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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.

https://darkshadowseveryday.com/2015/08/30/interview-violet-welles/

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Everyone In Collinsport's Favorite Word Slideshow
« on: February 25, 2021, 08:17:08 PM »
That scene with Sam and Joe encountering Julia at the Old House really is priceless. Nice capture of her in the Robs.

Today's scene reminds me of that old chart-buster with the refrain, "Go ask Julia ... feed your head."

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Everyone In Collinsport's Favorite Word Slideshow
« on: February 23, 2021, 09:02:09 PM »
Great shot (and line quote) of Magda today!

I watched an episode a few nights ago where Quentin wanted to summon Angelique, and Magda warned him: "She could be anywhere on Earth ... OR (dramatic pause) IN ... HELLLLL!" It was such a great moment.

G.

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Or maybe not. Another quote from the Hollywood Reporter article:

Readers of Catton's 800+-page epic may barely recognize the book from that description, but rest assured that the murder mystery that becomes an obsession for 12 male residents of a mining town, each aligned with a sign of the zodiac, hasn't been lost entirely. It's just been pushed deep into the series the fifth episode in particular by which time very few of the men in that council have been clearly identified beyond perhaps their jobs and their facial hair. The zodiac connection, meanwhile, is unconvincingly laid out only in voiceover. If I'm giving the opening scene credit as a meta-commentary on a certain kind of contemporary television tendency, I'd point to this as a commentary on adapting prestige literary works for a different medium an awareness that what works on the page can sometimes play as fundamentally silly or hollow on-screen, yet you have to keep it for fans of the original.

There are further discussions of the typical meta-narrative crap ticks and tricks the people who worked on this play that made me increasingly disinterested in current TV, having walked away from all of it after the sabotaging of Penny Dreadful's narrative--the last "current" series I watched (but abandoned after season 2)--a young friend told me similar things recently about her own experience with the Game of Thrones debacle, having invested years and lots of emotions in characters and situations that squashed against the big flat wall of the final 2 seasons like an overripe tomato.

Still, nice photo in the article. And I'm glad Eva is getting away from the malign influence of Tim Burton.

G.

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That sounds good.

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: Christopher Pennock 1944 - 2021
« on: February 14, 2021, 04:33:51 PM »
Very sad news. May his spirit know peace.

"And in the double lotus keep
My hidden heart asleep."

--Old Chinese prayer to Kuan-yin

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: DS 1991 30th anniversary
« on: February 10, 2021, 09:17:01 PM »
Nice shot of Julia with the umbrella today. I thought that scene was well shot.

And great photos of the sequence of Barnabas with Angelique, something we never saw in any of the flashback storylines on the original series. The closest they came was in 1971(1841 PT) when Bramwell took Catherine to bed, As I recall it, they both kept all their clothes on.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Everyone In Collinsport's Favorite Word Slideshow
« on: February 10, 2021, 09:13:36 PM »
Wonderful Cassandra photo! Our favorite Witch!

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Everyone In Collinsport's Favorite Word Slideshow
« on: February 09, 2021, 08:12:54 PM »
And yeah--to me, anybody who doesn't love Petofi and what Thayer did with the role needs their head examined--but I've seen those comments from certain fans--so, go figure! I know of fans who think of 1795 and the Barnabas/Josette romance as the absolute height of classic DS--I completely disagree, but everyone has a right to their opinion.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Everyone In Collinsport's Favorite Word Slideshow
« on: February 09, 2021, 08:09:10 PM »
Hi MB,

In an interview (it was really just a conversation, but it was recorded) Grayson did with fans in 1973, she told them that she had been told that the ratings dropped during the Quentofi body-switch storyline. So, this would seem to be what people working on the show were told at the time. Who knows--I could imagine Dan coming up with this as an excuse to do some of his crazy turn-on-a-dime plot switching which happened as we know in the middle of Leviathan and then happened a couple of times subsequently.

I do remember you, or somebody, mentioning that the ratings were climbing in March of 1971 when the decision to cancel was announced. You know my theory about the real reason and person behind the cancellation so no need to repeat it again.

G.

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This episode featured Dick van Dyke in a villainous role.  Interesting to see that successful novelist Donald E. Westlake was credited as co-creator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieztoNTuxK8&list=PLRFkrWetK1Ugw7kl-GeJexWJ0fm26x_g9

G.


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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Everyone In Collinsport's Favorite Word Slideshow
« on: February 08, 2021, 12:15:08 AM »
Great shot of PT Tim Stokes. Another brilliant characterization from Thayer David.

Thayer's acting and Violet Welles' writing in the Count Petofi storyline in 1897, which I have been revisiting, has me regularly offering all involved a standing ovation. It's mindblowing to me that material this sophisticated was produced for a daytime TV series in 1969. Of course the ratings began to decline, a combination of the storyline getting TOO complicated or so we were told, as well as Frid insisting on taking some substantial time off. I'm so grateful to whoever saved all these shows.

G.

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I loved that dress Judith is wearing today. I've always wondered whether Ramse Mostoller made some of the costumes for 1897.  Presumably most if not all were rentals, as I have read was the case with 1795.

G.

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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.

https://www.gettyimages.dk/detail/news-photo/harriet-rohr-lela-swift-news-photo/109411277

G.

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Love seeing Nicholas giving Adam his orders. It was amazing how nobody seemed able to get through to Adam but Nicholas--and somewhat, Professor Stokes.

G.

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