Halloween

Wacky Wednesday

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It's time here at the American Treasure Tour Museum blog to honor one of the, shall we say, less conventional items we share with our visitors - one of the masks produced by the Collegeville Costume Company.  Halloween is one of America's favorite holidays - a chance to pretend you're someone else and go around asking friends and strangers for candy.  Of course, one of America's favorite industries is film and television - which is all about actors pretending they're someone else for the entertainment of friends and strangers.  So there can be no more perfect combination than creating Halloween costumes dedicated to the chance for kids to pretend they're someone else pretending to be someone else!  (Did you follow that?)

In 1994, Jim Carrey was a little known actor who had made some waves already in the popular sketch comedy series on the new Fox Network called In Living Color.  He broke out on the big screen in a big way this year with his amazingly silly movie, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.  The movie was critically panned and regarded as ninety minutes of telling the same joke repeatedly, but that didn't matter.  Audiences loved it and repeated lines from the movie for years (some people still do!).  It spawned a cartoon and two sequels.  And an amazingly accurate mask from the Collegeville Costume Company, which was located within minutes of the American Treasure Tour!  Alrighty then.

Donald Pleasence - October 5, 2014

Donald Henry Pleasence was known in England for his stage, television, and film acting long before he was beloved by the US audience for his memorable roles.  Many remember him fondly as Dr. Sam Loomis from the legendary 1978 movie "Halloween."  He went on to reprise that role in several sequels before his death in 1995.  This great actor was born on this day back in 1919.

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION

Which of these "Halloween" installments was dedicated to Pleasence's memory after his death, even though he did not appear in it at all?

a) Halloween:  The Curse of Michael Myers

b) Halloween: H20

c) Halloween:  Resurrection

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Since October is the month of Halloween, it's only fitting that we showcase Donald Pleasence's very memorable and legendary work within the "Halloween" movie franchise!

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Before becoming an actor, Donald was commissioned into the Royal Air Force.  He served with the 166 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command.  In August of 1944 his Avro Lancaster was shot down during a raid.

TRIVIA ANSWER

b) Halloween: H20

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I am not one of those actors who believes he has to live the part he is playing.  I can turn it on and off."  Donald Pleasence