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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Violet Welles Interview
« on: February 26, 2021, 06:39:02 PM »
For those who haven't seen it, here is the only interview I have ever been able to find with DS writer Violet Welles. I consider her and Joe Caldwell the most talented and distinguished of all the people who wrote for the show.


Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Harriet Rohr photo
« on: January 29, 2021, 04:57:10 AM »
Hi gang,

Tonight I've been watching the show for the first time in quite a while. I noticed Harriet Rohr's name and found myself musing that I'd never heard much about her... or anything really.

There are a couple of photos that are identified as being of her on the Getty Archive pages. This is one of the better ones. She's the younger woman standing next to Lela Swift, who is giving notes to Louis Edmonds.


Fans, this link was posted to one of the DS groups on social media this evening:

Cast includes John Karlen, Adam West, Mark Goddard and Tige Andrews.  All of whom became very popular later on in the Sixties.


Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / DS 1991 30th anniversary
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:07:04 PM »
Veteran fan Joe Integlia posted on social media today celebrating the 30th anniversary of the debut of the 1991 DS series. Just thought I'd share that with fans.


Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Mistress of Collinwood
« on: December 12, 2020, 04:20:18 AM »
For some reason, I'd never seen this 8 minute edit of the DS alumni remembering Joan Bennett--shot, I believe, around 1991.


Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / OT: Time Tunnel
« on: October 28, 2020, 09:04:57 PM »
Evidently, back at some point earlier in the century, somebody had the idea to do a re-boot of THE TIME TUNNEL which was another show of the Sixties I used to watch religiously. Unlike DS, I didn't think it aged all that well, but periodically I'll get out an episode to visit again.

I was just cruising you tube and noticed that this pilot was uploaded at some point:

Haven't watched but I am curious. The pilot obviously wasn't picked up by whoever commissioned it.


Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Rare 1966 DS promo
« on: October 15, 2020, 10:17:45 PM »
I think one of the rare DS 1966 promos included as an extra on an MPI home video release last year is featured at the start of this otherwise rather silly video;

I have certainly never seen it before. Noteworthy for calling Collinwood "Collins House," which of course was featured in the early Dan Ross novels.


Current Talk '21 I / Count Petofi and the Maltese Falcon
« on: October 03, 2020, 11:47:47 PM »
Hi Gang,

According to the internet, it was on this date in 1941 that the film The Maltese Falcon had its premiere. I just watched a clip from this film of a dramatic confrontation scene featuring arch and enigmatic villain Kasper Gutman (played by the immortal Sidney Greenstreet) and his accomplice, the rather fey but lethal Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre). And I realized that somewhere in the back of my mind, I've been aware for years that the original characterizations of Count Petofi and his fey but lethal accomplice Aristede must have been inspired by these two. Particularly the Petofi characterization--in an interview, DS writer Violet Welles, who invented the character of the Count, mentioned that she'd thrown in a reference to him in an early 1897 script, and the character sort of grew and grew until he more or less demanded to be brought onstage.

Needless to say, the casting of Thayer David as the Count was a must--and resulted in some of the most brilliant and eccentric scenes of DS.

Count Petofi,wherever you are, I salute you! Remembering your words: "I know but one god... and his name is Petofi!"


Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / CURSE OF DRACULA 1979
« on: September 18, 2020, 03:35:36 AM »
A fan edit of the feature film version of the 1979 serial CURSE OF DRACULA starring voluptuous Michael Nouri in the title role has been uploaded to you tube:


Current Talk '21 I / New York Times feature article on DS (original series)
« on: September 07, 2020, 02:45:11 AM »
For those who may have missed it--the site does allow 3 or 4 free views per month still, I believe. I don't have a subscription and I was able to read it.



Many of you have read this article about the shooting of a porno film at Seaview Terrace in 1975:

There is now an edit of the movie done by somebody who removed all the actual pornographic content, I guess for those who wanted to either see the story or to view shots of Seaview in the film:

The opening scene has a very DS look to it and appears to me to have been shot inside Seaview (but I don't remember enough about the layout of the house to specify which hallway and room). If you go to the 18 minute mark, there's a nice long tracking shot of the lead actor and actress walking across the lawn to a side of the house that was used a lot in the 1966 film segments on DS. It looks as if filming happened in early March.

In one of the outdoor scenes, the lead actor (playing a character named Jason) wears the same style of cape Barnabas had in the 1795 storyline. It does make me wonder if Damiano was a DS fan.

The plot is somewhat different from what was described in the NY Times review. The main difficulties I had watching even this truncated version were the awfulness of the script--completely artificial, unbelievable dialogue no actual human would ever say--and the awfulness of some of the performances, especially the lead actress. Either her theory was that her character was in a drugged state throughout the proceedings (which I guess would make sense) or she was chosen for her looks rather than her acting ability (of which she appears to have none).

Jason's butler Griffin is played by "Zebedy Colt" aka Edward Earle Marsh, an interesting cult figure in counter-cultural gay circles of the time. He recorded a florid album of showtunes and standards with the lyrics adjusted, in some cases. The theme of the album was one man's romantic quest to find his life partner in his nightly prowl through the bars. It's an interesting period piece.


Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Grayson Hall on OLTL
« on: June 14, 2020, 07:10:16 PM »
More of Grayson's performance as Euphemia Ralston (what a name!) on ONE LIFE TO LIVE can be glimpsed here. It includes the show stopping moment in which Lincoln dared to mention Euphemia's estranged daughter Delilah to her. Great reaction from Grayson. Unfortunately this was sourced from an old VHS tape that seems to have been in very bad shape (most likely a copy of a copy), so you can only see Grayson (somewhat) in her close-ups. Also, in an interview, Grayson said that one director of the series wanted her to do a Southern accent and she did one in this episode. Eventually it was agreed that Euphemia was educated in the North and didn't have the accent, which is why you don't hear it in other episodes which used to be  available on y.t. Unfortunately those other episodes have since been deleted off the site.

Grayson's scenes start around the 11 minute 20 second mark, and around the 32 minute mark.


Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / OT: the Lava Lady
« on: June 11, 2020, 12:27:24 AM »
Photos of this eccentric LA resident, a well known local "character" throughout the 70s and the 90s, were posted on a group I'm on, and I found several blog entries about her, including this one:

It mentions that she had no electricity in her house and lived only by candlelight. Other oddities were the plastic kids' furniture with which she filled the rooms and the fact that she lived off baby food and canned goods, according to a friend. She made her own clothes out of dyed burlap fabrics.



I happened upon this blog which transcribes a conversation the author had with Elizabeth Wilson (who played Mrs. Hopewell, the administrator of Vicki's foundling home, in two episodes in 1966):

Haven't come across any references to her brief appearance on DS yet. But there is a fascinating reminiscence of Kim Stanley, amongst many others: Kim was Grayson Hall's favorite actress, according to a couple of interviews Grayson did in the late 60s and subsequently.

The passage about Kim Stanley shows up in part 3.



A friend pointed me yesterday to this blog that a DS fan aged mid-20s started for Strange Paradise. This is one of those blogs where you have to scroll way, way, WAY down to the bottom of the screen to read the initial entry, and then scroll slowly upwards to read each one in succession.!/yxbk7IFbRuy6y

A caveat is that there seem to be incessant pop-ups on this site, and my standard pop-up blocker doesn't appear to work for them. My advice is DO NOT CLICK, EVER, ON ANY POP-UPS, and IMMEDIATELY close out any other pages that may open up.

It's too bad that the site is hosted on this rather whacky space (presumably founded as a competitor to Tumbler, and I wonder how long it will last) because this fan is also a costume historian and she has interesting comments about the clothing, hair, makeup and other details of the 17th century flashback sequences.


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