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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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Fabulous shot of Bathia today! I love her.

I wonder if they ever put back in the blooper from the scene where she's exorcising Barny-boo and she is incanting ponderously "We must go..." and then obviously can't recall at all what comes next. And then from offstage you can hear a nasal male voice in a Brooklyn accent bark, "Go to the old house!" "Ahhh, we must go... to the Old House..." That was utterly classic DS but some fool excised it... from the best of intentions, of course.

G.

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Fans,

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

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2014/12/that-time-someone-made-porno-at.html

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omc5tVNUmwA

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.

G.

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Wonderful photo. I love it!

Thanks, MB!

G.

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Agreed, MB. But that's a nice screenshot of Barnabas in the foyer she chose for her illustration.

G.

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