John Stuart and Evelyn Ankers
The following year English equivalent to Valentino was starring with one of the first great scream queens of Hollywood. ‘The Claydon Treasure Mystery’ (1938) was shot at Wembley starring John Stuart and Evelyn Ankers. It was a murder, mystery, whodunit, whoa gosh look at her she’s gorgeous; story.
John Stuart was born in 1898 in Edinburgh and movie presence and credibility far exceeded his dark handsome looks. Starting out as a magnetic silent movie heart throb, he had a varied and lifelong career. In his epic journey through the world of cinema he passed through the horror genre with ‘The Blood of the Vampire’ (1958) Then ‘The Revenge of Frankenstein’ (1958) and ‘The Mummy’ (1959) for the legendary Hammer films which had him alongside legends like Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. In 1960 he was Professor Smith in the Iconic ‘Village Of The Dammed.’ It’s wonderful to know that in his last film ‘Superman’ (1978) he was kicking big-time with Marlon Brando, Glen Ford and Gene Hackman. His role was that of the 10th Elder an appropriate part for this wonderful Scotsman born during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Evelyn Ankers had played minor roles in some quite big productions by the time she came to Wembley. Although usually uncredited she appeared in ‘Rembrandt’ (1936) with Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester for United Artists and ‘Fire over England’ (1937) with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. This beautiful woman From Chile went onto massive films from the kings of horror at that time; Universal. In 1941 she performed in ‘The Wolf Man’ with Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. ‘Ghost of Frankenstein’ (1942), ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror’ (1942), The Mad Ghoul (1943), Son of Dracula (1943.) Evelyn made over fifty films by the time she was 32 then promptly retired to be a housewife. She was to make only one more movie with her husband in 1960 ‘No greater Love.’ Evelyn was born in Valparaíso South America which means; Paradise Valley. Her beauty will be remembered for eternity on celluloid. She returned to Paradise where she passed away aged 67 in 1985 on a beautiful Island in Hawaii.
Although the photo on the left and below looks very similar to me meeting Britney Spears when she appeared on XFactor at Fountain, it’s actually Evelyn Ankers in ‘The Mad Ghoul’ (1943) Below is Evelyn with Lon Chaney Jr. in ‘The Wolman’ (1941)