We are pleased to announce that Richard Erdman will appear in Monsters, Martians and Mad Scientists: Horror in the Atomic Age.
Mr. Erdman appeared in the 1959 film Face of Fire with James Whitmore and Cameron Mitchell. The film is based on the 1898 novella The Monster by Stephen Crane.
While not a horror film in the traditional sense, Face of Fire explores what happens when Monk, a handsome well-liked handyman, is severely disfigured by a chemical fire while saving the town doctor’s son. One critic called Crane’s story “a study of prejudice, fear and isolation in a small town.”
There are a number of interesting parallels between Face of Fire and the horror classic Frankenstein. I look forward to discussing this thoughtful and complex film with Mr. Erdman.
Mr. Erdman also appeared in several film noirs, most notably Cry Danger (1951), starring Dick Powell and Rhonda Fleming. When filming began, Powell reportedly told Erdman, “You have the best role in the film – you know that right?”
Richard Erdman currently appears on the NBC hit series Community.