Peggy Cummins
British actor
Peggy Cummins
Peggy Cummins is a retired Irish actress. Cummins is best known for her performance in Joseph H. Lewis' Gun Crazy (1949), playing a trigger happy femme fatale who robs banks with her lover.
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Sean Martinfield: Peggy Cummins Honored at San Francisco's Noir City Film Festival
Huffington Post - about 4 years
San Francisco's most enticing and provocative film festival, NOIR CITY opened its 11th season on Friday night at the city's celebrated movie palace, the Castro Theatre. First on the roster of the festival's 27 films was Gun Crazy (1950), which stands alone among classic Noir. Following the screening, the film's pistol-packin' leading lady, Peggy Cummins was interviewed by Noir City producer Eddie Muller, a.k.a, "The Czar of Noir." At 87, Peggy Cummins is a total knock-out, the last word in a unique job description -- Grand Dame of the Femme Fatales. In 1945, movie mogul Darryl F. Zanuck brought then 20-year-old Peggy from Ireland to Hollywood. His plan was to catapult her into fame with his next major project, Forever Amber. His compatriots at Twentieth Century Fox thought otherwise. Said Peggy, "They - whoever They were -- said I wasn't sexy enough!" At that point, the Gun Crazy fans in the audience booed Fox's historically short-sighted Studio Execs. Though Forever Amber ...
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WATCH: Intrigue, Betrayal And Murder
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Steve Jobs film is apparently "embarrassing," "Fruitvale" doesn't have a release date yet and, with the recent will-they-or-won't-they intrigue surrounding the release of "The Canyons," our movie-going hearts just can't take it anymore. Thankfully, there's the San Francisco Film Noir Festival, Noir City. Starting Friday night, the Castro Theatre will host its annual ode to noir. And with 27 films, they're bringing all the suspense, intrigue and betrayal you can handle. The theatre will kick off the festival will a special guests appearance from noir star Peggy Cummins who will introduce her 1950 film "Gun Crazy," and then stick around for a post-show interview. After that, it's a week and a half of all-day noir. (Eat your heart out, Sundance.) Still can't get enough? Hit the Noir City Nightclub next weekend and "party like it's 1949." Check out a few of the noir films that will be featured at the festival in our slideshow below:
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'Hitchcock': Anthony Hopkins Recalls Scariest Movie Scene
MTV News - over 4 years
To play the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, one has to be familiar with what scares people. When MTV News sat down with Anthony Hopkins and the cast of the "Hitchcock," we asked them to share their scariest movie moments. Hopkins, in particular, had a vivid memory of that exact moment. "There's a funny old movie, 1946. I was a young kid. It was called 'Moss Rose' with Victor Mature, Ethel Barrymore, and Peggy Cummins, and I'll never forget it in my life," he said. Hopkins went on to describe one specific scene that he will always remember. "Peggy Cummins is the heroine, and she's wandering, going through the house, and she goes into this room and she's calling for her future sister-in-law," he said. "I'll always remember. She says, 'Audrey?' There's a fire flickering in the room. It cuts to Peggy Cummins' face, and she screams, and you see this woman with her eyes open, but dead, staring straight at her. The most terrifying moment of my young life." Click past the j ...
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Debra Levine: Screen Siren Peggy Cummins Returns to Hollywood for TCM Fest
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
It was wild watching Gun Crazy (1950) projected on the humongous screen of the Egyptian Theatre as I did on April 14 at TCM Fest. Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's pulpy film noir concerns a couple of newly weds; played by John Dall and Peggy Cummins, they're just doin' what newly weds do. They're livin', lovin', and workin'... and they're shootin'. It's a match made in hell -- just a couple of good old-fashioned American gun nuts. Teaming up, they detach with ease from the conventional path. Soon they're on the lam. They rob banks and payroll departments; in the process, they pop a few unlucky losers who get in their way (he regrets this, she can justify it). Then they screech their way across rural America in stolen getaway cars. (Sound familiar? Yes, a clear precursor to Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde.) I watched Gun Crazy from the relative safe haven of the Egyptian Theatre balcony; descending the staircase after the film, I felt queasy, messed up... freaked out. Gu ...
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Showcasing the femmes fatales of film noir
LATimes - almost 5 years
The moody film noir thrillers that flourished after World War II gave actresses a chance to play complex femme fatales -- women who often wrapped the anti-hero protagonists around their fingers. The Turner Classic Movies Film Festival is saluting three of these icons -- Marsha Hunt from Anthony Mann’s 1948 classic “Raw Deal,” Rhonda Fleming from 1951’s “Cry Danger” and Peggy Cummins from the 1950 cult hit “Gun Crazy” -- Friday and Saturday. Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation will be chatting with the legendary actresses after their films are screened. “Raw Deal,” which screens Friday at 12:15 p.m. at the Chinese Multiplex 3, finds Hunt playing the “good girl”-- a legal aide who has been assigned to a prisoner (Dennis O’Keefe). When he escapes from prison in search of the man who framed him, Hunt discovers she actually loves O’Keefe, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend (Claire Trevor). Hunt, 94, said she still doesn’t really know why audiences have enjoyed “Raw Deal” al ...
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FILM; Arthur Penn, a Director Attuned to His Country
NYTimes - over 6 years
''BONNIE AND CLYDE'' was the movie on everyone's lips after Arthur Penn's death on Sept. 28 at 88, but there was more to his legacy than this exuberant 1967 gangster joy ride that shook up critics and audiences alike. It was the movie of its tumultuous moment, jolting in its violence and vitality. Critics were appalled or blissed out, and wrote
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Joseph H. Lewis, 93, Director Who Turned B-Movies Into Art
NYTimes - over 16 years
Joseph H. Lewis, whose gritty, fast-paced low-budget films so transcended the conventions of the B-movie that filmmakers and screenwriters like Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Jay Cocks were moved to elevate him to the pantheon of auteurs, died on Aug. 30. He was 93 and lived in Marina del Rey, Calif. From 1937 to 1958, Mr. Lewis directed
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FILM; True (Fugitive) Romance: The Movie Genre
NYTimes - over 23 years
Renegade romance. Lovers on the lam. Call the plot line what you will, it boils down to crime and passion -- time-tested elements of popular culture. Two current movies ("Kalifornia" and "True Romance") use this B-movie plot, and a batch of forthcoming films will follow suit. But the story of lovers on the run has some venerable ancestors. Here is
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Critic's Notebook; 40 Years of Film Magic
NYTimes - over 24 years
"FASTEN your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." The line has now been so thoroughly absorbed into the collective subconscious that many people no longer remember its origins: the mind of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who wrote it in the screenplay of "All About Eve" (1950), from which it passed into the public domain, better recognized as the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peggy Cummins
  • 2013
    Age 87
    On 29 August 2013, Cummins introduced the world premiere of a digital remastering of Night of the Demon, screened by the British Film Institute in the courtyard of the British Museum.
    More Details Hide Details The screening location features prominently in the film, with shots of the courtyard before a key scene in which the psychologist Holden meets occultist Karswell for the first time in the British Library, which until 1998 was housed within the museum. In 1954, she became the First Honorary Commander of the 582d Air Resupply Squadron at RAF Molesworth, England to be designated by the United States Air Force Squadron.
    On 25 January 2013, Cummins was honored at the Noir City Film Festival at the Castro Theater in San Francisco with a screening of a restored print of Gun Crazy.
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  • 2010
    Age 84
    On 29 September 2010, Cummins introduced the 1953 film Street Corner as part of the Capital Tales Event at BFI-Southbank London hosted by Curator Jo Botting.
    More Details Hide Details She played Bridget Foster in the film written by Muriel and Sydney Box and directed by Muriel Box.
  • 2006
    Age 80
    On 14 June 2006, she appeared as guest of honour at a special screening of Night of the Demon in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, hosted by the Elstree Film and Television Heritage Group.
    More Details Hide Details At the screening, she answered questions from the audience before viewing the film for the first time. She said she had never worked with her co-star Dana Andrews before, though she knew and liked him; they remained friends for the rest of his life.
  • 1961
    Age 35
    Her last film, in 1961, was Darcy Conyers' In the Doghouse, alongside Leslie Phillips. In 1998, Gun Crazy (1950) was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
    More Details Hide Details Michael Adams wrote in Movieline in August 2009 that the film was "directed by B-movie specialist Joseph H. Lewis from a script co-written by MacKinlay Kantor and blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, "fronted" by his friend Millard Kaufman, Gun Crazy was made for $400,000 in 30 days in 1949. Movieline found Cummins in 2009, still healthy. "It was a great part", she said of Laurie Starr. "It was a brilliant story from a brilliant writer. We had a very good director and a great cameraman. I think John Dall and myself were in those days quite well-suited in the parts we had." The film played at the British Film Institute in London in February 2009. At the screening, Cummins viewed the film with an audience for the first time in six decades.
  • 1952
    Age 26
    In 1952, she starred in Who Goes There! and in 1953, she appeared in Meet Mr. Lucifer, an Ealing Studios comedy.
    More Details Hide Details She later starred alongside Dana Andrews in the horror film Night of the Demon (1957), directed by Jacques Tourneur and Hell Drivers (also 1957) which also featured Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan, and Herbert Lom.
  • 1950
    Age 24
    She was married to Derek Dunnett (William Herbert Derek Dunnett) from 1950 until his death in 2000; and had two children with him, a son in 1954, and a daughter in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Her husband, who came from a wealthy family, was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, on 9 February 1921, and died in East Sussex, England, on 10 July 2000. Cummins' film career ended in 1961 and she lived in retirement in East Sussex. During the 1970s, Cummins was active in a national charity, Stars Organisation for Spastics, raising money and chairing the management committee of a holiday centre for children with disabilities in Sussex. The charity, known as SOS, became an independent registered charity in 2001 and in 2008 changed its name to Stars Foundation for Cerebral Palsy. Cummins is a trustee of the charity which is run entirely by volunteers and raises funds for communication and mobility aids for people with cerebral palsy. She now lives in London.
    She returned to London in 1950 to marry and work in British films.
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  • 1945
    Age 19
    In 1945, Cummins was brought to Hollywood by Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox, to play Amber in Kathleen Winsor's Forever Amber.
    More Details Hide Details She was soon replaced by Linda Darnell because she was "too young". She went on to make six films in Hollywood, including Gun Crazy with John Dall (1949). During a brief stay in Italy in 1948 while filming That Dangerous Age (1949) (also titled If This Be Sin and directed by Gregory Ratoff) with Myrna Loy and Roger Livesey, Cummins took voice lessons to prepare for a possible Hollywood musical.
  • 1943
    Age 17
    She also appeared on the London stage in 1943 aged 17, playing the part of 12-year-old Fuffy in Junior Miss at the Saville Theatre and in the title role of Alice in Wonderland in 1944 at the Palace Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Cummins made her film debut at 15 in the British production directed by Herbert Mason, Dr. O'Dowd (1940). Her first major film was English Without Tears (1944) with Michael Wilding and Lilli Palmer, directed by Harold French and released in the USA as Her Man Gilbey.
  • 1938
    Age 12
    In 1938, actor Peter Brock noticed Cummins at a Dublin tram stop and introduced her to Dublin's Gate Theatre Company.
    More Details Hide Details Peggy’s London stage debut was in the role of Maryann, the juvenile lead in "Let’s Pretend", a children’s revue which opened at the St James’s Theatre on her 13th birthday.
  • 1925
    Born on December 18, 1925.
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