Happy Birthday Ray Austin!

Austin, director of 1,000 Convicts and a Woman, turns 81 today.  Besides doing a ton of TV work from The Saint through Pensacola: Wings of Gold, he’s an English Lord–the Baron of Delvin.  Not bad for a former chauffeur for Cary Grant.  He is also the author of the Beauford Sloan mysteries. He still does public appearances periodically, giving adviceContinue reading “Happy Birthday Ray Austin!”

Remembering Alexandra Hay (1947-1993)

Twenty years ago today we lost actress Alexandra Hay.  She died of a heart-related condition at the much too-young age of 46. She’s best known, perhaps, for her starring role in 1,000 Convicts and a Woman.  She got her start as a a model at the age of 12, but when her mother passed away whenContinue reading “Remembering Alexandra Hay (1947-1993)”

42 Years of “1,000 Convicts and a Woman”

This month in 1971 the British exploitation picture, “1,000 Convicts and a Woman” was released! This is a silly women-in-prison flick (sorta), sometimes known as Fun and Games, which may be a more accurate title, as Chad Hoolihan sees it: “When the title writes a check the movie can’t cash”.  Essentially, this flick was a lot tamer than itContinue reading “42 Years of “1,000 Convicts and a Woman””

Remembering Sandor Elès

 Sandor Elès passed away 11 years ago today.  On this blog we especially remember him for his film roles 1,000 Convicts and a Woman (1971), Countess Dracula (1971); and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964).  His better known television roles were Upstairs, Downstairs (1973); and multiple roles in both The Saint and The Avengers in the mid-1960s. Born in 1936 in Hungary, he overcame a difficult childhoodContinue reading “Remembering Sandor Elès”