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"The Man Who Turned To Stone"; Columbia, 1957

A native of Alaska, stage trained Victor Jory is probably best known to film fans as the carpetbagger who gets spit on by Vivian Leigh’s Scarlet O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind” (1939). Among the other feature film work of Jory are appearances in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1938) as the murderous Injun Joe, “Charlie Chan in Rio” (1941), “Hoppy Serves a Writ” (1943), “South of St. Louis” (1948), as well as the cult horror flicks “Cat Women on the Moon” (1953) and “The Man Who Turned to Stone” (1957).

Jory’s TV credits include appearances on the shows “Longstreet”, “Kolchak: the Night Stalker”, “Banacek”, and the TV movie “Devil Dog: Hound of Hell” (1978). His one series was “Manhunt”.

His serial work took place in one year, 1940. Columbia’s first release of the year was an adaptation of the famous pulp magazine and radio hero “The Shadow”. Jory played Lamont Cranston, wealthy amateur criminologist who fought crime as the black cloaked title character. His main concern in the serial was stopping the mysterious Black Tiger who had targeted a group of industrialists for their wealth and inventions. Columbia ended the year by casting Jory as private detective Spike Holland, who is investigating a series of robberies he believes to be perpetrated by the owner of an ancient castle. When he gets in trouble help is provided by an unknown man dressed as “The Green Archer”.

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