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MB, if you watched Creature Feature much at all in the Sixties and early Seventies, it would have been hard to miss Horror Hotel.  Our own dear Niece, Miss Penny Dreadful, featured it on one of her early shows, too.  It became one of the core films in the standard Creature Feature repertory even though it obviously wasn't included in the original 1950s Shock Theatre packages... because the movie hadn't been made yet!

Janet, that sounds fabulous.  Perhaps one day I will hear your wicked cackle on one of my infrequent forays into Coolidge Corner.  (Live in Medford, work in Cambridge... not too far from Jennifer who used to post here way back when.)

Best, G.

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City of the Dead is better known in the US under the title Horror Hotel.  By far the best version of the film was released on DVD here under the British title, City of the Dead.  It was from a print crafted by archivists at the British Film Institute--they restored a crucial scene early in the film involving Patricia Jessel and Valentine Dyall (who is just as great as Christopher Lee, with this booming sepulchral voice).

Patricia Jessel was a very gifted actress who died in her late 40s or around 50 I believe.  She acted in the US and did a play with Thayer David and Louis Edmonds in the early 1960s, something called Catstick.  I think it was in the Southern Gothic melodrama genre. 

Another DS connection is that Grayson was cast in Patricia's role in the 1961 NYC production of a play by a young writer named Kenneth Jupp called The Buskers.  Grayson played Agata, who was an earthy sensual gypsy.  Sound familiar?  And the publicity for that play was handled by a young woman named Violet Welles, who went on to write for a certain daytime drama we all love...

Janet, in the Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline here in Boston, there is or was a store called Cassandra Wigs.  I always wanted to take a picture of that and post it here sometime.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 12, 2011, 05:37:46 AM »
Thanks MB for the schedule and explanation.

G.

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Current Talk '19 I / Re: Yet Another New Slideshow
« on: May 11, 2011, 05:35:59 AM »
To MB and/or Midnite, I would be interested to hear more about the context for the past two or three days' images in this series.  I keep meaning to set aside time to watch this episode and the following one on hulu but have yet to manage to do that.

Also, is there a reason why it's the second week of May and we're still looking at material from episode 4?  I had thought it was going to be one month per episode for a total of twelve?

Thanks again for working on this series; I have been enjoying it more than I expected to do so. 

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '11 I / Re: The Marilyn Ross Novels
« on: May 10, 2011, 06:55:05 PM »
I've seen the novels in used bookstores for a dollar apiece or less.

My favorite cover was The Foe of Barnabas Collins.  What a great shot of Frid at the ORIGINAL Old House.

I always think of "Marilyn" typing the final chapter of one of the books in the back seat of his station wagon while his dutiful wife kept circling the block until the MS would be complete and it could be sent off at the Post Office and the latest deadline met... What a merry-go-round.

G.

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It truly boggles the mind that enough people must have purchased volume one that they are actually moving forward with the second volume.

Re-mastered, re-digitized, re-upholstered rubbish is still rubbish... by any other name.

G.

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I think it was another era, really.  Actors, by and large, unless they were someone like Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, were allowed to have private lives.

I remember having lunch with the late Craig Hamrick and we were talking about this topic, and he mentioned the name of a prominent, very prominent, member of the DS cast who frequently went to Uncle Charlie's, a well known gay bar in the Village, for drinks after the show. (The bar was named after a character named "Uncle Charlie" on a once popular series, "My Three Sons," who was the live-in male housekeeper to a widowed Dad played by Fred Macmurray.)  Members of the press were also sometimes there.  Nobody ever said anything.

Like I said... it was another era.

G.

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That's a lovely interview, and a beautiful portrait of Branko.

G.

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All the episodes with Grayson are in the studio vault.  At one point, one of them was going to be released for viewing at the Museum of Television.  I never heard whether the suits finally signed off on it.  For some reason they were dragging their feet...

G.

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The latest rumor on the Net is that Dame Edna Everage is being tapped to play Roger Collins.  The ascots will be WAY beyond Neon and the acid retorts only slightly less toxic than the levels of vodka in Roger's martinis.

And you think I'm joking ... hahahaha.  Just remember, I was right about HBC playing Julia...

G.

2906
God.  Depp playing Tonto.  That's just ... embarrassing.

Won't any of the Native American/American Indian anti-discrimination groups protest? 

G.

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He's still a beautiful man... in my eyes, at least.

G.

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Was there ever any possibility of them running Grayson Hall's episodes of OLTL on SoapNet?

I was disappointed that the episode on which Nancy Barrett, Tony George and Grayson were all present and had dialogue about not having seen one another in awhile was never included as an extra on one of the DS DVDs.

G.

2909
So not a fan of the Buffy vamp look here.  It always made me think of that old Hammer film "the Reptile," or as if the vampires were part Klingon.  sigh.

G.

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Criseyde--I was thinking more of Ben Cross fans, who as far as I am aware get far fewer opportunities to see their guy at work than is the case with the ever-busy and ebullient Mr. Selby.  (I saw him give a reading here a couple of years ago, and his energy, generosity, and high spirits were truly inspiring.)

Also, the opportunity to see Selby and Cross share a stage is, again so far as I am aware, unique. 

I'm sure ticket sales will not be a problem.  Just thinking of how many might have wanted to be there that won't be able to do so.

Isn't Jon Hamm really hot right now?  I wonder whether he will be doing a feature film since Mad Men seems to have been up in the air for quite some time and, according to a NY Times piece I read a few weeks ago, no sign of any resolution.

Ah, the wonders of "the Industry"... and the dreary endless incompetence of "the suits" ...

G.

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