Horror Express

Horror Express

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Horror Express


Directed by Eugenio Martín
Produced by
Written by
Based on Who Goes There? (1938)
by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Music by John Cacavas
Cinematography Alejando Ulloa
Edited by Robert C. Dearberg
Release dates
October 1972 (Spain)
Running time
90 min.
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
Language English
Budget $300,000

Horror Express, also known as Pánico en el Transiberiano (Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express),[1] is a 1972 Spanish/British horror film directed by Eugenio Martín and starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza and Telly Savalas. It was produced by Bernard Gordon and written by Arnaud d’Usseau and Julian Zimet (credited as Julian Halevy). The film is based on the 1938 novellaWho Goes There?” by John W. Campbell.[2]



Professor Saxton (Christopher Lee) and Doctor Wells (Peter Cushing)

The story opens with Professor Alexander Saxton narrating;

“The following report to the Royal Geological Society by the undersigned Alexander Saxton is a true and faithful account of the events that befell the society’s expedition in Manchuria. As the leader of the expedition, I must accept the responsibility for its ending in disaster. But I will leave, to the judgment of the honorable members, the decision as to where the blame for the catastrophe lies.”


In 1906, Saxton (Christopher Lee), a renowned British anthropologist, is returning to Europe by the Trans-Siberian Express from China to Moscow. With him is a crate containing the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature that he discovered in a cave in Manchuria. He hopes it is a missing link in human evolution. Doctor Wells (Peter Cushing), Saxton’s friendly rival and Royal Society colleague, is also on board but travelling separately. Before the train departs Shanghai, a thief is found dead on the platform. His eyes are completely white without irises or pupils, and a bystander initially mistakes him for a blind man. A monk named Father Pujardov (Alberto de Mendoza), the spiritual advisor to a Polish Count and Countess who are also waiting to board the train, proclaims the contents of the crate to be evil. Saxton furiously dismisses this as superstition. Saxton’s eagerness to keep his scientific find secret arouses the suspicion of Wells, who bribes a porter to investigate the crate. The porter is killed by the ape-like creature within, which then escapes the crate by picking the lock.

The creature finds more victims as it roams the moving train, each victim being found with the same opaque, white eyes. An autopsy suggests that the brains of the victims are being drained of memories and knowledge. When the creature is gunned down by police Inspector Mirov, the threat seems to have been vanquished. Saxton and Wells discover that images are retained in a liquid found inside the eyeball of the corpse, which reveal a prehistoric Earth and a view of the planet seen from space. They deduce that the real threat is somehow a formless extraterrestrial that inhabited the body of the creature and now resides within the Inspector. Father Pujardov, sensing the greater presence inside the Inspector and believing it to be that of Satan, renounces his faith to pledge allegiance to the mysterious entity.

News of the murders is wired to the Russian authorities. An intimidating Cossack officer, Captain Kazan (Telly Savalas), boards the train with a handful of his men. Kazan believes the train is transporting rebels; he is only convinced of the alien’s existence when Saxton switches off the lights and Mirov’s eyes glow, revealing him to be the creature’s host. The creature has absorbed the memories of Wells’ assistant, an engineer, and others. It seeks the Polish Count’s metallurgical knowledge too, in order to build a vessel to escape Earth. Kazan fatally shoots Mirov, and the alien transfers itself to the deranged Pujardov.

The passengers flee to the freight car while Pujardov murders Kazan, his men, and the Count, draining all of their minds. Saxton rescues the Countess and holds Pujardov at gunpoint. Saxton, having discovered that bright light prevents the entity from draining minds or transferring to another body, forces Pujardov into a brightly lit area. The creature/Pujardov explains that it is a collective form of energy from another galaxy. Trapped on Earth in the distant past after being left behind in an accident, it survived for millions of years in the bodies of protozoa, fish and other animals, but cannot live outside a living being longer than a few moments. The creature begs to be spared, tempting Saxton with its advanced knowledge of technology and cures for diseases. While Saxton is distracted by the offer, the creature resurrects the Count’s corpse which attacks Saxton.

Saxton and the Countess flee the creature, but it now resurrects all of its victims as zombies. Battling their way through the train, Saxton and the Countess eventually reach the caboose where the other survivors have taken refuge. Once there, Saxton and Wells work desperately to uncouple themselves from the rest of the train. The Russian government sends a telegram to a dispatch station ahead, instructing them to destroy the train by sending it down a dead-end spur. Speculating that it must be war, the station staff switch the points.

The creature takes control of the train as it enters the spur. Saxton and Wells manage to separate the last car from the rest of the train. The creature tries to find the brakes to try and stop the train, but fails to even get it to slow down as it rams through the barrier and plunges down the cliff, destroying it as soon as it hits the bottom. The caboose rolls precariously to the end of the track before stopping, inches away from the edge of the cliff. The survivors quickly depart from the caboose while Saxton, Wells and the Countess gaze over the ravine to witness the inferno consuming the train and its unearthly inhabitants. The final scene shows the image of the earth.



Horror Express was filmed in Madrid between 1971 and 1972, produced on a low budget of $300,000 with the luxury of having three familiar genre actors in the lead roles. The film was co-produced by American screenwriter/producer Bernard Gordon, who had collaborated with Martin on the 1972 film Pancho Villa (which featured Savalas in the title role). Rumors that the train sets were acquired from the production of Doctor Zhivago[1] (or Nicholas and Alexandra[3]) were refuted by Gordon who said in a 2000 interview that the model had been constructed for Pancho Villa.[4] Filmmakers used the mock-up from Pancho Villa as the interior for all train cars during production since no further room was available on stage. All scenes within each train car were shot consecutively, the set then modified and shot for the next car.[4]

Securing Lee and Cushing was a coup for Gordon, since it lent an atmosphere reminiscent of Hammer Films, many of which starred both of the actors. When Cushing arrived in Madrid to begin work on the picture, however, he was still distraught over the recent death of his wife, and announced to Gordon that he could not do the film. With Gordon desperate over the idea of losing one of his important stars, Lee stepped in and put Cushing at ease simply by talking to his old friend about some of their previous work together. Cushing changed his mind and stayed on.[4]

Like all the Italian and Spanish films of the period, Horror Express was filmed mostly without sound, with effects and voices dubbed into the film later. Lee, Cushing and Savalas all provided their own voices for the English market.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

The film generally received mixed reviews. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 57% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10, based on 7 reviews.[6]

This film was first titled Pánico en el Transiberiano and first released as an officially selected film of the 1972 Sitges Film Festival.[7] Eugenio Martín won Critic’s Award Best Script for this film.[8]

According to director Eugenio Martín, his native country of Spain was where the film fared worst, both critically and in terms of box office revenue.[5] The film was received more positively in other markets where the audience was more familiar with low-budget horror films, such as Great Britain, the United States and Australia.

A special edition Blu-ray/DVD release of the film was issued in 2011 by Severin Films.[9]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

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For the 2001 parody television series of a similar name, see Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible.
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors


Directed by Freddie Francis
Produced by Max Rosenberg
Milton Subotsky
Written by Milton Subotsky
Starring Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Max Adrian
Ann Bell
Peter Madden
Donald Sutherland
Music by Elisabeth Lutyens
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by Thelma Connell
Distributed by Regal Film Distributors (UK)
Paramount Pictures (USA)
Release dates
23 February 1965 (UK)
June 1965 (USA)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £105,000[1]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors is a 1965 British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by veteran horror director Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky, and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

It was the first in a series of anthology films from Amicus and was followed by Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1970), Asylum (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973) and From Beyond the Grave (1974).


Five men enter a train carriage in London bound for Bradley, and are joined by a sixth, the mysterious Doctor Schreck (Peter Cushing) whose name, he mentions, is German for “terror”. During the journey, the doctor opens his pack of Tarot cards (which he calls his “House of Horrors”) and proceeds to reveal the destinies of each of the travellers. This provides the framework to tell five horror stories.


The first story concerns an architect, Jim Dawson (Neil McCallum), who travels to a Scottish island to his former house to make alterations requested by the new owner, Mrs. Biddulph (Ursula Howells). Mrs. Bidduplh is described as a widow who bought the house to seek solitude to recover from the death of her husband. Behind a fake wall in the cellar, he finds the coffin of Count Cosmo Valdemar, who had owned the house centuries ago. Valdemar was killed in a conflict with the Dawson family, and had vowed to exact revenge on the owner of the house and reclaim his former home. Dawson soon discovers that Valdemar is emerging to take the form of a werewolf in the night, and believes the house maid (Katy Wild) was killed by him. Believing the owner, Mrs. Biddulph’s life to be in danger, he melts a cross made out of silver by his ancestors to protect the house from Valdemar’s spirit, to make silver bullets, which according to legend are the only means of killing a werewolf. On the night he encounters the wolf as it is about to attack Mrs. Biddulph and shoots, he is baffled that the bullets don’t kill it. Mrs. Biddulph then reveals that she had switched the silver bullets with ordinary ones. She reveals to Dawson that the true legend was that Valdemar would exact revenge on the last descendants of the Dawson clan, and that the placing of Dawson’s body in place of Valdemar’s in the coffin, would bring Valdemar back to life in human form. She reveals she was Valdemar’s wife who had deliberately lured Dawson to kill him, even after 200 years.

Creeping Vine[edit]

The second story has Bill Rogers (Alan Freeman), together with his wife and daughter (Ann Bell and Sarah Nicholls), returning from vacation to discover a fast-growing vine has installed itself in the garden. When the plant seems to respond violently to attempts to cut it down, Rogers goes to the Ministry of Defence, where he gets advice from a couple of scientists (played by Bernard Lee and Jeremy Kemp). It soon turns out that the plant has become intelligent, and harbours homicidal tendencies towards any threats to its existence.


Story three is the intentionally comedic one. Biff Bailey (Roy Castle) is a jazz musician who accepts a gig in the West Indies, and foolishly steals a tune from a local voodoo ceremony. When he tries to use the tune as a melody in a jazz composition back in London, there are dire consequences. Running from an unknown force, Castle’s character stumbles against a wall where there is a garish poster for “Dr Terror’s House of Horrors”. This is story is probably based on the short story “Papa Benjamin” by Cornell Woolrich, which was also adapted by the television series Thriller and the radio series Suspense.

Disembodied Hand[edit]

Next is the tale of Franklyn Marsh (Christopher Lee), an art critic who seems more concerned with his own devastating wit than art itself. Painter Eric Landor (Michael Gough) bears the brunt of one of Marsh’s tirades, but gets even by humiliating the critic publicly. When Landor takes it too far, Marsh responds by driving over him with his car, causing Landor to lose one of his hands. Unable to paint any more, Landor commits suicide. Marsh is then tormented by the disembodied hand, which seems immune to fire as well as escaping attempts at containing it, leading to Marsh’s eventual blindness in a car accident of his own.


Lastly, Dr. Bob Carroll (Donald Sutherland) returns to his home in the United States with his new French bride Nicolle (Jennifer Jayne). Soon there is evidence that a vampire is on the loose, and Carroll seeks the aid of his colleague Dr. Blake (Max Adrian), only to find out that his bride is the vampire. Following Blake’s advice, Carroll kills Nicolle. But when the police come to arrest Carroll under the charge of his wife’s murder, Blake denies giving any such advice. When the police takes away Carroll, Blake says that there is not enough place in the city for two doctors or two vampires, and he himself turns into a bat.


The frame story ends with a twist: From the Tarot cards, the doctor informs the men that the only way they can avoid these horrible destinies is by dying first. When the train stops, the men find out that they are dead, having already perished in a train wreck; and Doctor Schreck is revealed to be Death himself.


The film was a conscious attempt by Milton Subotsky to repeat the success of Dead of Night (1945). Subotsky wrote the original stories in 1948 when he was employed as a scriptwriter for NBC’s Lights Out series.[1]

Filming began on Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors at Shepperton Studios on 25 May 1964 with a budget of £105,000. The script began as a still-born television series in 1948 during the time when Dead of Night was a recent release. Milton Subotsky considered that movie to be “the greatest horror film ever,”[2] and used it as a blueprint for Dr. Terror and the rest of Amicus’ portmanteau films. Filming was completed on 3 July 1964 and was released on 5 February 1965.

Donald Sutherland was paid ₤1,000 for his performance.[1]

Cinematic process[edit]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors was filmed using the cinematic process known as Techniscope

Keri Russell

Keri Russell

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Keri Russell
A young woman in a white top looks at the camera. Behind her is a wall with white and yellow logos.      

Keri Russell at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California.
Born Keri Lynn Russell
(1976-03-23) March 23, 1976 (age 39)
Fountain Valley, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Shane Deary (m. 2007; separated 2013)
Children 2

Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976)[1] is an American actress. She came to fame for portraying the title role of Felicity Porter on the series Felicity, which ran from 1998 to 2002, and for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Russell has since appeared in several films including Mission: Impossible III (2006), Waitress (2007), August Rush (2007), Extraordinary Measures (2010), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and currently stars as KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings in the FX television series The Americans.

Early life[edit]

Russell was born in Fountain Valley, California, the daughter of Stephanie (née Stephens), a homemaker, and David Russell, a Nissan Motors executive.[2] She has an older brother, Todd, and a younger sister, Julie. The family lived in Coppell, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; and Highlands Ranch, Colorado, moving frequently because of the father’s employment. Russell’s dancing earned her a spot on the Mickey Mouse Club.[3]



Russell first appeared on television at age 15 as a cast member of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club variety show on the Disney Channel.[4] She was on the show from 1991 to 1994 (Seasons 4–6) and co-starred with future actor Ryan Gosling and future pop stars Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, JC Chasez, Justin Timberlake, and Tony Lucca.[5]

In 1992, she appeared in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid alongside Rick Moranis and in 1993, had a role on the sitcom Boy Meets World as Mr. Feeny’s niece. Russell appeared on Married… with Children in a 1995 episode (“Radio Free Trumaine”, production 9.24). She subsequently starred in several film and television roles, including the 1996 made-for-television film The Babysitter’s Seduction.[3] That year she also had a role on the short-lived soap opera series Malibu Shores.[3]

In 1994, she appeared as the “other woman” in Bon Jovi‘s music video “Always” with Jack Noseworthy, Carla Gugino, and Jason Wiles.[6] In 1997, she appeared in two episodes of Roar alongside Heath Ledger.[3]

From 1998 to 2002, Russell starred as the title character on the successful WB Network series Felicity; she won a Golden Globe for the role in 1999. Russell’s long and curly hair was one of her character’s defining characteristics. A drastic hairstyle change at the beginning of the show’s second season was thought to cause a significant drop in the show’s television ratings.[7]

During the show’s run, Russell appeared in the films Eight Days a Week, The Curve, and Mad About Mambo, all of which received only limited releases in North America. Her next role was in the film We Were Soldiers (2002),[3] playing the wife of a United States serviceman during the Vietnam War. The film was released two months before the end of Felicity‘s run.


Russell at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 premiere, November 2010.

When Felicity ended, Russell moved to New York City and made her off-Broadway stage debut in 2004, appearing opposite Jeremy Piven, Andrew McCarthy, and Ashlie Atkinson in Neil LaBute‘s Fat Pig.[8] In 2005, she returned to television and film, beginning with an appearance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie The Magic of Ordinary Days, theatrical film The Upside of Anger (alongside Kevin Costner, Joan Allen and Evan Rachel Wood), and the television miniseries Into the West. Directing Mission: Impossible III in 2005, J. J. Abrams asked Russell to join the cast and she accepted. She was screen tested for the role of Lois Lane in Superman Returns but lost the role to Kate Bosworth.[9]

In the summer of 2006, Russell was chosen to be a celebrity spokeswoman for CoverGirl Cosmetics.[10] In the summer of 2007, Russell appeared in The Keri Kronicles, a reality show/sitcom sponsored by CoverGirl and airing on MySpace; the show was filmed at Russell’s home in Manhattan and spotlighted her life.[11] Also in 2007, she played “Melody” on the NBC show Scrubs.

Russell next starred in the film Waitress, which marked the fourth time Russell had played a pregnant woman.[12] Russell’s performance—opposite Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith and the film’s director Adrienne Shelley—was positively received by critics,[11] with Michael Sragow of The Baltimore Sun writing that Russell’s performance had “aesthetic character” and “wields tenderness and fierceness with quiet heat”.[13] In 2007, Russell also completed roles in Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story (titled Rohtenburg for its German release), in which she played Katie Armstrong, a graduate student who writes a thesis paper on an infamous cannibal murder case, and the thriller The Girl in the Park, opposite Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Alessandro Nivola.

Russell next appeared in August Rush, released in November 2007. She also appeared on the cover of the New York Post’s Page Six magazine on November 11, 2007.[14] Russell later appeared in Bedtime Stories.[15] In an appearance on The View on December 15, 2008, Russell said she got the part because Sandler’s wife Jackie had seen Russell in Waitress and suggested her for the movie. Russell voiced Wonder Woman in a direct-to-video animated feature released March 3, 2009.[16]

She starred alongside Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford in the Tom Vaughan-helmed Extraordinary Measures[17][18] for CBS Films. The drama, which started filming on April 6, 2009 and was released on January 22, 2010, was the first film to go into production for the new company.[3][19] Russell played Aileen Crowley, a mother who tries to build a normal home life for her sick children while her husband, John (Fraser), and an unconventional scientist (Ford) race against time to find a cure.[20]

Russell starred in the Fox series Running Wilde, from 2010 to 2011.[21] Since 2013, she has starred in the FX series The Americans, playing a deep undercover KGB spy living as an American in the early 1980s.[22]

In 2014, Russell starred in the film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes alongside actors Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Russell and Shane Deary, a carpenter she met through mutual friends,[12] became engaged in 2006 and were married on February 14, 2007, in New York.[24] The couple separated in early summer 2013, after six years of marriage, which was confirmed by Russell’s representation after media queries about her family’s whereabouts when the actress’ home was burglarized in early December of that year.[25] Russell and Deary have two children together, son River Russell Deary (born June 9, 2007)[26] and daughter Willa Lou Deary (born December 27, 2011).[27]

Russell has been in a relationship with her Americans co-star Matthew Rhys since 2013.[28][29][30][31]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Mandy Park
1995 Clerks. Sandra Television film
1996 Babysitter’s Seduction, TheThe Babysitter’s Seduction Michelle Winston Television film
Lottery, TheThe Lottery Felice Dunbar Television film
1997 When Innocence Is Lost Erica French Television film
Eight Days a Week Erica
1998 Curve, TheThe Curve Emma AKA, Dead
1999 CinderElmo Princess Television film
2000 Mad About Mambo Lucy McLoughlin
2002 We Were Soldiers Barbara Geoghegan
2005 Upside of Anger, TheThe Upside of Anger Emily Wolfmeyer
Magic of Ordinary Days, TheThe Magic of Ordinary Days Olivia “Livvy” Dunne Television film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2006 Mission: Impossible III Lindsey Farris Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Drama/Action Adventure
Grimm Love Katie
2007 Waitress Jenna Hunterson
Girl in the Park, TheThe Girl in the Park Celeste
August Rush Lyla Novacek Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Drama
2008 Bedtime Stories Jill
2009 Wonder Woman Wonder Woman (voice) Video
Leaves of Grass Janet
2010 Extraordinary Measures Aileen Crowley
2012 Goats Judy
2013 Austenland Jane Hayes
Dark Skies Lacy Barrett
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Ellie
2016 The Free State of Jones Serena Knight Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1993 Mickey Mouse Club Herself Variety show
1993 Boy Meets World Jessica Episode: “Grandma Was a Rolling Stone”
1994 Daddy’s Girls Phoebe Walker 3 episodes
1995 Married… with Children April Adams Episode: “Radio Free Trumaine”
1996 Malibu Shores Chloe Walker 10 episodes
1997 7th Heaven Camille Episode: “Choices”
Roar Claire 2 episodes
1998–2002 Felicity Felicity Porter 84 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Performance
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress (1999–2002)
2005 Into the West Naomi Wheeler Episode: “Manifest Destiny
2007 Scrubs Melody O’Hara 2 episodes (Season 6, Episodes 18 & 19)
2010–2011 Running Wilde Emmy Kadubic 13 episodes
2013–present Americans, TheThe Americans Elizabeth Jennings 39 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series (2013–15)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
2013 Arrested Development Widow Carr (voice) Episode: “Señoritis”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Production Result
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show The All New Mickey Mouse Club Nominated
1993 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama Felicity Won
1999 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress Felicity Nominated
1999 Teen Choice Award TV – Breakout Performance Felicity Won
2000 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress Felicity Nominated
2001 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress Felicity Nominated
2002 Teen Choice Award TV – Choice Actress, Drama Felicity Nominated
2005 Satellite Award Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Magic of Ordinary Days Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Award Movies – Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure Mission: Impossible III Nominated
2006 Camie The Magic of Ordinary Days Won
2007 EDA Awards Best Seduction Shared with Nathan Fillion Waitress Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actress: Drama August Rush Nominated
2013 Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
2013 Women’s Image Network Awards Outstanding Actress Drama Series The Americans Nominated
2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
2014 Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Americans Nominated
2014 Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television The Americans Nominated
2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
2015 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama The Americans Won

Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston

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Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston.jpg 


Preston in December 2005
Born (1962-10-13) October 13, 1962 (age 53)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 1980–present
Children 3
Website www.kellypreston.com

Kelly Preston (born October 13, 1962) is an American actress and former model. She has appeared in more than 60 television and film productions, most notably including Mischief, Twins and Jerry Maguire. She is married to John Travolta.

Early years[edit]

Kelly Kamalelehua Smith[1][citation needed] was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her mother Linda, was an administrator of a mental health center and her father, who worked for an agricultural firm, drowned when Preston was only three years old.[2][3][not in citation given] Her mother married Peter Palzis, a personnel director, who subsequently adopted her; she used his name when she first began her acting career until 1984.[1][4] She has a younger half-brother, Chris Palzis.[1] As a child, she spent time living in Iraq and also in Australia, where she attended Pembroke School in Adelaide. She went on to Punahou School and studied drama and theater at the University of Southern California.[5]


While living in Australia, Preston was discovered at 16 by a fashion photographer who helped her get work in commercials and other small parts,[1] and organized Preston’s first film audition in 1980 for the role of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon (1980), which she lost to the younger Brooke Shields.[6] At that time she changed her last name to Preston.[7]

Her first prominent film roles came in 1985, firstly as Marilyn McCauley in romantic comedy teen flick Mischief and then as the beautiful but shallow Deborah Ann Fimple in another teen romantic comedy, Secret Admirer. Other notable roles included SpaceCamp (1986), Twins (1988) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, Avery Bishop in Jerry Maguire (1996) with Tom Cruise and Kate Newell in Holy Man (1998) with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum.

She played the girlfriend of her husband, John Travolta‘s, character “Terl” in the 2000 film Battlefield Earth,[8] and received “Worst Supporting Actress” at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards for her role in the film.[9] In 2005 she appeared as the flying, superheroine mother of the protagonist in the film Sky High.

Preston was featured in the chart-topping Maroon 5 music video, “She Will Be Loved” in 2004. The video features a love triangle and romantic scenes between Preston and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. In 2008, she was cast in a television pilot for a potential show called Suburban Shootout.[10] She had a short term recurring role on Medium.[10]

In 2008, Preston starred in the Lifetime movie The Tenth Circle, directed by Peter Markle. The film was shot in Nova Scotia and featured Ron Eldard, Brittany Robertson, Michael Riley, Jamie Johnston and Geordie Brown.[11]

She is a spokeswoman for Neutrogena since 2005 and appears in print and television advertisements.[12] Preston played Victoria Gotti in the upcoming John Gotti biopic Gotti: In The Shadow of my Father.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage from 1985 until their divorce in 1987. She also had a relationship with George Clooney,[1] who gave her Max, a pet pig that he kept after the couple split up.[14] She was briefly engaged to Charlie Sheen in 1990,[1][15] but ended the relationship shortly after he accidentally shot her in the arm.[15][16]

John Travolta[edit]

Preston first met John Travolta in 1987 while filming The Experts.[17] They married in 1991, traveling to Paris on an Air France Concorde for a wedding ceremony at the Hotel de Crillon (close to Place de la Concorde) on September 5, 1991. However, a second ceremony was required because the first, performed by a French Scientology minister (both Preston and Travolta are Scientologists), was considered invalid. This second ceremony took place on September 12 in Daytona Beach, Florida.[18] They had three children: son Jett (April 13, 1992 – January 2, 2009), daughter Ella Bleu (born 2000), and son Benjamin (born 2010).[19][20]

Son’s illness and death[edit]

Preston’s son Jett Travolta was described as suffering from Kawasaki disease as an infant and had a history of seizures.[21][22] In 2003, Preston appeared on the Montel Williams show to promote L. Ron Hubbard’s Purification Rundown, which she credited with helping her son.[23]

On January 2, 2009, Jett Travolta died while the family was on a holiday vacation in The Bahamas.[24][25] His death was attributed to a seizure.[26] In September 2009, Travolta and Preston confirmed longstanding speculations when they testified that their son had autism and suffered regular seizures. This revelation came during their testimony at the trial resulting from an extortion attempt related to their son’s death.[27]

On January 23, 2009, three people were arrested in the Bahamas in connection with a multimillion-dollar extortion plot against Travolta and Preston concerning the circumstances of their son’s death.[28] One of the men, Obie Wilchcombe, a member of the Bahamian Parliament and former Bahamian Minister of Tourism, was described as a “close friend” of Travolta and Preston.[28] Two others allegedly involved were an EMT named Tarino Lightbourne and a Bahamian senator named Pleasant Bridgewater. Bridgewater was charged with abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort and resigned from the Senate as a result of the allegations.[28][29]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 10 to Midnight Doreen
1983 Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn Dhyana
1983 Christine Roseanne
1985 Mischief Marilyn McCauley
1985 Secret Admirer Deborah Anne Fimple
1986 SpaceCamp Tish Ambrosé
1986 52 Pick-Up Cini
1987 Love at Stake Sara Lee
1987 Tiger’s Tale, AA Tiger’s Tale Shirley Butts
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Violet Segment: “Titan Man”
1988 Spellbinder Miranda Reed
1988 Twins Marnie Mason
1989 Experts, TheThe Experts Bonnie
1991 Run Karen Landers
1992 Only You Amanda Hughes
1994 Double Cross Vera Blanchard Video
1994 Love Is a Gun Jean Starr
1994 Cheyenne Warrior Rebecca Carver
1995 Mrs. Munck Young Rose
1995 Waiting to Exhale Kathleen
1996 Citizen Ruth Rachel
1996 From Dusk till Dawn Newscaster Kelly Houge
1996 Curdled Kelly Hogue
1996 Jerry Maguire Avery Bishop
1997 Addicted to Love Linda
1997 Nothing to Lose Ann Beam
1998 Holy Man Kate Newell
1998 Jack Frost Gabby Frost
1999 For Love of the Game Jane Aubrey
2000 Battlefield Earth Chirk
2001 Daddy and Them Rose
2003 View from the Top Sherry
2003 What a Girl Wants Libby Reynolds
2003 Cat in the Hat, TheThe Cat in the Hat Joan Walden
2004 Eulogy Lucy Collins
2004 Return to Sender Susan Kennan
2005 Sky High Josie Stronghold / Jetstream
2006 Broken Bridges Angela Delton
2007 Death Sentence Helen Hume
2008 Struck Trista Short film
2009 Old Dogs Vicki
2010 Last Song, TheThe Last Song Kim
2010 Casino Jack Pam Abramoff
2014 Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father Victoria Gotti Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Hawaii Five-O Wendy Episode: “For Old Times Sake”
1982 Capitol Gillian McCandless TV series
1983 Lone Star Redhead TV film
1983 Quincy, M.E. Ginger Reeves Episode: “On Dying High”
1983 Renegades, TheThe Renegades Lisa Primus Episode: “Back to School”
1983 CHiPs Anna Episode: “Things That Go Creep in the Night”
1983-1984 For Love and Honor Mary Lee Regular role (12 episodes)
1984 Riptide Sherry Meyers Episode: “The Hardcase”
1984 Blue Thunder Amy Braddock Episode: “The Long Flight”
1990 Tales from the Crypt Linda Episode: “The Switch”
1991 Perfect Bride, TheThe Perfect Bride Laura TV film
1993 American Clock, TheThe American Clock Diana Marley TV film
1994 Cheyenne Warrior Rebecca Carver TV film
1996 Little Surprises Ginger TV short
2000 Bar Hopping Bebe TV film
2004 Joey Donna Di Gregorio Episodes: “Joey and the Dream Girl: Parts 1 & 2”
2005 Fat Actress Quinn Taylor Scott Recurring role (4 episodes)
2008 Suburban Shootout Camilla Diamond Unsold TV pilot
2008 Medium Meghan Doyle Recurring role (4 episodes)
2008 Tenth Circle, TheThe Tenth Circle Laura Stone TV film
2013 Adopted Karey TV film
2013 Stafford Project, TheThe Stafford Project Tabitha Episode: “White Secret”


Year Award Category Production Result
2001 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actress Battlefield Earth Won
2004 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actress Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat Nominated
2010 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actress Old Dogs Nominated

Nightcrawlers (band)

Nightcrawlers (band)

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For the 1960s US band, see The Nightcrawlers.
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres House, Organ House, Acid Jazz, blue-eyed soul
Years active 1992–present
Members Graham Wilson
Hugh Brankin
John Reid
Ronald Wilson
Ross Campbell

Nightcrawlers is a Scottish house music project, assembled by producer, DJ and vocalist John Reid (born 6 September 1963).

Beginnings: 1992–1996[edit]

In 1992, John Reid formed the act following his local success as a DJ and vocalist. He quickly released the debut single “Living Inside A Dream”, which failed to reach any commercial success. Reid then decided to release a second single, “Push the Feeling On“, which fared much better, becoming an overnight success, peaking at No. 7 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, and briefly crossing over to pop radio, peaking at No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending fifteen weeks on the chart. “Push The Feeling On” was then remixed by Marc Kinchen, an American record producer, who totally reinvented the track. He stripped down the song to edited vocal samples, creating an unusual sounding track. His version, entitled ‘The Dub of Doom Mix’, first became known in 1993, and as such, it became heavily played on the underground scene for two years in the UK, eventually reaching No. 22 on the UK Singles Chart in October 1994 when it was commercially released. In 1995, MK created new mixes for the track, and the single was once again re-released, peaking at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Reid’s biggest hit in his homeland.[1][2] Reid then released four further consecutive singles, all featuring remixes by MK. “Surrender Your Love” peaked at No. 7, “Don’t Let The Feeling Go” peaked at No. 13, “Let’s Push It” peaked at No. 23 and “Should I Ever (Fall in Love)” peaked at No. 34.[3] In September 1995, Reid released an album containing all six singles he had previously released, using the single “Let’s Push It” as the album’s title. MK once again worked closely with Reid, repeatedly remixing tracks to his trademark sound. In 1996, Reid released a remixed version of the album, entitled The 12″ Mixes: An Album of the Very Best Club Remixes. In the same year, Reid released the single “Keep Pushing Our Love” featuring soul singer Alysha Warren, which peaked at #30, intended to be the lead single from a second studio album. However, due to poor sales of the single, a second album never materialised.

Current work: 1999–present[edit]

In an attempt to revive Nightcrawlers, Reid released a single entitled “Never Knew Love” in 1999. However, it failed to achieve any commercial success and as such, no further releases appeared until 2004, when underground artists JCA and Rosabot released a collaborative remix single of Reid’s hit “Push The Feeling On”. It re-entered the U.S. Dance Chart, this time peaking at #1. Elated with the success of the remixes, Reid once again began recording material for a possible second album. In 2011, the first single from the second album, “Cryin’ Over You”, was released in the United Kingdom and Germany. It features vocals from British singer Taio Cruz.

Solo work[edit]

Reid is a successful songwriter in his own right, having co-written a UK chart-topping single for Westlife (“Unbreakable“), Tina Turner‘s 1999 hit-single When the Heartache Is Over and also songs for Rod Stewart. He is a friend of Simon Cowell, and he co-wrote the Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis hit “A Moment Like This“. He has worked as a songwriter for the Spanish singer Mónica Naranjo, with songs including “No Voy A Llorar”, “If You Leave Me Now” and “Hotline”, he also worked with Ian Levine, in “Whenever You Need Someone” (Bad Boys Inc), and tracks for Eternal, Gemini and Optimystic.[1]


Studio albums[edit]

  • 1995 – “Lets Push It”
  • 1996 – “The 12″ Mixes”


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1992 “Living Inside a Dream” Singles only
1995 Push the Feeling On 15 3 7 6 4 6 7 3 3 Let’s Push It
Surrender Your Love 17 11 9 27 14 10 20 18 7
“Don’t Let the Feeling Go” 24 26 25 30 13
“Let’s Push It” 33 30 41 23
1996 “Should I Ever Fall in Love” 78 34
“Keep Pushing Our Love” (featuring Alysha Warren) 30 Singles only
1999 “Never Knew Love” 59
2011 Cryin’ Over You(featuring Taio Cruz)
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

The Fireballs

The Fireballs

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For the psychobilly band, see Fireballs (band).

The group in 1959, from left: George Tomsco, Stan Lark, Eric Budd, Dan Trammel, Chuck Tharp

The Fireballs, sometimes billed as Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, were an American rock and roll group, particularly popular at the end of the 1950s and in the early 1960s. The original 1958 line-up was George Tomsco (lead guitar), Chuck Tharp (vocals), Stan Lark (bass), Eric Budd (drums), and Dan Trammell (rhythm guitar).

The Fireballs were formed in Raton, New Mexico, and got their start as an instrumental group, featuring the very distinctive lead guitar of George Tomsco. They recorded at Norman Petty‘s studio in Clovis, New Mexico, where Buddy Holly had previously launched his career. According to group founders Tomsco and Lark, they took their name from Jerry Lee Lewis‘s “Great Balls of Fire“. They reached the Top 40 with the singles “Torquay” (1959), “Bulldog” (1960) and “Quite a Party” (1961). “Quite a Party” peaked at #29 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1961.[1] Tharp, Budd and Trammell left the group in the early 1960s, but the Fireballs added Doug Roberts on drums, plus Petty Studio singer/pianist Jimmy Gilmer (born September 15, 1940 in Chicago and raised in Amarillo, Texas) to the group.

Billed as Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs,[1] the group reached number 1 on the Billboard chart with “Sugar Shack“, which remained at that position for five weeks in 1963. The single also reached number 1 on Billboard’s R&B chart for one week in November of that year, but its run on that chart was cut short because Billboard ceased publishing an R&B chart from November 30, 1963 to January 23, 1965. Nonetheless, “Sugar Shack” earned the group a Gold Record Award for “Top Song Of 1963”.[2] In the UK the song peaked at #45.[1] Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs then had another pop hit in 1964 with a similar sounding “Daisy Petal Pickin’“, which reached number 15 on the Hot 100.

During the run of “Daisy Petal Pickin’” on the charts, the British Invasion began with the first hits by the Beatles. The group had difficulty competing with the influx of British artists and did not reach the Top 40 again until 1968, with “Bottle of Wine“, which was written by Tom Paxton. The Fireballs took “Bottle of Wine” to number 9 on the Hot 100. Although Gilmer was still a member of the group, the band was billed simply as “The Fireballs” on that single. Gilmer was not on the “Bottle of Wine” session.[3] Gilmer left the group in 1967 to pursue artist management and record production in Nashville, Tennessee. Drummer Doug Roberts died in 1981.

All of the Fireballs’ material has been reissued on Ace Records (UK) and Sundazed record labels. The Fireballs continued performing with original members George Tomsco, Stan Lark and Chuck Tharp until Tharp died of cancer in 2006. Jimmy Gilmer returned as lead vocalist and this line-up continues to perform, as of 2014. George Tomsco has continued to release CDs of new material using the Fireballs name.



Note: B-sides appear on the same album as the A-sides except where indicated

Year Title Peak chart positions Record Label B-side Album
1959 “I Don’t Know” Kapp Records “Fireball” Non-LP tracks
“Torquay” 39 Top Rank Records “Cry Baby” The Fireballs
“Bulldog” 24 “Nearly Sunrise”
1960 “Foot-Patter” “Kissin'”
“Vaquero (Cowboy)” 99 “Chief Whoopin-Koff” (from Torquay) Vaquero
1961 “Rik-A-Tik” “Yacky Doo” See below
“Rik-A-Tik” Warwick Records “Yacky Doo” Here Are The Fireballs
“Quite a Party”* 27 29 “Gunshot” (Non-LP track) Torquay
1963 Sugar Shack“+ 1 1 1 Dot Records “My Heart is Free” (Non-LP track) Sugar Shack
“Torquay Two” “Peg Leg” (from Campusology) Torquay
Daisy Petal Pickin’“+ 15 5 “When My Tears Have Dried” (Non-LP track) Firewater
1964 “Ain’t Gonna Tell Anybody”+ 65 “Young Am I” Non-LP tracks
“Daytona Drag” “Gently, Gently” Campusology
“Look at Me”+ 90 “I’ll Send For You” (Non-LP track) Buddy’s Buddy
“Wishing”+ “What Kinda Love” (Non-LP track)
“Dumbo”* “Mr. Reed” (from Campusology) Torquay
1965 She Belongs to Me“+ “Rambler’s Blues” Folkbeat
1966 Ja-Da What I Am Non-LP tracks
1967 Bottle of Wine 9 3 Atco Records “Can’t You See I’m Tryin'” (Non-LP track) Bottle of Wine
1968 “Goin’ Away” 79 33 31 “Groovy Motions”
“Chicken Little” “3 Minutes’ Time”
“Come On, React!” 86 70 “Woman, Help Me!” Come On, React!
1969 “Long Green” 73 “Light in the Window” (from Come On, React!) Non-LP tracks
“Watch Her Walk” “Good Morning Shame”

+ = Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
* = A-sides re-recorded for album inclusion


Year Album Record Label
1960 The Fireballs Top Rank Records
1961 Here Are the Fireballs Warrick Records
1963 Sugar Shack+ Dot Records
1964 Buddy’s Buddy++
1965 Lucky ‘Leven++
1966 Campusology
1968 Firewater!+
Bottle of Wine Atco Records
1969 Come On, React!

+ = Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
++ = Jimmy Gilmer

Millie Small

Millie Small

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Millie Small
Millie Small (1964).jpg 


Background information
Birth name Millicent Dolly May Small
Also known as Little Millie Small, Millie Small
Born (1946-10-06) 6 October 1946 (age 69)
Gibralter, Clarendon, Jamaica
Genres Blue beat, ska, reggae
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1962–72
Labels Fontana, Island, Trojan

Millicent Dolly MayMillieSmall, CD (born 6 October 1946),[1] is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, best known for her 1964 cover version of “My Boy Lollipop“.


Small was born at Gibralter in Clarendon, Jamaica, the daughter of a sugar plantation overseer.[1] Like many Jamaican singers of the era, her career began by winning the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour talent contest at the age of twelve.[2] Wishing to pursue a career as a singer she moved to live with relatives in Love Lane in Kingston.[2] In her teens, she recorded a duet with Owen Gray (“Sugar Plum”) in 1962 and later recorded with Roy Panton for Coxsone Dodd‘s Studio One record label as ‘Roy and Millie’.[1][2] They had a local hit with “We’ll Meet”.[1][2]

These hits brought her to the attention of Chris Blackwell who became her manager and legal guardian, who in late 1963 took her to Forest Hill, London, where she was given intensive training in dancing and diction.[2] There she made her fourth recording, an Ernest Ranglin rearrangement of “My Boy Lollipop“, a song originally released by Barbie Gaye in late 1956.[2] Released in March 1964, Small’s version was a massive hit, reaching number two both in the UK Singles Chart[3] and in the US Billboard Hot 100, and number three in Canada.[4] It also topped the chart in Australia. Initially it sold over 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[5] Including singles sales, album usage and compilation inclusions, the song has since sold more than seven million copies worldwide.[1][6] Small was not a one-hit wonder. For example, subsequent recordings such as “Sweet William” and “Bloodshot Eyes”, both charted in the UK at numbers 30 and 48 respectively.[3]

“My Boy Lollipop” was doubly significant in British pop history. It was the first major hit for Island Records (although it was actually released on the Fontana label because Chris Blackwell, Island’s owner, did not want to overextend its then-meagre resources; in the US, the record appeared on the Smash Records subsidiary of Mercury Records), and Small was the first artist to have a hit that was recorded in the bluebeat style (she was billed as “The Blue Beat Girl” on the single’s label in the US).[1] This was a music genre that had recently emerged from Jamaica, and was a direct ancestor of reggae.

She appeared on the 1964 Beatles TV special Around The Beatles.

On 6 March 1965, Small appeared on the Australian television programme Bandstand. This was as part of a concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Kings Domain, Melbourne, part of the Moomba Festival. She performed “My Boy Lollipop”, “What Am I Living For” and “See You Later, Alligator“.[7] Small continued to tour and perform up to the early 1970s.

On 6 August 2011, the 49th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, the Governor-General created Small a Commander in the Order of Distinction, for her contribution to the Jamaican music industry.[4][8] The award was accepted on her behalf by former Prime Minister Edward Seaga.[9]

In July 2012 she stated that she had been recording again and planned to perform in Jamaica for the first time in over 40 years.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She had a brief relationship with Peter Asher of the 1960s duo Peter & Gordon.[10]

She lived in Singapore from 1971 to 1973 before returning to England, which is now her home.[2] She has an adult daughter, who studied art and the music industry.[11]



Selected singles[edit]

Year Single Label
1963 “Don’t You Know” / “Until You’re Mine” Fontana
1964 My Boy Lollipop
“Sweet William”
“I Love the Way You Love” / “Bring It on Home to Me”
1965 “I’ve Fallen in Love with a Snowman” / “What Am I Living For”
See You Later, Alligator” / “Chilly Kisses”
“My Street” / “It’s Too Late”
“Bloodshot Eyes” / “Tongue Tied”
1966 “My Street” / “A Mixed Up Fickle Moody Self-Centred, Spoiled Kind of Boy” Brit
“Killer Joe” / “Carry Go Bring Come” Fontana
1967 “You Better Forget” / “I Am in Love” Island
“Chicken Feed” / “Wings of a Dove” Fontana
1968 “When I Dance with You” / “Hey Mr. Love”
1969 “Readin’ Writin’ Arithmetic” / “I Want You Never to Stop” Decca