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Question about the 1991 series: I decided to watch episode 6 this evening, which combines 2 to 3 months of the original 1967 storyline into 42 minutes. In a scene set in Carolyn's bedroom, she has this extraordinary, rather large high modern Satanic sculpture sitting near her bed. Does anyone recall reading anything about that? It stood out because so much of the set dressing in this series just seemed so unimaginative. But this was a brilliant touch, highlighting the evil influence Barnabas had his cousin under at this point in the story.

As usual I can't post an image but maybe somebody out there remembers this. It looks like a one of a kind sculpture.

G.

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Wonderful, Penny! Thanks so much for posting.

Did you ever hear the recording of Jonathan and Lara doing a dramatic performance of Poe's poem "The Bells" at a DS Festival (or some kind of fan gathering) years ago? The recording is dodgy but it gives me shivers whenever I listen to it. It is also on Archive.

G.

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I think the official credits are to some extent misleading--Violet Welles said in the one interview with her I found that she wrote, apparently, all the PT 1841 episodes credited to Gordon Russell--and implied that she wrote some that went out under his name earlier on, as well (which reportedly is how she got the gig to write for the show under her own byline). I have no idea why she wasn't simply credited for writing that final group of episodes--it may have been that she, like several others who worked on the show, had some kind of argument or dispute with DC. It seems to have happened a lot. So Gordon simply paid her under the table and took the credit. According to another writer who so far as I know never worked on DS, playwright Robert Patrick (author of the fascinating novel Temple Slave, a fascinating roman-a-clef about avant-garde off-off B'way theatre culture in 1960s Greenwich Village), a lot of name writers had ghost writers churning out their scripts if they were busy developing other projects and were given assignments on deadline.

Joel Crothers also stated in an interview that he wrote, if I remember correctly, at least a couple of scripts for DS. I have no idea who got credit for writing those shows.

I doubt we will ever know more about who was actually writing for the show since most of the people involved are dead now. And even when they were living, they would have been reluctant to discuss this subject, since among other things there were potential violations of writers' guild rules involved.

G.

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Thanks again, Midnite!

MB, I might have known that in the off chance you hadn't seen the picture, you'd have a critique to offer about it!  I think flipped or not, it's a lovely shot of Alexandra and really evokes the mood of the first year of the show, color notwithstanding.

A lot of images have shown up on social media in the past few years that are new to me. And that includes non-DS images of Grayson, which of course always make me a happy fan.

G.

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Sure, Midnite! That's nice of you to offer.

I'd be really surprised if that image is new to MB. He who sees all, knows all!

xo G.

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So sorry to hear about your continuing email woes. I have the image saved and I can mail it to you whenever you like--just let me know if they are able to fix the problem.

Best, G.

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That's nice to see. On my "wall" on social media, I posted this really nice color shot of Alexandra wearing a sleeveless dress, in the Foyer next to the black rearing horse statue. It had DARK SHADOWS (in block letters, not the font) and the ABC logo on it and might have been used as a "bump." I'd post it here, but I have never figured out how to post photos on the forum.

G.

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Today's photo is very special to me. It's a shot from the very first episode of DS I ever saw, in June of 1968... just over 52 years ago now.

And the fact that Alex and Thayer both featured in it was so very important, too.

G.

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I realize this is quite irrelevant to the theme, but...

My God, David Selby had pretty lips back in 1969. SWOOOOOOOONNNN.

G.

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I agree MB, the Widows were marvelously creepy and one would have expected them to show up again at such points in the plot as when Liz is about to marry Jason. I think the answer, as you suggest, is that they simply got forgotten. I seem to recall that they were mentioned several times in the early Dan Ross novels, the pre-Barnabas ones, but that's a memory from nearly 50 years ago now.

G.

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MB, thanks for re-posting that very expressive photo of Stokes and Adam. Great shot!

Your comments reminded me of the potential the Adam character had and his storyline, but it was all written into the ground, most likely because of how DC dictated the story outline at the time.

Stuff like that is why I get frustrated with the hagiographical narrative that DS was such a great show because of Curtis' artistic direction. "In spite of Curtis' interference" would be more accurate, I have often thought.

G.

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Wow wow WOW, Mysterioso darling, what a FABULOUS shot of Cavada Humphrey today! I love this so much.

I don't recall anything about Ralph Ellis. Will have to try and look that up.

Many thanks to you and Midnite for a fascinating series!

G.

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Perhaps already posted in this very long thread--I just noticed that popular DS blogger Danny Horn offered his thoughts on the "reboot" (which is now completely dead in the water, along with all other current TV production, not to mention projects such as this that are not on any schedule currently pending) here:

https://darkshadowseveryday.com/2019/10/02/episode-1170/

G.

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Don Briscoe's health problems and sudden departure is discussed by Danny Horn here:

https://darkshadowseveryday.com/2017/03/01/episode-1001/

Horn sometimes provides details I don't recall having read before, but most of this is familiar to me from various sources.

Francis Swann was a wonderful writer, and I guess he isn't discussed more (if at all) because all his scripts were pre-Barnabas. I read one of Swann's novels several years ago and it was a good book. I gave it away to a friend who is a huge DS fan (and also a fan of gothic fiction).

G.

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MB, what a lovely photo of John Lasell and Big Lou for today's selection. And extra nice to feature Roger given that it's Father's Day!

cheers, G.

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