The incredible cast includes: Shelley Winters as Mrs. Forrest; Ralph Richardson as Mr. Benton; Mark Lester as Christopher; Chloe Franks as Katy; and, Judy Cornwell as Clarine.
Of course, Shelley Winters is the Academy Award-winning actress and Hollywood legend. Christmas entertainment fans know her from 1972's The Poseidon Adventure and as the voice of Crystal in the 1976 animated TV special Frosty's Winter Wonderland and the 1979 movie Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (click here for that link). Later in life, Winters also played the much-beloved sassy Nana Mary, Roseanne's grandmother, on the TV sitcom Roseanne.
In Whoever Slew Auntie Roo, you don’t want to miss young Mark Lester as Christopher. Lester is better remembered for his role playing Charles Dickens' title character Oliver Twist in the movie musical Oliver! The young Katy is played by Chloe Franks, the same actress who plays young Carol in the Christmas segment of 1972’s Tales From the Crypt. (click here for the link--I just wrote about that movie two weeks ago). Actor Ralph Richardson who plays Mr. Benton also appears in 1972's Tales from the Crypt--he plays the Cryptkeeper in that movie. The role of the house servant, Clarine, is played by Judy Cornwell who plays Mrs. Claus in 1985's Santa Claus: The Movie. Cornwell is also known for her role as the sister Daisy on the British TV series Keeping Up Appearances, a staple of PBS Britcoms.
|Richard Beaumont as Tiny Tim in 1970's movie musical Scrooge
Have you seen Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? before? Do you like Midnight Movies? I have a factory-sealed new copy of this movie on DVD that I'd like to giveaway to one of my readers. This DVD is a double feature and also includes the 1971 B-movie What's the Matter with Helen? starring Shelley Winters with Debbie Reynolds. So that's two movies in this prize pack. But I'm feeling generous so I'll include a plastic Jacob Marley doorknocker halloween/Christmas decoration.
|This DVD plus...
|It's 12 inches long from the top to bottom of the knocker!
You are eligible for this giveaway if you live in North America. To Enter: comment below and tell me which of the Merry Halloween blog posts I've written about in October is your favorite. Make sure you follow the blog through Google Friend Connect (along the right hand side of the blog ----> ) I'll pick a winner on Monday night (Oct. 24th) at 8pm (EST) using Random.org from the total number of eligible entries. Good luck! Merry Halloween!
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