Gone With the Wind (1939, Selznick) It's a big one to start off with, but it's true! Price actually auditioned for the role of Ashley Wilkes, the part that Leslie Howard eventually played. Price probably lost the role due to his being -- at the time -- only a stage star. He could have done it, though! And what a film debut that would have been!
Only the Stars Are Neutral (1943, 20th Century Fox)
Stranger On the Highway (1943, 20th Century Fox)
Buffalo Bill (1944, 20th Century Fox) Price was indeed hired on for a part in this film, according to publicity from the time. However, somewhere along the way he was dropped from the cast.
Forever Amber (1946, 20th Century Fox) Vincent did film most of his scenes as Lord Almsbury, Cornel Wilde's best friend, before the production was halted and entirely recast! Price's role was recast with Richard Greene. [Thanks to Lucy Chase Williams for correcting my original faulty information]
One Man Jury (1946, 20th Century Fox).
Look Homeward Angel (1947, United Artists)
Androcles and the Lion (1952, RKO) The role eventually went to Maurice Evans.
Premature Burial (1962, AIP) Roger Corman had made two Poe adaptations for American-International when he decided to do this one independently. Due to Vincent's binding contract with AIP, Corman was forced to cast his role with Ray Milland. The amusing thing about all this is that when AIP found out about Corman's 'renegade' film, they bought out the production and released it anyway!
War of the Planets (1963, AIP) According to the Hollywood Reporter of October 4, 1962 "a $2 million budget has been given to [the film], which will begin filming in Hollywood in March 1963. It will be personally produced by James Nicholson from an original script by Harlan Ellison with special effects by Projects Unlimited. The color film is set to star Vincent Price and Boris Karloff."
The Gold Bug (1964, AIP) Announced in the Hollywood Reporter. Reannounced almost annually until 1970.
Mondo Taboo (1966, AIP) A documentary sequel to Taboos of the World, also to be narrated by Vincent Price.
Dr. Goldfoot For President (1966, AIP)
Robinhood Jones (1966, AIP) According to an AIP press release, a costume spoof directed by William Asher to star Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon, Susan Hart and Annette Funicello.
2267: When the Sleeper Wakes (1966, AIP) This film, based on H. G. Wells' novel, and which was to have starred Vincent, was never produced, although ad art and publicity exists. According to Gary A. Smith's book The American International Pictures Video Guide (2009: McFarland & Co.), the film was first announced in 1961 and then announced almost annually until 1970. Directors attached at various times included Don Sharp, Michael Reeves and George Pal.
The Magic Christian (1969, Commonwealth) Vincent agreed to appear in a small role in this wild satire written by Terry Southern and starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. Unfortunately, the shooting of The Conqueror Worm ran on longer than expected and he had to miss the opportunity. Too bad, as he'd have been in good company with cameos by Laurence Harvey, Yul Brynner, Roman Polanski, Raquel Welch and Christopher Lee (as Dracula!).
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970, Hammer) In this third sequel to Christopher Lee's classic Horror of Dracula (1958), rumors persist that Price was to have been second-billed as the vampire count's antagonist. No truth to this, unfortunately. He never did get the chance to appear in a Hammer film, more's the pity!
Dunwich Horror (1970, AIP) This could have been great! The original production of this H. P. Lovecraft adaptation (to be titled simply Dunwich) was to have starred Vincent Price (as Professor Armitage), Peter Fonda (as Wilbur Whately), Boris Karloff (as Old Whately), and Gloria Swanson (as Lavinia)! Karloff died and Vincent was too busy with other commitments. Who knows what the former silent movie star, Gloria Swanson, did instead!
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971, AIP) Again, due to scheduling conflicts, what would have been his final American-International Poe "adaptation" ended up with a bewildered Jason Robards, instead! Let's face it, though, if it was a matter of either making this or The Abominable Dr. Phibes, things turned out OK!
Bustin' Loose (1981, Universal) Vincent Price filmed all of his scenes for this Richard Pryor comedy (originally titled Family Dream), only to end up on the cutting room floor! He had a supporting role as an alcoholic mechanic. Pryor was thrilled to have Price in the film, and threw Vincent a party during the production.
A Few Lessons to Remember (1988)
The following tidbits were contributed by Price fan and writer Earl Roesel. Thanks, Earl!
Sweethearts and Horrors (1963, AIP) Richard Matheson's proposed follow-up to The Comedy of Terrors, in the same jugular vein. It was to center on the Sweethearts, an eccentric showbiz family who foregather at the reading of a will. Proposed to star Vincent (a ventriloquist), Boris Karloff (a children's entertainer who...hates children), Peter Lorre (a bumbling stage magician) and Tallulah Bankhead. Lorre's death in 1964 halted the project.
The Case of
Charles Dexter Ward (1970's) Hoping perhaps to emulate the
successful combination of Price and Poe, screenwriter Christopher
Wicking sought to initiate a series of H. P. Lovecraft adaptations
with the actor. This was to be the first. Price had appeared in
The Haunted Palace, another version of HPL's novella, in 1964.
Price's contract with AIP (which forbade his appearance in any other
studio's horror films) nixed Wicking's plan.
Ceremony (1994, Trident Releasing) Vincent was sought for the role of Antonio Brindisi in this occult horror tale, but failing health forced him to decline. Indeed, Price was deceased by the time of its release. Once again, dear Uncle Forry [Forrest J. Ackerman] was given the opportunity to fill in for his look-alike. "They got me for half-Price. All joking aside, it's an honor to replace this veteran star and I hope I do him justice."
Created May 27, 2009, Richard D Squires; updated March 19, 2011.