:15:05

Talking Pictures TV will be screening Patrick Wymark in Blood On Satan’s Claw at 9pm this evening (Friday 3rd December) and at 2:15 am on Saturday morning, Lust For A Vampire starring Michael Johnson.

There is a connection between the two actors. As a schoolboy at Wintringham School in Grimsby, the young Wymark was encouraged by one of his teachers, ‘Knocker’ Johnson. And Johnson’s son was Michael.

The Johnson’s lived in an area of Grimsby called ‘The Dukeries’ and a schoolfriend related a story of how Johnson’s mother advertised for a cleaning woman. Young Michael applied for the job, disguised as a middle-aged woman, and so impressed his mother that he was hired on the spot.

Michael Johnson went on to star with Herbert Lom in the TV series, The Human Jungle. And there was one further connection. Both Wymark and Michael Johnson featured on ITV on the evening of Sunday 4th December 1966. At 6.40 pm, Michael Johnson starred as St George in George – For England, one of a cycle of plays called Four Triumphant written by James Forsyth. Later in the evening, Patrick Wymark appeared with Barbara Murray and Jack Watling in A Royal Gala – a charity broadcast beginning at 8.35 from the London Palladium.



Blood on Satan’s Claw in the Cellar Club

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, December 02, 2021 22:08:09

Marking Blood on Satan’s Claw’s 50th year, Talking Pictures TV will be screening the rural horror movie starring Patrick Wymark at 9pm as part of their ‘Cellar Club’ season with a special introduction with Caroline Munro. In the mean time you can still hear our fireside chat about the movie here – and read about the movie here . You can also download a special magazine celebrating the anniversary of Blood on Satan’s Claw here.



Elizabeth Dawson: Grimsby’s forgotten writer

Uncategorised Posted on Wed, November 03, 2021 07:25:24
Anthony Booth & Patrick Wymark in The Seventh Wave

Recently re-reading the section in Getting Carter by Nick Triplow, where managers ordered staff of Barton-on-Humber library to trash their collection of Ted Lewis books, (“out of date novels by a local author no-one had ever heard of”) I reflected that at least he had some books to throw away.

While researching the career of Patrick Wymark, I came across Elizabeth Dawson, writer of the TV play The Seventh Wave in which Wymark starred as a Grimsby trawler skipper. I learned that Dawson herself came from Grimsby and had written countless TV and radio plays – all while holding down a full-time job as secretary to a bank manager.

But, I found it difficult to find any further information about Elizabeth Dawson. I’m willing to bet that no-one in her home town of Grimsby has heard of her. Certainly the recent belated recognition of Freddie Frinton and Rod Temperton shows that there is always time for rediscovery. But in the case of Elizabeth Dawson even her work appears inaccessible. Her TV plays were made for Rediffusion – a company whose archive appears to have been largely junked. If the BBC still retains any recordings of her radio plays, who knows where they are. Obscurity breeds obscurity.

However, I’m sure this isn’t the end of the story, and perhaps someone with more energy and determination will pick it up. However, here is Elizabeth Dawson, the story so far wymark.org.uk/dawson.html



The Psychopath

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, October 29, 2021 15:46:23

For Halloween – I talk once again to Doctor Terror about the horror movie The Psychopath, starring Patrick Wymark and Margaret Johnston. Not being blessed with patience, neither the Doctor or I feel a podcast should last more than 30 minutes. But if you’re ultra impatient, you can read about The Psychopath here.

Patrick Wymark in The Psychopath by Harry Dobermann (soundcloud.com)



Clifford Rose

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, September 13, 2021 16:52:09

Appeal to help family of actor Clifford Rose with care home fees. In 1960 the 32 year old actor Clifford Rose joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing opposite Patrick Wymark in The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. The photo, by Zoe Dominic, shows him as Verges in Much Ado About Nothing.
Clifford Rose, who appeared in Callan and Secret Army, continued to act until 2020, appearing as the Dean of Windsor in ‘The Crown’. Due to ill health, he was forced to move into a nursing home earlier this year. His family have found him a place in Denville Hall, the nursing home for those in the entertainment industry, which he loves. However, he is only funded for a month. So his family have launched an appeal. “If you have ever enjoyed my father’s work, ” his son Duncan said, “or appreciate the value of veteran actors in our cultural life, please consider supporting him in his time of need.”

The appeal can be found at www.cliffordrose.com https://gofund.me/2e25399e



The Cherry Orchard

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, August 26, 2021 18:27:18

26 August 1967 – Patrick Wymark and Lila Kedrova gave their last performance in Newcastle before moving on to the Edinburgh Festival with the Prospect Theatre Company production of The Cherry Orchard. Translated by Richard Cottrell from Anton Chekov’s orginal, the production had already toured several cities. John Peter in The Times wrote: “This moving and versatile production….is based on two superlative performances by Lila Kedrova and Patrick Wymark. ( as Ranyevskaya and Lopakhin) Mme.Kedrova’s portrayal here is a sustained masterpiece of bewildered but proud nobility…Mr.Wymark, too long absent from roles of such complexity , gives a virtuoso account of Lopakhin….the production as a whole is a remarkable attempt to relate the play to Chekhov’s work as a whole…accordingly Mr Cottrell exploits the sheer comic richness of the play and some of its best moments are when inspired idiocy modulates swiftly to poignant pathos.”
Patrick Wymark had last appeared in The Cherry Orchard in 1962, playing the bumbling clerk Epihodov – John Gielgud has played Lopakhin



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