Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Helen Hovey

In the early 1960's, veteran cowboy actor, Arch Hall, wrote and produced several ultra low budget movies aimed towards the younger "hip" generation. These films, such as the rock 'n roll saga, Wild Guitar, and the teens versus caveman fiasco, Eegah, uneventfully played the drive-in circuit. Today, these oddities have gotten somewhat of a cult following due to their awkwardly bad and equally fun plots and dialog.

One of those films, The Sadist, stands out from the rest because it is actually pretty good and still holds up today. It features Helen Hovey, as a young teacher held hostage by two on-the-run teenage killers. It would be her only film.


At the time, the Hollywood A-list didn't pay much attention to the drive-in pictures. And that is a true shame, for if they had, Helen Hovey could have gone far. In just one movie she proved that she had all of the qualities that Alfred Hitchcock looked for in his female stars. She was attractive, strong-willed, emotionally tough and wasn't afraid to get her face dirty. Not to mention she was a pretty good actress.

Fortunately, Turner Classic Movies plays her only film, The Sadist, on a fairly regular basis. It's an intense and powerful thriller which has survived the test of time. Sadly, Helen Hovey passed away in 2009. Not much as been written about her, which makes her appeal even greater. I hope she knew that she had fans.

7 comments:

  1. This was a real star and we all missed it...

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  2. I met her at church in 1991 and knew her as Helen Brock. I went to her funeral at the same Church in Garland, TX in 2009. I knew nothing about this film until a few years before she passed away. She was a quiet woman, but very sweet. She never talked about this movie and was actually a little embarrased by it. But she was happy and content with her life.

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  3. Caught this flick for the first time last weedend on TCM. Helen Hovey caught my attention she was great looking and gave a fine performance. I wondered why I never heard of her.Hit the info button and no other films listed for her.went on line and found your blog. She is the cousin of Arch Hall Jr. according to another site I was on. Sad to hear of her passing.

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  4. According to Starletshowcase.blogspot.com shortly after making the film she became a born again Christian and that was the reason she never made another movie.

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  5. According to Arch Hall jr. (Her cousin)she was involved in theater for awhile. Apparantly, she got married soon after appearing in The Sadist and her husband didn't want her to have a career. Different times. Such a shame..she really had something.

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  6. Just finished watching this movie for the first time and can't believe how totally mesmerized I was by Miss Hovey. Had to look her up. Can safely say that she had "it", and that's something few can claim. I'm glad she lived a happy, if short, life, but what a loss to motion pictures.

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  7. She was a good actress and stunningly beautiful. It is a shame that we did not see more of her.
    When i first saw this movie i too was curious to find more about her she had something about her.
    There is not much information about her but i will find out more and post on here. Such a shame, such a sweet person!

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