While ill health prevented Sid Haig from having a larger role in 3 From Hell, his Captain Spaulding character really deserved a better sendoff. While Haig had been entertaining audiences in both movies and TV shows since the s, it wasn't until later in his long career that he finally landed a breakout starring role. That role was of course Captain Spaulding in 's House of Corpses, the murderous clown proprietor of Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Madmen, which contains both the infamous "Murder Ride" and some of the best fried chicken anyone's likely to run into. Spaulding is only in the film for a few scenes, but every single moment he's onscreen is memorable, and Haig's charismatic yet menacing performance as the character keeps viewers' eyes glued to his every move. Spaulding's real shining turn came in sequel The Devil's Rejects, in which he, Otis Bill Moseley , and Baby Sheri Moon Zombie become separated from the rest of the Firefly Family, and embark on a road trip of sadism. Of course, that wasn't the case, and while the cause for Sid Haig's limited role was the health issues that led to his eventual death, Spaulding still could've used a better onscreen demise. He even wrote the script with him in mind. Unfortunately, Haig, who ended up passing away not long after 3 From Hell 's release, was already suffering from poor health, greatly limiting his potential participation in the sequel. Spaulding only ended up appearing in one scene, talking to an interviewer about his crimes, and is then executed offscreen. Spaulding's planned role was then shifted to new character Foxy, played by Richard Brake.
Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding is a fictional character in the Broadway musical Animal Crackers and the film of the same name. He was originally played by actor Groucho Marx , one of the Marx Brothers , in both productions. Spaulding; his first name is also spelled as "Geoffrey" in parts of the film. Spaulding had a theme song entitled " Hooray for Captain Spaulding ", composed by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby , which all of the guests sing upon his arrival. At Marx's Carnegie Hall concert in the early s, accompanist Marvin Hamlisch played the song as Marx made his entrance onstage. Spaulding is a famous explorer on return from a trek across Africa to be the guest of honour at a high-society party given by the wealthy Mrs.
Perpetually seen wearing clown makeup, Spaulding is a member of the depraved Firefly family of the town of Deadwood. Initially, he appears to be little more than an accomplice to the Fireflys, but his exact relationship to them is developed further in The Devil's Rejects when he is revealed to be Baby Firefly's father. Spaulding was the proprietor of a roadside attraction known as Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Madmen. Beneath the museum was a channel that Spaulding used as his horror-themed attraction, the "Murder Ride". This channel was connected to a larger series of mine shafts that led all the way back to a cemetery near the Firefly farmhouse. In addition to entertaining tourists with his museum attractions and Murder Ride, Spaulding also welcomed them to partake of his delicious fried chicken. Johnny spent his early years growing up at the Ruggsville County Home for Orphaned Boys until he was adopted by the Altamont family. Johnny's adoptive brother Charlie Altamont was nearly the same age and the two grew very close to one another. As a young man, Johnny developed a macabre interest in violent crimes photography and sideshow deformities; a hobby that would later pave the way for his ghoulish "Captain Spaulding" persona.
Captain Spaulding only appears in a few short scenes in 3 From Hell , for very sad reasons. Rob Zombie explained the situation in a new interview with Bloody-Disgusting. It was the three of them through the entire movie. So I went to see him. He does not look well. I started rewriting the movie thinking, well, maybe he can do half of it.