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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Whatever Happened to Burke Devlin?
« on: January 30, 2009, 09:39:18 PM »
Anthony George does have some good episodes in Checkmate.  The stories vary from some that are more engaging to others that are pretty much cookie-cutter examples of early Sixties action shows.

One of the better episodes has Anthony George attempting to safeguard a very highly strung alcoholic dowager played by Joan Fontaine.  The shots of Joan in party frock staggering drunkenly around a party on this luxury cruise are hysterical.

I also liked the shows with Charles Laughton as a missionary and Joseph Cotten as a survivor of the French resistance.  There was a good one with, I think, Ricardo Montalban as an old buddy of the George character's.

Having read a good deal of official and unofficial Dark Shadows history over the years, I have a short answer to why Burke was written out--Dan Curtis made up his mind that Burke had to go, and he went!  Anthony George probably asked for a raise, a surefire way to get Dan to give you the boot back in those "good old days."

The writers would protest that storylines and audience expectations were being disrupted, and Dan would narrow his eyes, angle his golf club, and ask "are you writing the show, or not?  I can get other people to write the show if you don't want to do it."

G.

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I don't think that either Bette Davis or Susan Heyward was pleased when Bette had to portray Susan's Mother in the 1964 ultra-glossy soaper, Where Love Has Gone.  A film that boasts DeForest Kelley in a great Addison de Wit style role as a vitriolic art critic.

G.

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We have the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) to thank for the fact that notes such as this now appear so routinely in the press.  Let's hope that the author of this little piece bothered to mention Keitel's appearance (as a barfly at the Blue Whale, wasn't it?) on DS because he thought it was cool. 

Philip Glenister, who originated the character of Gene Hunt on the BBC series of which this is a remake, was so scorchingly brilliant that even somebody of Keitel's calibre has his work cut out for him taking on such a role.  Keitel is something like 20 to 30 years older than Glenister, I believe.

I also find it hard to imagine anyone other than John Simms playing Sam Tyler--and I doubt whether the US series will be as gritty as the UK original. 

In other remake news, yet another story about a US incarnation of Absolutely Fabulous has shown up on Wikipedia.

G.

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How exciting!  I look forward to watching the slideshow later this evening.

Congratulations for your truly heroic efforts in recovering AND conserving this missing episode.  We owe you a lot!

More later,

Steve

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If you ever uncover anything about who actually wrote and recorded the music (i. e. the man/men/people behind "Score Productions"), I would love to read about it.  The music is one of my favorite things about the series... I have never been able to figure out if others love it too, or if I am in a minority.

I look forward to seeing the new goodies!  A closeup of Irene's kaftan--wow!

Best,

Steve

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0713
« on: January 23, 2009, 11:30:12 PM »
I believe that "coptic cross" was the standard locution for this symbol before the ancient language had been deciphered and we learned that the word written with the image of an ankh is pronounced "ankh."

The Copts were Egyptian Christians and their liturgy and what remains of their spoken language constitute a very late form of the ancient Egyptian language.  It was written, I believe, with a form of the Greek alphabet.

G.

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The Fox Movie Channel site says 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. tomorrow.

DESIRE IN THE DUST (WS)
Year:1960
Rating: TV-PG, D
Southern aristocrat (Raymond Burr) with a yen for politics tries to hide
some family members' pasts.

Cast and Crew:
Joan Bennett, Irene Ryan, Raymond Burr, Ken Scott, Martha Hyer, William
Claxton, Rex Ingram, Edward Binns

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Current Talk '09 I / Genet Moment for Grayson
« on: January 23, 2009, 01:22:43 AM »
Extra kudos to MB for today's new capture.  Not only is this a superb shot of the Goddess Known as Grayson Hall in character as Julia, and not only is Julia sporting one of my favorite brooches, but I think this shot actually captures some of the more subtle elements at work in the Leviathans storyline before they went for "everything including the kitchen sink."  (More shots of Bruno flogging that wolfie!  More scenes of Megan swooning before Barnabas' gaping fangs!)

The dialogue and the imagery actually make me think of the mood of certain of the plays of Jean Genet, of which Grayson Hall was a famous exponent.  I've noticed other moments on DS reminiscent of Bertolt Brecht and the very expressionist styles of theatre pioneered in the Circle in the Square and other houses where Grayson worked as a young actress in the 1950s.

Fabulous, beautiful work!

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Discuss - Ep #0713
« on: January 22, 2009, 11:48:39 PM »
I always think the same thing as you are commenting on in this thread whenever I watch these shows:  why on Earth is Barnabas running around in broad daylight?  At this point, I simply throw up my hands and remind myself that I watch DS for entertainment, not because it always makes sense.

G.

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Current Talk '09 I / Re: Strange Music in Background on DS Collection 23
« on: January 22, 2009, 04:46:35 PM »
Thanks, Joe--I knew this issue had been discussed some years back and it was confirmed by someone in the know that these sounds are ineradicably part of the master tapes.  I think "bleed" or "print-through" is the explanation. 

cheers, G.

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The "making of" video on the pbs.org site is really worth seeing if you're a Wuthering Heights fan--that expansive Yorkshire scenery is like none other.

Just seeing Burn Gorman as Hindley would be interesting in and of itself.  The Cathy and Heathcliff both look interesting as well although Heathie is far too pale and English-looking for how he was described in the book.

G.

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I missed the broadcast, but would be curious to see it at some point.  Back in the Summer of '95 I finally sat down and read Wuthering Heights--the novel from what I recall is very different from ANY of the film versions I have come across--and I think would be a difficult story to film because of the harshness and the very different cultural dynamics of the setting in a remote part of ca. 1800 Yorkshire.

One of the oddest redactions (if I may use that word) of this book I have ever come across was a novel based on the popular 1960s series "That Girl!" (the show that made Miss Marlo Thomas a star)--she goes out to stay at a remote estate where reputedly a "living theatre" type production of Wuthering Heights is being mounted--and of course, Ann is supposed to be in line for the role of Cathy--and, perhaps, Cathy's fate?  You can find this oddity available on eBay, I think--I can barely remember much of it apart from dialogue in which "Cathy" informed "Heathcliff" that not only was he uncouth, but he smelled of dung!  Not the sort of thing one sees as a rule on Masterpiece Theatre.

The Brits seem to be going out into la-la land with their adaptations these days--judging from the recent series of Miss Marple films which bear, by and large, not even a nodding acquaintance with the plots and characterizations of the books supposed to be the sources for the screenplays.

And to bring the subject back to Dark Shadows--when there was a rare shot of Stella Young up here for one brief day, I wanted to start a "Who Killed Stella Young?" thread on the discussion board... but thought I might save that for an eventual re-viewing of the PT 1841 episodes, at some point.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '09 I / Exquisite drawing of Magda
« on: January 20, 2009, 10:49:46 PM »
Fans,

My talented friend Caroline, a very gifted young artist, has created this exquisite portrait of a youthful Magda Rakosi having a thoughtful moment on the road:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v144/cardine/magda.jpg

Caroline's blog is at http://freetre.blogspot.com

cheers!  Gothick

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Hey Bryan, that's all very exciting!  I'll be sure to subscribe to the blog.  It probably requires signing up for an official google account and I have put that off forever...

Some of those rare photos you have posted on the Archives section of your site really knock my socks off.  The publicity photo from Pat Moffatt alone has warranted multiple visits to the site... love the one of Cosette and Trudy together as well, and so many more...

cheers, Steve

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Bryan, I've been meaning to drop you a personal note to congratulate and to thank you for all the wonderful work you've been sharing with us on this site.  It has become one of my favorite places on the Net!  I am so glad you have taken it on to preserve the cultural legacy of Strange Paradise for those of us who are fans of this neglected series.

Best wishes always,

Steve

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