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Kinder-News :: Charlotte Rae’s Psycho Screen Test

July 31st, 2008 by unkle lancifer · 7 Comments

It’s not everyday that you come across an artifact that is of equal interest to both ALFRED HITCHCOCK and FACTS OF LIFE fans, but find such an item your Unkle Lancifer did. While cleaning out the attic of Kindertrauma Castle the other day, I stumbled across a box left behind by my dear Great Unkle Beleeza-Bob marked simply “Charlotte Rae, Psycho.”

I have to admit that I, at first, mistook those words as observational graffiti rather than a description of the box’s contents. When I opened the box, I found that it contained a canister of film. Excited, I jumped into the nearest dumbwaiter and rode it down to the Castle’s basement theater secretly hoping I had stumbled across my Unkle’s legendary stash of MARY PICKFORDankle-porn. What I found, instead, was an early screen test for the film PSYCHO that starred, yep you guessed it, THE FACTS OF LIFE‘s own CHARLOTTE RAE. I have no idea where it came from or how it came to be made or even why HITCH chose JANET LEIGH over RAE for the actual film, I just know that cinema fans everywhere have a reason to rejoice today and that they now owe a gargantuan debt to my dearly departed Unkle’s pack rat nature.

BONUS: Early mock-up of scrapped movie poster art. Note that it does indeed include RAE in the cast!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Vince LiagunoNo Gravatar // Jul 31, 2008 at 9:39 am

    You guys are so deliciously twisted! Wait…what’s that? Why, yes, I believe that is the sound of Hitchcock laughing from the grave(!).

  • 2 kittyleclawNo Gravatar // Jul 31, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Wow… Kitty can’t speak now.
    Kitty’s feelings go way beyond words.

  • 3 turnidoffNo Gravatar // Jul 31, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    “Girls, GIRLS!”  Poor Rae.
    Actually, it looks like she’s enjoying it.

  • 4 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Jul 31, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Last Friday my friend Heidi (she of Pretty Scary) and I had what she called a “Facts of Life retard-a-thon”, so it’s quite kismet that this would be on here as Charlotte has been on our brains. And yeah, this might possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen!

    Thanks for making my day!

  • 5 RATSAWGODNo Gravatar // Jul 31, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    You know, when I saw that old B&W commercial on YouTube I actually THOUGHT of Psycho! DAMN you unkle lancifer!!!! GET OUTTA MY HEAD!!!

  • 6 Jeff AllardNo Gravatar // Aug 1, 2008 at 2:00 am

    I’d beg you to remove this heinous, irresponsible post but the damage is already done. It’s going to be way too long before I’m able to get this shit out of my head. Damn you, Unk! Seriously…DAMN YOU!!

  • 7 RedMenaceNYCNo Gravatar // May 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    You know, for a split second, I believed!!

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