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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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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Grayson Hall on OLTL
« on: June 14, 2020, 08:10:16 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_DxKfGTlps&list=PLkKN4d4hugdPNXN4wVqST5B5hXF0XN9Iy&index=21&t=899s

G.

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Unusually tasteful shirt and tie for Cyrus--as worn moments ago by Yeagar, perhaps; I can't recall now. I wonder if Stanley Simmons had taken over from Ramse Mostoller at this point on wardrobe duty; I believe so.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A Very Interesting Blog Entry
« on: June 13, 2020, 05:48:16 PM »
To be fair, I know a lot of fans of Julia and Grayson were extremely irritated by the reported neglect of the actress and her characters in the latest MPI video documentary release. I think the documentary was mostly focused on Dan and his career and his supposed role in making DS the cult classic it became.

Maybe it didn't help that soon after the release came further news of a documentary about Jonathan Frid's career. Once again, some Grayson fans felt slighted.

I personally think this is a wonderful time to be a fan of Grayson and her DS characters. With social media and blogs, there are more photos, articles and resources available focused on her than I ever dreamed would be the case back in the late 1990s.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: A Very Interesting Blog Entry
« on: June 13, 2020, 04:41:03 PM »
What an odd little entry. I've never heard the expression "that burns my biscuits." And several other peculiar turns of phrase.

I think the stories are so numerous because fans enjoy writing them, and other fans enjoy reading them. Period. Simple as that. No need to throw the I Ching or study Freud to come up with some elaborate rationale.

Julia fans, and Julia/Barnabas fans (or "shippers," I think the term is now?) became a rising force around the time I learned about fandom and started going to the occasional Festival, back circa 1995. Of course, I don't see my very intermittent participation in fandom as having anything to do with the rise of Julia cultists in the ranks.

A notable thing I have observed with fans who were involved in the 1970s and 1980s is that if they were Julia fans, they were very badly scarred by the contempt in which the character seems to have been held by the big name fans of the period. The fandom then was dominated by Josette fans and Angelique fans. I think Julia fans were considered eccentric at best.

Interestingly when the series started running nationally on Sci Fi, a lot of people referenced Grayson's performances as a major reason for becoming addicted to the series. This actually seems to reflect what was the same case during the broader popularity of DS back during the original broadcast--it comes out if you read the letters printed in the soap opera mags (which did not start until AfterNoon TV in late 1968). It's the real reason why Grayson was in so many episodes--she was genuinely popular with the fans of the period. It had nothing to do with the fact that Sam was a writer, although Dan Curtis was known to be one of Grayson's biggest fans.

I never know how to evaluate Danny Horn's writing about Grayson... I think he does genuinely admire her, but sometimes I think what he mainly admires is how no holds barred she was in her work on the show. That had a lot to do, as we have frequently discussed, with specifics of the production and what the major directors such as Lela Swift and Henry Kaplan (about whose directorial style KLS had some fond, revealing memories to share in her very first book).

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / OT: the Lava Lady
« on: June 11, 2020, 01:27:24 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:

https://antebellumgallery.blogspot.com/2016/09/suzan-strauss-rip.html?zx=329c67ee24ed43a6

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.

Unusual...

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Dark Shadows Shitposting
« on: June 09, 2020, 03:37:36 AM »
Interesting to see how today's youngsters respond to the show.

G.

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