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The satirical US sitcom F Troop may have only lasted two seasons (1965-1967), but it remains a cult classic – and who better to make a suitably spooky appearance at the height of his horror film career fame than Vincent Price? This second season episode, V is for Vampire, which aired on 2 February 1967 (at 8pm), was also a chance for Vincent to send up his image, something he he would continue to do in popular TV shows like The Brady Bunch and Get Smart.

V is for Vampire (1967)

Here, Price plays Count Sforza, a black cloak wearing emigrant from Transylvania, who arrives at Fort Courage (in a hearse, of course) with his pet crow, whom he calls ‘Brother’, to take up residence in a seemingly haunted house on the edge of town. Corporal Agarn (Larry Storch) suspects he may be a vampire, given the count’s tendency to say, ‘Good evening’, regardless of the time of day, and being as pale as a corpse. When Jane (Melody Patterson) fails to come home after delivering some to Sforza, he convinces O’Rourke (Forrest Tucker) and the Captain (Ken Berry) to check out the creepy mansion…

V is for Vampire (1967)

But it turns out that Sforza has moved to the US to escape those very dark forces (read: anti-American) that the Fort Courage boys have been commissioned to defeat – so the moral of the story is you should never judge a person by their appearances (or where they come from). Given what’s been happening in the US under the new Trump administration, it seems quite a kindly reminder…

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Peter Fuller is a award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.
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2 thoughts on “V is for Vampire (1967) | When a palefaced Vincent Price scared the boys silly on F-Troop

  1. Dear Curator; The video for F-Troop; V is for Vampire, has been removed from the Dailymotion app, and that is why you have a “Page Not Found ” screen on your Sonud of Vincent Price blog and website. Is there any way to get it back on the Dailymotion app and your Vincent Price blog? Is it another copyright issue? Please respond to my question at margaretgarnto@gmail.com. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto

  2. Dear Curator; I see that somebody posted a two-minute video of the F-Troop “V is for Vampire” episode on your webpage to replace the full version of the episode that was removed from the Dailymotion app. I can’t see why those two apps are so strict when it comes to copyright infringement laws and issues. Anyway, that video is better than the words “Page not found “. Yours truly, Margaret Garnto.

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