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Richard Bowler gets disposed of in IDYB.

Richard Bowler gets disposed of in IDYB.

Today (June 21) would have been Richard Bowler’s 116th birthday!

By far the oldest in the cast of I Drink Your Blood, he played “Grandpa,” whose beating by Bhaskar (“Horace Bones”) and his hippie gang led to Riley Mills (“Pete”) poisoning their food and turning the hippies into zombies. He only had four film roles, the most major of which may well have been his portrayal of Neville Chamberlain on Robert Montgomery Presents nearly six decades ago.

How and why Bowler came to be involved in this film, like several other cast members, is still a bit of a mystery to me.  I suppose actors need work, but I suspect several in this rather eclectic band (Bhaskar, Wong, and maybe Bowler) all had connections to director David Durston‘s social circle, since these folks all had well established mainstream careers before going Grindhouse.  Curious and curiouser.

JadinWong_1968Today (May 24) is the 101st birthday of Jadin Wong, the mostly silent co-star of I Drink Your Blood.  She was a pioneer of Asian-American women on stage and screen, so her role in a rank exploitation film–that exploited popular beliefs about the “inscrutable Asian” common at the time is still something of a mystery to me.  But her legacy of seven decades in show business lives on in the Jadin Wong Educational Fund, supporting up-and-coming Asian Americans in the arts.

Bowler ineffectually threatening Bhaskar in IDYB

Bowler ineffectually threatening Bhaskar in IDYB

Coincidentally, today is also the 27th anniversary of the death of Wong’s co-star in this film, Richard Bowler, who played “Grandpa” who most notably was dosed with copious amounts of acid and had a whopper of a hangover–and a huge chip on his shoulder–the next day in this flick.  Bowler was nearly as long-lived as Wong, and he was 89 when he passed away, but is probably better known for his long Broadway career, 1923-71.