Further to the recent post about Price's best and worst roles, I'd just like to throw in my two cents' worth.
Feel free to disagree, folks (and I'm sure a lot of you will), but IMHO Price was not a great actor, certainly not up there with messrs. Cushing and Lee. He did do some fine work - Witchfinder General, for example, some of the early Corman films, Edward Scissorhands etc. - but even in many of his so-called classic roles (House of Wax, Dr. Phibes) he simply hammed it up way too much. (While I'm on the subject, has anybody actually sat through Phibes recently? It's terrible, really boring, although the sequel is a bit better; funnier at least.)
The great thing about Peter Cushing and the incomparable Mr Lee is that they always treated each role with respect, even if the film itself were awful. Price, understandably perhaps, chose to ham it up in crummy productions, take the mickey out of the film, far too often. Then, when he got into a good film, he couldn't escape from his ham persona.
Best role? - Theatre of Blood. A fantastic film, similar in many ways to Phibes (wronged man carries out elaborate, "themed" revenge on his tormentors), only far better written, directed and acted all round.
Worst role? - Awful TV thing he did in the late 70's, with his wife I believe, called Time Express. Utterly egregious.
Like I say, I'm sure a lot of you Price fans will shoot me down in flames, and it is not my intention to offend anybody, but does anybody honestly think he was really a great actor?