I was just watching that old horror classic, Mr. Sardonicus
, infamous for its typical William Castle gimmick, this one the "Punishment Poll," where the audience supposedly *votes* to continue the title character's torture at the end.
The intrepid 1880 doctor, Sir Robert Cargrave, has managed to cure the maniacal Sardonicus from his facial rictus by means of psychological shock treatment. But the facial muscles have become so relaxed at the end, the man can no longer speak or eat.
Sir Robert has become well known for his ground-breaking treatments with new-fangled "hypo-dermic needles" and poisons from South America. He uses a needle to inject Sardonicus in his cheek (but later claims he used only water, not poison).
Watching this 1961 film, it dawned on me: William Castle invented botox!
His hero, Sir Robert, is not only handsome and charming, he's a damn genius!
After spending Wednesday evening watching three of Portland's well-known female news anchors up close and personal at a Newsmaker's Banquet--one with eyebrows so high you could drive a truck under 'em, another with lips that defy human anatomy--the subject of botox has been on my mind. It occurs to me that many women in show business today have started to resemble the character Sardonicus . . . the way he looks early on when he's wearing his mask.
Sir Robert, we don't know whether to thank you or curse you!