Downfall is a game of many names, friends. As well as being offered in many countries since it was first published in 1970. While I will certainly admit that I have no recollection of this particular game. The play mechanics have me absolutely captivated. Apparently it was picked up by Hasbro and is being produced today under the name New Downfall.
The design might be a little different but the gameplay certainly remains the same.
While as you can plainly see from the box art, Downfall was a Milton Bradley game. I have however found a version by Whitman that definitely has the groovy vibe of the 1960s. Having said that this game was indeed released in 1970.
Now obviously Downfall is known by different names in other countries. Such as Nouveau Dix de Chute, Dix de Chute, Slotter, Cascadix, and Combi 5-2-5 to name a few. For myself though I am partial to the Dutch version of Onderuit! as well as it’s grim commercial!
That is some Hangman level of creepiness there, all it needed was Vincent Price, in place of the child. Now the point of Downfall is to take your ten numbered discs and get them to the bottom…in order. This is accomplished by turning one of the five dials on the “board”. Although each Player naturally cannot see the other side of the board, which means they have no clue if their opponent’s turn will hinder or aid them.
Downfall really seems to offer an amazing amount of strategy to the Players. I might have to keep my eyes peeled on eBay to add this game to my collection. Also of interest was how Milton Bradley made sure to show it was fun for the whole Family. With at least two different covers!
If I am being totally honest though, I truly love the Japanese version of Downfall by Whitman
Now then, how about the German Commercial forDownfall aka Slotter? Definitely looks like there is a hesit going on!
Welcome back, friends. To this special Holiday episode of the Retro Radio Memories podcast. One of course whose subject just so happens to be The Saint. The popular running radio series based on the character created by Leslie Charteris in 1928. The Saint or Simon Templar as his friends and close enemies call him. Is in fact a type of modern day Robin Hood – however he lives off his ‘good deeds’ too. What I am saying of course is that Simon makes sure these actions help to line his own coffers in the process.
While it is certainly true that we’ve shared an episode or two of The Saint on the podcast before. With the Holiday upon us, I felt it the perfect time to share a Seasonal offering. While The Saint radio series got it’s start in 1940, most fans feel that it was the NBC version that is best. Naturally it is hard to argue that fact as it feature Vincent Price as Simon Templar!
In our episode today, entitled Santa Claus is No Saint. Templar of course finds himself mixed up in a dangerous situation. Furthermore, one that involves a case of mistaken identity as well as a stolen necklace.
So settle in where it is warm, friends. Let the soothing electronic glow of your monitor or phone ease your worries away. And join us on Retro Radio Memories as we go on another caper with The Saint!
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There are many, many reasons to love the works of Vincent Price. He was an actor who carried himself with dignity and aplomb in spite of some of his roles. In particular I ask you to take a look at 1965’s Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and its 1966 sequel Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs. On the other hand – Vincent Price always appeared to be having fun playing his parts.
Even in spite of playing vile villains like in The Abominable Dr. Phibes, the fun shone through in his performance. I ask you to explain how else audiences were kind of rooting for Phibes to win!
I became a fan of Vincent Price very early in my youth.
I believe I first saw him in a Roger Corman film. One of the Edgar Allan Poe adaptations that played on the Late, Late Show after midnight had rolled around. Generally speaking I would watch any horror movie…but I came to love seeing Price’s name in the credits.
Vincent Price had 200 acting credits to his name when he passed away in 1993. Many of those credits included dramas and adventure films – however we still know him best for his horror roles. Although this may be true, I think we see the true gentleman in this 1970 interview with David Frost. In addition we see that humorous side of the actor, in particular when he discusses being part of a strip tease number during a World War II fundraiser!
In this eight minute interview I think you will be reminded why Price still manages to charm us today. Not just the humor but the honesty, like when he talks about working with Victor Mature. In his gentlemanly way he shares some secrets about 1954’s Dangerous Mission.
So without further ado let us watch this 1970 interview between David Frost and Vincent Price!
The Horror Hall of Fame was a 1974 TV special, hosted by Vincent Price. A show that originally aired on February 20 on the ABC Network. It was a mixture of a talk show with comedy skits and in addition clips from classic horror films. I think you will agree though the greatest moments are the interviews that Price conducts.
The list of guest stars for this special include Frank Gorshin. While probably best known for his role as the Riddler on the ’66 Batman – Gorshin was a quite capable impressionist. Something that you will see in great effect as he pulls off a wonderful Boris Karloff.
John Carradine. This segment is probably my favorite. It is very informative for one thing, with Carradine revealing he was up for the role in 1931’s Frankenstein. As a matter of fact I wish they had included more discussions between Vincent and John. As these two friends discussing their own roles together with those actors who are being honored on the show is captivating.
Other guests on the special include John Astin, Candy Clark, William Tuttle, and Raymond McNally. Co-starring in the program is Billy Van who plays a hunchbacked assistant to Price. Van might be known best for his roles in the The Hilarious House of Frightenstein from 1971. A Canadian children’s series that Price appeared in too!
Why didn’t they make more Horror Hall of Fame specials?
There were other specials but not connected that I can tell. For three years beginning in 1990 until 1992 – Robert Englund hosted an awards show with the same name. One that celebrated the best horror films, actors, special effects, and TV series. It is a totally different beast though with actual awards being presented.
With the 1974 Horror Hall of Fame it was less formal. I will admit that some of the comedy doesn’t quite work but overall it has charm and in spades. I feel that with Halloween being only eleven days away it is definitely worthy of your viewing time!